When new to working out, it can be an overwhelming experience. It doesn’t have to be if you familiarize yourself with some of the gym equipment beforehand. It’s important to learn what each one does and how to properly use it, to avoid injuries and to receive the best results.
Cardiovascular exercise is any movement getting your heart rate up and increasing blood circulation throughout the body. The benefits of cardio exercises include: increased metabolism, improved heart health, and hormonal profile. This type of work out also helps people with diabetes manage their condition because it increase your muscle’s ability to utilize glucose. Although there are many types of cardio machines, the most common are treadmills, stair masters, elliptical trainers, tread climbers, rowing machines, step mills, and stationary bikes.
Strength building weight machines are usually easier and safer to use than free weights. They are geared to focus on strengthening certain muscles. Most of these machines have a long fixed path to ensure correct movement and reduce the risk of injury. If time is your concern then machine workouts will benefit you greatly because you can simply adjust the weight by moving a pin. The back extension, abdominal crunch, abductor which works your outer thighs, seated leg curl, leg extension, leg press, triceps extension, bicep curl, cable row, front lat pull down, side lateral raise, shoulder press, and chest press machines are commonly found in most gyms.
The advantage of using free weights is they mimic everyday movement. Free weights can work almost any muscle depending on how you use them. They also tend to be less confining. The two major types of free weights are dumbbells and barbells. The main benefits of dumbbells are working each limb individually, and building balance and coordination. Barbells allow you to lift more weight, allowing you to build strength and power more quickly. Keep in mind the equipment you use should depend on what you want your results to be. For example, someone who wants to lose weight might spend more time using certain machines than someone looking to gain muscle. It helps to consult a trainer in the beginning stages of your fitness plan.