You enter your gym and are greeted with rows of machines meant to get you in the perfect shape. Treadmills, elliptical machines, stair steppers, rowing machines, stationary bikes… the list is endless. So which one do you choose? The muscular machine that gives you pectorals to die for? Or the one that burns the maximum calories? Or the easy-to-operate device that looks like it’ll be kind to your joints? Get to know your gym equipment better before you make your choice.
Want to lose weight, fast? Then hit the treadmill. It burns the most calories of any of the cardiovascular machines available. Primarily used for walking and running, its different calibrations allow you to adjust it to your fitness levels, thus giving you the lean-mean look you desire.
Elliptical cross trainer
For an ultra-fit core, the elliptical cross trainer is your best friend. The core region that comprises the abdominal and lower back muscles serves to support the lower spine during the elliptical exercise. The elliptical cross trainer is effective for developing isometric strength in the abdominal muscles and lower back, ensuring you get enviable core strength.
Most men often neglect taking good care of their legs. One of the most effective ways to get ultra-toned and defined calves is to hit the stationary bikes with a vengeance. Bikes are also recommended to people with knee problems since the impact of body weight is not a concern like it is on other machines
A strong back is essential for a healthy and fit body. But if you think that the back pulley is going to help you strengthen your back, you couldn’t be more wrong. Hit the rowing machines instead. Rhomboids, the muscles in your upper back, between your shoulder blades, are the muscles that primarily get worked on when using rowing machines. These machines are ideal for a great overall workout
of your arms and legs too.
Weight machines are designed to work out isolated body parts. For a chest to compete with The Rock’s, a combination of push-ups alternated with the chest press works out best. Tone those hamstrings with the leg curler and then head onto the bicep and tricep curl machines to work out those muscles.
Written By : Manasi Rawalgaonkar