You guys include exercise machines in your routine?

You guys include exercise machines in your routine?

  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes. I try to combine them with free weights. Since i do U/L routine it can go like this
    >bench press/machine flies or dips/machine press for chest
    >pullups/machine row for back
    >Leg press and BSS for quads
    etc.

    I do free weight stuff first, then go to failure and focus more on contraction on a machine

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    only rows
    i do not know how half of the machines in my gym works

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Row is the one exercise that i just don't enjoy with free weights, it always feels off, like i'm using everything but my back. I actually really liked smith machine rows, but my new gym has awkward smith machines, so i moved on to cables and t-bar.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        This, I've started using cable rows instead of barbel rows and it just feels way better

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    hammer row, t-bar row and low row

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    95% of the time no. DBs and BBs are vastly superior in most ways... people argue that machines let you develop strength by moving more weight but there is little point to doing that if you are giving no workout to all the minor supportive muscles, or developing crucial secondary skills like balance, good form, or proper "weight path." For example, good form on a barbell bench press will have you moving the bar in a curved "J-path" which is completely lost if you do all your training on a smith machine or pressing machine. Much of the time, these kinds of machines are forcing you into using certain form or moving in a way that is damaging and biomechanically incorrect. All in all, you are setting yourself up for hurting yourself or having shit form that you have to relearn once you move over to free weights. The only reason to use a machine imo is if it allows your muscles to be loaded in ways you can't with DB/BB. Some machines like that are:
    >lat pullover machine
    >leg extension machine
    >triceps extension machine
    Others machines I use are:
    >cable towers for rows/pulldowns/pressdowns/straightarmpulldowns
    >leg press machine so I am not axially loading my back a la squats

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Based and all true

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Based and all true

      You should learn on free weights, especially things like squats so you learn correct movement patterns. But there’s definitely a trend for advanced bodybuilders to utilize machines because the less you have to worry about balance and coordination the more you can focus on hypertrophy. The Bulgarian split squat for example is a great exercise but you’ll rarely see top bodybuilders focus on them because the amount of balance and coordination involved takes away from the ability to focus directly on the target muscles. Whereas smith machine squats ARE common among a lot of top bodybuilders because it’s the opposite, the machine takes away the need to worry about balance and they can focus directly on the quads.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        i actually like to combine highly skill depended movements like pistolsquats/splitsquats, handstands a lot of ring work and l sit etc.
        and than i jsut have days where i abuse myself on the machines just to get a great pump
        get the best of both worlds

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          Same, I do handstand push-ups, one armed push-ups, etc. and I actually do do Bulgarian split squats most workouts. I just think the pendulum has swung too far toward being anti machines.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Retard.

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    My gym barely has machines. The “machines” are just contraptions that you put physical weight on and there are no cables. The exceptions are the leg extension and cables

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Only lat pull down and only bc I'm too fat to do pull ups

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Leg curls and extensions

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >at home
    only free weights
    >at gym
    mostly machines

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Only for lat pulldowns because I’m too weak to do pull-ups. Everything else just seems like a needlessly complicated meme.

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Machines are amazing for Chest growth.

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