7 Best Gym Exercise Machines Worth Using
Despite the fact that kettlebells and bodyweight workouts might win the gym popularity contest right now, fitness pros agree: Not only are exercise machines totally fine to use, they might be especially helpful if you’re new to working out. “It’s true that if you’re using free weights you have to recruit so many stabilizing muscles,” says Shannon Fable, certified trainer and programming director for Anytime Fitness. “But when you’re getting started, using selectorized equipment (the machines with weighted plates) and just learning the movement pattern is OK.”
1. Horizontal Seated Leg Press
What you’re working: quads, glutes, hamstrings, calves
Why it’s worth it: All of the trainers we spoke with agreed this was their go-to lower-body machine. “If people use this with correct technique, it can help you move toward squats off the machine,” Munro says.