Is gym lifting equipment obsolete?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Is gym lifting equipment obsolete?
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Tue, 11-13-2012 - 7:38am

Do you see many people using them in a gym? I think there is a population it's good for--people who don't want to venture out and just want to build a little strength. But, it's not functional movement and I'm not sure there are enough people using them to justify the space and cost. My boss has been talking about how she's like to set up small corporate facilities and get away from any of those types of machines.  What do you all see your gym? What do you think of those machines? I never use them for training for these reasons, plus I feel like a person doesn't need a trainer if the trainer is just going to put him/her on a machine like that,






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 11:48am

I do see a lot of people using the lifting equipment but it is almost always beginners. I rarely see anyone who has been in the gym for a long time using it.

I personally only use the machines when I am in a hurry or feeling unmotivated to do anything else. Then I will stop at "machine row" and do a few things. 

The gym I belong too has changed drastically over the last 10 years and now has many more free weights, mats, bars, and classes than it ever used to. 

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Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 12:23pm

I use machines every time I lift - on leg night - leg press, hammer curl, leg lift - I don't know how I would target those muscles without the machines.  For chest, back - seated fly, lat pull down, row, assisted pull up.  For shoulders, bi's - press aand curl.  We use dumbbells and bars, and cable machine - but the variety of differet machines makes the workouts more interesting, and I find challenges muscles in different ways.  If it weren't for the machines, I could just get bars and dumbbells and work out at home...so not sure what the gym would be for....

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 2:58pm

Okay, so my new gym has some great equipment.  While it takes up space, I like the concept. I haven't used them, though.

http://www.hoistfitness.com/commercial/equipment/rs-series.aspx

and the cardio equipment is pretty unique--there is a combination elliptical w/ handles and a seat.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 3:02pm

Leg press is the exception for me.  It would be too hard to hold such heavy weight and I've seen people put it on their shoulders but don't think that's posturally safe.  For some clients who have minor knee problems, I will put them on it, but with a tube so the resistance can be easily controlled. 

I rarely use the machines but train clients w/ TRX, Bosu, STEP360, tubes, free weights, etc.  It's also how I can train in the home w/out the machines. I do a lot of functional lifting, multiple muscle, groups, movement, core all at once.  






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 11-15-2012 - 8:18am

My gym equipment always seems to be in use.  Before my injuries, I used the machines every week, too.  I have been noticing some very toned bodies on those machines, and watch, longingly, when I pass them by to and from the gym classes.

I haven't been on the equipment in a few years, now. Surprisingly, yoga and pilates keeps my muscles very toned.  :O

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 11-15-2012 - 5:34pm

Haha, longingly looking at the machines.  I do that by bakeries but don't think I've ever looked at a weight machine like that!  Why don't you use them then? Don't get me wrong. I think you can build muscle on them.  But, they're just not functional, they only move two dimensions, which isn't how we move in real life.  There's no core involved, as there would be if you used free weights/cables/tubes/any number of other pieces. They're a great way for someone who doesn't know how to lift to lift safely.  I was just saying that they're limited vs other equipment for strength.  Vs something like that, which I REALLY want:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcHqyrQFRC0






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 11-15-2012 - 5:45pm

Wow.  THat looks intense!  Now that I have been doing yoga and pilates, I realize that the visual of a large weight is nothing compared to your own body weight!  I have problems with my shoulder, knees, foot, and, too much  mobility in all of my joints.  I am finding that the yoga and pilates moves, held for long periods of time is enough weight for me.