Exercise machines to avoid

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    Apr 11, 2011 2:12 PM GMT

    Anyone else see this article on exercise equipment that you should avoid using? I use some of these and wonder what others think of this report.

    http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/the-6-exercise-machines-you-must-avoid-2470714/

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    Apr 11, 2011 4:11 PM GMT


    No shocker there....I like the Roman chair to stretch but thats it. The Smith machine has always scared the %*%# out of me.
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    Interesting. I've never seen a article actually name specific machines that are either 'dangerous' or non-productive.
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    Apr 12, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    I thought for sure it was going to be this machine:
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    Apr 12, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    ANY machine is "unsafe" if you don't know how to use it or if you use it incorrectly.

    Almost any machine is "safe" if you know how to use it and use it correctly.
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    Apr 12, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    All things I don't use!
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    Apr 12, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    Machines are fine, as long as you don't use them as a substitute for free weights. Of course, there are exceptions, like if you have a particular injury. As long as you know how the machines work in relation to your own body mechanics, you'll be alright.
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    Apr 12, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    xrichx saidMachines are fine, as long as you don't use them as a substitute for free weights. Of course, there are exceptions, like if you have a particular injury. As long as you know how the machines work in relation to your own body mechanics, you'll be alright.


    As well from what I've witnessed is that the vast majority of people using these machines are virtually clueless and do not even bother to adjust the machines to their height or other body proportions. Some of the machines are not even that adjustable but the better ones are and you have to know how to use them properly. Not just sit down and pump away madly like you trying to draw water from a dry well.
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    Apr 12, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    Well not everyone feels comfortable with free weights. I think many don't have the understanding or experience with free weights. I would say I fall into that category, I use the machines and by the looks of the gym, I'm not alone.
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    Apr 12, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
    You're gonna have to take off the training wheels someday. icon_wink.gif

    Step out of your comfort zone. Really, if you're just starting out with weight training, machines are not the way to go. You won't be properly exercising all the ancillary muscles, and you'll develop an imbalance of strength. This can lead to injury later on, when you're actually trying to lift something heavy outside of the gym. Hire a trainer for a couple months, and learn the proper form for various weightlifting exercises. Then ditch the trainer and start doing your own research. You'll be a gym pro, in no time. icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 12, 2011 6:00 AM GMT
    The Seated Hip Abductor Machine is a big joke at my gym. It's right in the middle of the whole room even kind of up on a platform and it serves as a sort of stage for this parade of comical people who come up and then slow-mo flash everyone.

    You wouldn't think anyone would use it, but there is a constant stream of people who do and it's a real giggle for everyone else.

    My general rule is if you can't get out of a seat to work out, what's the point? Just stay in your chair.
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    Apr 12, 2011 6:10 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidI thought for sure it was going to be this machine:
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    The Butt Blaster.?!?! Is that what that says.??? WOW. Just wow.
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    Apr 12, 2011 6:12 AM GMT
    The Tony Little Gazelle... just don't swing on it.. it attacks. That's all I have to say icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif
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    Apr 12, 2011 6:31 AM GMT
    Saw this article via Yahoo News and was a little pissed that it said these were machines WOMEN aren't suppose to use. They describe the same injuries that happen on them which would happen to men as well.
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    Apr 12, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    Thanks for the post eb925guy - I have hurt myself on all those machines. Scaring enough most gyms seem to have them and I had a personal trainer once who directed me to use some of the culprits!
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    Apr 13, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    I disagree with the article. I love the lat pull down (which is actually more of a free-weight and is in the free-weight section).

    I also do the leg presses and extensions.

    The key here is proper form and rotation. 2.5 years in the gym and I've never sustained an injury.

    Now the hip abductor? I never liked that. Thought it was for strengthening your vagina!
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    Apr 13, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    brianindenver saidI disagree with the article. I love the lat pull down (which is actually more of a free-weight and is in the free-weight section).

    I also do the leg presses and extensions.

    The key here is proper form and rotation. 2.5 years in the gym and I've never sustained an injury.

    Now the hip abductor? I never liked that. Thought it was for strengthening your vagina!


    It says lat pulldowns behind the shoulders are bad, which is correct. Proper form is pulling down to the upper chest.
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    Apr 13, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    brianindenver saidI disagree with the article. I love the lat pull down (which is actually more of a free-weight and is in the free-weight section).

    I also do the leg presses and extensions.


    Same here...just worked with them this week.

    I never pull down lats behind though (that's like impossible).
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    Apr 13, 2011 4:46 AM GMT
    When I belonged to a gym, the exercise machines were just places for old people and women to sit and socialize. That's why they were arranged in circles, right?
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    Apr 13, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    maybe it should be renamed

    "6 types of people who should avoid the gym"
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    Apr 13, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    Actually, in my gym, the hip abductors and adductors are in a corner (where the ladies usually hang out), while the lat pulldowns and leg presses are with the free weights where muscleheads hang out. I always battle the women for the hip machines while I'm waiting for my trainer to finish with his last client. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 13, 2011 11:18 AM GMT
    brianindenver saidI disagree with the article. I love the lat pull down (which is actually more of a free-weight and is in the free-weight section).

    I also do the leg presses and extensions.

    The key here is proper form and rotation. 2.5 years in the gym and I've never sustained an injury.

    Now the hip abductor? I never liked that. Thought it was for strengthening your vagina!


    ditto... yay for the lat pull down!
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    Apr 13, 2011 12:02 PM GMT
    76coopers said
    brianindenver saidI disagree with the article. I love the lat pull down (which is actually more of a free-weight and is in the free-weight section).

    I also do the leg presses and extensions.

    The key here is proper form and rotation. 2.5 years in the gym and I've never sustained an injury.

    Now the hip abductor? I never liked that. Thought it was for strengthening your vagina!


    ditto... yay for the lat pull down!


    The article only said that the pull down behind the back is wrong, it says nothing about the correct lat pull down. I believe what its talking about is the stupid meatheads who not only do it behind the neck, but rack up the weight and fly through the exercise.

  • training_guy

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    Apr 13, 2011 12:05 PM GMT
    Load of rubbish. I have used all those machines listed and never once had an inury. As long as you lift a senisble weight and alway demonstrate good form you won't suffer an injury.
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    Apr 13, 2011 12:18 PM GMT
    There may be some truth if you perform the exercises incorrectly. How many times do we see guys in the gym "yanking the lat pull downs" totally out of correct form and knowing it isn't serving them well.

    I make sure to observe strict position when I'm working out. I use some of these and this article won't convince me not to use them... but to make sure
    they are used properly.