You’ve been consistent with your gym routine, which is great! But if you’re honest, you’re starting to get a bit tired of that same old workout routine. Or maybe you like your workout routine fine, but you’re making any progress. Well, if that is the case, then it's time to up-level your game and try something new! One of the best ways to keep your body guessing and prevent boredom is by switching up the machines and equipment you use in your gym sessions.
We all have our go-to machines that we use day in and day out, but what about the ones we often overlook? You know, those machines that are collecting dust in the corner, just waiting for someone to give them some love. That’s why in this blog, we’re going to share 3 most overlooked, but most effective, machines in the gym.
Trust us, these machines may not be the most popular, but they’re definitely worth giving a try. So, let’s spice things up, break out of our comfort zones, and have some fun exploring new equipment that can help us reach our fitness goals. Are you ready? Let’s go!
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First up, we have the standing calf raise. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Calves? Who cares about calves?” But hear us out, friends. Your calf muscles are crucial for maintaining proper balance and stability, especially during exercises like squats and deadlifts. Plus, let’s be real, toned calves look pretty damn good in a pair of shorts. So, don’t skip over the standing calf raise machine next time you hit the gym.
How to use:
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use the standing calf raise machine:
Avoid leaning forward or backward, as this can put unnecessary strain on your back. Also, avoid locking your knees when you lift your heels. With consistent practice, you’ll build strength and endurance in your calf muscles, which will help you achieve those fitness goals.
Next on our list is the hack squat machine. This machine may look a little intimidating at first, but trust me, it’s worth it. The hack squat machine is great for targeting your quads, glutes, and hamstrings all at once. Plus, because the machine provides support for your back, it can be a safer alternative to traditional squats if you have any lower back issues. So, if you want to strengthen those legs and get that peachy booty, give the hack squat machine a try.
How to use:
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use the hack squat machine:
It’s important to maintain proper form when using the hack squat machine. So, keep your knees in line with your toes, and avoid locking your knees when you lift the platform. Also, avoid leaning forward or backward as this can put strain on your lower back.
Last but not least, we have the shoulder press machine. This machine is great for targeting your shoulders, obviously, but it can also work your triceps and upper chest. Plus, because you’re using a machine, you can focus more on your form and less on balancing dumbbells or a barbell. And let’s be real, who doesn’t want those sculpted, round shoulders that make any tank top look good?
How to use:
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use the shoulder press machine:
Remember, proper form is crucial, also when using the shoulder press machine. Keep your back straight, engage your core, and avoid using momentum to lift the weight. With consistent practice, you’ll build strength and endurance in your shoulder muscles.
So there you have it, folks – three machines at the gym that you might have overlooked, but shouldn’t. Incorporate the standing calf raise, hack squat machine, and shoulder press into your workout routine, and you’ll be on your way to stronger, more toned muscles in no time. Now, let’s go crush those gains!
Which of these machines are you going to try first?