2 Changes For Better Results At The Gym

Updated: Oct 12

Want to shake things up AND get better results in the gym? Then this article is for you.


Gyms tend to pack their facilities with machines. Gym goers see this and naturally drift toward the cardio and weight machines, assuming that's what they should do. Why else would gyms drop thousands of dollars on huge pieces of equipment that take up so much of their space, if it wasn't the best way to get fit?


Guess what? Unless you have some injury that limits in a specific way and/or your doctor has recommended the machines...


GET OFF THE MACHINES!


Okay, so machines aren't bad, but they're far from best. Some of them are even good... maybe we'll talk about those another time. However, if you're looking for better results, you need to grab the free weights: Plates, Dumbbells, Barbells, Kettlebells, Med Balls, etc...


Not comfortable with them? I recommend you hire a personal trainer or fitness coach. Even if it is for just a few sessions. And fire them immediately if they put you back on the machines. Tell them exactly what you want, to learn how to use free weights safely and effectively.


Yes, Return To Fit can help, but your local gym also most likely has personal trainers on staff.


Sign-up for Return To Fit Coaching or check your local gym for personal training options!


Start with these two dumbbell exercises (click to watch the videos):


#1 Dumbbell Bench Press - You're working your chest, arms, shoulders, back, and core muscles... either in the act of pushing or through stabilizing and supporting that act.

Why is this better than the Chest Press Machine? You still work your chest, arms and shoulders, but even there you are using less muscles to stabilize and support. Less muscles, means less strength gain, less calories burned.


#2 Dumbbell Goblet Squats - You're working quads, glutes, core, shoulders, and back muscles.. either in the act of squatting or through stabilizing and supporting that act.

Why is this better than the Leg Press Machine or the Leg Extension Machine? Both of those isolate the quads and remove the engagement you get from the core muscles. Again, you're using less muscles, less strength is gained and less calories are burned.


Where do you go from there? Get comfortable with those exercises and then learn a new one. And keep learning and challenging yourself! Again, I recommend hiring a coach as the fastest, safest way to learn.


Sign-up for Return To Fit Coaching or check your local gym for personal training options!


If you choose to use videos and learn on your own, use videos from a trusted source like the ones above. There's a lot of bad (potentially dangerous) videos out there.


I know if you truly commit to your goals and get outside your comfort zone, you will conquer your goals.



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