The gym can be a confronting place. There are lots of sweaty people, music so loud it rivals a rave and various curious-looking contraptions that most of us have no idea how to use. For fear of embarrassing ourselves, we stay well away.
According to Fitness First personal trainer Leanne Tesoriero, the area is nothing to be afraid of — and even better for you if you’re a beginner to the gym workout.
“Between me and you, everybody at the gym is focused on their own training so they don’t pay attention if you are lifting too much or too little. Don’t worry about it, just focus on your plan. There is no reason to put the weights floor into the ‘too hard’ basket,” she says.
Here are the five machines you should be trying in your next workout.
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1. Leg press
Why bother? It might look a bit like a torture device, but it’s a good one to start off on.
“It’s great for building good quad, glute and hamstring strength,” says Tesoriero.
“You can change the variation of angle with your feet to target different muscle groups.”
To use: Select the appropriate weight, place feet on the pad and push with your legs. As you inhale, slowly lower the platform until your upper and lower legs make a 90-degree angle and then return to start position and repeat.