The wait is finally over and the gym is back open. It’s time to restart your fitness routine and rebuild your muscles.
One of the best ways to do that is to start out with some resistance training. Resistance training is a form of exercise that improves muscular strength and endurance. During a resistance training workout, your limbs move against resistance provided by your body weight, gravity, bands, weighted bars or dumbbells.
For those who have been on hiatus from the gym, weight machines are an easy way to get back in the game. They are simple to use, relatively safe and they don’t require lots of coordination.
If you’re using a machine for the first time, ask someone from our fitness staff for instruction or read the instructions that are typically posted on each machine. Fitness equipment can vary from model to model, so you’ll want to know how the version in front of you works.
3 Tips When Using A Machine:
1. The general rule for all types of strength training is to start light before going heavy. To start, always choose a lighter weight than you were initially thinking.
2. Check your machine settings. You want to make sure the machine is set for you and not the person who used the machine before you. Is the right amount of weight selected and if there is a pin, is it fully inserted? How is your seat positioning?
3. Let the machine support and guide you and not do the work for you. As with any exercise, you will get better results with good posture and good form. Engage your whole body and move with control.
Start out completing 3 sets of 10 repetitions to work your way back into your strength routine without overdoing muscles and joints. For more exercise suggestions, ask one of our Fitness staff when you are in the Club.
If you have any questions on training, you can contact our Program Leader, Jenna at 708.733.7580.