Multifunction fitness machine
Thanks to the popularity of high-intensity exercise programs, many fitness centers are changing their equipment offerings and creating space for high-intensity conditioning programs. Likewise many personal trainers now make exercises like barbell deadlifts, sled pushes, Turkish get-ups, overhead presses and kettlebell swings standard components of clients’ workout programs. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that the sight of a huge tire, the shape of a kettlebell, the sound of a barbell dropping on a platform or the noise of a heavy rope slamming against the ground could be intimidating to the novice exerciser. It’s also important to consider whether high-intensity workouts are appropriate for someone who is just starting to exercise. While there is a ton of evidence supporting the benefits of high-intensity exercise for clients of all skill levels, that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for every single person walking into a gym. Now, you might argue that using full body exercises is more functional and helps clients prepare for challenges they may face in their daily lives. Your primary role as a trainer, however, is to not only give clients a workout for the day, but to help them learn how to make physical activity a regular part of their daily lives. In other words, you need to consider the needs of your clients and eliminate the tendency to use the types of workouts you enjoy. Even though I like using barbells and kettlebells for my personal workouts, when it comes to exercising on their own many of my clients are more comfortable using weightlifting machines. More importantly, machines can help clients become stronger while establishing the healthy behaviors necessary to make exercise a consistent part of their daily routines. Strength training provides a number of benefits and the primary feature of machines is that they use cams and pulleys to place the greatest amount of resistance at the point where a particular muscle is in its strongest position, thus helping that muscle to develop to its fullest potential. If the goal of an exercise program is to create large, well-defined muscles, machine training can be an extremely functional way to achieve that outcome.