Test the Workout Machine Before You Use It!

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You wouldn’t buy a car before you drive it, would you?

Actually, I had people buy brand new cars from me before they even set foot in it, during my car selling days. It still baffles me to this day that people would do something like that, especially for what’s considered to be your second biggest purchase that they’ll ever make…

But anyways, back on topic. You wouldn’t buy a [easyazon-link asin=”B009CZZZS6″ locale=”us”]pair of shoes[/easyazon-link] before trying them on, now would you? (And no, buying from somewhere like [easyazon-link asin=”B002W7LUIK” locale=”us”]Amazon[/easyazon-link] doesn’t count) Of course not…the same sound advice applies to jumping on an [easyazon-link asin=”B000AMUFPS” locale=”us”]exercise machine[/easyazon-link] for the very first time. Before you get ready to grind out three to four set of x number of repetitions, take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with how the machine actually works. If you want to do it without any weights, or with a small amount of, either way is fine.

Check to see if there’s any obvious defects, which will generally be a frayed/broken cable (the most common damage to a machine). If you haven’t found any obvious defects, position yourself in the machine (most of them have you sitting down), according to the directions. As a good rule of thumb, if there’s anywhere that you’ll be bending any part of your body (like your elbows or knees), be sure that you position them with the main axis. This will ensure that you are properly aligned with how the [easyazon-link asin=”B001IHOA1E” locale=”us”]workout machine[/easyazon-link] should work.

Then, began to slowly go through the motion…make sure that it’s not only comfortable, but that you get the full range of motion as well. Being as tall as I am, some machines can present a challenge (particularly flat bench press machines). Start slow, go through the full range of motion, and pay attention to how the machine is working out the part of your body that it’s intended to. If you can’t get that full range of motion, or you feel it tweaking a tendon or two, look for an alternative machine. Most good gyms will have a few variations of the same type of [easyazon-link asin=”B00B48ISLU” locale=”us”]workout machine[/easyazon-link].



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