At the gym I always use step machines, treadmills, cycling machines, cardio stuff etc etc but I've never been able to use weights before I was 16. Now that I am I have no idea how to use them and since there are always buff guys pumping their guns there I'm too intimidated to figure it out myself lol.
Any ideas? The machines look like torture instruments and I don't even know how to sit on them! They're pretty standard machines. I'd be grateful if anyone could tell me how to use them.
I asked a guy at the gym but he looked at me like I was a n00b and there doesn't seem to be any instructions on the actual machines ... (There are many different types, not just the ones illustrated above).
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Recommend me arm exercises at the gym. watch
- Thread Starter
- 15-07-2009 18:48
- 15-07-2009 18:59
The guy at the gym surely has to help you! What else is he employed for?!
I think you need to evaluate how good your gym is if they won't give you an induction for machines you've never used before.
The first machine you linked to is a chest press machine, you set the weight, put your hands on the bars in front of you and press forward, the range of motion ensures that you'll be pressing ahead and to the centre, basically you cannot move it wrong so just push and see where it goes!
The second, I've never used so won't comment. The only other adjustment is the seat which moves up and down, you need to adjust that first so that the handle bars are roughly at your chest level.
- 15-07-2009 19:05
The 2nd is for triceps, you sit down, and grasp the two things which are situated above shoulder height. You then extend your arms downwards, so they're straight and below your waist.
If you asked a random guy, then maybe he was just a ****. Ask an instructor, their JOB is to help people like you! If he/she doesnt help, complain!
- Thread Starter
- 16-07-2009 13:01