Top Five Exercise Machines to Avoid

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It’s a myth that all exercise machines found in a gym are effective. In fact, some of them are not even safe.

Our caveman ancestors were very fit, but they didn’t rely on exercise machines like we do today. We trust that when we use an exercise machine at the gym it will work safely, but that’s not always the case. It pays to be aware of what’s considered unsafe or ineffective.

Let’s take a look at the top five exercise machines to avoid, as well as exercise alternatives that should be safer.

#1 Seated Leg Extension Machine

The seated leg machine is supposed to train your quadriceps. However, what it really does is strengthen a motion that isn’t natural for your legs, and that can cause unnecessary strain on your knee ligaments and tendons. We recommend giving this machine a miss.

#2 Seated behind the Neck Lat Pull-Down Machine

The seated behind the neck lat pull-down machine is supposed to train your biceps, upper back and lats. However, unless your shoulders are really flexible, it is hard to do correctly, which can lead to shoulder joint pinching and even damage to your rotator cuff.

#3 Seated Shoulder Press Machine

The seated shoulder press machine is supposed to train your shoulders and triceps. However, the overhead pressing can actually be injurious to your shoulder joints. It puts unnecessary stress on your shoulders, and the machine does not allow your hips to help your shoulders, which would be the natural motion if you were pushing something overhead.

#4 Seated Hip Abductor Machine

The seated hip abductor machine is supposed to train your outer thighs. The problem is that you are sitting down, so the movement really has no purpose. If you use too much weight and/or your technique is jerky, it could put unnecessary pressure on your spine, too, which might lead to injury.

#5 Seated Chest Fly Machine

The seated chest fly machine is supposed to work out your shoulders and chest. However, it can cause the shoulders to be placed in a position that is unstable, which can in turn cause stress on your shoulder joint and the surrounding connective tissue.

As you can see, there are a number of exercise machines that don’t work and have the potential to cause injury. Our caveman ancestors didn’t rely on equipment to strengthen their bodies and stay fit. Instead, all of their activities were based upon natural body movements.

Today, there are bodyweight exercises that accomplish what these machines attempt to do, that are both effective and safe, making them a much better option.

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Lex Cavemen

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