People exercise for all different types of reasons. For some, looking and feeling better is the goal. For others, adding muscle is the goal. No matter the reason, one common, overlapping source of motivation behind working out is to drop weight. Losing weight can be the goal for a wedding, upcoming vacation, you name it, or just for the sake of getting back to a healthy point, weaning off medications or fitting back into clothes you once wore.
No matter the approach you take to lose weight, hands down the best one is to partake in a resistance training program. There are various ways to resistance train, be it with free weights, plyometrics, or using exercising machines. For some, especially those just starting a resistance training program, exercising machines are the best way to go. Why? Exercising machines are specifically made and engineered to work a certain muscle group/body part. Because of this, your chance of injuring yourself on an exercising machine is minimal. Also, exercising machines can save you time, as you change the weight simply by moving a pin, without having to add plates or pick up dumbbells.
If your goal is weight loss and exercising machines are your option, it’s best to create a program that involves a muscle split. Dedicate yourself to a three-day-a-week routine that alternates muscle groups. For example, if you can work out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, your split may look something like this:
Monday- Chest, Shoulders, Biceps
Wednesday- Legs (Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes, Calves)
Friday- Back, Triceps, Abs
Stick to a rep range of about 8-12, with a higher range for calves and abs (around 15-20). Do about 3 sets of each exercise.
In order to lose weight and keep it off, you must build muscle and shift your body’s composition of lean and fat mass. When you put on muscle, the body must work harder to maintain it and therefore your metabolism will experience a boost. Increased metabolic rate leads to long-term sustainability of weight loss. No matter your goal, using exercising machines can greatly help propel you towards your weight loss goals.
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