Like I have stated in previous blog posts, when I go to the gym on my own I literally have no clue what to do. I get intimidated by all of the machines, buff people and then all of the racing thoughts come back to my mind ending with several main questions; do I strength train with free weights, use the machines, and do cardio? I have heard millions of different things from how the machines are bad and you don’t need them, to switch up your workout and use them three times a week, and do cardio everyday! What?! So confusing.
Here are some facts about strength training with and without machines, as well as the true benefits of cardio. Strength training using free weights is optimum when you have limited space, or do not have access to a gym. Personally, I never use machines only basic workout equipment like kettle bells, bosu balls, bands, etc. Strength training without using machines should come first because you should master your own body weight before you move on to the machines. You also get better depth and such on all exercises without machines.
Using machines are building muscle in certain places. A few pros and cons of using machines are they are supportive, easy to use, save time and less intimidating, while they can be too supportive, they are limited, they don’t allow you to work on your weaknesses, plus they don’t allow your body to work naturally.
Cardio exercises are one of the easiest exercises because you can do it anywhere! A basic rule of thumb that I stick to according to the American Heart Association, is to do cardio exercises 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes. Cardio burns calories and fat, strengthens your heart, reduces stress and your blood pressure. Cardio is just so good for you!!
Comment below and tell me what your favorite way to exercise is!