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Machines to Avoid During Workout Programs

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Workout programs can be great for a person's health and body, but they can also cause damage if they are done incorrectly. There are machines at the gym the can damage joints and muscles, and these machines should not be used by the average person during workout programs.

The Seated Rotation Machine Can Damage the Back

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Avoid using the seated rotation machine during a fitness routine. This machine puts a lot of stress on the back and does nothing to reduce love handles, it can be a waste of time to include this in a fitness routine.

The seated rotation machine will work the muscles in the sides of the lower stomach, but there is a popular misconception that this machine will help get rid of love handles and it will not. If someone wants to get rid of their love handles they need to do a cardiovascular workout such as the stair climber so that they burn more calories, which is the only way for a person to lose weight.

Stay Away From the Seated Leg Extension

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The seated leg extension machine puts a lot of stress on a person's knees, and as someone ages it can create problems in their knees, do not make this a part of a fitness routine.

Instead of using this machine do squats with free weights, performing these exercises will give the same benefits to the body without the potential damage to the knees. This is especially true for older people who are working out, as people age the knees are not as strong as they used to be an are more susceptible to injury.


The Chest Fly Machine Can Injure the Shoulders

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Do not use the chest fly machine during gym workouts. The chest fly machine can be very hard on a person's shoulders and can cause serious damage. Instead of using the chest fly machine do push ups instead.

Push ups work many of the same muscles without the strain to the shoulders and are a helpful part of any fitness routine. There are many push up systems on the market today that isolate and challenge the muscles more than traditional push ups, these are an excellent choice for getting a great upper body workout and reducing the potential for injury.

Safe Exercise Routines

By avoiding the seated rotation machine, the seated leg extension machine, and the chest fly machine people can reduce the risk of injury during their workout programs. There is always several options for working out a set of muscles. A personal trainer or fitness professional can educate people on the safest methods to work out a particular muscle group at the gym.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide a fitness routine without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

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Adjust Your Training Weights

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We all know that heavier weight means bigger muscles. But many times it is not true. This only works as long as you are working the intended muscles. This most common delusion is caused by what training with the heaviest weights possible really means. It does not mean the heaviest weight you can move throughout the exercise sloppily at any cost. It means the heaviest weight you can move with the intended muscle group with slow deliberate exercise. Heavier weight increases the chances of damage as well.

So train with the heaviest weights you can but imagine your worst critic is present watching you. Make sure this critic won’t have not one irritating comment to you when you are at the end your set. Train so that you have no doubt in your mind there is not one surrender in your form as a result of using too heavy of weights.
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Post Workout Carbohydrates

Consuming food immediately after training, no longer than forty five minutes, the right type of nutrients has an massive impact on gaining lean muscular weight. Right after intense weight training, muscle cells are starving for replenishment. The prime fuel source for anaerobic activity is glycogen and after serious weight training studies have shown a nutrient partitioning action takes place. Starving muscle cells suck up glycogen like a sponge loading and making it in much greater quantities than usual. Take advantage of this by drinking a liquid source of simple carbohydrates like a pop or a carbohydrate drink. This is an exceptional time to satisfy your cravings for simple sugars and actually benefit from it.

Your bodies’ insulin response to eating the simple sugars will divide the simple sugars very efficiently into the muscle cells instead of fat cells when over eating carbohydrates. You can not only get away with eating more, it is helpful for muscle growth to do so.

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Weight Training Increases Arterial Stiffness

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Lifting weights can eventually damage cardiovascular health by hardening blood vessel walls and decreasing their aptitude to stretch and contract as the heart pumps blood through them. Even a single weight workout increases blood vessel stiffness. Weight-trained bodybuilders have stiffer arteries than people who don’t lift weights. This can boost the load on the heart when it tries to pump blood. Heart experts are concerned that years of building extreme muscles could have long-lasting effects on the blood vessels and heart. High blood pressure from weight training might also obstruct blood vessel metabolism and increase the threat of deadly blood vessel wall tears called aneurisms.

Japanese researchers found that upper-body weight training exercises increased arterial stiffness, while lower-body exercises didn’t. But it is just one study. In essence it is a known fact that stronger people live longer than weaker people. Also, a thorough review specialized sources failed to render even a solitary case study of a middle-aged or older adult athlete who died from an aneurism while weight training.
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