5 Worst Weight Machines

5 of the Most Worthless Selectorized Resistance Training Machines 

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5. Seated Chest PressChest Press Machine

Why Chest press Machine is one of the Top 5 Worst Weight Machines

Not that the chest press nor any machines on the list are really that bad, but there are many better exercise options for the chest.

The chest press machine is good for isolating a small portion of the chest but does little to help build functional strength and could easily lead to injury if the machine is not set up right or the exercise is performed incorrectly.

The better chest exercises do not require brain surgery or the physique of a professional bodybuilder to perform either.


Why Chest Press Machine is Popular

Selectorized seated chest press is very straight forward. A true lazy person's machine, selectorized seated chest press usually requires a single or 2 adjustments. Every gym has a couple of these machines and they are hard to miss.



4. Butt BlasterHip Extension Machine aka Butt Blaster

Why the Hip Extension is one of the Top 5 Worst Weight Machines

The weight machine for isolated hip extension is called many different names. You may see a machine called, glute master or butt blaster or something to that effect.

The selectorized hip extension machine works the motion of isolated hip extension which is worthless for most people because it can further increase muscle imbalances due to overactive hamstrings compensating for weak glute muscles.


Why the Hip Extension Weight Machine is so Popular

People do not understand that all functional leg exercises such as squats, lunges and step-ups require glute activation.

Many people also believe that this exercise will rid them of cellulite and/or help them tone up, burning fat off their behind which is due to the believe of the age old fitness myth of spot-reduction.



3. Lower Back ExtensionLower Back Machine

Why the Low Back Extension is one of the Top 5 Worst Weight Machines

Do you remember when your parents, friends or co-workers told you to lift with your legs when you lift heavy household objects?

Using the lower back extension machine is the equivalent of lifting a heavy object with your lower back only and not bending your legs.

When you lift a heavy object at home such as a TV the correct way to lift would help functionally strengthen your lower back such as performing a dead lift with proper form.

The motion provided by the lower back extension machine is totally unnatural and could lead to injury.


Why the Low Back Extension Machine is Popular

A common reason for performing low back extension on these machines is the belief that it will burn fat off of the lower back and love handles area. This again, is not true and a fitness myth.

Most people are too lazy to perform the most beneficial exercises such as squats and dead lifts so they believe the selectorized low back extension machine is necessary for strengthening their lower back when it really is one of the worst weight machines.



2. Seated Ab CrunchSeated Ab Crunch Machine

Why the Seated Ab Crunch Machine is one of the Top 5 Worst Weight Machines

The reason for using any exercise machine should be to benefit your body in strength, improve muscle tone, help your body function better or help increase your metabolism.

The selectorized seated ab crunch machine provides very little benefits.

The motion, which is mostly hip flexion can lead to muscle imbalance and poor posture, is something which is completely useless for activities of daily living, athletics and even working your abdominal muscles.


Why the Seated Ab Crunch Machine is Popular

Yet another machine which is most commonly used because of the misconception that abdominal exercises burn abdominal fat.

The seated ab crunch machine adds weight to the myth. People associate the more weight they use with better results, stronger abs and less fat which is not the case.



1. Inner / Outer ThighInner Outer Thigh Machine

Why the Inner / Outer Thigh Weight Machines are one of the Top 5 Worst Weight Machines

The inner and outer thigh machines are the worst weight machines mostly because of the use with the belief that it will reduce thigh size, tone the legs or reduce cellulite.

The fact is, inner and outer thigh machines are a complete waste of time most people in the gym.

The muscles which the machine works are muscles which are responsible for stabilization of the legs during functional activities such as walking and running.

Using the inner and outer thigh machine does more harm than good for most people by creating muscle imbalances which can possibly lead to posture problems.


Why the Inner / Outer Thigh Machines are so Popular in the Gym

The inner / outer thigh machines are very popular machines amongst women because they think it will tone their hips and thighs. This is the one weight machine which you almost always see in use and sometimes there are even lines waiting to use.

The common belief in the fitness myth of spot reduction is a very common misconception which is the reason why the inner / outer thigh selectorized machines are so popular.

These machines or any machines will not tone any body part if it is covered with fat, period.


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