Feel like your gym routine’s getting a bit stale? Looking to mix it up and get the most out of your favourite machine?
You’re in luck! Today we’re going to take you through the very best alternative exercises for your favourite pieces of equipment and why you should try them out!
Hamstring Curl Hip Thrust
The lying hamstring curl machine is primarily used for building toned thighs and improving leg development. This is obvious from the name!
However, the same machine is. The pad is far gentler on the hips than a barbell, and the locked movement path of the machine forces good patterns in the hip thrust.
You can use this machine with higher reps, or when starting out, to really learn to use the glutes. This is a great way to transition into other forms of hip thrust using the barbell.
Reverse Fly on the Chest Machine
is a great way of preparing the shoulders and balancing out the muscles at the front and back of the joint.
Many gyms don’t have specialised equipment for this purpose, however, and the cables can be difficult for beginners.
The solution is to use the chest flye machine to perform this exercise. You can sit facing the pad and focus on squeezing your shoulder blades together while your hands move backwards against the resistance.
This is a great way to develop the upper back in a slow, controlled way.
Lying Cable Bicep Curl
Want to get great arms? Well, prepare to.
You can achieve a perfect cable curl by laying down on this machine and performingThis is a bit of an unconventional approach, but it provide a much better angle of resistance to your workout and better results! your curls while totally horizontal.
Leg work on the bench
What’s the bench for? You probably guessed bench press, or maybe even shoulder press.
Well, it’s also a great way to build leg strength.or is one of the best ways to develop leg strength in a unilateral way.
That just means you’re using one leg at a time – a key way of developing balance and sport-specific skills when training the lower body. Try these out after squats and you’ll feel them in totally different places as you have to stabilise and balance.
Smith Machine 1-arm press
The smith machine has some problems – such as forcing you into unnatural patterns and stabilising the bar, taking the challenge off of your stabilising muscles.
However, this is also a great reason to use it for accessory exercises. The. This is a great way to build the triceps and shoulders while also challenging single-arm strength.
While it isn’t going to be a stability exercise in the way that a single-arm dumbbell press would be, you can push through and really hit the big muscles without worrying about failing due to stability (and cracking yourself on the head!).
These 5 exercises might not be what you expect, but they’re a great way toProgress isn’t always about doing what everyone else is – it’s about using
Try these out and let us know what you think, or if you have any unusual exercises of your own to suggest!