Fitness Tip of the Day: Forget Weight Machines

Why endurance athletes should forego the weight room

“When training for an endurance sport, get off of the fixed single muscle machines and get on your feet! A common mistake is to train with “non-functional exercises”—using equipment to isolate just one muscle in one plane of motion (such as hamstring curls or leg extension machines). When you sit on a machine to do these exercises, the seat stabilizes your movement for you, which doesn’t challenge your other muscles to keep you balanced. Since endurance sports require you to use multiple muscles through several planes of movements, instead train with standing functional exercises (such as squats, lunges, and standing cable rows). These exercises demand a higher range of strength and motion and will help you improve your performance and decrease your chance of injury.”

—Meagan Lopez is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as a certified exercise coach. She also owns a personal training and wellness business focused on corrective exercise called Integrated Well Being Inc.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.