Training on simulators is ineffective?
In spite of the fact that generally there is a perception of low efficiency of simulators, most people prefer to engage on them, I do not accept the “freedom” that allow dumbbells and barbells. Of course, free weights several times more effective trainers – this is difficult to argue. How do simulator can replace the barbell bench lying? This is not, so all this talk empty. But there is always a “but” that does not give us the right to tell the complete ineffectiveness of simulators.Trainers have always had a bad reputation in the fitness industry, they have always considered something “insufficient” or “disadvantaged” compared with exercises that use the power of the whole body. In reality, exercises on simulators can be a great addition to any training program by providing trainees an unusual range of motion. Also, except for the freedom of movement, which guarantees the free weights, you several times reduces the risk of injury and damage. For those who are just entering the hall, fitness equipment – a good way to get acquainted with the technique and proper form. It is a mistake to believe that if a man begins his journey in the hall with simulators, it never begins to perform exercises with free weights. It is not, since the time of the beginner will want to compete with the veterans hall of the bench for bench press.
For people with experience of trainers also play a positive role. According to John-Eric Kawamoto (Jon-Erik Kawamoto), head coach at JK Conditioning, «Fitness – it’s a great addition to training with free weights, especially if you are a bodybuilder or trying to stimulate muscle hypertrophy. Trainers provide special stimulation for muscle growth. ”
However, the restriction in motion (this is the essence of all simulators) can play a negative role. By reducing the range of motion simulators ignore individual differences in the movement of the joints. Instead of giving the trainee the opportunity to move in a certain (preferred) pattern (pattern), trainers make people make the move at a predetermined angle, which is not always good for the final result. However, with limited, simulators also ignore stabilizing ligaments. However, this problem is not only trainers, but many of the exercises with free weights. It all depends on one factor: whether to perform an exercise in technique or not.
Despite all the negative factors, which we have described, all the same simulators are useful in some situations. For example, at the beginning of your workout, when your body needs to adapt to the load, gaining the necessary strength to work out with free weights. Also, you can use the exercise machines at the end of a workout to add additional load on the muscles without the risk of possible injury. During the rest of your pastime in the hall should be in the area of free weights. Home observe the proper technique execution.