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most hated lift/machine/exercise and the most loved ones

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:45 am
by EdensDemise
i dont know if there is another topic like this, but anyway i am curious to know what is the lifting exercise or machine at the gym you hate the most, and of course the one you enjoy more.
Personally i would say i love squat and generally the exercises for shoulder and back, i hate totally lunges with dumbbell and dumbbell curls(even if barbell curls is not that bad), the reason i hate the first one is because i feel like is useless and boring, the second one is because i am always afraid to work more the shoulders than the biceps when i lift the weights up. :evil:

let me know about yours i am curious :D

Re: most hated lift/machine/exercise and the most loved ones

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:13 am
by muchidna
i like leg press and leg exercises, aswell as cardio on an incline or resistance on bike that makes you feel like a brick after 10 minutes

least fav would have to be lat pulldown, i don't mind the exercise, i just didn't know correct form at the start and kept straining my shoulders

i probably have reversed favorites to most people, i know alot of people don't like leg and core, i like both

Re: most hated lift/machine/exercise and the most loved ones

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:10 am
by Think_machine
Barbell squats are my favorite because strong legs radiate strength to the rest of your body. For a lift I really hate crunches because I feel they are mainly superficial and the pump does not feel like other muscles. I hate 95% of machines equally for roo many reasons but the main one is that as a healthy person they are typically useless compared to free weight when it comes to real world strength. For exercise in general I hate cardio because I jist quit smoking and I used to be asthmatic at the same time before going vegan (i think it was dairy).

Re: most hated lift/machine/exercise and the most loved ones

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:18 pm
by EdensDemise
Think_machine wrote:Barbell squats are my favorite because strong legs radiate strength to the rest of your body. For a lift I really hate crunches because I feel they are mainly superficial and the pump does not feel like other muscles. I hate 95% of machines equally for roo many reasons but the main one is that as a healthy person they are typically useless compared to free weight when it comes to real world strength. For exercise in general I hate cardio because I jist quit smoking and I used to be asthmatic at the same time before going vegan (i think it was dairy).


:D true, crunches and habs exercises in general dont give me such a big feeling of an effort made.
anyway yeah barbell squat seems like the best execise, even if it took a few times before to understand the right posture and stuff

Re: most hated lift/machine/exercise and the most loved ones

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:50 am
by muchidna
main reason i like legs is because they are biggest muscle in the body, and it feels nice to flex and stretch them

Re: most hated lift/machine/exercise and the most loved ones

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:59 am
by Think_machine
I find it interesting that we all love the leg workouts and yet sooooo many people neglect their legs in the gym. I suppose it is a pretty good indicator of who is doing it for true health and fitness goals rather than superficially chasing ornament muscles. I can't stand looking at chicken legged guys in the gym who only work upper body.

Re: most hated lift/machine/exercise and the most loved ones

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:03 am
by vegan_rossco
All machines suck!
Compound free weights all the way!

Re: most hated lift/machine/exercise and the most loved ones

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:24 am
by EdensDemise
vegan_rossco wrote:All machines suck!
Compound free weights all the way!


true. i started with a machinebased training 1month ago and i can say that was borin and that i wasted 1month doing nothing good for the muscles. the only machine i like is the lat machine, for the rest i prefere dumbbells and barbell exercises, i fell like they are working better the body

Re: most hated lift/machine/exercise and the most loved ones

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:27 am
by EdensDemise
Think_machine wrote:I find it interesting that we all love the leg workouts and yet sooooo many people neglect their legs in the gym. I suppose it is a pretty good indicator of who is doing it for true health and fitness goals rather than superficially chasing ornament muscles. I can't stand looking at chicken legged guys in the gym who only work upper body.


ahahahaha chicken legs :lol: the most unsexy thing

Re: most hated lift/machine/exercise and the most loved ones

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:15 pm
by HIT Rob
Personally i like machine's, they've allowed me to work around a few bad injuries. But the main reason i prefer them is so that none of my effort is lost on balance and coordination, i want to focus ALL my efforts on the intense contraction's, not on developing a specific skill.

For Legs, my preference is a seated leverage style leg press such as hammer offer, this machine has allow me to fill out my legs without causing my lower back any discomfort (i've 2 herniated disc's).

upper body pulling: the Underhand grip pulldown has been a mainstay of mine for 2 decades, it works almost everything in the upper body. Ive also found hammer or life fitness chest supported rows to be very productive.

Upper body pushing: Hammer seated chest press machine's are my favorite's (incline and decline), certain military press machine's can also be good.

Isolation / single joint exercises: pec deck or cable crossover for the chest, these movements provide full resistance in the contraction position (something that D-B flyes don't do), i also like leg extension's and machine pullovers as pre-exhaustion exercise's for the quads and back (the machine pullover provide's resistance through a greater range of motion, compered to a D-B or BB pullover). Machine lateral raises, preacher curl machine, and calf presses are also favorite's of mine.

Least favorite exercises...

Incline leg press machines and flat benching: these movement's greatly increase intra-cranial pressure (not a good thing when you've had a stroke).

Best
Rob