Are You Using Those Gym Machines Correctly?

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Fit Facts by George Mangum

We are told that machines are safer for weight training than free weights, which can be misleading. Unless it is a properly designed machine, it can actually cause more damage than free weights. Many machines are designed for profit, not fitness. And, if you are not positioned properly on the machine or you do the wrong movements, it’s just asking for trouble. Machines have their advantages, but learning to use them properly is as important as lifting free weights properly. As machines go, use them, but don’t let them abuse you.

George Mangum M.A is the fitness director for Heritage Medical Group & Heritage LifeFit Fitness Dep, which has fitness programs for all age groups. Contact him at

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