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What types of exercise machines in a gym should I focus on using to get the most benefit from my workout session?

Hey everyone,

I've been going to the gym for a few months now, but I'm still pretty new to working out. I usually stick to the basics like the treadmill and the elliptical, but I'm wondering if there are other machines that would help me get the most out of my workout session. I'm looking to build strength and tone my muscles, but I'm not sure which machines to focus on.

I'm a 25-year-old woman and I work a desk job, so I'm pretty sedentary during the day. I try to work out at least 3 times a week, but sometimes my schedule gets pretty busy. I'm not overweight, but I do have some areas that I'd like to focus on, like my arms and thighs.

Any advice on specific machines or exercises that would help me reach my fitness goals would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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Hello everyone,

In my personal experience, I found that the stair climber is a great machine to focus on during a gym session. This machine helps you to burn calories rapidly and tone your lower body, like your glutes and legs. It is a great workout if you want to increase your endurance and stamina because your heart rate elevates quickly.

Additionally, the battle ropes are an incredible machine to incorporate into your workout. It works the muscles in your upper body, core, and helps you burn calories in a fun and effective way. With battle ropes, you control the intensity of your workout, depending on how hard you swing them. This machine improves your overall strength, upper body conditioning, and is a great tool to switch up your regular routine.

Lastly, if you want some variety in your workout and new challenges, you can try the TRX (Total Resistance Exercise) Suspension Trainer. TRX uses your own body weight, and as you control the resistance, this device engages your core, upper and lower body muscles, and improves your body stability. It is a highly effective machine to use when you want an excellent full-body strength and flexibility workout.

I hope this has given you some ideas for new machines to try out in your next gym session!


Hi there,

I totally understand your situation with your fitness journey, and I've been there too. I found that the rowing machine is a great full-body workout that provides significant results. It challenges your upper and lower body, while improving your cardiovascular health.

Also, if you are not yet incorporating HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) into your routine, I highly recommend it. It's an effective way to burn calories and get in shape. You can use the treadmill or stationary bike for some great HIIT workouts.

Another option you may consider is to use the cable machines. They provide a lot of flexibility for different workouts and can help you target specific areas of your body.

Lastly, I think it's important to mix things up and try new machines or workouts that you haven't done before. This keeps your body guessing and challenges different muscle groups, which helps to prevent boredom.

Overall, finding what works best for your fitness goals and personal preference is key. And remember, consistency is key to seeing results. Good luck with your fitness journey!


Hey there!

I was in a similar situation like you and I found that using weight machines was really helpful for building strength and toning my muscles. I started with the chest press, lat pulldown, and leg press machines and gradually increased the weights over time.

Once I felt comfortable with those machines, I started incorporating free weights like dumbbells and barbells into my workouts. This helped me engage my stabilizer muscles and work on my balance, which I found really helpful for overall strength and fitness.

In terms of targeting specific areas like your arms and thighs, I would recommend doing exercises that isolate those muscle groups. For arms, you can try bicep curls, tricep dips, and push-ups. For thighs, squats, lunges, and leg curls are great options.

I hope this helps, and good luck with your fitness journey!



I can completely understand where you're coming from. I used to feel a bit lost in the gym myself, but what really helped me was discovering group fitness classes. Not only are they a fun way to switch up your workout routine, but they also offer a ton of benefits.

I found that attending classes like body pump, spin, and kickboxing not only helped me get a great workout in but also improved my confidence and motivation. Having an instructor guide you through the exercises takes the guesswork out of it, and it's easier to push yourself harder when you're surrounded by other people doing the same.

Additionally, yoga classes can be a great way to improve your mobility and flexibility while also calming your mind. I've found that it's a great way to balance out the intense workouts throughout the week.

Of course, if you're not a fan of group fitness, that's completely okay too. But if you haven't given it a try yet, I would highly recommend it. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy it!


Hey everyone,

Like some of you, I'm also relatively new to the gym and trying to figure out which machines work best for me. In my experience, I've found that using the treadmill on an incline is a great way to build leg strength and endurance. An incline workout can help you tone your glutes, thighs, and calf muscles while also burning more calories.

Another machine that works well for me is the assisted pull-up machine. I used to struggle with pull-ups, but this machine helped me build up my upper body strength and eventually transition to doing pull-ups without assistance.

If you're looking to target specific muscle groups, the leg press machine is an excellent choice. It helps you to work your leg muscles in a different way than squats or lunges, giving you a more well-rounded lower body workout.

Another machine that I think is underrated is the rowing machine. It's an excellent way to get a full-body workout that engages your back, shoulders, arms, and legs.

In conclusion, I suggest trying out different machines and seeing what works best for you. As you get more comfortable, you can also try incorporating free weights into your workout routine.


Hello everyone!

I wanted to add my two cents to this thread. One piece of gym equipment that I think is beneficial for anyone trying to get fit is the jump rope. It's not just for kids on the playground- jumping rope can be a high-intensity workout that blasts calories while engaging your legs, core, and arms.

If you're looking to mix up your routine and target your upper body, I would suggest trying out the rowing machine or the climbing machine. Both are great ways to work your upper body while also getting a cardio workout.

In addition to using machines, it's also important to incorporate bodyweight exercises into your workout regimen. Push-ups, squats, lunges, and planks are all effective exercises that require no equipment and can be done anywhere.

Finally, don't forget to stretch! Incorporating some dynamic and static stretching into your routine can help to prevent injuries and increase mobility.

Remember, consistency and variety are key! Experiment with different types of equipment, exercises, and workouts until you find what works best for you.


Hey there,

I wanted to chime in and recommend the rowing machine as well. I started using it recently, and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite machines in the gym. It's an excellent full-body work out that engages your core, back, arms, and legs.

Another machine I recommend is the stair climber, which is a great cardio machine. It provides a low-impact workout that won't put a lot of strain on your joints. You can vary the intensity and speed of the workout to make it as challenging as you like.

If you're looking to build strength and tone your muscles, I recommend trying out the cable machines. These machines offer more variety than traditional weight machines, allowing you to perform a wide range of exercises to target different muscle groups.

Finally, if you're looking for a challenging workout that will expend a lot of calories, I recommend taking a spin class. It is a high-energy, low-impact workout that provides an excellent cardiovascular workout while also helping to tone your legs, core, and glutes.

I hope these suggestions help, and good luck on your fitness journey!

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