Sport Specific Training in Cary, NC
More and more top coaches and athletes are shying away from machine-based weight workouts and finding alternative training methods. Weight machines are expensive, often require a gym membership and are somewhat ineffective training tools because they focus on isolation exercises, relying exclusively on machines for strength training that may actually limit sports performance and increase injury risk.
Machines do have a place in rehab and training primarily when muscle isolation, or the ability to control movement speed, direction and intensity is desired. Machines are also useful for novice exercisers who may need a very structured program of movement to build some very basic strength.
Machines can also have a role in ‘bulking’ up the body with muscle for unspecified strength. Obviously, body builders will want as much muscle as possible, and aren’t as concerned with how that muscle performs precise, athletes movements. But functional training should be the core of a fitness program for anyone who wants to develop strength, skill, agility and balance for sports (and life) outside the gym.