The gym offers several exercise machines, but not all delivers the same efficiency to reduce your weight. A group of specialists selected the best ones to lose calories and shed some body fat.
Losing weight is one of the main goals for people that start to go the gym. The machines are different one from another and there are a lot of ways you can choose to achieve your objective. But not all of that equipment generates the same effects when we are talking about losing calories. Because of that variety, many doubts arise and the question “what is best for me?” is not uncommon. In this article, we want to help you with that question with input from specialists.
It’s easy to use and it’s very effective to lose weight. The indoor rowing is an intense activity, one that helps with your focus and releasing your energy. For Infobae’s Daniel Tangona, a respected personal trainer, there are many benefits linked to rowing: “it is one of the most complete cardiovascular and muscular activities in the market. It works with more than 80% of your muscular system.”
With two pedals and two vertical bars, this machine works with your core and practically all your body: legs, glutes, arms, pectoral and abdominal areas. It combines many movements from different areas, simulating a climb, walk, pedal and even skiing. A person with 70 kg working in this machine in one hour can lose 350 calories. It’s more effective than walking, – in the same amount of time, you would lose 300 calories by walking.
It’s the main machine if you want to lose weight. It’s not recommended for people that have severe overweight, since it punishes the joints. Before you start this activity, it’s good to have a run technique and know how to establish your footing to avoid injuries. “The tibial musculature increases its activity when running in the treadmill because you have to over achieve your previous step in the same place, something that doesn’t happen on the street.”
If running the treadmill makes the front part of your leg hurt, elevate the treadmill two or
three degrees or ask your gym’s personal trainer for help.
A 20 minutes run in the treadmill involves all your important muscles, creates more cardiovascular resistance and burns some calories. A six minutes run at 6 mph (10km per hour) burns 229 calories.
If you lift weights every day you have less tendency to accumulate fat in your waist compared to people that use that time to do only aerobic exercises. Twenty minutes a day in the gym it’s enough to check the difference in the long term.
But lifting weights has its disadvantages, like muscular unbalance, if you exercise your left side more than the right or the opposite, for example. That is why you need to have a balanced routine and train all your body, legs and chest included, in those strength machines.
Spinning is one of the most popular cardio activities, especially with women. With the same movement as if you were using a normal bike, this option is ideal to start any activity. Spinning is a major ally to lose weight and has a small impact on your joints, while giving strength to your ankles.
A person with 70 kg can lose as much as 400 calories. One variation that gains more and more love is the SoulCycle, an intense indoor routine with music that improves your elasticity, stamina and velocity.