It’s week seven and it’s crazy how quickly working out has become a part of my daily routine. I think back to the beginning of my learning project and remember how uncomfortable I was walking into the gym. I think the discomfort was more of an internal feeling more than anything. One think I have learned personally is to be confident. Why did I feel uncomfortable for making a life decision that improved my overall health? I think social media plays a role in the discomfort a new gym goer may feel. Society influences us to believe that you have to have a certain appearance to lift weight at the gym, but I’ve come to realize the opposite. Actually, the gym can be an inspiring place to make a change for the better because other gym goers are in the same shoes.
I’ve always wondered what’s better…free weights or machines? Or is one better than the other? If you walk into a gym, you will quickly realize that both free weights and resistance machines are present. Here are a few things I learned about the difference between free weights and machines.I started the week by watching the YouTube video below to learn about the difference between free weights and machines.
Machine vs Free Weights
This might be the best website I have found since starting my Personal Learning Project. This website has pretty much any machine you can find at the gym and provides short, instructional videos for how to use each machine. It’s quick and efficient. Before going to the gym this week I focused on learning about three different machines. Check out the exercises I learned this week along with their instructional videos.
2. Seated Dip
3. Lateral Pull
This week was great for learning about some new machines and the proper form and technique for using each machine, but moving forward I want to learn how to use each machine to create an upper or lower body workout. What are the different areas that I should be targeting at the gym? How often do you workout each area? What exercises are the most beneficial? These are all questions I will be looking at closer as I move forward with my learning project.