If you’re sick and tired of working your backside off in the gym each and every single week in the hopes of building muscle, yet seeing virtually no improvements to your body, maybe it’s time for you to switch up your training and try something new? When people train with weights, they often focus on free weights and heavy compound movements. As beneficial as these are, they do pose a risk of injury, and it can be easy to cheat with these movements. This is where cable machines prove to be so useful. Cable machines are incredibly beneficial and versatile, yet they often don’t get the praise they deserve. Here’s a look at 3 reasons why cable machines are beneficial.

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Save time – One of the main benefits associated with cable machines, is the fact that they’re great for saving time. Cable machines, such as the Body Solid functional trainer are ideal for home gyms and those of you that are looking to get in and out of the gym as quickly as possible. Most of them feature an in-built weight stack, which can be altered by simply sliding the pin into the weight of your choosing. If you wish to alter the weight of a free weight machine or bar, you need to spend time fetching plates, unloading them, loading them, locking the safety brackets in place, and so on. It doesn’t sound like much, but when time is against you, it’s extra effort that you could do without. With cable machines however, you adjust the weight in a matter of seconds. Basically, everything is in one place.

 

Safety – Another reason why cable machines can be so beneficial for people working out is the fact that they are much safer than free weights. If you’re performing heavy barbell bench presses for example, and the weight is too heavy, or you lose your grip, you could find yourself pinned to the bench by the bar. If you instead choose to perform chest presses on a cable machine such as the Inspire FT1 Functional Trainer, you needn’t worry about injuring yourself because of the design of the machine. You are far less likely to suffer an injury when working out with a cable machine than you would when lifting free weights, and that is a proven fact.

 

Form – Cable machines are great for people looking to really execute perfect form as they perform various workouts. Due to their design, your form is far less likely to suffer when working out with a cable machine, than it would be when working out with free weights. Say for example, you perform barbell curls. If the weight was a little too heavy, you may lean back to complete the exercise, or perhaps rock your body to gain momentum. If instead, you perform cable curls using a cable machine such as the Inspire FT2 Functional Trainer, because of the design of the machine, the mechanics of the movement, and the positioning of you, the bar, and the cable attachment, it would be far, far harder for you to cheat when performing the exercise. You’d be forced to curl the weight by using your biceps, just as the exercise is intended.