I’m very new to working out on weight machines. I’ve been going to the YMCA for a month now and am slowly learning how each machine works. Fortunately it’s never crowded when I’m there, so I can study the diagrams and figure out what to do. The personal trainer who walked me through at the beginning is never there when I’m there, and I have a question, so maybe you all can help me.
I usually try to do (I hope I’m using these terms right) 5 sets of ten repetitions, with a short recovery break between each set. So I’m doing ten leg presses (slowly, the man said) rest for a few beats, ten more, etc. for a total of 50. Since I’m so out of shape, I’m usually at my limit by the end of each machine, and I feel I’ve worked.
But I’ve been watching the people around me, who are there every time I go and seem very familiar with the equipment, and their usual pattern is to sit down at the machine, do a quick ten or 15 leg presses and then move on to another machine. I spend more time adjusting the seat than they do working the machine, and I wonder if they are getting any benefit from such a short stint. And most often they are not using much more weight than I am, and I’m weak! Except for the guys lifting weights on barbells, no one seems to spend as much time as I do.
Now I know everyone has there own routine and needs, but I wonder if such short burst are effective, or is my method more of a workout, in general? Oh, and today I increased to 6 sets on each machine, woo woo! Now I just have to learn the upper body machines. What is your workout like? I also do time on the EFX and the treadmill, and hope to start water aerobics soon.