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Machines VS. Free Weights

Any workout program you choose, any training style you choose, resistance training (weight lifting) is beneficial to you.  There are two ways to accomplish resistance training, Machines vs. Free Weights.  Machines are stationary, usually plate loaded or have a weight stack and pin system for choosing the amount of weight you wish to lift.  “Free weights” is a broader term, and refers to things like dumbbells, barbells, kettle bells, body bars, and body weight resistance tools such as a BOSU, stability ball or TRX.

Which is better?

Well that depends.  Both have a role in training, and it really depends on what you are looking to accomplish.  Stationary machines are a wonderful tool for beginners, and they help to teach the body about postural awareness, what an exercise should feel like and where exactly you should be feeling it.  Machines are also useful for intermediate and advanced lifters, as they work to isolate specific muscles or muscle groups.    Machines may also facilitate the ability to lift more weight, as you are more stable and controlled.  Stationary machines hold your posture, thus they take out the necessity to have an advanced body awareness, and it can be easy to forget to activate your core muscles. Because a weight machine keeps the body in a stable position, it usually only works the muscle in one plane of motion at a time.

Free weights generally require heightened body awareness, as proper posture and core activation will reduce the risk of injury.  When beginning to lift with free weights, you can start by doing many of the exercises seated as opposed to standing which keep a greater amount of control.  Seated vs standing free weight exercises also allows for heavier weights to be lifted safely.   Moving to dynamic equipment such as a TRX suspension system, a greater awareness of proper posture and core activation is recommended. Free weights also train the body in more than one plane of motion at a time.  The body moves dynamically, and free weight training is more functional in terms of movements in every day life.

There are definitive benefits and drawbacks to both – mix it up and try something new.  Remember that if you need help with any of the topics discussed, spotting, or an idea for a different exercise, please ask us!


Upcoming ways to get fit!

Happy New Year! Here it is, 2013 already. Time to start ticking off all those great things on the resolution list.

For many folks, getting fit is a high priority at the start of each new year. It can become short lived when the motivation runs out so we are more than happy to provide some opportunities for external motivation to assist you.

Starting next week we will launch our Winter registered programs. We have rolling registration so it’s not too late to sign up now. Here are a couple of awesome ideas to get you into fitness mode:

Interval Blast! This class takes the guess work out of exercise. Your certified personal trainer instructor will lead you through cardio and strength drills until you are happy to see the end of one hour. The class runs Mon/Wed/Fri mornings at 6am so we get you in and out of the gym in time for work or school. Course code is #76874

Cycle TRX: Another great interval style class. You will do strength work on the TRX suspension system and alternate with drills on the Keiser bikes. The class runs on Thursday mornings from 9 to 10am. Course code is #77356

May 2013 be a fit and healthy year for you!


Upcoming ways to get fit!

Happy New Year! Here it is, 2013 already. Time to start ticking off all those great things on the resolution list.

For many folks, getting fit is a high priority at the start of each new year. It can become short lived when the motivation runs out so we are more than happy to provide some opportunities for external motivation to assist you.

Starting next week we will launch our Winter registered programs. We have rolling registration so it’s not too late to sign up now. Here are a couple of awesome ideas to get you into fitness mode:

Interval Blast! This class takes the guess work out of exercise. Your certified personal trainer instructor will lead you through cardio and strength drills until you are happy to see the end of one hour. The class runs Mon/Wed/Fri mornings at 6am so we get you in and out of the gym in time for work or school. Course code is #76874

Cycle TRX: Another great interval style class. You will do strength work on the TRX suspension system and alternate with drills on the Keiser bikes. The class runs on Thursday mornings from 9 to 10am. Course code is #77356

May 2013 be a fit and healthy year for you!


Be Your Best in 2013

Starting at the YMCA!

YMCA Calgary offers so many options for you and your entire family to get out of the house, get active, and most of all – have fun together!

Whether you’re looking to learn how to swim, a rock-climbing adventure, somewhere for your children to run off some of that energy, or just want to dance your cares (and holidays goodies) away in Zumba, YMCA Calgary can help you meet your goals.  With both drop-in and registered programming for all ages, YMCA Calgary can help you discover who you are in 2013.

Check us out; with five locations across this great city, there is a YMCA near you!  YMCA Calgary is Building Healthy Communities.

Wishing you and your family a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!


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