Exercise Machines You Don’t Need

A man using a weight machineWalking into the gym and expecting a great workout is like walking into the grocery store and expecting a fancy gourmet meal. Sure, the basics you need are there, but you also need a little knowledge and dedication to enjoy a perfect entree.

To help you make the most of every workout, we’re “weighing in” on what you shouldn’t bother with at the gym…as well as more reliable exercise alternatives.

1. Leg-Curl Machine

What it should do: Train the quadriceps.

What it actually does: Your hamstrings move in two ways – knee flexion and hip extension. The leg curl machine works knee flexion, it strengthens a motion your legs aren’t actually designed to do, and can put undue strain on the ligaments and tendons surrounding the kneecaps.