Good Monday Morning. Let us finish our discussion on human movement and machine training. A quick recap, machine training:
(1) prevents us from using our secondary muscles (stabilizers) to support the primary muscles involved in the movement
(2) eliminates the need for postural strength, balance, and stability because most machines require us to be in a seated position
(3) fails to fully stimulate our central nervous system to improve free movement patterns used in our daily tasks
So, how do we not succumb to machine hijacking? Create a training program that includes mostly free-moving exercises, where you are controlling all aspects of the movement. If you're adding weight to increase the difficulty, remain on your feet. In a separate tip, I will provides examples of this.
Is machine training ever appropriate? Sure, physique competitors focus on maximizing the size and shape of each muscle, so machines allow for specificity training. However, this doesn't mean that they ignore free movement training.
Recovery from injury can also give rise to machine training. Rehab or physical therapy candidates may need some "assistance" to regain the ability to once again train free movement exercises.
Training in a free movement environment is invaluable. If you're unsure on how to accomplish this, enlist the services of a qualified trainer or read books that cover this topic. We must be able to hold our own at any moment.
Make it a great day!