The start of a New Year brings many members to the gym who are new to exercise. Congratulations on beginning your fitness journey!

 

In the following Training Tip, personal trainer Kimberley Cubbage describes and demonstrates four exercises using our Life Fitness equipment. These lower and upper body exercises can be used as an introduction to strength training and may be modified for most fitness levels.

 

Leg Press. Lower the chair so that the bottom of the chair is just at knee level (or slightly below), adjust the weight and press through the heels until the legs are fully extended for 8-10 repetitions. This exercise strengthens and tones the entire lower body.

Leg Extension. Adjust the chair so that it just touches the back of the knee, adjust the weight and fully extend the legs for 8-10 repetitions. This exercise strengthens and tones the front of the legs.

Chest Press. Adjust the chair so that the handles are chest height, adjust the weight and press until the arms are fully extended for 8-10 repetitions. This exercise strengthens and tones the arms and chest.

Lat Pulldown. Adjust the lap pads to touch the thighs, adjust the weight and pull down, bringing the elbows back and down for 8-10 repetitions. This exercise strengthens and tones the upper back and arms.

For more information about how to properly choose and use the resistance equipment, please schedule an Equipment Basics session with one of our Fitness Instructors; this consultation is free with your membership!