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Learn to Love: The Cable Pulley Machine

I know the Cable Pulley Machine is a little intimidating. The machine is big and with endless options, since you can work nearly every part of your body in almost any range of motion using it, but that is one of the reasons you should learn to love it!

New research backs up what many of us feel intuitively after working out with this machine; free form strength training makes you stronger and more flexible. Not only that, but using the cable pulley machine challenges your sense of balance and improves it considerably more than working with fixed weight machines. Another noted benefit, there was a marked decrease in joint pain when working with cable pulley machines. With all these bonuses, how can you walk past the machine?

If you don't have access to the cable pulley machine, there are similar benefits to working with free weights.

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mem952 mem952 9 years
i love this machine. it would be great it fitsugar suggested some exercises we could do on it!
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
No thank you.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
The guys who use it look confused...I doubt I'll be trying it. I loop my elastic bands through my kitchen table legs for a bit of spacing and do the same motion. Works great!
smellen smellen 9 years
this is so popular at my Y, they actually brought in a 2nd one, and they are back to back. they are mostly used by the guys, so i have been a bit intimidated to start using it, but i do think i should try out some exercises for my arms. think i will check out Shape & WH for some easy to understand instructions.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I used this at my old gym, but the guys at my new one always seem to be hoarding it.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I like these. There are several at my gym and it's how I do my arms and I feel like I have to work my core harder all the time though.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I never use this...
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