5 Gym Machines To Avoid for Thighs, Back and Abs (And What Exercises To Do Instead!!)

hey guys Jess here with athlean-x extra women I'm taking you to the gym with me we're on our way right now to go and show you the five machines to never use at the gym don't waste your time with these machines I see women making these mistakes all the time and we really want to help you out and fill you in on which machines are wasting your time and what you can do to get better results faster let's start with our number one nono machine to avoid this is called the adductor machine and its partner the abductor is right next to it where you put your legs inside and then push outward either way both of these machines are a no-no because they're really just training your hip flexors so skip these machines they're just wasting your time and try this move instead this is a side plank leg lift what's great about this is it engages your core your entire body and it stimulates your entire nervous system to get you fit all over instead of just isolating one piece at a time remember there's no such thing as spot reduction so just because you have fat on your inner or outer thighs does not mean that exercising them will reduce that fat so it's great to include exercises that tone your inner and outer thighs but just not in isolation now a machine number two that you should be avoiding this one is the lower back machine basically same issue as the other one it's isolating a part that you could be incorporating into your routine with a full body move so why don't you just skip over this machine this is not necessary and tried these variations instead we like to call these ones superman's and basically just lay on the ground on your belly and then lift your chest and legs off the ground at the same time this is incredible for toning the lower back the same thing that they're trying to accomplish with that machine yet what's great about this is again it engages your whole body and your whole nervous system which is going to get you such a better result in the long run so see I just did a different arm variation with the hands underneath the forehead this makes it a little more challenging and unlike with using that machine you're getting a full body workout at once now if you're ready for another level of more challenging more advanced work here is the opposing alternating reaches this is a great one for those of you who are more advanced and looking for a challenge just make sure you don't twist your body side to side you want to keep your hips and shoulders facing the ground at all times so these three variations are all better than using that lower back machine moving on to machine number three to avoid this one is called the AB coaster and I think that name describes it pretty well if you can see what I'm doing and basically coasting through this exercise without breaking a sweat the problem with this one is that it's using too much momentum which is really defeating the purpose of what you're trying to achieve remember we're trying to put tension on our muscles not avoid it so try this move instead this is called a plank knee tuck and I'm alternating side to side and really pulling that knee towards my nose so notice the spine is going from a flat position to a rounded position that's what you're trying to achieve with this move and remember you're looking for maximum tension on the muscle so you should really feel each rep move number four is this machine which is kind of an awkward one I really don't like using this one because I feel like I kind of slams at the bottom and the main problem is that you're pushing primarily with your arms so again you're avoiding tension on your abs rather than placing it on purpose so instead of that one try this one instead basically for all AB movements you're better off just doing your exercises on the floor without any equipment there's plenty of ways to make this more challenging notice this one if I put the legs out this basic crunch becomes really good and challenging and then I can even take it a step further by moving the legs as one straight lever so this is placing tension on the lower abs the upper abs and it's really doing the work that I want to do focusing on strengthening that floor surprised surprised yet another ab machine I bet you're not shocked to see this one I don't even know what this machine is called but basically you're just leaning forward and leaning backwards and you have handlebars asleep main problem with this move is that you're not really getting any spinal flexion my spine stays straight through the entirety of the movement and I'm really just drink from the hips now what about using this move instead when you're on the floor and you really get the opportunity to round your spine and control your way down and then round it up as you push forward it's not limiting your range of motion like the machine is doing and you're using good old gravity instead of having to load on a bunch of additional weight the moral of the story today is that all these fancy machines just aren't necessary so that's it for today's video I hope you enjoyed this and you learn something from it if you have any questions or comments about what I did in the video today please leave a comment below and remember the program is full of more cool creative moves that are not going to waste your time don't waste your time when it comes to your fitness our time is precious that's why we designed this program to get everything you do need and nothing that you don't end in the shortest amount of time possible so get fit with ice and keep watching this is just from athlean-x ex roman i'll see you next week


  1. So why do we need to go and spend money at gym if you are avoiding all these machines?? Stay home workout and save money. Sucks video

  2. Dang all the ones I love

  3. The video was cut short because of the lunk alarm ๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””

  4. Wasnโ€™t she a makeup guru? I canโ€™t put my finger on it

  5. Speaking of your hip flexors- superset hip flexor exercises (marching high knees) with Gluteus Maximus exercises.

  6. if you sit forward in the edge of your seat, the hip abductor machine is really effective for the ๐Ÿ‘glutes ๐Ÿ‘ and building ๐Ÿ‘ glute hypertrophy๐Ÿ‘, not the thighs. #operationBIGbooty

  7. I used to use those leg lifting exercises and it did actually slim and shape my thighs somehow making the fat smaller on the sides and the inner thighs. It burns like crazy, but it really works.

  8. sponsored by planet fitness….

  9. This would be great if I didn't have bad shoulders!

  10. She's right …using these machines is an absolute waist of time๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I have a gym membership and hardly use the machines.

  11. This video is ridiculous. ๐Ÿ˜‚.

  12. I love ur video. Very surprised. Thanks ๐Ÿ‘

  13. What do you do if you don't have enough strength to do all this stuff you say. It would stupid to do these if you can't perform theses

  14. so why u workout in gym if u only need is mat ?๐Ÿ˜‚i dnt u derstand๐Ÿฅด

  15. Um, if the abductor/adductor machines are only training your hip flexors you're probably not using them correctly. You should use enough weight so that you only can do 8-10 reps for each set. I always feel the burn in my thigh muscles when I use these machines.

  16. not to randomly judge or hate on your advice but.. i am curious

    if these machines are NOT good then why would a gym purchase (and waste floor space) on them?

  17. i used to go to planet fitness and never really got what those machine are suppose to be doing anyway. some stuff that was shown is a little challenging, but it is something to work toward ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Well done love good points.ive been doing these body weight exercises in my circuit class r years+telling people those machines r shit. Good work xxx

  19. bruh the hip abducter machine is bomb

  20. This is just the most inaccurate fitness advice I've seen to date!

  21. Unsubbed. You're nuts

  22. Clickbait bs

  23. So not true.

  24. Jessica u r here

  25. 2 problems I found in this. Almost every exercise sue showed is what we did in the army for prt. 2. She's at planet fitness

  26. Has NO ideal what shes talking about…so misleading…if you dont know what the machines do then cant say they dont work …

  27. the Superman's are better with your arms out in front of you

  28. My problems is loose skin and extra fat in my legs, I am struggling to tone my legs.

  29. May want to avoid planet fitness too

  30. adductor helped a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Yeah I think by reading some of the comments you can see that u haven't really explained some things as well as u could. From my side I was a UK and British strongman so can understand what u are saying. But u are coming at it in a way that's say all machines are bad and everyone should be doing this. So maybe explain that if all machines are used correctly, and momentum is taken out of the movement the machine will do a good job. If u are at move of an advanced level and u fancy a challenge. The exercises that I am about to demonstrate should do the trick. But good vid I like it.

  32. Ok

  33. You're making me not want to go to Planet Fitness. XDย  I've used half of those machines… ^_^;;

  34. Basically….. do not go to Planet Fitness….. XDDD

  35. I can't stand the word "tone". Women are too afraid to use the term "Add muscle" I guess. because that's all "toning" really is!

  36. Can I thumbs this down 10k times. So stupid. All of these put extreme pressure on the neck, back wrist joints and rotator cuffs. If you want to build muscle and strength safely- use the machines. If you want to see viable results, use the machines. If you want to sweat, tire yourself out and hurt your neck and wrists, follow her girly advice. All of the good equipment is disappearing from the gyms cause of this type of attitude and dumb cross fit. I can get a shorter more effective workout using machines than wearing myself out doing cardio based body weight floor work.

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