Exercise Machine Help?
I bought a used weight column machine from a garage sale a while ago, and it worked pretty well.
However, the maximum overall weight is just too low for me and I'm looking some extra weights.
I am NOT interested in an entirely new machine; I am just interested in buying extra weight stacks.
Here is a picture of what I am talking about:
Long Distance Cyclist
Do your exercises really slowly and deliberately.
If you're not doing that already, try it ... it might save you some money.
Good advise about doing weight training slowly, it does more good and the burn that does you good comes much sooner and with less weight, making it easier on joints as well.
I came accross a great deal from Sam's Club last weekend on a Schwinn recumbent bike. It was in their clearance section new in box for $107 that regularly sold for $299. I'm impressed with how sturdy and most importantly QUIET it is. Evidently in exercise equipment, Schwinn & Nautilas are one & the same because there is branding for both on the box and paperwork. It took about a hour to put together, but the instructions were easy to follow.
Those are a pretty specialized item if you're looking for something identical. Might be hard to find unless you can come up with another similar machine you can cannibalize. Depending on the distance between the two columns, maybe you could slip some 5-pound standard weight plates on top of the plate marked 1.
Another thing to consider is the strength of the frame, cable, and other parts of the machine. Unless it was an overbuilt, higher end machine, they have made everything just strong enough for the weight of the stack provided with the machine. A lot of home-quality exercise equipment isn't well-made, though I have no knowledge of that brand/machine.
+1. Also: add more reps & sets
Originally Posted by Machka
I'd say adding a lot of weight, for which the machine was not designed, may damage the unit. If it was me and I really wanted to do big weight I'd sell the machine and buy a good set of free weights and a Power Rack.
Last edited by BigAura; 03-29-14 at 07:43 PM.
These are easy to find...WSA5 - 5 Lb. Weight Stack Adapter Plate - Body-Solid Fitness
Just stack on top of the stack, they are usually rubber coated, they can be found with single, double or triple cutouts. There is also a type that is basically a heavy magnet, this allows attaching it to most anything in the gym.
It's a waste of money to upgrade that machine plus it may be dangerous to add any extra weight to it...Sell it and buy yourself some free weights...Get a barbell, dumbells and maybe a pull up bar, they are more effective then machines.
You can work every part of your body with nothing more than adjustable dumbbells and plates. Machines tend to loose their effectiveness in a very short time as your muscles adapt to the purely linear resistance.
Originally Posted by wolfchild
Last edited by sprince; 03-30-14 at 03:32 AM.
Reason: dumbbells, not barbells