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How to Use Cybex Fitness Equipment

By Yael Grauer

Many gyms are outfitted with Cybex strength-training fitness equipment. The machines are often set up in a separate room so that clients can hit each machine in a circuit, even with time constraints. Other Cybex products include cardiovascular equipment, such as exercise bikes and treadmills. The different equipment options can be overwhelming to the untrained eye. However, with a little bit of knowledge, you too can use Cybex equipment to help you meet all of your fitness goals.

If you are planning on using resistance equipment in a gym, take notice of how the machines are arranged. Often, they are set up in a circle and gym members go through all of the machines once, twice or even three times.

However, you may not wish to go in order. To get the most bang for your buck, you may wish to start with exercises that train large muscle groups, such as shoulder press machines and squatting machines. Afterward, move towards exercises that train small muscle groups, such as seated rows and triceps push-downs. If you are pressed for time, you may wish to create two different workouts, allowing you to alternate upper and lower body exercises. On workout A days, you may perform only upper body exercises that work your arms, back and shoulders. On workout B days, work your lower body, including your hips and legs.

If this is too challenging, but you are still pressed for time, you may wish to create two different workouts, alternating upper and lower body exercises each time. According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association's textbook, "Essentials of Personal Training," this works well if you are "not able to tolerate performing several upper or lower body exercises in a row, or if a trained client with less available training time wants to cut back on the length of rest intervals to shorten the workout." Lower body exercises can often be performed immediately after upper body exercises, with short rest periods.

Cybex also manufactures cardiovascular equipment, such as treadmills, steppers and exercise bikes. According to "Essentials of Personal Training," your decision of equipment depends on several factors, including availability, personal preference, your ability to perform the exercise, and your goals. Pick a machine that you like, know how to use, and one that will help you meet your training goals. Cybex equipment will give you a read-out of your current heart rate, so that you can calculate the intensity of your exercise.

As your fitness levels improve, you may increase the frequency of your training or the duration and intensity of your exercise. Longer exercise sessions require more recovery time.

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