• THE IMPORTANCE OF USING HIGH QUALITY EQUIPMENT - GT's thought of the day

 

As many health centres and gyms have popped up exponentially over the last 10 years, in particular on the Gold Coast, this has allowed you more choices in where you can exercise or work as a personal trainer. This in itself can become problematic when choosing which centre best suits you. There are so many parameters, such as the gym culture, the atmosphere, the raw energy, people and type of equipment. We often get asked in relation to weight training equipment; does it matter what type of equipment you train on? The simple answer is yes!

We fully understand (as you well know) and facilitate many different training techniques, with or without equipment, which can create phenomenal results. If I may, for the purpose of this article, compare weight training equipment.

If you look at bodybuilding (and remember everyone training and trying to change their body could fall into this category, loosely) by definition, it is human movement against resistance. So firstly we need to learn the fundamentals of basic biomechanics of movement of the human body.

Secondly the gym equipment should duplicate, as best it can, correct biomechanical form. I have trained in hundreds of gyms over the years and have found it easy to determine quickly as to whether the person designing the equipment even trains, if the person buying the equipment even trains or the person promoting the equipment even trains. I say this because it can be abundantly clear that as soon as you get on the said machine, it doesn’t feel right, it is at the wrong angles and you cannot precisely feel it in the targeted muscle groups. So let’s say two people put comparable amounts of effort into their training and assuming they have similar genetics, the person training on good equipment is much more likely to gain better benefits and more importantly reduce the risk or probability of injury. Myself personally, the type of equipment was without a doubt one of the major underpinning factors in determining where I wanted to train, simply because I wanted the best results for my inputted effort.

It is interesting to note Hammer equipment, for example, in its early days of inception placed itself into some big player gyms and asked for feedback from all the athletes training on it. This assisted tremendously in the path of refining their designs and as such they are regarded as having some of the best equipment available today. Testament to this exact fact is the large amount of elite level athletes utilising it. Keiser is another brilliant example of huge advancements in technology and design. There are a lot of different brands of equipment out there that are brilliant, however there are plenty that could be considered subpar in comparison.

A good personal trainer should know what good equipment feels like to train on otherwise they will not have any real benchmark to compare to. This is exactly why HPC utilises top of the line equipment. I have seen many trainers, certified elsewhere, say equipment doesn’t mean anything but the truth of the matter is their course did not provide the ideal platform for them to be exposed to good equipment. Once you have trained on great equipment you will know as soon as you train on something else as to whether it feels right. Much like driving an old car - if that’s all you have ever driven or been exposed to you would be naïve by default to think there is anything better. Once you have driven a top-notch level vehicle then that would create the benchmark for accurate comparisons. Good personal trainers should know what good equipment actually is, how to train on it correctly and as such should strive to expose their clients to it as much as possible to maximise results. I know good PT’s can train in pretty much any environment and on any equipment, whether it’s limited or not, however it makes sense to strive to train on the best equipment whenever possible. The main question is; does the PT know what that actually is? Sadly many don’t.

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