Fitness 411: 5 Ways To Get The Best Results Using Cardio Machines At The Gym

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4. Calling All Stair Climbers

Speaking of hills, what better way to bump up your buns than a good old stair-climbing workout. This often neglected machine is great for targeting the muscles in your quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves. But here’s the deal–your form has to be on point lady. First things first, use the handles only for balance–meaning no gripping. Too strong of a hold puts too much stress on your neck and shoulders, so unless you want a swole neck, hold on gently. Next, stand up straight. If you have to lean forward to keep up then that’s a sign that the speed is too fast- don’t sacrifice speed for form lady. And lastly no tiptoeing–use two-thirds of your foot every time you step.

5. Row Row Rowing Machine

Rowing is an excellent total body workout, however often times people end up using mostly just their legs. Shame. Don’t be that rower, next time you jump on this mega machine by making sure your core and upper body stay engaged. Pull the handle just above your waist, elbows pointing down and close to your sides. Also bend forward at the hips so that your back is always flat–this will help keep your core tight. Happy rowing!

Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more fun health and fitness tips!

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