Not so tough now, eh?

Time to fire that trainer…I mean, really.

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So, there I was.  At the gym.

What do I observe?

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Some dude doing seated military presses.  Kind of a fail right there.  I mean, seated exercises are pretty stupid, especially when you consider the sitting just takes your abs out of the equation.  Also, a fail when you think about how bad that’s got to be for your spine.

But that’s not the end.  He’s doing said exercises in a Smith Machine.

A smith machine?  What the heck?  It’s a worthless machine.  I guess some people are super scared about the load they’re doing, that it’d fall on them without a spotter.  But the thing is, forget about getting squooshed.  The weight bar slides on a rail in a smith machine.  Almost all stabilization is done by the machine.  And that stabilization is done in a straight vertical line, not in the body’s preferred path.

The body doesn't work in a straight line
The body doesn’t work in a straight line

So, basically, a worthless exercise; one that should’ve been done standing up.

Wait, is there a kicker?  Yes, there is.  The perpetrator was the gym’s personal trainer.

First we work out muscles individually, and then we waste time working out stabilizers.
First we work out muscles individually, and then we waste time working out stabilizers.

Oh boy.

So, there you go, his jobs are to make scary machines seem like something you can only do through him, to be young and fit – as if he has a secret formula besides that for being in shape, and to provide an excuse as to why the gym wasted its money on a smith machine.  Knowing what to do, so as to make your trip to the gym worthwhile?  not so much.

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