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#11 beachbride08

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    Posted 28 August 2008 - 02:31 PM

    I do those thigh machines all the time, and never felt like they did anything. Nice to know I don't have to waste my time anymore!
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    #12 EricaG

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      Posted 28 August 2008 - 02:34 PM

      I am glad to see the leg extensions on there. I have that as part of my workout routine when I am going to the gym, but I keep the weights light and try not to do it very often. My knees aren't the greatest to start with, so I don't like doing things that aggravate them, this has on occassion made me feel a slight twinge. I don't do the thigh machine either, as when I first joined the gym years ago (the first time) I was told that if you don't do that machince properly, it can make your hips wider, and that is the last time that I need to get wider!!! LMAO!

      The exercise program that I follow...somewhat when I go to the gym....is the Bob Greene workout. I actually like it. I think I will go get my membership started again on Mon...or maybe today!
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      #13 EricaG

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        Posted 28 August 2008 - 02:37 PM

        For squats there is a machine at the gym I use. I sometimes use it since you can add more weight while doing rather than holding onto heavier dumb bells. It all depends on what part of my program I am on as to whether I use the machine or not.
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        #14 sohappy

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          Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:40 PM

          Thanks for the info, I found it helpful! Now I know I have to do squats ; ( .

          #15 Erin6341

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            Posted 30 August 2008 - 11:47 AM

            Thanks for posting this Erin.

            I am so happy they including eliminating the behind the neck lat pulldown and inner thigh machines. I agree with what others have posted on the thigh machine : keep it lighter and work the hamstrings too. Also if you are doing the leg extension, DO NOT lock your knees. This is how knees get injured. Keep them soft! Also for those ladies wanting to target the inner thighs, walking lunges are really good as well.

            #16 mpajkos

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              Posted 30 August 2008 - 12:48 PM

              Alright now I have scientific proof that I shouldn't do those thigh machine exercises! Now if only someone said that spin class is bad for you. That class always kicks my butt, but I guess thats the point :)

              #17 chika

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                Posted 31 August 2008 - 01:39 PM

                Awesome! I've been doing lunges and squats for the most part and was wondering if I should be using the machines instead. Glad to see the soreness in my muscles (inner and outer thighs, quads, butt and hams!) was right! I'll stick with the lunges and squats. :)



                #18 lscilley

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                  Posted 31 August 2008 - 04:12 PM

                  Wow thanks for that article it was really interesting to read. I always hated the inner/outer thigh machine.

                  #19 1elephant

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                    Posted 01 September 2008 - 09:40 AM

                    my old trainer told me that if he ever caught me doing behind the neck lat pulldowns, he'd cut off my gym membership, and that they should always be in front. i use the thigh machines when i'm bored and don't really want to be there - not like i've been all summer...
                    interesting article tho.

                    #20 Marnie&Peter

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                      Posted 01 September 2008 - 08:20 PM

                      i read this thread last night and when i went to work out today i passed by the thigh machine and wanted to tell the lady that was on that she was just wasting her time! lol




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