Why Go Functional?
Quite simply if you're serious about your strength and resistance training, but want a versatile, multi-exercise machine that offers more than just a multigym, then functional trainers are a good option to check out. With cables and weight stacks and infinite ways to exercise, they ofer a great value for money option.
Their versatility ensures you can work pretty much every muscle group, in various ways to suit your needs - what is functional training!. Thanks to the selectorised weight plates, whether you are a beginner or advanced user you can work out safely and easily without the need for someone to always be with you.
Things to Consider
The whole point of a functional trainer is that you can perform your exercise safely, in a "plane of movement" that feels natural to you. This is often in contrast to other gym machines.
Some basic things you should always consider when you buy a functional trainer include the rather obvious, but usually forgotten dimensions - especially the height clearance given you usually get a chin up bar!
- Don't just buy features and fittings
- Spend wisely - paying more will buy you higher quality
- Gross weight - especially if you don't have a solid floor
- Check "ratio" - 2:1 means 100kg weight stack is actually 50kg lifting
- See what accessories you get with the basic package
- Consider a bench - especially with Smith Functional Trainers
- Saves buying multiple pieces of gym equipment