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The best gym machines for weight loss, overall fitness and building muscle

Gym experts across the UK were asked what they thought the best gym machines were to achieve three different types of fitness goal: overall fitness, weight loss and building muscle. They were then also asked to pick just one piece of equipment as their overall top performer.


According to the report by PureGym, these are the six best gym machines overall:

  1. Lifting Platform
  2. Squat Rack
  3. Cable Machine
  4. Dumbells
  5. Climbmill / Stairmaster
  6. TRX System

The fact that the top choice only got 21 percent shows that opinion was quite divided. Another interesting thing to point out is that even though the TRX System came close to the top five, it also came number 10 in a list of the least used equipment.

The TRX provides a full body workout and can allow the user to target many different muscle groups. Try this workout below and don’t be afraid to ask a staff member for help.

  • Squat – 10 reps
  • Row – 10 reps
  • Lying hamstring curls – 10 reps
  • Flys – 10 reps
  • Mountain climbers – 10 each side
  • Side plank taps – 10 each side

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the best gym machines for building muscle

The best gyms machines for building muscle:

  1. Squat Rack/Lifting Rack
  2. Lifting platform
  3. Dumbbells
  4. Barbells
  5. Cable Machine
  6. Leg Press Machine
  7. Bench Press
  8. Pull-up Bar/Chin-up Bar
  9. Lat Pull-Down Machine
  10. Kettlebells

Like the TRX System, the cable machine can be used lots of different ways. PureGym has a guide for beginners for using the cable machine here.

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the best gym machines for fitness

The best gym machines for improving fitness:

  1. Rowing Machine
  2. Treadmill
  3. Climbmill/Stairmaster
  4. Kettlebells
  5. TRX System
  6. Indoor Cycle/Spin Bikes
  7. Dumbbells
  8. Elliptical Trainer/Cross-Trainer
  9. Cable Machine
  10. Lifting Platform

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the best gym machines for weight loss

The best gym machines for weight loss:

  1. Climbmill/Stairmaster
  2. Squat Rack/Lifting Rack
  3. Rowing Machine
  4. Lifting Platform
  5. Treadmill
  6. Dumbbells
  7. Barbells
  8. Kettlebells
  9. Assault Bike
  10. Indoor Cycle/Spin Bikes

Pav Kaur Rangi, a PureGym manager says that for “a great cardio workout for your legs, the stair-master is very popular with gym goers with a whole variety of needs – from bodybuilders training for a competition, to everyday members looking to shift some weight. It could even lay claim to being the best piece of kit for cardio, above the likes of the treadmill”.

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