5 Useless Gym Exercise Machines & What to Do Instead (PHOTOS)

Photo of woman using outer thigh machine

Every gym has them. Useless exercise machines, which promise so much ... and deliver so little. Gym goers everywhere can be found using these machines daily, thinking they're targeting their love handles, muffin top, or saddlebags. Sadly, the human body just doesn't work this way. You can do exercises for your outer thighs until you collapse, but the only thing that's going to reduce fat in that area is eating a moderate diet, strength training all the muscles in your body, and regular cardio.

Even looking past the cold, hard fact that you can't spot reduce fat, you may not even be working the muscles you think you are!

Check out this slideshow that reveals the 5 most useless gym exercise machines and what exercises you can be doing instead!

Image via Carly Pizzani

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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Horrible advice! Those hip machines are great for toning and strengthening your thighs without all the knee strain of lunges or squats. My IT is just fine too, I was maxing out the hip machines before I got pregnant and still had no trouble in yoga class. You must be using them wrong, ask a real professional for advice.

Shandi80 Shandi80

Rhonda, the author's description says she is a personal trainer. I'm pretty sure she is a professional. Ha ha. I used to have a gym membership and would use these machines all the time. Never really noticed a big difference. The best way for me to tone up is yoga and walking. No joke. Easy, fun, and effective.

Seanna Yeager

The results you get from compound movements are amazing, i.e. squats, deadlifts, bench press, etc. It is all about form.

the4m... the4mutts

You know you can become a personal trainer online, with almost no training, right? LoL

I happen to have a "4pack" from those ab machines, and the "outer thigh" machines DID reduce the inches in that area for me.

I am physically incapable of doing squats or lunches of any kind, due to a genetic deformity in my knees, and I am still losing weight, toning up, and targeting problem areas individually using these machines. Except the calf one. That one doesnt seem like it would to anything for anyone.

Shandi80 Shandi80

Yes, the4mutts, I am aware of that. Doesn't matter how much training it requires, it still requires SOME training, that one must pass a test in order to receive a certificate, and then bam, a professional.

BGarcel BGarcel

The author is quite right. Those machines do little to improve your physique. But they are better than no exercise in the first place. If you somehow toned up using these machines, then keep using them if you think they are working for you. The alternative exercises suggested by the author work better for toning and strengthening than the machines, provided that the person performing them are physically able to perform them. But if the person is not physically able, then using those machines is better than doing nothing.

Julia Drescher

These machines keep you healthy if you are doing it regularly, if you leave it for sometime and it will create lots of problem in your body.

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