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#140Wednesday: If You Could Only Use One Machine at the Gym for the Rest of Your Life, What Would It Be?

Written on August 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm , by

We know, you love the weight bench, but you have to share! (Photo courtesy of Jay Sullivan)

Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern

If you’re anything like our Twitter followers, you probably show a lot of devotion to your favorite gym equipment. (Admit it–you’ve been one of those people waiting in line just to use a treadmill. And it wasn’t raining outside.) While love for the treadmill did come out on top, the elliptical ran a close second. We even got a celeb tweet this week (!) from Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno (follow him @apoloohno!), who gave a shout out to the adjustable bench at his gym.

Read below to see what others claim as their gym BFFs and then post your pick in the comments. And remember–try to mix it up as often as you can. Sure, you won’t be able to rest easy in the comfort of the treadmill and some bad reality TV, but it’s a great way to challenge your body and get the results you want.

@MichMich0404: A flat bench! It works your arms, chest, abs and legs from every angle!

@MoxieBombshell: The hot tub! (Editor’s note: Your gym has a hot tub?! Can we borrow a guest pass?)

@AlwaysBKind13: Definitely the spin bike!

@LucasHugh: A Pilates Reformer!

@summergrl375: I would choose the treadmill without a doubt. #workit

#140Wednesdays: What Machine Intimidates You the Most at the Gym?

Written on April 4, 2012 at 11:21 am , by

Move over boys, it's time to share the weights! (Photo courtesy Jay Sullivan)

The gym can be a bit overwhelming. Between rush hours, grunting men and too many options, it can take a bit to get into the swing of things. While it’s always good to switch up your routine and try something different, everyone has one machine they just can’t seem to master. Read below to see what our Twitter followers admit to skipping below.

@cherielianne: The whole thing! That’s why I lost my 80 pounds in the happiness of my own home gym! (Editor’s note: You can skip the gym too with these tips to make your own at-home gym.)

@MsPumpnRun: I used to say the StepMill, but after some quality time we are great friends now!

@runjamiereilly: The pull-up bar! I want to do an unassisted pull-up, or two or three even!

@AubreyTweets: Probably the odd folding weighted ab crunch machines, and I’m a trainer! I mean really, how do you fold like that?

@Colette111: The chin-up machine! I’m female and not hugely strong (yet) and it’s always swarming with big muscly men. #intimidating

@kelceyz: The StairMaster. I can only last about five minutes on that thing!

Want to step up and try something new? This guide will help you make the most of the gym machines without embarrassing yourself.

Now tell us: What machine intimidates you at the gym?