Everything you need to know to train with records
We do not exaggerate if we affirm that the discs or weights are the ugly duck of the gym. Most users who start in the gym opt for machines, using the discs only when doing bar exercises. In addition to loading the discs on the bar, we have a host of exercises that can only be done when training with discs. If you want to renew your training routines and add new exercises, don’t miss the next benefits of training with discs and some exercise to do only with weights.
What are the primary benefits of disc training?
When talking about the advantages of training with discs, it is obligatory to talk about the benefit of free weight in front of the machines. Whether you have hired a personal trainer or you train on your own, you will have noticed that the machines do not stop limiting the movement of those who use them, sometimes transforming into an artificial movement. On the other hand, by doing free weight exercises such as training with discs we are executing a considerably more natural movement. The same thing happens with dumbbells, which due to their peculiarities prevent us from continuing natural movements.
The discs are also very versatile. There are exercises in which we will use them as if they were dumbbells, in others we are going to be able to drag them, we are going to hang them in the form of ballast, we can use them as a point of support for our body… Due to their circular shape – although there may be discs with other shapes – they are ideal for turning, thus generating a functional training. And if in addition to this the disc has grip – in the gyms used to have it – manipulating them is going to be considerably simpler and natural.
The discs are a dead weight to beat, and in contrast to what happens with the machines we will not have any help in the form of a pulley, so we will have to make a greater effort. It is another of the advantages of training with discs, which allows the stabilizing muscles to work better – essential to sustain a good situation – and achieve a greater progression of strength as we can put as much weight as we want thanks to the enormous number of discs of different kilograms that we have.
The best exercises to train with records that you did not know
Precisely the enormous quantity of discs (one with twenty-five, two with five, five, ten, fifteen, twenty and twenty-five kg., apart from other discs such as those of three kg.) and the difference in sizes allow us to carry out exercises of all kinds, with which we are going to work each and every one of the muscles of the body. One more reason to look for exercises with records. For example, if you want to work the upper train we have exercises such as triceps, lifting or front shoulder or trapeze, to refer to certain exercises with discs more popular for working arms.
We also find a lot of log exercises, starting with the abdominals or the lumbars, although in the latter case we can assist ourselves with a machine or a bench. In the case of the abdominals we have from the traditional, lying face up with the weight to the chest, to abdominals with rotation. Exercises such as rotation with a weight, russian twist or lateral flexion of the log with the weight on the head will also help us work the muscles of the log, and the results are not going to make us wait.
We finished with the lower train, where the star are the exercises of bottoms, frontal and lateral; and they could not miss the squats. And don’t forget exercises such as weightlifting, which will help you work on different muscle groups; and we should mention the possibilities of discs for cardio (jumping, skipping, stacking them in the shape of a step and going up and down) or explosiveness (jumping on them, throwing them -although in a gym is going to be quite difficult). Now you have to decide if you give them the chance they deserve.