Trainer’s Tip of the Day #7: Try the Assisted Pull-Up
If you like machines, but are pressed for time, don’t think you have to fit in every single one to get a full-body workout. Focus on the machines that target large muscle groups of the upper and lower body. These machines work the most muscles at once, giving you the most bang for your buck. The assisted pull-up is of my favorite gym machines because it does just that.
This machine allows people who can’t lift their body weight (ie, most people) to recieve the benefits of the pull-up, which actively engages roughly 20 muscles. Stabilizing muscles, such as those in your core, are also engaged. I like to do a wide-grip pull-up on this machine, but you can also reverse your grip, with your palms facing toward you.