The Cummings Centre Workout Studio is equipped with cable-based strength training machines. Working with cable-based machines offers many benefits over the use of seated single-muscle weight machines.


First and foremost, because you are standing as opposed to seated, cable machines activate your core muscles – abs, lower back, hips and obliques in order to allow you to isolate the targeted muscle that you are working.  A concrete example would be a standing cable back row – in addition to working the upper back muscles, other muscle groups are engaged including the low back muscles, abdominals, buttocks, thighs and calves! Working more muscles at one time translates to a greater challenge and better results! Seated gym machines support you and isolate your muscle for you in order to maintain your position, meaning it is less of a challenge for you.


Training on a cable-based machine provides you with a more functional form of exercise since the movement patterns are more akin to real life movements – lunging, squatting, pushing, pulling, bending and twisting.  Your movements are not constrained by a machine.  Typically, your legs are trained from a standing position, therefore mimicking actions such as standing from a seated position, climbing stairs, walking, balancing on one leg.  Training on these cable machines will greatly improve your balance.

Constant Tension

Cable machines provide constant tension while you lift and lower the weight. Since muscle growth and strength increases are directly based on how much tension is placed on the muscle during the exercise, cable machines fatigue muscles faster and result in greater strength gains.


As you become more proficient in the use of cable machines, you discover the multitude of exercises that can be done at a single machine, allowing you to quickly switch between various exercises, as well as work upper and lower body simultaneously.

Reap the benefits of training with cable-based machines and join the Workout Studio at the Cummings Centre!

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