Exercise machines are simple -- too simple, in fact. Besides parking you on your butt, most machines isolate a single muscle, meaning you'll burn fewer calories and gain less muscle mass rep for rep. Here, are five exercise machines you should swear off -- and all-star alternatives that will give you better, faster fitness gains.
Relationships and friendships have come and gone, illnesses have brought me to the brink of death and back to full health, medications have changed, many deaths have been mourned, careers have been thwarted and reimagined, often multiple times on the same day. But I have always kept a gym membership.