Hold the Machines
Impressive is the backyard mechanic who, with nothing but spare parts and rusty wrenches, takes a car that has seen better days and transforms it into an eye-catching roadster over the course of a weekend or two. How does he do it? He knows ways to manipulate the tools at his disposal to mimic the high-end machinery found in world-class body shops.
When it comes to building your physique, you may run into a similar scenario. What if you train at home, without all the accoutrements found at a well-equipped gym? Do the same as that mechanic: Use the tools you do have (dumbbells, barbell and an adjustable bench) to turn gym-specific machine moves into ultra-effective home exercises. Here, we help you soup up the most popular machine moves for at-home use by identifying basic exercises that replace the machines, along with detailed instructions for unique variations. You'll never leave home again!