Gym Equipment Names

Are you hoping to start working out at gym or in your own home gym, and looking for some info on the different gym machine names? Weather you’re doing some homework on what to buy, or hoping to learn gym equipment names to save embarrassment in the gym, keep on reading this post!

Most weight training equipment in a commercial gym is designed to work on specific muscle groups, otherwise known as isolation exercises. If you want to build specific muscles, then you would need to incorporate a variety of isolation exercises into your routine, so that you can attain the best possible results.


Most Popular Gym Equipment:

Below is a quick run-down of some of the more popular gym equipment available at most commercial gyms:


The Chest Press

The chest press is the most popular piece of equipment in the gym. It hits the chest muscles as well as shoulders, and triceps. You can either use the chest press machine or a weights bench. Each can either be put in the flat position, decline, or incline, and in most cases there are individual benches that are dedicated to either flat, decline, or incline. The chest machine itself also has a seated option as well.


The Squat Rack

squat rack
This is perhaps the least popular piece of equipment, due to the simple fact that most people are a little apprehensive at the thought of performing heavy squats. Squats are THE single most important exercise you can do, not only for lower body development, but for all round strength as well. It’s a must if you want to build strength in your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and core muscles.


Shoulder Press Machine

The shoulder press or (military press) is an exercise that obviously works the shoulders. Starting with the handles about ear height, you push up fast to just short of full extension (keeping elbows slightly bent), then bring them back down with a slower tempo, back to ear level.


Pec Fly Machine

pec fly
The pec fly is an isolation exercise specifically designed to work the chest. The pec fly machine is seated and provides two pads that you must bring together in front of you, and then return back to the start. This must be done in a slow controlled motion in order to get the most tension on the chest.


The Lat Pull-down Machine

The lat pull-down is an exercise that predominantly involves the lats, however, other muscles are involved also, including biceps, triceps, traps, and delts. You pull the bar straight down and back up, making sure your back remains straight throughout the movement. Alternate your grip as well to hit various parts of the muscles. A wider grip will target the outer parts of your lats, helping build a bigger back, and switching to a palm facing grip will work your biceps more.


Cable Crossover Machine

cable crossover
The cable machine is one of the most versatile machines in the entire gym. You can perform almost anything with it, provided you have the correct attachments of course. You can pull a bench over to the cable machine and perform pec flyes, or you can do them standing. You can also do a number of bicep and tricep exercises, as well as core and leg exercises as well.


Cable Tower Machine

Similar to the cable machine, this is a single station with a pulley that connects to both the top of the weight stack and the bottom. This allows you to carry out a variety of arm exercises and exercises for the core. Its simplicity and variety of attachments allow you to easily target your biceps and triceps.


Smith Machine

smith machine
The smith machine can be used for chest press as it’s a safer alternative to free weights and much more effective than the chest press machine. If you’re lifting heavy and you don’t have a spotter, you can always hook the bar in if it gets too much. You can also perform a variety of other exercises including squats, shrugs, and rows. A very versatile way of training safe and heavy.


Leg Extension Machine

The press is a piece of equipment that targets just the quadriceps. Starting with your legs behind the pads, pushing up as you exhale and inhaling as you’re brining the weight down. Be sure to keep your quads tight throughout the exercises as this will give you the best results.


Leg Press

leg press
The leg press machine provides a compound exercise which means it works a combination of muscles. In the leg press the quads, hamstrings, and calves are all worked. A combination of the leg press, squats, leg extensions, leg curls, and calf raises provide you with a complete and well rounded leg workout.


Hamstring Curl Machine

hamstring curl
The leg curl machine works on the hamstrings only. Lying down on your front with your legs under the pads slightly above ankle height, you raise them up in a slow and controlled motion, then bring them back down continuing the control.


Calf Raise Machine

To complete an all round workout for the legs, you will probably use the calf raise machine. This isolates the calf muscles. The standing calf raise works the inside of the calf, whereas the seated calf raise works the outside of the calf a little more.


Home Gyms

There are many many more gym machines and types of exercise equipment than the ones above, but these are the most popular that you find in most commercial gyms. In the instance you can’t afford or don’t like the idea of working out in a commercial gym, then getting the same variety of workouts is always possible with home gyms. Many home gyms now have all the attachments and stations that you need for an all-round workout. You can see some of the home gyms that I’ve reviewed throughout the site.