Hello, I am wondering what you think of using the basic universal gym equipment for seated rows, chest presses, chest flys and hamstring curls unilaterally (with only one arm or leg)?
I ask because my strength is not the same on both sides. So, with the seated row for example, I am not necessarily pulling with the same force with both arms if I use the machine bilaterally. (Barbells are not the answer for me- long story but my gym is not really set up for women on barbells.)
I was also thinking that using these machines unilaterally might be a great way to work my anti-rotation muscles. I prefer these machines over bent-over dumbell rows, palof presses and kettleball stuff because my back (or chest) is fixed against the bench, providing me with feedback to make sure I don't rotate at all. Once I get strong on these machines, then eventually I would do free standing exercises.
Also, I am not talking a lot of weight. Say, if I can row 100 pounds with 2 arms bilaterally, I wouldn't row more than say 25 pounds with one arm- like, I would keep it small to make sure I don't rotate.
Has anyone ever heard of doing this? I tried it at the gym today and it felt good but I don't see anything written about it so I am not sure if it is a safe thing to do? I saw a couple of guys at the gym doing it (how I got the idea) but that doesn't mean it's ok.
Thanks in advance. I hope you say YES, it is great, everyone does it!! Because it did feel good but I just want to make sure.
I'll post a couple of pictures of the equipment in the next post just to make it clear.