A weight-training machine on which a number of different exercises can be performed. The weights are confined within a fixed frame and travel on fixed guide bars. This makes multi-gyms very safe. The trainee can assume a starting position without having to support any weights; there is no fear of losing balance or of the weights slipping; and the weights can be released without danger at any time.
Multi-gyms are also simple and convenient to use. Multiple weights enable a trainee to vary resistance almost instantaneously, and it is easy to shift from one exercise to another. Since their introduction, multi-gyms have become very popular in sports clubs, fitness clubs, and even in the home. Because of their safety, simplicity, and convenience, they are especially valuable for the beginner. However, many experienced weight-lifters prefer free weights (barbells, dumbbells etc.) which allow them to perform complex movements. Free weights also allow a much greater variety of exercises than the multi-gym.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.