🔥CABLE MACHINES WHY SOME FEEL HEAVEIR THAN OTHERS
👇 Cable machines are a great tool that allows us to change the direction of resistance. Unlike free weights that always have a directional resistance perpendicular to the ground cables can change the direction based on where the pulley is located. This can change the point where the resistance is greatest. However not all machines are the same, some have a variety of pulleys which affects the resistance. Pulleys are a great way of increasing mechanical advantage, the more pulleys the less resistance. therefore, some machines feel a lot lighter than others.
💪 With cable machines there will also be an increase in resistance depending on what angle the cable slides off from the pulley. So being closer and right over the pulley will make the weigh slightly easier vs further away having the cable slide at an angle. These are all things to consider when using cable machines in order to adjust the resistance.
As stated, earlier cable machines are great at changing the direction of resistance, however they do not add more range of motion to our joints. Meaning they can change the point which the resistance is greatest but our own levers (arms, legs) will still create their own torque curve. For example, a very common cable exercise is the lateral raise while leaning away from the cable at an angle, this is said to increase the range of motion however all it does is change the point at which resistance is greatest from 90 degrees (shoulder level) to 60-70 depending on how far you lean in. Relative to your body 90 degrees is still 90.