How to Change Weights on Machines at the Gym for Beginners

Before You Use That Machine

If you’re new to the gym or weightlifting, it can be intimidating to navigate all of the machines and equipment. One of the most common questions I get asked when working with beginners in the gym is how to change the weights on machines. In the video linked above, in addition to this blog, we will show you step-by-step how to change weights on weight machines that use a pull-pin traditional weight stack.

How To Change Weights

First, we will cover how to change weights on the traditional weight stack machines, such as a lat pulldown machine or leg press. These machines typically have a weight stack that you can adjust by pulling out a pin and moving it to the desired weight. In the video above, we show you how to locate the pin and how to safely move it to the desired weight.

But The Pin Won’t Come Out!

In addition to this, a common error in which the weight stack won’t adjust particularly well, can be addressed with a quick fix. This can usually be alleviated by pushing down on the weight stack slightly, and then pulling the pin out.

What About The Weird Rubber Weight Next to The Machine?

Lastly, there is another common way to increase the overall weight on the weight stack, without using the actual weights. This is done typically through a separate 2.5-5 pound rubber weight that can actually be placed right on top of the weight stack. This is usually to the side of the machine, and looks like a rubber door stop.

The Good News

The great thing about all of these tips is that they are pretty universal and will work on almost all plate stack loaded gym machines and equipment.

One More Thing!

If you found value from this article, I would greatly appreciate it if you would consider subscribing to our blog. We help individuals of abilities move better in the gym, and become healthier in life. Otherwise, you can check out these other two articles I created, showing you how to use a few more pieces of equipment at the gym.

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