On multiple occasions now I've made threads about trying to start working out then through a combination of laziness and information overload never took seriously. Well, now I'm actually turning into a halfway responsible adult I'm quite determined to make a serious crack at it but have fallen into some hurdles. The biggest one is my access to equipment. I'm living in a very small student place where I'd struggle to find room to squat, yet alone do anything productive, and even if I did I know from years of experience by now I severely struggle with self-motivation at home. The only place I work out well is in a gym. I also know I won't motivate myself long term, especially in my final uni year, to go to a gym in town. Luckily, I have a commercial gym literally the next road along from me. Unluckily, its a little limited in equipment outside of gym machines and while I was looking up a starting routine all I found was page after page after page of people saying how useless gym machines are and to go grab a barbell. Which I would, except this gym doesn't have any. While I can afford this place, I don't want to waste my money if the equipment doesn't let me achieve anything practical. Which is the biggest thing I see repeated is exercise machines don't translate to movements off the machines which defeats my purpose of wanting to get into some form of shape before starting mma again. (recovering from a broken hand, and can't afford the membership there until next year.) So. 1. I get that "any work is better than no work" but is it practically worth my money and time to use gym machines in lieu of free weights? 2. The gym does have dumbbells up to about 30kg which is waaaaay more than I need anyway, but having done dumbell training at home my incredibly awful posture and crappy form always made it feel like it was doing more harm than good. For barbells I could see machines helping to build form and then transitioning, but I can't see the same benefit for dumbbells? 3. Off the weights, I need to get my cardio up and shift a decent amount of chub. I do unfortunately have a problem with running that a tendon (I think) outside my ankle gets very strained and painful quite quickly running and skipping. Luckily, gyms have bikes. I don't know how good a substitute for running bike machines are though? 4. Is there any advice on building routines for machines? Since everyone who writes routines hates them I'm struggling to find one and I have absolutely no idea how to build a routine and any attempt to google it just makes me panic and quit from there sheer amount of (occasionally conflicting) information on the internet.