Have you seen the cable machines they have in gyms where trainers have people doing “anti-rotational functional core” exercises or whatever they like to call them? Well you could just get a stick/staff/axe and chop. Actually, the person who does the machine version will not necessarily be able to ‘chop’ very efficiently or powerfully.
The lesson is, many useless yet often expensive pieces of equipment have been invented in the name of fitness to replicate very basic and natural functions of the body that do not need them. Another example: step counters.
Functional fitness machines, counting steps, and counting calories are good examples of how much basic sense we’ve lost.
Move naturally. Don’t drink the (costly) kool-aid.