Free weights exercises or exercise on machines?
Should we be using free weights or exercise on machines or both? Which is better? What is the difference?
Through some research, we examine the pros and cons of both types of equipment.
- Free weights are the dumbbells and barbells that you see either stacked up by walls or littered over the floor in gyms (and private garages).
- Lifting free weights represents a true reflection of your strength. This is because they offer you no help; you have to pick them up and complete an exercise.
Resistance machines exercise on machines; on the other hand, they are normally designed to facilitate your ability to lift a weight at the point where your joint needs the most assistance.
These machines are the big, complex-looking metal structures you see in the gym.
They compensate because the amount of strength will limit your lifting ability at a certain angle.
Unlike free weights, the machines work to help you through the ‘dead’ spots of a lift.
So you can usually lift a lot more on machine weights than you can on free weights. But this can be deceptive.
Another key difference is that resistance machines will generally isolate only the targeted muscle groups. In contrast, free weights will call upon an array of stabilizers and assisting muscles to aid the lift.
Generally speaking, if you are new to training, you should be using resistance machines until your body is conditioned, at which point you can safely move onto free weights.
Another key difference is that resistance machines will generally isolate only the targeted muscle groups.
Whereas free-weights will call upon an array of stabilizers.
And assisting muscles to aid the lift.
Generally speaking, if you are new to training, you should be using exercise machines until your body is conditioned.
While at which point, you can safely move onto free weights.
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