Sunday, August 05, 2007

Free Weights vs Machines


  • If you are new to strength training variable resistance machines are the best because safety is a concern with the free weights.
  • Variable resistance machines are good for injured athletes as they isolate specific muscle group and provide more controlled movements.

Free weights:

  • Free weights recruit more muscle groups than variable resistance machines. They promote quicker strength gains but they require more balance and coordination than machines.
  • They're more versatile since their allow for a greater range of motion.
  • They're much cheaper than machines.
  • Free weights require the help of a spotter (a training partner or a person who gives assistance to an unsuccessful lifting attempt, which normally occurs when lifting a weight continuously until momentary muscle failure occurs)
  • They result in more injuries than machines.

Bottom line: Use equipment that is safe, suits your training needs and convenient.

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