Machines, or free-weights?

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    Apr 29, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    Which do you prefer to use, and which do you find more effective for building muscle?

    Personally I have only used the machines thus far, simply because I haven't had a stud show me the ropes yet. However, I plan on learning as soon as I'm done with this semester.
    I believe a combination of both would be most effective. Considering ive gotten my body to this point on only machines, adding free-weights would just work out the accessory muscles the machines miss, thus resulting in perfect physique!
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    Apr 29, 2012 1:54 PM GMT
    As you alluded to, machines are really only good for isolating specific muscle groups. If you want to build some real-world strength and a good foundation for increased fitness, you need freeweights.

    I don't even touch machines anymore, unless I'm bored. I just don't get results from them. If you're nervous about freeweights, start with dumbbells. You can add barbells when you get more experience with your own limits.
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    Apr 29, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    Pros of machines:

    -Isolates specific muscles
    -You don't need a spot
    -Less likely to hurt yourself
    -Fairly self explanatory

    Pros of free weights:

    -3 dimensional movement
    -More options
    -Less limit to how much weight

    A good workout includes both, with more free weights than machines. If you're going to do free weights, know how to do it first, and make sure you have good form (a good rule always). Get someone to spot you if you're doing heavy weights.
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    Apr 29, 2012 2:05 PM GMT
    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. I used to do mostly machines, but have started lifting with someone and changed to free weights. I've noticed a huge difference.
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    Apr 29, 2012 2:09 PM GMT
    I started lifting in my teens, and learned a lot from my H20-polo coaching staff. They advocated a mix of machines and free weights - - - - mostly free weights. I stay in shape to this day by following that training.
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    Apr 29, 2012 2:11 PM GMT
    Combo
  • E_84

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    Apr 29, 2012 2:14 PM GMT
    Both.

    Hint: Might want to start using cables
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    Apr 29, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    Both
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    Apr 29, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    Except for leg curls.... all i use is free weight.... usually dumbbells. You'll find in the long run it will balance you out. One side isn't helping the other side. It's all good. Try to go for warm up then pyramid. It worked well for me....
  • chi_rock

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    Apr 29, 2012 3:28 PM GMT
    90% free weights, 10% machines (mostly for speed and convenience). That said, there are some machines that are more effective than others (that are sometimes outright awful).

    Follow the lead of the guys in the gym whose physique you most admire and are shooting for.
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    Apr 29, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    E_84 saidBoth.

    Hint: Might want to start using cables
    I used to use cables, but they have a tendency to cut the skin. Chains and rope work much better.
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    50% machines with a free weight component type of movement or action, i.e. dual press or more variable ranges of motion

    25% cables since they put constant tension on the muscle

    25% free weights, mostly dumbells
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
    Haven't had a "stud" show you the ropes? icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Apr 29, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
    7Famark saidHaven't had a "stud" show you the ropes? icon_rolleyes.gif



    I´ll show you the ropes icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 29, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
    A combination of both.