Free Weights or Strength Training Equipment???

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    Oct 14, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    Free Weights or Machine? Which one would better suite me? I have not lifted for quite some time, and even then I didn't get amazing progress. So I consider myself a beginner icon_redface.gif. Putting a gym member ship aside, I want to work outside the gym. What are some of the benefits and drawbacks of both and which one do u think I should go with?
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    Oct 14, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    lets get it poppin
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 15, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
    Free weights!!!!! They're so much better because they activate your whole body. My favorite is deadlifts, but I pretty much do anything, and even make up my own rules. Cable machines are great for a couple of core exercises, which I learned from a personal trainer, and chin ups are a must, if you have access to a chin up bar. I don't use the machines very much anymore. I figure they're for women and children.
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    Oct 15, 2012 4:06 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidFree weights!!!!! They're so much better because they activate your whole body. My favorite is deadlifts, but I pretty much do anything, and even make up my own rules. Cable machines are great for a couple of core exercises, which I learned from a personal trainer, and chin ups are a must, if you have access to a chin up bar. I don't use the machines very much anymore. I figure they're for women and children.


    YES!!!! let's recommend dead lifts to beginners! great idea!.....

    don't listen to this twat

    http://www.brobible.com/life/article/spartacus-workout-10-excercises-sculpt-body

    something like the Spartacus workout might interest you
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    Oct 15, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    I have found that I get better results from using free weights than machines. As others have mentioned, you have to really focus on your form to do the exercise correctly, which requires using other stabilizing muscles that might not get as much of a workout on a machine. More muscles get worked, which helps lead to a more balanced build.
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    Oct 15, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    Whatever gets you into the gym. IMO, it's more important to find a good program, stick with it, track your progress and always push to do a little better.
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    Oct 15, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    Free weights, but I do think it's possible to get an effective workout with machines and weighted body weight exercises contrary to what most people think. It's better to put both in your routine to get the best of both worlds.
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    Oct 15, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    I believe in using free weights as the primary form of resistance training with machines as a finisher for some body parts. I started out years ago using mostly machines but saw much better results when I switched to free weights.
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    Oct 15, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    Although not a fitness model, I recall that free weights make for more synchronicity between muscle groups. The difference really between compound and isolation workouts.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Oct 15, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    Free Weights. End of.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 15, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    why not use them both. who says you can not do both
  • Skyboundbull

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    Oct 15, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    Free weights. Machines were designed for people nursing injuries.
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    Oct 15, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    tuffguyndc saidwhy not use them both. who says you can not do both


    Well the gyms around my town have become hangout spots fillllled with teens goofin off so me and a couple of buds are buying our own shit. We thinkin of getting a machine or a shit load of free weights. Yah both prolly work good together but... Yah.
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    Oct 15, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    Free weights are the best thing ever invented.

    Machines are the stupidest thing ever invented.

    If you want cardio, go walking, running, swimming, or bicycling.
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 15, 2012 7:40 PM GMT
    track_boi said
    HottJoe saidFree weights!!!!! They're so much better because they activate your whole body. My favorite is deadlifts, but I pretty much do anything, and even make up my own rules. Cable machines are great for a couple of core exercises, which I learned from a personal trainer, and chin ups are a must, if you have access to a chin up bar. I don't use the machines very much anymore. I figure they're for women and children.


    YES!!!! let's recommend dead lifts to beginners! great idea!.....

    don't listen to this twat

    http://www.brobible.com/life/article/spartacus-workout-10-excercises-sculpt-body

    something like the Spartacus workout might interest you


    I don't know why you're calling me a twat. Deadlifts are pretty basic, lol. All of the excerises on your link are pretty basic, too.

    (I'm guessing track_boi is bitter. His profile says he's "just an average guy in the closet." Guys in the closet are sad sacks filled with resentment, on average.)

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    Oct 16, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    Thanks to all for feedback
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    Oct 16, 2012 4:01 AM GMT
    Machines might be good for when you're targeting a very specific muscle but free weights are best for overall strength. If you feel you can train with free weights safely on your own or if you have someone who can teach you then you should train with free weights.

    yourname2000 saidForm is important with either system, but I think machines can help you focus on your form a little easier because the motion is controlled within a range.


    I disagree. Using machines to replace exercises best done with free weights will either force you into poor form or allow you to neglect important parts of proper form. When doing squats on a smith machine, for example, you can't have proper foot placement and proper back alignment at the same time.
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    Oct 17, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    I started entirely with free weights and a bench at home, and still do a ton of barbell/dumbbell lifts at the gym today. You can do just about everything you need for a full-body work out. And yeah, that includes dead lifts (no one's telling the guy to dead lift twice his weight or anything!). Start light, focus on performing the lifts with proper form, and add weight in increments. I think you'd be surprised how much you can accomplish in a few months.

    You should easily be able to do: bench/chest presses, chest flyes, biceps curls (multiple variations of this), triceps dips, triceps extensions (overhead, lying on bench), military shoulder press, shrugs, front/lateral shoulder raises, one-arm row, bent-over row, squats, lunges, dead lifts, crunches, russian twists... if you need more ideas, let me know. icon_wink.gif
  • popobtc

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    Oct 22, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    [quote]YES!!!! let's recommend dead lifts to beginners! great idea!.....[/quote]

    Yes, while deadlifts are basic doing them incorrectly at higher weight could result in serious damage to your joints. That's what he was trying to get at.

    Free weights all the way. Machines isolate major muscle groups where as free weight will work antagonist muscles as well as agonist muscles. Free weights will also allows you to change up your workouts so you don't plateau. Clearly the better choice.

    Form > Weight

    Good Luck
  • SolidRanger

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    Oct 30, 2012 2:08 AM GMT
    I swear by free weights. I gained so much mass and strength simply doing Strong Lifts (squat, bench press, deadlift, overhead press, and rows). It's very important to use correct form though.