Do you lift free weights, or use other equipment for big guns?

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    Apr 26, 2015 9:51 AM GMT
    When I'm at the gym, all the guys seem to be at the free weights - lifting.

    I'm usually on the other equipment, pull down, shoulder press, chest press etc.

    It's normally the same guys doing free weights, and the same guys using the other equipment.

    Do you tend to just use the free weights to get big guns?
  • kentfrat1783

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    Apr 26, 2015 3:23 PM GMT
    I personally use a mixture of both free weights and the pulley system.

    Free wights for me make each arm/area be worked on with more isolation. The pulley system usually works two areas at once and not always best. Form is what I am all about.

    I see both types being beneficial. Then again, why don't you use the fee weights? At first I had to get some basic strength with the pulley system before I even attempted to hit the free weights. It was all in my mind.
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    Apr 26, 2015 3:40 PM GMT
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    Apr 26, 2015 8:52 PM GMT
    Yes. Free weights are more suitable for me. But you really need to know about the proper forms whether it is free weights or pulley.
  • maxferguson

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    Apr 26, 2015 9:08 PM GMT
    Tom8521 saidWhen I'm at the gym, all the guys seem to be at the free weights - lifting.

    I'm usually on the other equipment, pull down, shoulder press, chest press etc.

    It's normally the same guys doing free weights, and the same guys using the other equipment.

    Do you tend to just use the free weights to get big guns?


    I wonder the exact same thing. I tend to use machines on areas where my technique might not be the greatest, as the machine helps guide your technique more than free-weights.

    That said, free-weights are better at working stabilizing muscles (I find), so I try not to completely ignore them.
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    Apr 26, 2015 9:10 PM GMT
    Both. But if you want big guns, focus on your triceps.
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    Apr 26, 2015 9:47 PM GMT
    I generally use machines towards the end of my workout, when I'm getting tired and my form is starting to get sloppy. They're a good way to burn out, I like to keep it light but really push for those 10 reps.
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    Apr 27, 2015 12:27 AM GMT
    Try everything and see what your body responds best to. There are certain movements that I avoid, like flat barbell bench pressing, just because physiologically it's not great for me. I can get a much better pump on a machine and it's safer for my shoulders. My shoulder workout, in contrast, is almost all free weights. It's about finding the right piece of equipment for you.

    Consistency matters way more than exercise selection in the long run.
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    Apr 27, 2015 8:37 AM GMT
    I start with free weights, and move into machines on later sets.

    But, I've always struggled with making arms an important exercise... so maybe I am not the best person to ask icon_razz.gif
  • stratavos

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    Apr 27, 2015 1:58 PM GMT
    both is a good idea, as stated earlier, freeweights than machines as you tire out. if you can manage to do 3 sets of "21's" (7 forearm curl, 7 bicep curl (just the upper part), 7 full range bicep curl) you're golden :p
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    Apr 27, 2015 4:24 PM GMT
    I use mainly free weights.... try this exercise

    take 2 dumbbells same weight

    hold them at a 90 degree angle (arms 90 degree L shaped)

    lift one dumbbell towards your shoulder then back to the 90 degree

    now do the other arm.... keep alternating until you can't do anymore.

    Drop those weights and of to a lower weight .... burn those off.

    Before you begin do a warmup the same way.


    You'll be concentrating on each are and the isometric tension will be on the other. You'll be a powerhouse in no time icon_smile.gif Always do a warmup with lighter dumbbells first.

    I usually bend over and do kick backs right after this exercise..... hmmm bending over... shouldn't say that... icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 27, 2015 5:03 PM GMT
    quit being a pussy, grow a pair and approach the free weight section it's not as intimidating as it looks. jk.

    You should use both. Cables will isolate the muscle more because there is constant tension where's with free weights when your at the top of the movement your losing the tension because gravity isn't pulling against the weight. Your tricep is 2/3 of your arm so I would stick to mainly triceps.
  • DJEsco_

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    Apr 27, 2015 5:07 PM GMT
    MrAesthetic saidquit being a pussy, grow a pair and approach the free weight section it's not as intimidating as it looks. jk.

    You should use both. Cables will isolate the muscle more because there is constant tension where's with free weights when your at the top of the movement your losing the tension because gravity isn't pulling against the weight. Your tricep is 2/3 of your arm so I would stick to mainly triceps.


    Gravity is always in effect. Or youre just some mad scientist who will be rich soon!! Lol im just joking. Do you mean at the top there is less tension on the muscle because youre locked out?
  • DJEsco_

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    Apr 27, 2015 5:10 PM GMT
    Those those who say they use machines when their form is getting bad, I challenge you do to do a free weight exercise but with less weight. I dont really like machines because they dont allow natural movement. I recently injured my shoulder doing 'high pulls' and ive always read those dont allow for a natural shoulder movement. So im just avoiding machines and awkward exercises. I was gone from the gym for over 7 days and was going mad!!!
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    Apr 27, 2015 7:34 PM GMT
    And above all else, you can do as much as you want in the gym to put on muscle size.. You however will not put ANY muscle unless you eat properly to fuel what you are doing in the gym. Nutrition is arguably more important than the training itself. That has to be solid and consistent!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 27, 2015 9:04 PM GMT
    Definitely use both and change it up. Just be careful you don't OVER EXERCISE... do too much and your muscles won't be as stimulated AND, change it up on a regular basis!
  • davfit

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    Apr 28, 2015 2:49 AM GMT
    Most new machines work well ,but do both for results ..Big guns are great... but don't forget the ass..
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    Apr 28, 2015 6:45 AM GMT
    DJEsco_ said
    MrAesthetic saidquit being a pussy, grow a pair and approach the free weight section it's not as intimidating as it looks. jk.

    You should use both. Cables will isolate the muscle more because there is constant tension where's with free weights when your at the top of the movement your losing the tension because gravity isn't pulling against the weight. Your tricep is 2/3 of your arm so I would stick to mainly triceps.


    Gravity is always in effect. Or youre just some mad scientist who will be rich soon!! Lol im just joking. Do you mean at the top there is less tension on the muscle because youre locked out?


    Say your doing a bicep curl when your arm is perpendicular to the floor the weight is pretty much resting in your hand pushing down on your elbow vs when the weight is coming up and tension is on your bicep pulling the weight up. With cables, the cable is constantly trying to pull the weight down so you contract the bicep pretty much throughout the whole movement.