Looking for some opinions/advice here...
I just started lifting again after years and I've found that using machines are much easier in lifting with correct form and overall, they're just more efficient. And I find that I can get a good work out in (5-6 sets) using almost all machines. Is there a greater benefit to free weights I don't know about? Thanks.
I love machines for accessory work, especially on legs. They are also safer if training to true muscular failure. Nothing wrong with using them as long as you have some good compound lifts in your routine as well. They are also good for training around an injury...I have found that if I do not cycle pressing machines with free weight presses, my left shoulder starts to hurt pretty bad. I keep myself fresh by sandwiching a machine press day in between my free weight presses. Everyone is different...only you can find out what works for you. Just don't get machine happy...find a balance.
Last edited by mchicia1; 09-06-2011 at 02:40 PM.
I stay away from nearly all machines. I'm sure they can be helpful when you are working around an injury, but I try to avoid them like the plague. Nothing, in my experience and opinion, beats good old dumbbells, barbells, and chains.
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My favorite machines are the leg curl and calf machines (standing and seated).
Here's your simple answer:
If you are a beginner, use machines for a few weeks or months. When you feel ready, move to free weights.
This is to reduce risk for injury before using free weights (which use more muscle, coordination, etc. and are more beneficial)
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It's a good read and will give you some valuable insight on training. It addresses machines vs dumbbells and barbells quite well, in my humble opinion
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