Part 2: What’s Better, Free Weights or Machines?

Part 2: What’s Better, Free Weights or Machines?

In our last blog post, we discussed the pros and cons of using free weights in your daily workout routine. If you haven’t read it yet you can find it here. In case you’re short on time and just want a recap, we talked about how free weights are excellent for building overall muscle mass and strength because they work out stabilizer muscles that machines don’t. However, working with free weights can be dangerous if you don’t have perfect form, so you will need to weigh the pros and cons and decide what is best for you. Today we’re going to look at machines and what the pros and cons of using them in your workout routine are. Weight Machines: Pros Weight machines are fantastic for beginners. They’re safe, quick to learn, and pretty easy to use. If you’re just starting out for the first time with a workout program, using machines is a great way to get your bearings in the gym and build your confidence. While free weights are the way to go to get a full body workout, machines are incredible for isolating individual muscles. If there’s a specific muscle you want to work on, for example your biceps, you can find the right machine and work away on them. Another added benefit of using machines is that you generally won’t need a spotter to lift high amounts of weight. Because most machines use a pulley system and are self-contained, you won’t be dropping weight on yourself or others if you work to failure. Weight Machines: Cons We’ve sort of hit this con already but the...