Machines Versus Free Weights
The Advantages of Machines:
- They are great for beginners because they are safe and easy to use.
- Machines guide your body through a certain range of motion.
- You don't have to worry about balancing the weight as much as with free weights.
- Machines don't require as much coordination.
- Machines isolate each muscle group.
- Machines let you get in a fast workout. You go through a circuit of machines and then you are finished.
- Machines are usually arranged so that you work large muscle groups and then smaller muscle groups.
The Disadvantages of Machines:
- Machines don't fit everybody. They can be hard to adjust.
- Machines don't build as much balance or coordination.
- Machines can put your body into a bad range of motion. (If you feel uncomfortable move onto another machine.)
- Machines are not portable. They can't be moved around very easily.
- Many bodybuilders believe that working out with machines alone doesn't build a very good body.
The Advantages of Free Weights:
- Free weights are versatile. One set of dumbells can be used for many exercises.
- Free weights build better balance and coordination.
- Free weights work your muscles in a way that matches real life.
- Many bodybuilders primarily use free weights to gain their massive size.
- Free weights allow you to strengthen muscles and tendons that wouldn't get much work when using machines.
The Disadvantages of Free Weights:
- Free weights can be difficult because of the balance and coordination required.
- A free weight workout will take longer than a machine workout.
- You can get injured easier using free weights.
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