Free weights vs weight machines

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99 Posts
Mar 24, 2015 1:04pm
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So when im at the gym i tend to enjoy using weight machines more than doing free weights. Sometimes i do both though. Just wanted to know which is better?

1651 Posts
Mar 24, 2015 1:22pm
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Both have their own unique benefits. Most people tend to prefer free weight because the body has to control the weight whereas the machines do some of the work for you. 

I tend to use free weight for the major stuff and the machines for 'finisher' exercises at the end 
36 Posts
Mar 24, 2015 2:27pm
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I like machines. I do free weights to break up the monotony occasionally. I prefer machines because I can change the weight quicker. Also I see progress in the machines that I don't often see in the free weights. I feel like I get stuck on 25lbs dumbells everytime because making the jump to 30lbs dumbells is too much for me to get any reps in,  but with a machine and the ability to add 1.5lbs helps me to climb up to heavier weight.

94 Posts
Mar 25, 2015 12:33am
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I agree with. Both previous comments.  I find machines are easier for beginners, and I would think they might have a lower risk of injury.  Also, you can work machines to exhaustion without having to worry about a spotter most of the time.
274 Posts
Mar 25, 2015 1:10am
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I tend to think of it the other way around. For a beginner, you need to condition the body with the right posture and correct range of motion. You are restricted to a certain movement for machines, and the average Joe does not know the proper height to put the seat and adjust everything else, etc. He may find himself doing the exercise in a horrible form, only causing injuries later down the line. I say learn proper form with freeweights, use machines when you learn the mechanics of your body later down the road.

25 Mar
Yeh true. I always watch vids first of how to use the weight machines and my body posture so i dont look like an idiot lol