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?
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.
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.