This debate about free weights vs machines has been an ongoing debate on which can provide maximum gains. Free weights are those that you can manipulate three dimensionally because they are not attached to anything. Some examples of this are ankle weights, dumbbells, barbells, medicine balls and the like and the body is also considered as a free weight since we can perform different weight bearing exercises. On the other hand, weight bearing machines are usually seen in the gym that provides several exercise stations like the smith machine or pec deck. This are fixed and you can only do limited exercises using it.
Here are the positive and negative side of making use of this effective health fitness equipments:
Weight machines are best when you are just starting your weight training program. This will offer support while you are still figuring out which will workout for you the best. The best part about this is that you will less likely meet injuries or accidents since they are positioned in a fixed station. Also, weight machines have printed instructions so the user will know what to do. There are also trainers that can assist you with these machines.
On the other side of the battle of free weights vs machines, free weights offer you flexibility and movement. With weight machines it only targets a certain area in your body and you will end up using several of this to work you whole body. With free weights, the body is doing all the work and not the machine which gives the body a more intense workout. The downside though with free weights is that it may cause injury since they are harder to master and lift.
But still, in the end, free weights may work for some and some may not. It depends on how the body reacts and how the exercises are performed using these effective health fitness equipments. Free weights vs machines will surely stay as a debate since everyone has their own opinion and personal experiences with these fitness equipments.
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