Which is better: free weights or machines?
Both machines and free weights have their place in the gym in terms of safety, ease of use, and convenience, but if you have to choose, you’re better off with free weights because it can recruit more muscle groups per unit time. Many of the compound movements are best done with free weights because with barbells and dumbbells aside from your prime movers you also engage your stabilizer and core muscles. This is why most if not all lifting movements are harder when done with barbells. Also, machines to a large extent limit the plane of movement for the joints, while free weights are more versatile and give a greater range of motion. Machines work best for beginners and for those undergoing rehab for injuries, but for the experienced lifter who knows proper technique free weights is the only way to go for greater strength gains.
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