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    Are free weights better than machines?

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    Yes. Because it's more effective to have to balance the weight, not just lift/pull it. You're working not just on brute strength in the major muscles, but also on proprioception and strength in all smaller muscles required to stabilize the iron.

    I suppose a machine could be useful if you're trying to go really heavy and don't have a spotter. BUT, whatever PB you might achieve on a machine doesn't translate fair and square to a good, old-fashioned barbell lift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbeyGirl View Post
    Yes. Because it's more effective to have to balance the weight, not just lift/pull it. You're working not just on brute strength in the major muscles, but also on proprioception and strength in all smaller muscles required to stabalize the iron.

    I suppose a machine could be useful if you're trying to go really heavy and don't have a spotter. BUT, whatever PB you might achieve on a machine doesn't translate fair and square to a good, old-fashioned barbell lift.
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    Yes, because you employ more muscle to handle and counteract the weight of the free weights than what you do when using machines which are in effect isolating the movement to that specific muscle and/or muscle group.

    Machines can however be better to stabilize the range of motion and thus yield better result to that specific muscle/group of muscle you want to work out. You don't fatigue yourself with counteracting and stabilizing the weight and so forth.

    I prefer free weights just because the stress my body in a different way than machines, but it can be good to mix up the two training methods.
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    Free weights, and using many muscles at the same time rather than isolating one muscle, replicates natural movement. Isolating one muscle does not happen naturally.
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