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View Poll Results: what is best?
free weights (dumbells) 45 84.91%
machines with resistance 7 13.21%
machines where you put the weights on. 1 1.89%
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Unread 02-22-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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machine or free weights?

hey guys. got a quick question for you. what do you think is better: working out with dumbells, machines of which you put weights on, or machines where you select the weight resistance?

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Unread 02-22-2009, 02:49 PM   #2
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Free weights for 95% of a workout. I hate the path machines make you take for most presses, unnatural and irritates my joints.
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Unread 02-22-2009, 04:20 PM   #3
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Unread 02-22-2009, 04:23 PM   #4
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I use free weights for about 80% of my workout. Some exercises I just don't feel like moving a bunch of stuff around when i can jump on the machine.
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Unread 02-22-2009, 04:35 PM   #5
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Unread 02-22-2009, 04:36 PM   #6
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both, and usage depends on what you are trying to accomplish. BUT generally speaking, free weights are better.
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Unread 02-22-2009, 04:54 PM   #7
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Free weights work some muscles that aren't worked on a machine, stabilizing muscles for instance on a free weight bench press. I use both but get better results from free weights.

Machine: pull-downs, triceps extensions, leg press, incline benchpress

Free weight: squats, flat benchpress, upright rows, bicep curls, powercleans, deadlift
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Unread 02-22-2009, 05:15 PM   #8
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Dumbells yield the best overall results to a point; they help to develop the synergistic or assisting muscles. Because gravity works in a linear path, dumbells will always achieve points of no resistance though ---- therefore, use them only within their resistance plane. Use machines to fill in the complete range of motion; use machines that are adjustable and fit you well. I like Hammer Strength; there's a reason that pro football teams use them --- they will make you immense.
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Unread 02-22-2009, 07:06 PM   #9
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Dumbells yield the best overall results to a point; they help to develop the synergistic or assisting muscles. Because gravity works in a linear path, dumbells will always achieve points of no resistance though ---- therefore, use them only within their resistance plane. Use machines to fill in the complete range of motion; use machines that are adjustable and fit you well. I like Hammer Strength; there's a reason that pro football teams use them --- they will make you immense.
i agree, it all depends on what your training for though! cables will provide a constant tension, forcing the muscle to work through the whole range of motion while freeweights have "dead points". i like to use freeweights then follow up my workout with cables or machines.
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Unread 02-23-2009, 02:49 AM   #10
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Depends on what results you want. I use resistance because I am already the size I wish to be, and free weights would make me too big, so I use machines to remain toned.
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Unread 02-23-2009, 04:04 AM   #11
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Depends on what results you want. I use resistance because I am already the size I wish to be, and free weights would make me too big, so I use machines to remain toned.
how big is too big to you? I guess it's different for everyone. my goal is 205lbs at 5'10" I have about 20lbs to lose.
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Unread 02-23-2009, 09:24 AM   #12
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how big is too big to you? I guess it's different for everyone. my goal is 205lbs at 5'10" I have about 20lbs to lose.
When I was 290 I was too big. I had to mail-order all my clothes, eat constantly, train all the time.
But I was working out with pro wrestlers, bodybuilders, and football players; we were throwing around 100-lb plates like popcorn. It was a rush; lots of movie stars and strippers...


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i agree, it all depends on what your training for though! cables will provide a constant tension, forcing the muscle to work through the whole range of motion while freeweights have "dead points". i like to use freeweights then follow up my workout with cables or machines.
Now that I'm old and arthritic, it's exclusively cables and slow/controlled reps.

I wouldn't advise anybody to push the seriously heavy iron unless they make a living with their bodies. A really good living.
Your joints will wear out. Trust me.
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Unread 02-23-2009, 09:52 AM   #13
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free weights have dead points? didnt know gravity took breaks...
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Unread 02-23-2009, 10:55 AM   #14
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free weights have dead points? didnt know gravity took breaks...
Think of standing dumbell curls; muscle recruitment for the biceps ceases at the top of the movement and reengages on the way down. This is less than optimal for achieving a proper metabolic stimulus.
Now think of a Hammer Strength preacher curl bench loaded with 45's --- there is no point of balance, no point where the target muscle is "rested".
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Unread 02-23-2009, 12:12 PM   #15
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For the results I'm looking for I'd say resistance because I'm looking bulk up but to rebuild a bad shoulder and slim down from 200lbs at Christmas to about 185lbs by outdoor rock climbing season which I am actually already half way there 192lbs at present.
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