How To Choose Free Weights Or Machines For Your Workout
To Build Bigger Muscles
Author: Chris Chew
Are free weights such as dumbbells and barbells are more superior to weightlifting
machines for building bigger muscles? Well, both free weights and weightlifting
machines have its own pros and cons.
•Advantages of weightlifting machines
a) Excellent for beginners because it is not so intimidating and the range of
motion is fixed, so a bodybuilding novice need not wonder whether he is lifting
correctly to target a muscle group.
b) Easy to use as machines usually have instructions on them.
c) Safer - It won't drop on you in a middle of a lift. d) Isolate your muscles
so that you can rest your injured body part and yet able to workout other muscle
•Disadvantages of Weightlifting Machines
a) Increase injury risks since the range of motion is fixed and repeated workout
will place tremendous stress on the same joints, tendons and muscles because
you are lifting on a fixed pathway.
b) Because of its isolation of muscles, your workout hit only the targeted muscles
with little involvement of supporting or synergistic thus your muscle gains
will be slower and less balanced.
c) Since weight lifting machines have fixed configuration, your workout does
not factor in your body frame and structure. Whether you have a big or small
built, narrow or wide shoulders, you will be using the same pathway range of
motion and width of grip. This will raise your chances of being injured as well
as poorer muscle development.
•Advantages of free weights
a) More stabilizing muscles synergistic muscles are involved. So you are actually
exercising more muscles and therefore will develop more muscle growth and strength.
b) Improve your balance and muscle coordination since you need to balance the
weights during your lift and this call on many muscles to do so. So your muscle
coordination and sense of balance will naturally improve.
c) Convenient and inexpensive since you need not join a gym and free weights
are much less expensive than machines.
•Disadvantages of free weights
a) Increase injury risks if lifting with wrong form and technique.
b) Time consuming because you need to bring the weights from one area to another
or physically taking time to adjust, add or decrease weights.
So which is better for building bigger and well balanced muscles? Yup, free
weight takes the cake over weight lifting machines for building muscles faster
and bigger. However, since both weightlifting machines and free weights have
its own advantages and disadvantages, you can then weigh the pros and cons to
use machines or free weights for your workout or even a combination of both
to suit your personal requirements.