Free Weights or Machines?

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What's best for me, machine weights or free weights?

Free Weights or Machines?

There is an ongoing controversy as to whether free weights or machines are better. I suggest using some of each. Machines are safer (though you can hurt yourself if you don't use them properly), easier to learn, and easier to use without a spotter. You can also change resistance quicker. Free weights are closer to everyday activities and help improve balance and coordination, as well as recruiting some small muscles the machines don't get to. Most athletes emphasize free weights.

   

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