Many people that are new to the gym are quickly impressed by the amount of machines available to help them achieve their bodybuilding goals. Machines have their advantages, however free weight exercises are superior for developing muscle size and tone. Machines are great for isolating and building strength for a specific muscle.
Why free weights?
One of the biggest advantages with using free weights is that they allow you to complete the exercise through a natural range of motion and it incorporates more stabiliser muscles. Free weight exercises usually incorporate compound movements, which use more than one muscle. It’s good because it maintains the balance on the muscles being used and gives your body a more balanced look. For example, if you are using dumbbells for a curl movement, you will incorporate the biceps and triceps, which will give a balanced look to your arms. Mike Chang from Six Pack Shortcuts explains the benefits of using machines and free weights in the video below.
Drawback to using free weights.
Many people that are new to using free weights immediately assume that the heavier the weight, the more their strength will develop. This is true only when the right technique is used. When using heavy free weights such as dumbbells and barbells, the person increases their risk of injury if their technique is poor. Furthermore, they won’t make any muscle gains because they aren’t contracting their muscles correctly.
Machines can help prevent injuries by forcing the person to perform one movement.…