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Which Do You Prefer: Free Weights or the Machines?

My relationship with weights and strength training has been all over the map, from the springs on the Pilates machines to jumping with a weight vest at basketball practice in high school. I have been on a free weight kick for a few years now, and I rarely use the machine. What about you?

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mek123 mek123 7 years
I'm with GlowingMoon and Spectra, being petite most of the weight machines don't work for me. I like the control with free weights and feel I get a better workout.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
Definitely free weights.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Free weights and my own body weight, mostly. Like GlowingMoon, I'm pretty petite and it seems like most of the machines are sized for bigger people. I do like the assisted pull up machine and the cable machine though.
yu1 yu1 7 years
definitely free weights, although I use machines too sometimes (for weighted chin ups), I love kicking it old school.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Free weights. I'm petite, and most of the machines are calibrated for larger people, even at the lowest settings. I could never fit "correctly" into the machine, and maintain good form.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
Both. There are benefits to each type of strenegth training.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I use both.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
I chose both... but I use free weights more.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I prefer0 free weights. I feel like I get a better workout and have more control over the range of motion. A lot of times with weight machines I can lift more weight than I can with free weights because the machine supports my body weight whereas with free weights I work my core to balance.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
Free weights; I really enjoy strength training, but my restless personality does not take well to being constricted to a machine. However, there are so muscles that are harder to target specifically with free weights as safely as with a machine (even though I'm not one for targeted toning) plus proper form is easier to keep on a machine than with free weights.
pamela87 pamela87 7 years
I use free weights, my own body weight w/ things like med and Bosu balls to make things more challenging. Most of my strength training is stuff like Crossfit where you work your whole body in functional ways. I don't like that many machines b/c they aren't realistically working your muscles in the way you would actually use them (for the most part) in real life.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Weight machines. We don't usually have gym staff in the weight room and I don't want to snag someone elses personal trainer to show me how to use the free weights. The machines have decent instructions and theres usually at least one that's free.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I used free weights all the time before I became pregnant. About 4 months into the pregnancy I started doing the weight machines bc I was told the relaxin hormone your body releases could make for easier injuries during free weights. Now at 37 weeks pregnant I still feel like I have maintained muscle tone. I can't wait to get back to the free weights though!
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
I used both - machines when I work out by myself, and free weights when I go to the "Body Pump" class
Ayu Ayu 7 years
I'm not a membery of a gym, so I use my own body weight, resistance bands and some 10 lb dumbbells.
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