Free Weights vs. Machines
March 22, 2013 - By Mathieu Rousseau
Beginners as well as experts can benefit from machines as much as from free weights.
Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but as a trainer I strongly recommend that you include free weights to your training routine. Why? Because training with barbells and dumbbells allows us to work coordination, balance, and muscular strength (1). Once we have improved these three physical abilities, we become more proficient in sports as well as daily activities. The desire to move then comes more naturally. We must also not forget all the other benefits related to regular exercise, such as better health and weight management.
Chart of advantages and disadvantages
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1. Spennewyn KC (2008). Strength outcomes in fixed versus free-form resistance equipment. J Strength Cond Res. 22(1):75-81.
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