PROS AND CONS OF STRENGTH MACHINES AND FREEWEIGHTS

MACHINES:

Pros:

  • May be less intimidating for certain individuals
  • Can emphasize certain muscle groups for rehabilitation or bodybuilding purposes
  • Various intensities (load) provided in one weight stack
  • Does not require a spotter
  • Provides extra support for special-needs clients
  • Keeps the individual in a fixed plane of motion, which may limit excessive ranges of motion

Cons:

  • Many machines do not allow the user to perform total-body exercises
  • Moves primarily in one plane of motion
  • Does little to provide challenge to the core stabilization system
  • May not be ideal for improving athletic performance
  • Machines do not fit all body types (short, tall, or obese clients may have a hard time adjusting the machine

FREE WEIGHTS:

 

Pros:

  • Can be used to emphasize certain muscle groups, or target multiple muscle groups
  • Can improve athletic performance
  • Can challenge the core stabilization system
  • May improve dynamic joint stabilization and proprioception
  • Allows individuals to move in multiple planes of motion.

 

Cons:

  • May require a spotter
  • May be too difficult for beginning to perform until exercise technique is mastered
  • Requires multiple dumbbells or barbells to change intensity (load)
  • Potentially more dangerous
  • Intimidating for certain individuals

 

 

 

I truly hope that this will shed some light on the difference between working out with machines and free weights.

May your workout be all that you want it to be. Humbly yours Paul Earl

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