December 22, 2006, Newsletter Issue #254: Free Weights or Machines

Tip of the Week

Weight machines or free weights? As Deion Sanders says, "Both!" You can get good weight training results from either machines or free weights. A combination of both is probably best.

Strength training machines are easier to learn, can be useful for rehab, make it safer to do a weight training routine without a spotter, are more comfortable for beginners, and can allow you to change resistance faster.

Free weights (barbells and dumbbells) allow more variety of movement; train balance and coordination, which weight training machines donīt do; allow more functional movements; and are better for many types of sports training. Make sure you learn correct strength training exercise technique whichever approach you take. Try both machines and free weights, and see what works best for you.

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