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Free weights vs Machines

March 9th, 2011 Comments off

I read an interesting article a few days ago. It was primarily about the gym fitness industry, and how they really want to keep your business. But they don’t what to get sued if you hurt yourself. They also want to get you in and out as fast as possible. This seemed odd but it made sense. The average gym wants more members to sign-up for a yearly membership. The want the average novice to workout 3 times a week and keep paying that monthly membership for life.. or until they get bored and are stuck paying anyways, or cancel.

Well on to the issue with machines, which consist of 80 to 90 % of the equipment in these gyms. There are there for a purpose, and its not to make you strong or to help you lose weight. The main purpose for these machines is to reduce liability for the gym. Its almost impossible to hurt yourself just sitting down and performing one controlled form of movement. If it were to the corporate lawyers they wont even be any free weights.  Plus it keeps the novice members coming back. I’m not saying that these machines are to be excluded from any routine, but they must be treated as supplemental to your routine and not the main focus.

The real test is to try to perform the same weight on a machine and with free weights. Notice how your form is key to prevent injury and to control the weight. With free weights you gain “Real World” strength and that is what we all really want. To be strong and fit. Remember always use caution with using free weights. Start light and try to have someone watch your form. Also try to stick to dumbell routines, barbell squats, deadlifts, dips, pullups. It doesnt take fancy or complicated routines to lose fat and gain muscle. Just takes consistency.

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