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    machines or free weights?

    which works better machines or free weights?

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    Depends on what you want to do??
    If you want to build mass, there is nothing better than basic free weights - Bench, Squats, and Deadlifts. If you want to gain definifition after you have the size, machines work very well. Also most machines are designed to take pressure off joints, if you have injuries or aches. They will build mass also to some extent, but you don't use all your stabilizing muscles like you do with free weights.

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    Re: machines or free weights?

    Originally posted by KANE_VICIOUS
    which works better machines or free weights?

    For what exactly?

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    I use both.

    Mostly free weights for the best gains.

    Although there are some excercises on a machine that work great also.
    Cables are great for hitting some muscle groups, seated rows, pulldowns, adduction/abduction, etc.

    The pec dec works the pectorals great.

    Leg extensions and curls.

    Leg and calf press.

    Cable crunches.

    Reverse fly for posterior delts

    I use all of the above with my free weight workout.
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    I agree, a combination of both is good!!
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    I dont like machines, I only use free weights. I get better results from lifting the actual weight, not lifting through pulleys. That is just me though. I tried doing lat pull downs cause I cant hardly do my bodyweight, and saw zero growth, so I quit using it, and that is the only machine I use.

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    I use the Smith, lat pulldown and the cable cross over but my gym doesn't have many machines anyway.

    I like using the ab machine and the bi/tri curl machine when I go to the city gyms.
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    Both.

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    I like both, how could I possible do leg presses without a machine
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    well you could lay down and somehow balance a barbell with plates on your feet but it would be kinda hard

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    They have a machine on Body Solid's website where you push a bar straight up and down in the picture a girl is sittin on top of it as the guy uses it, looks weird but someone made it
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    yeah i have seen it it can be pretty painful if the bar slipped and fell on you

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    I use both, but if I had to pick one over the other as being superior it would be free weights.

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    I use free weights when I work out with someone, a combinating of free weights and machines when I work out alone (which is 1/3 of the time).

    I think mixing it up is a good idea. The fact that I can lift more weight on a machine than on a bench tells me that the machine is either doing more work than I think or those secondary muscles get off easy.

    Tonight it's chest; flat, decline & incline bench, flys and pullovers.

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    I'd have to agree with most here . Both will work . I do prefer free weights for a good solid pump as well as the balance aspect of it . But when you got no spot and you want to work to exaustion nothing like the saftey of the machines .
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