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KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
3/25/12 7:14 A

free weights are good for the "stablilizer muscles".

GRAVELRIDGEBOY SparkPoints: (32,335)
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3/24/12 11:01 P

I have used many different lifting machines and used free weights, I see a place for all of them, the lever arms style machines are good to focus on your muscles that you want to use as you do not have to worry as much on form while the cable style machines are a step up where you can max out your weight without worrying about needing a spotter but you get a half way feeling of free weights where you needs to balance and all. But when you are going for your personal bests, free weights need to be used in my eyes that way there is no doubt. I have a Bowflex at my house but the "weight" on it does not feel as heavy as actual free weights, the same with the cable and lever style weight machines...It might be in my head but I think the levers and pulleys help too much...

HUSKERLAND3 SparkPoints: (22,436)
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3/19/12 9:57 A

That is how i do it too... but i have chicken arms. Free weights and then machines

SECTION1RON Posts: 5,570
3/19/12 7:38 A

Machine as I have had back problems in the past.

KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
3/18/12 7:59 P

Recemtly I've been told that chin ups are best for biceps
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-ztMQpj8yc

And bench press is the best for chest
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUjh50tLlBo

AHLSROBE SparkPoints: (2,973)
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3/17/12 3:57 P

Any particular lifting that any of you would recommend with regards to biceps and chest muscles?

LARRYA5 SparkPoints: (15,192)
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3/17/12 10:05 A

For me its the safety factor of a machine that makes it worth my while. Ill push 300lbs on the bowflex,use not quite 2/3 on the incline bench. I work out without a spotter,so maxing out on the bench is out of the question. So I use both for my strength workouts

CTFLENER Posts: 350
3/17/12 9:48 A

I mix it up...certain exercises for me (with a bad shoulder) need the steadiness of a machine, while others are good with the free weights.

BEMOORE68 Posts: 46
3/17/12 8:16 A

I have used about piece of exercise equipment known to man( ok, maybe a slight exaggeration).
I don't think there is any substitute, for overall strength and definition, than free weights; however, I do think machines have their place, especially the cable machines. I am currently on the kettlebells, and loving them. If you are a beginner, I would stick to the resistance bands and light weights; or, working light on the machines. Medicine balls are great also.

ROCK_CLIMBER2 Posts: 328
3/16/12 1:57 P

I don't have regular access to a machine, but I should be changing that shortly. I need to get resistance bands, to squeeze in workouts at work.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,080)
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3/13/12 11:29 A

Different strokes for different folks on this one. Generally prefer free weights, but use a machine from time to time help strengthen assistance muscles that might be weak and preventing progress on bigger lifts. I don't think it's a vs. issue, both have a place in my world.

AHLSROBE SparkPoints: (2,973)
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3/13/12 11:16 A

I find that using free weights first and then moving on to Machine weights seems to work well.

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