Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

 
Message Boards
FORUM:   SparkPeople Cafe
TOPIC:  

Free weights or machines



 
  Reply Create A New Topic
Search the
Message Boards:
Search
  I Liked This Topic Subscribe to this Discussion Share
Add This to My SparkFavorites
Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

Author: Message: Sort First Post on Top
 
ANARIE is the moderator for this forum.
 


MNCYCLIST
MNCYCLIST's Photo Posts: 6,242
2/18/14 8:09 A

MNCYCLIST's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I actually like both.

"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1Timothy´┐Ż4:7-8)

"Jesus answered, 'The most important [commandment] is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength'" (Mark 12:29-30).


 current weight: 220.6 
 
235
227.5
220
212.5
205


FADNAK
FADNAK's Photo Posts: 22
2/17/14 9:55 P

FADNAK's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks everyone for your responses! Archimedes, I actually never thought about how the weight machines worked and that is why I can lift more weight with them.



 Pounds lost: 24.0 
 
0
14
28
42
56


GRUMPY-
GRUMPY-'s Photo SparkPoints: (8,299)
Fitness Minutes: (1,671)
Posts: 159
2/17/14 9:28 A

GRUMPY-'s SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Before I fell off the Spark Wagon so to speak I was working out religiously. I was doing a lot of cardio along with running through the circuit (machines). I alternated days and what parts of my body I was concentrating on to allow for adequate recovery time. After a while I was feeling pretty good and was losing lots of weight. I had always been intimidated by free weights but decided that it was time to mix things up. I began to mix free weights into my routine. I am glad that I did this as free weights defined my body in a way that machines never did. Hopefully I can make a comeback. So my advise would be to use what you are comfortable with. Both have their advantages. emoticon or emoticon

It's not who you are that keeps you back, it's who you think you're not. So start believing in yourself !


 current weight: 234.8 
 
242
219
196
173
150


KJFITNESSDUDE
KJFITNESSDUDE's Photo Posts: 15,787
2/17/14 6:31 A

Send Private Message
Reply
My girlfriend and I use free weights because we don't belong to a gym but if we did she likes the machines because she's intimidated using free weights with all the grunting testosterone filled braggadocio male types that usually use the free weights at the gym.
emoticon

USING SP TO HELP YOU KEEP TRACK OF WEIGHT LOSs, CALORIE INTAKE AND EXERCISE "IS" THE SHORTCUT!!!!!!
sTOP TRYING TO CONSUME A MAGIC WEIGHTLOSS PILL, OY!


SHOOTINGSTAR12
SHOOTINGSTAR12's Photo SparkPoints: (26,393)
Fitness Minutes: (6,750)
Posts: 1,205
2/17/14 6:05 A

SHOOTINGSTAR12's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Free Weights emoticon

Strangers are friends we haven't met yet


 current weight: 164.2 
 
174.6
167.2
159.8
152.4
145


CANADIANFROG09
CANADIANFROG09's Photo Posts: 1,994
2/17/14 5:42 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Free weights!

Ane Marie
Hamilton On, EST



 current weight: 374.0 
 
431
405.75
380.5
355.25
330


210014631
SparkPoints: (27,110)
Fitness Minutes: (6,740)
Posts: 951
2/17/14 5:40 A

210014631's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
free weights



 current weight: 72.8  over
 
75
37.5
0
-37.5
-75


THROOPER62
THROOPER62's Photo Posts: 16,650
2/17/14 4:47 A

THROOPER62's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
At the gym machines at home free weights



TACDGB
TACDGB's Photo Posts: 6,040
2/16/14 11:20 P

TACDGB's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have done free weights for a year now so today I went to the gym and used the machines. I prefer free weights. I like them so much better. But it was nice to use them as I can tell that I am stronger than I thought.

Terri


 current weight: 115.5 
 
136
130.75
125.5
120.25
115


J2740LOU
J2740LOU's Photo SparkPoints: (203,398)
Fitness Minutes: (209,604)
Posts: 3,775
2/16/14 1:49 P

J2740LOU's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I prefer free weights.



14BLESSED1
14BLESSED1's Photo SparkPoints: (11,138)
Fitness Minutes: (1,511)
Posts: 138
2/16/14 11:52 A

14BLESSED1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
machines mostly, unless I am at home

Lorin


 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
12.5
25
37.5
50


DIANER2014
DIANER2014's Photo Posts: 2,721
2/16/14 12:20 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Both

l Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep balance you must keep moving. -Albert Einstein


 current weight: 190.0 
 
190
176.25
162.5
148.75
135

Online Now
JANIEWWJD
JANIEWWJD's Photo SparkPoints: (210,638)
Fitness Minutes: (190,120)
Posts: 6,641
2/15/14 11:43 P

JANIEWWJD's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Actually, I like both.

Janie Garcia Moreno

"WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE"

"PRAYER CHANGES THINGS"

"NEVER PUT A QUESTION MARK WHERE GOD HAS PUT A PERIOD!"

"WHAT THE MIND CAN CONCEIVE AND BELIEVE, IT CAN ACHIEVE!"


 current weight: 120.0 
 
145
138.75
132.5
126.25
120


RUBENB2003
Posts: 10,252
2/15/14 6:28 P

RUBENB2003's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Machines



JIACOLO
JIACOLO's Photo SparkPoints: (269,859)
Fitness Minutes: (117,417)
Posts: 16,295
2/15/14 6:07 P

JIACOLO's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I don't mind either except when I have to rack and unrack. It helps to workout with a friend who will do that for you.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

- It's Janine!


 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
11.25
22.5
33.75
45


LADYCJM
LADYCJM's Photo SparkPoints: (28,181)
Fitness Minutes: (25,052)
Posts: 1,644
2/15/14 5:57 P

LADYCJM's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you Archimedes! That was what I wanted to say about the leverage etc and just couldn't get my brain to spit out the concepts!
And Sheryl, I think your right, that we engage more muscles with the free weights.

I'm up to 8 pound weights, slowly increasing reps. I am still using my 5 pounders and doing 5 sets of 10 reps of 10 different exercises. I can really feel the difference of the extra 3 pounds.



 Pounds lost: 95.0 
 
0
23.75
47.5
71.25
95


EMPRESSAMQ
EMPRESSAMQ's Photo Posts: 5,032
2/15/14 5:54 P

EMPRESSAMQ's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
both

Moving in new directions.


 current weight: 120.2 
 
120.8
119.35
117.9
116.45
115


UMBILICAL
Posts: 11,101
2/15/14 5:53 P

UMBILICAL's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
both



SHERYLDS
SHERYLDS's Photo Posts: 11,539
2/15/14 5:52 P

SHERYLDS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I prefer machines but I think they both have potential for error. If you use free weights and your form is wrong, you can hurt yourself. If you use a machine and you use weights too heavy, you can hurt yourself. I was once told, free weights engage more muscles.

USA EST


 Pounds lost: 4.0 
 
0
3
6
9
12


ARCHIMEDESII
ARCHIMEDESII's Photo SparkPoints: (136,626)
Fitness Minutes: (205,395)
Posts: 20,313
2/15/14 5:26 P



ARCHIMEDESII's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
FADNAK,

I prefer free weights.

Here's the dirty little secret about the machines, they do help a person lift more weight using mechanical advantage i.e. levers and pulleys. So, yes, a person can lift more when they are on a machine. However, for a greater challenge, a person should use free weights because you don't have that mechanical advantage helping you lift the weight. You have to use your muscles to work against gravity.

If you're not comfortable using free weights, you might check your gym schedule for a group weight training class called Body Pump. If your gym doesn't have Pump, it probably has some other type of group weight training or boot camp class. Take one of those classes. you will learn how to use free weights if you're not comfortable with them.

Don't be afraid to lift a heavy weight, you will not look like a body builder if you do. That's a misconception. Women do not pack on weight the same way men do.

How much weight can you lift ? Do you have a gym bag or hand bag that you carry around all day ? weigh it. I've seen women lugging around bags that must easily weigh 10+ pounds. If you can carry your bag, that's how much weight you can use for a free weight.

If you don't like free weights, consider using resistance bands. Resistance bands are another good way to strength train.

I try to avoid the machines and use a combination of free weight, barbells and resistance bands. I will occasionally use the cable machines. You may want to consider using those because a cable machine will allow for a greater range of motion when you perform the action.






LADYCJM
LADYCJM's Photo SparkPoints: (28,181)
Fitness Minutes: (25,052)
Posts: 1,644
2/15/14 4:32 P

LADYCJM's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Since I work out at home I only use free weights. When I used to go to the gym I was "afraid" of the weight room and used machines.

I think I work out harder with the lighter free weights than I did with the machines. It seemed easier with the machines to lift more and do more reps but I feel it more with the free weights.



 Pounds lost: 95.0 
 
0
23.75
47.5
71.25
95


FADNAK
FADNAK's Photo Posts: 22
2/15/14 4:22 P

FADNAK's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
When lifting weights, which do you prefer.... free weights or weight machines? If I do free weights, I don't lift as much weight than if I do the weight machines at the gym.



 Pounds lost: 24.0 
 
0
14
28
42
56


 
Page: 1 of (1)  
Search  

I Liked This Topic Subscribe to this Discussion Share
Add This to My SparkFavorites
Report Innappropriate Post


Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=33070962

Review our Community Guidelines



 
Diet Resources: metabolism rate | metabolism increase | improve metabolism