I often hear from my clients that they are not sure when to use dumbbells (free weights) and when to use machines. Is one method of training better? More efficient? Easier? Safer?
Well, one method of training is not “better” – it is just different and may be used for different reasons, objectives space and safety concerns.
Here are some points of differentiation…
Benefits of using machine:
So if you are new to exercising it may be wise to start by using machines first. Once you know how joints move and how exercises are performed, you can add more versatility to your workouts by adding some free weights.
As a trainer, I believe it is really important to understand how to properly use equipment and free weights by hiring a certified personal trainer. If funds are sparse, look into small group training and share the cost with a few workout buddies. If that does not fit your budget either, attend some free weight class at your gym.
Proper weight training is essential not only for safety reasons, but also because you do not want to spend time on exercises that are not benefiting you as much as they could.
Good luck! Remember weights ARE integral to a solid and strong body!
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