24
Sep

Free Weights vs. Machine Weights?

Weight lifting isn’t only for body builders, it’s for everybody. When you build more muscle, you improve metabolism as well as functional fitness.

So which is best?

Free weights force you to stabilize the body and work your core, even if that isn’t the focus of your exercise. Can’t lift those heavy weights yet? Studies show you can accomplish just as much lifting lighter weights for more reps as you can lifting heavy weights for fewer reps. Free weights can mimic real life movements. For example, bicep curls use the same muscles as those used for lugging groceries. No one likes to take more than one trip. For the most benefit and least likelihood of injury you must use proper form with free weights. If you are unsure of proper form ask for help, read up on the movement in magazines or on the web.

Machine weights. Go for cable machines (we have one now)! These machines make it easy to get a total body workout with little risk of injury. They offer smooth, fluid movement to help you exercise at a higher range of motion. Machine weights help you target specific muscle groups even if you don’t have a lot of knowledge about anatomy. Simply follow the photos on the circuit for a total body workout or do some research on the web. Machine weights make it easier to perform drop sets (exercise to fatigue, then drop the weight momentarily before lifting again). Drop sets engage more targeted muscle fibers for better muscle growth.

The best kind of weight to lift is the kind of weight you will safely lift. Both types can help you achieve fitness goals.

Bel Aire Terrace Apartments in Crestview Florida offers both! Check out our 24 hour fitness room and see what works best for you!