Resistance training can come in many different forms. Two common forms are free weights and strength machines. So which is right for you? Let’s explore where they stack up against each other.
|Strength Machines||Free Weights and Bodyweight|
|Easier to control form||X|
|Builds greater joint stabilization||X|
|Typically more core involvement||X|
|Ease of body positioning to work major muscle groups||X|
|More variety and exercise options||X|
|Beginner friendly; ease of use||X|
The answer like many things is…It depends! It depends on the exercise, your goals and where you are on your journey. Beware of those that say, “never do or use this.” There is typically a time and a place for all equipment types and training styles. Your choice should be based on what is best for you; a nice mix can provide some variety in your routine.
Let’s weigh the pros and cons of each:
If you have any questions about free weights and strength machines, please see a member of our Health and Wellness team next time you’re at the Y!