Free Weights v Machines
Fitness Mosaics: Excerpt from chapter 4
An age-old debate continues to rage on which is best for working out: the free weights or the machines. Health and fitness clubs are full of both and often segregate the two into different areas. Sometimes there is segregation between those who prefer using the free weights and those who prefer machines, drawing battle lines across the gym on who is right.
But, in this pulley vs. plate confrontation, which is better? Which gives you the best workout? The truth? Neither. You are comparing apples to oranges. Each piece of equipment has its attributes and its drawbacks, and each is best suited to maximize a particular workout. The ultimate goal with both types of equipment is helping you reach yours.
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