Are Free-Weights Better than Machines?
Are Free-Weights Better than Machines?
Article by Derek Manuel
Free-weights vs machines, which is better? Well, machines have their purpose, and free-weights do too. However, if you are interested in building some quality muscle mass, it is almost ALWAYS better to go with free-weights over machines
Why? The main reason is because free-weights require complete strength and coordination of the weight, so your muscles are forced to work harder. If your muscles are working harder, then typically this results in more growth. If the motion of the exercise is supported and guided through its path, such as with machines, then your muscles have much less stress when lifting the weight.
When you train with free-weights, your body must adapt to the range of motion on its own. This explains why even with what you would consider light weight you may initially find a new type of exercise challenging. Since your muscles have to adapt to this range of motion, you develop a more overall solid level of strength, resulting in of course bigger strength gains which means bigger muscles.
This is not to say that machines are altogether useless for gaining muscle mass. Many machines do in fact allow you to work out in different angles that free-weights cannot, so in many cases they do have their purpose. However, if you are like most people and want to build muscle mass as fast and efficiently as possible, I’ll get right to the point:
STICK TO FREE-WEIGHTS!
Gaining strength in barbell and dumbbell exercises, especially compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bench presses, bent-over rows, shoulder presses and a few others will always build much more solid, hard, muscle mass then machines, period. A muscle mass building workout MUST contain mostly free-weights.
If you have been using mostly machines for a while and havn’t seen any results worth bragging about, then perhaps this is where the fault is. I would suggest that if you wanted to focus on strictly building muscle mass and strength as fast as possible that you stick to using free-weights exclusively.
In a nutshell, machines are good for pumping and isolation exercises, and free-weights are for gaining muscle weight fast and packing on serious pounds of muscle in record time. If you are a true hardgainer and have a really hard time gaining weight and building muscle mass fast, then it is absolutely vital that you stick with mainly free-weights, most of the major compound exercises, eat plenty of clean food emphasizing on protein and carbs, get plenty of rest, keep your workouts short and simple, and to be careful not to overtrain.
With these key factors in mind, you should have no trouble gaining weight and building muscle mass as as fast as naturally possible.
About the Author
Derek Manuel is the author of the best-selling, “How to Gain Weight and Build Muscle for Hardgainers”. If you want to learn how you too can gain 20 to 30 pounds of solid muscle in as short as 8 weeks, or if you just want more quality information on how to gain weight and build muscle, please visit http://www.hardgainers-weight-tips.com
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