Weight machines and free weights, such as dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells, They are not just tools to inflate your ego or develop giant muscles. They are also the keys to the development of strong and stable joints, improve bone density, accelerate weight loss and develop the strength and endurance you need to make moving in your daily life a little easier. Although they offer the same general benefits, you will find some significant differences between lifting weights or using a gym machine.
If you intend to train in the same place all the time, gym weight machines or even a home gym can be a good choice for you. But if you want a portable weight training, or if you want to be able to combine lifting weights with different devices, such as lifting weights on a stability ball instead of a bench, opt for dumbbells or portable kettlebells. The bars offer another option, you can change quickly between different benches or stability balls, but you can not take them with you on a trip, at least not easily.
Get the best fit
Most gym machines, and gyms for the home, are adjusted to fit different body sizes. But no matter how much they adjust, they can not adapt to all bodies. If you occupy some end of the spectrum of body weight and shape, very long or short limbs, a lot or very little weight, or if you are tired of constantly adjusting the machines to suit you, it might be time to change to the real option all-size: free weights.
Build a sense of stability
When lifting with a weight machine, it guides you through a fixed range of motion. Free weights, on the other hand, force to stabilize the weight and control every aspect of the movement. This recruits additional muscles to stabilize the joints, which in turn prepares you better to perform the same type of strength during everyday movements. The extra stability of weight machines can be useful for beginners or for those with joint instability.
Do not drop the ball
In general, weight machines make lifting heavy objects easier and safer without a helper, most machines have locks that will keep the handles from coming back and hitting you, including if you drop the full weight. With free weights, on the other hand, the only thing that prevents the weight from falling on your head is you. That does not mean you should not lift a lot of weight with free weights. However, know your limits, practice using the proper technique and ask for help if necessary.
How is your budget?
If you're going to buy home equipment for exercise, dumbbells and kettlebells are almost always the cheapest option, followed by the bars and then, by far, the gyms at home. If you are training in a gym, it means that you have already paid for access to everything you have, so go ahead and try both the weight machines and the dumbbells, you will quickly discover what feels most comfortable.