Free Weights vs Strength Machines

Posted on October 27, 2016

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Getting in shape takes hard work, dedication, and know-how. It also helps to have the right people on your side—like the personal trainers at Omni Fitness Center in Uniondale, NY. They’re passionate about fitness and that’s why their gym is filled with every type of machine and as many free weights as you can handle.

When it comes to lifting, Omni Fitness Center understands how confusing it can be to figure out what you should use and when. That’s why they’re talking about machines vs. free weights for strength training:

Weight Machines

Pros: Weight machines can work well. They’re easy to learn and use, and they can help you isolate specific muscle groups more efficiently to help you build bigger muscles right where you want them. Typically, you can also train with heavier weights without assistance, and machines work well for the elderly or those in rehab.

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Cons: Unfortunately, Omni Fitness Center warns that while machines can make you bigger and stronger, they won’t leave you with the full range of movement and your muscles may not translate into daily activities. Machines can also cause you to neglect to improve your small stabilizer muscles, and it can lead to injury because it’s too easy to use a machine incorrectly.

Free Weights

Pros: Omni Fitness Center loves free weights. They allow you to train for fully functional movements with the full range of motion. Plus, free weights make sure you improve your stabilizing muscles, and they give you a better result for the effort you put in. And best of all, there’s no limit to the variety of exercises you can do with free weights, and you can train anywhere at a much lower cost.

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Cons: There are some negatives to using free weights, warns Omni Fitness Center. It can take time and effort to learn the proper techniques to use free weights safely and efficiently. There’s also a greater risk of injury if you do things incorrectly with free weights, and it’s never a good idea to lift heavy weights without a spotter.

If you are interested in learning more the pros and cons of free weights vs strength machines, call the expert fitness professionals at Omni Fitness Center to help you out at (516) 307-8088. Also, don’t forget to visit them online for fitness classes and membership information.

About Omni Fitness Center

We offer more than 24,000 square feet of gym space, complete with a dedicated cardio room regularly updated with state of the art machines, as well as strength training machines and free weights. Going to the gym should never be a hassle.