Free weight vs Machines

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  1. darealfukindeal

    darealfukindeal OT Supporter

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    Can anybody tell me what the actual weight you are pressing if you are using a machine versus free weight? (for example: incline chest press where you stack on weights on each side vs dumbbell incline)
     
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    Doesn't work like that.. you can't just put a number on it and say "free weight weighs 20% more"

    You will almost always lift less with free weights because you have to stabilise the weight. With a machine it is fixed in one plane of motion so in that respect it is "easier."
     
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    machines will always give you a mechanical advantage, thus taking away from the weight. 200lbs in free weights will always be 200lbs. no more no less. machines do serve a purpose, great for isolating certain muscles and maintaining form on some exercises. if possible, use free weights as often as possible.
     
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    darealfukindeal OT Supporter

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    i usually do free weights, but yesterday i wanted to isolate and went heavy on the machine, stacked 115 on each side for 5 reps, where i usually do around 75-80lbs for 5 reps on dumbbells
     
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    Yuppy Have a seat right there....

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    machines DO NOT work your stabilizer muscles....

    if you push 20 lbs over your body, you not only lift it up, but you have to balance the forces to the left and right

    where as a machine already balances that force for you
     
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    Stop bragging about your OH press
     
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