Free Weights vs. Machines

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The Great Debate: Weight Machines vs. Free Weights The debate between free weights and weight machines has been around as long as the machines themselves. From body builders to stay-at-home moms trying to stay in shape, the great debate has been fueled by the fact that there is no ‘one size fits all’ method. Individuals are encouraged to find the method that works for them. There are many angles from which this argument may be examined such as cost, safety, effective muscle workout, and medical effects of continuous use. People should use free weights instead of weight machines because they are less expensive, versatile and work more muscle groups simultaneously than weight machines.

In today’s economy, it is important for people to get the most for their money. Weight machines are unaffordable for most Americans and gym memberships can also be pricy. Carving out time blocks to get to the gym regularly may be difficult, and the cost of transportation must also be taken into account. According to the American Council on Exercise “Free weights are more versatile; you can do a wide variety of exercises with a simple set of dumbbells… Free weights tend to be inexpensive, are portable and take up little space. Free weights are significantly less expensive” (“Free Weights vs. Strength-training Equipment”). This means that there is a plethora of different exercises that can be performed using one set of weights; making them the more economically sound approach. Also, gyms offer free weights in addition to weight machines to their clients because they are preferred over weight machines. Free weights can be used at home or at the gym, and cost about fifteen dollars a set and up.

Free wights have numerous benefits, but they also have drawbacks. The safety hazards of free weights can be easily avoided with some training. Weight machines are safer than heavy free weights for beginners and new comers to weight lifting....
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