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(WTOP)   Finally, an answer the the eternal question that plagues all of us who need to be at the gym in 26 minutes: Free weights or machines?   (wtop.com) divider line 264
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2013-07-15 05:51:47 PM  
He expects people to stand while exercising? The same people who circle the gym lot for 5 minutes to get a close spot? And how come neither machines or free weights have TVs in front of them?
 
2013-07-15 06:00:08 PM  
I don't even lift.
 
2013-07-15 06:19:06 PM  
They're both way too heavy.
 
2013-07-15 06:39:56 PM  
Machines:
30-40 minutes on the bike
~30 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical
~20 minutes downstairs
 
2013-07-15 06:40:33 PM  
i2.kym-cdn.com

/team free weights!!
//pic is me and it's totes legit
///eip, ladies only
 
2013-07-15 06:51:56 PM  
12 oz curls.
 
2013-07-15 06:52:57 PM  
Leg day is for pussies bro.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-15 06:53:06 PM  
Considering I work out in the evening when my gym is a ghost town, the machines are better because you don't need a spotter.
 
2013-07-15 06:53:09 PM  
Ummm, is this a serious question?  Free weights, unless one has a vagina (NTTAWWT).
 
2013-07-15 06:53:50 PM  
Free weights. Working 50 muscles at once and improving balance and posture is very beneficial even if you aren't going for the 'roided look. Machines don't do that.
 
2013-07-15 06:54:12 PM  
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2013-07-15 06:54:23 PM  
Oh, machine...

media.motortopia.com

Definitely machine.
 
2013-07-15 06:54:53 PM  
If your option is cycling in with a couple of bros who can't help but yell and grunt as they half-finish their fifth and final rep at Way Too Much pounds, then drop the barbell to the ground from toe-pulping height, you're better off going over to the machines.
 
2013-07-15 06:55:31 PM  
Free birds and a lighter.
 
2013-07-15 06:55:38 PM  
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2013-07-15 06:55:44 PM  
machines are also good when you're coming off an injury...
 
2013-07-15 06:56:35 PM  
Free weights.  Oh, and free Willy while we're at it.
 
2013-07-15 06:56:43 PM  

m053486: Free weights, unless one has a vagina (NTTAWWT).


I would prefer that one did, as a matter of fact.

/free weights...but it's not like I really do anything
//need to get back in the habit
///
 
2013-07-15 06:57:32 PM  
"the the eternal question"?
 
2013-07-15 06:57:51 PM  
Personally, I build muscles fastest with my bike

i499.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-15 06:57:56 PM  
neither.  cats of varying sizes & colors.
 
2013-07-15 06:58:22 PM  
I like machines because they remove all thought from the equation. Do your reps, move to the next one.
 
2013-07-15 06:59:46 PM  
Free weights require your stabilizer muscles and core to be strong.

So machines first, then free weights if you can manage it.  Get in cardio regularly too.  Nobody likes an out of breath muscle bound idiot.
 
2013-07-15 07:02:07 PM  
As one of those that will be visiting the gym for the first time, in forever. And the last time was a pretty shiatty attempt, I'll probably do the machines. I'd hate to try something dumb and drop the weights. Plus, I think it'll be easier to start with the machines. Maybe after a bit I'll move to the other.
 
2013-07-15 07:03:23 PM  
Haven't been to or smelled the stink of a gym in twenty years.  Ugh...gagging at the memory.

/my gym had poor ventilation...you walked in and the stench of bad breath was like a punch in the face.  I'd beg the staff to open a window or crank the AC but after being in there all day they couldn't smell it and thought I was crazy.
 
2013-07-15 07:03:30 PM  
Been digging the kettle bells, myself... Though, I usually use the machines since most mornings it seems to be a 'Roid Rage Convention at the free weights at the gym I go to. Usually do my cardio at the track at the local community college, but this summer, the heat and the pollen have made that a miserable time. Besides, this is America... I don't want to live in a country where I can't run in an air conditioned building while watching TV. : )
 
2013-07-15 07:04:10 PM  
Hammer Strength machines. All the benefit of free weights with the safety of machines.
 
2013-07-15 07:04:20 PM  
Free weights give more rounded results (works more accessory muscles), and machines are safer.  Thats all it really comes down to.
 
2013-07-15 07:04:35 PM  
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2013-07-15 07:06:20 PM  

m053486: Ummm, is this a serious question?  Free weights, unless one has a vagina (NTTAWWT).


Or if one has a vagina, thankyouverymuch.

If you want to get strong:  Free weights.  Rippetoe's program, if you're serious about strength.  You won't be perfectly sculpted, but you'll be strong as a damn ox.

If you want to lose weight: Free weights, 3 times a week, not pushing to complete failure, whatever plan you like (and I still like Rippetoe), plus at least 30 minutes of cardio.  On the alternating days, at least 60 minutes of cardio.  Bike, treadmill, elliptical, track, rower, actual rowboat, whatever.  Take one day a week off, but don't sit on your ass all day, take a walk or something.  And for fark's sake, stop eating so damn much.  Look up Alton Brown's plan of 4 lists if you need a sensible diet program.

If you are bodybuilding: Well, it depends.  Go for the strength plan with free weights first to build a base, and in the building-up off-season, and then use machines to isolate individual muscles and heads of muscles.  Don't forget to take your drugs, if you want to be truly competitive.

If you're looking for a hookup: Spandex.  Machines.  "Half-squats".  Pilates.  And get the fark out of my gym.
 
2013-07-15 07:06:24 PM  

Gig103: And how come neither machines or free weights have TVs in front of them?


Whenever I see anyone at the free weights, they're always way entranced by watching themselves in the mirror.

/creepy
 
2013-07-15 07:06:24 PM  
I use mostly free weights when I work out but I have no problem using a machine if the free weights are heavily trafficked. I'm trying to stay in shape, not win Mr. Universe. The only machine I use on a regular basis though is the treadmill. I prefer to run outside or on a track, but the weather and/or location don't always cooperate. Treadmills are nice if I'm traveling for work to a new city and don't know where to run. Being able to watch TV while you run doesn't hurt either.
 
2013-07-15 07:07:42 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Free weights require your stabilizer muscles and core to be strong.

So machines first, then free weights if you can manage it.  Get in cardio regularly too.  Nobody likes an out of breath muscle bound idiot.


Zombies do, more meat.
 
2013-07-15 07:08:09 PM  
i235.photobucket.com
Machines are for pussies.
 
2013-07-15 07:08:28 PM  
FTFA - Safety: This statistic surprises most people, but the fact is that injuries are far more common with machines than free weights, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association. Users can get pinned and trapped, and can injure or lose digits by getting them caught in the workings of the machine.

What?  How stupid do you have to be to get pinned or lose digits in an exercise machine?  How'd you even find your way to the gym?
 
2013-07-15 07:08:47 PM  
Exercise machines are really quick to learn and easy to use -- you just sit down in the designated seat and look at the picture on the side of the machine. Additionally, the machine locks you into a fixed path, so you can only use it in the way it is intended to be used.

BULLSHIAT.  The amount of misuse and abuse you can observe from people just sitting at machines and mindlessly pushing through exercises is insane.  Bad ranges of motion, not adjusting to proper height, not putting their back in neutral positions, rolling shoulders when pushing, bending too much or not enough... it's really awful.  It doesn't take much to fix, but there's a lot of bad damage being done because people are too lazy to learn a correct (safe) way to work on machines.
 
2013-07-15 07:09:25 PM  
Crossfit, Bro.
 
2013-07-15 07:09:56 PM  
Soloflex + shakeweght + thighmaster + Body by Jake Ab Blaster.

All ya need to be a bodybuilding superstar.

(add in Muscle Milk and a Rock Star or 2 and you're gold baby!)
 
2013-07-15 07:10:31 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: As one of those that will be visiting the gym for the first time, in forever. And the last time was a pretty shiatty attempt, I'll probably do the machines. I'd hate to try something dumb and drop the weights. Plus, I think it'll be easier to start with the machines. Maybe after a bit I'll move to the other.


It's not a bad idea to have a trainer assist you the first week or two you're there. If you can get one who can communicate with more than just grunts, they can help you understand how to reach your goals (or help you discover them) and can also help you to not hurt yourself (and look like an idiot).
 
2013-07-15 07:11:00 PM  
Lifting weights is for pussies...

/ Ran a 60K road ultra this last weekend
// 7:44 avg pace
 
2013-07-15 07:11:45 PM  
Free weights. It isn't even a question.
 
2013-07-15 07:12:50 PM  
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2013-07-15 07:12:52 PM  
I'd say that sticking to a reasonable exercise regimen of any type puts you miles ahead of the pack.

As the wife would say "As least he's out there..."

But then, where's the fun in that.

/YOURS IS WRONG, MINE IS RIGHT
 
2013-07-15 07:13:17 PM  

Elzar: Lifting weights is for pussies...

/ Ran a 60K road ultra this last weekend
// 7:44 avg pace


Yeah but at least people can see us if we turn sideways

/ that's a really long race
 
2013-07-15 07:13:30 PM  
Definitely free weights. I can't imagine how much room it would take up having machines I didn't use as well as the weights I ignore. The shed would be full.
 
2013-07-15 07:13:58 PM  
I try the machines occasionally, but I always end up hurting myself somehow, sore (and not the good sore) elbows, shoulders, wrists, etc..

I've found this does not happen with free weights. I really don't even like a straight weightlifting bar, dumbbell presses just feel more natural for me.

The latest fad seems to be kettle-bells, giant ropes, and other whole body exercises like swinging heavy hammers. We've went full circle and are back in the 1890s... My company gym isn't hip enough to have those

// I'm just waiting for those crazy vibrating band things to come back..
 
2013-07-15 07:14:30 PM  

Betep: 12 oz curls.


40oz.org

Wimp.

I lift them free, but if there was a machine to do this I would definitely be interested.
 
2013-07-15 07:15:09 PM  

Big Merl: Considering I work out in the evening when my gym is a ghost town, the machines are better because you don't need a spotter.


THIS.  Also, not to overgeneralize, but I'm in my mid-40's and the few times I have paired up with someone on free weights they're significantly younger and seem to think that shouting in my face as I'm barely managing my 10th rep is a means of encouragement.  Calling me a pussy while I'm lifting weights, however meager the amount, is not my idea of motivational speech.

My wife did spot me once right after we joined the Y and I was being an idiot and trying to bench something ridiculous for me, like 140 or 150 pounds.  When I brought the bar down and couldn't get it back up, she tried to help.  I quote: "Oh, honey, I can't lift this.  Hang on a second."  She disappeared for 30 seconds while I rested the bar on my chest and came back with some behemoth of a man who lifted the bar with one hand.  As emasculating as THAT was, that night we had sexytime and I had a giant black and yellow bruise on my chest where the bar was sitting, causing her to exclaim "Thank God that guy was there!"  You know, what every man wants to hear before sex.

So yeah, I go with the machines.
 
2013-07-15 07:15:29 PM  

dforkus: I try the machines occasionally, but I always end up hurting myself somehow, sore (and not the good sore) elbows, shoulders, wrists, etc..

I've found this does not happen with free weights. I really don't even like a straight weightlifting bar, dumbbell presses just feel more natural for me.

The latest fad seems to be kettle-bells, giant ropes, and other whole body exercises like swinging heavy hammers. We've went full circle and are back in the 1890s... My company gym isn't hip enough to have those

// I'm just waiting for those crazy vibrating band things to come back..


Tire flips and sled pushes are a pretty awesome workout if your gym has the room.
 
2013-07-15 07:16:40 PM  

Lsherm: Big Merl: Considering I work out in the evening when my gym is a ghost town, the machines are better because you don't need a spotter.

THIS.  Also, not to overgeneralize, but I'm in my mid-40's and the few times I have paired up with someone on free weights they're significantly younger and seem to think that shouting in my face as I'm barely managing my 10th rep is a means of encouragement.  Calling me a pussy while I'm lifting weights, however meager the amount, is not my idea of motivational speech.

My wife did spot me once right after we joined the Y and I was being an idiot and trying to bench something ridiculous for me, like 140 or 150 pounds.  When I brought the bar down and couldn't get it back up, she tried to help.  I quote: "Oh, honey, I can't lift this.  Hang on a second."  She disappeared for 30 seconds while I rested the bar on my chest and came back with some behemoth of a man who lifted the bar with one hand.  As emasculating as THAT was, that night we had sexytime and I had a giant black and yellow bruise on my chest where the bar was sitting, causing her to exclaim "Thank God that guy was there!"  You know, what every man wants to hear before sex.

So yeah, I go with the machines.


you don't need a spotter for almost all free weight exercises. Do them in the powerrack if you have to or just don't put the clamps on the side. If you can't get a rep just dump the weight.
 
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