m053486: Free weights, unless one has a vagina (NTTAWWT).
m053486: Ummm, is this a serious question? Free weights, unless one has a vagina (NTTAWWT).
Gig103: And how come neither machines or free weights have TVs in front of them?
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.
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.
Elzar: Lifting weights is for pussies.../ Ran a 60K road ultra this last weekend// 7:44 avg pace
Betep: 12 oz curls.
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.
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..
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.
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