SIX REASONS YOU SHOULD STOP USING WEIGHT TRAINING MACHINES
Are you guilty of sticking to only using weight training machines week after week? I believe that they are important and helpful in certain circumstances. However, there are some added benefits to using free weights that we are missing out on, and I want to share with you six reasons I believe we should add them.
WHEN ARE WEIGHT TRAINING MACHINES IMPORTANT?
Machines are excellent for beginners and help teach proper form before using free weights. I usually recommend that my beginner clients or clients that haven’t exercised in a while stick to machines for around 3-months when they first begin.
SIX BENEFITS OF FREE WEIGHTS
- They’re functional. Anything functional helps us outside of the gym. Free weights allow us to move in three planes of motion as we do in everyday life. Machines usually restrict us to one plane of motion. It is rare that we ever push, pull, and lift from a seated position like when using machine weights.
- You strengthen your stabilizer muscles. Your body has to work to keep you and the weights from wobbling and falling over. This causes our stabilizer muscles around the body, including the core, to work and strengthen.
- Improves balance.
- Burns extra calories since you are using more muscles, like your stabilizers, during movements.
- More strength gains compared to using machine weights.
- Improve imbalances & prevent injury. One of the best ways to prevent injuries is to work on improving muscle imbalances. Lifting free weights does not allow a stronger side to compensate for the weaker side. Strengthening the stabilizer muscles also helps prevent injury.
I find a lot of value in using free weights and highly recommend it to anyone to add to their fitness plans. I feel like we are missing out on a lot when using machine weights compared to free weights. If you are a beginner or haven’t exercised in a while, definitely start on the machines. They are safer and help teach proper form before using free weights. If you find the machines intimidating and not sure how to use them, ask for a floor trainer at your gym to show you proper form and how to use the machine correctly. They are there to help people at no additional cost.
I’m curious, what kind of fitness plan are you currently following? Does it include free weights and if so, what moves are you currently working on? Share in the comments below. Also, if you found this post helpful, please share it on Facebook. It would mean the world to me. Thanks 🙂