Are free weights or machines better for building muscle?

Asked 4 years ago

What is the difference between free weights and machines when trying to build muscle?

Harrison Crawford

Monday, March 02, 2020

In my opinion, the machines tend to be slightly easier and it is much more difficult to get your form wrong on a machine, making them a better option for beginners. That being said, I would suggest that you add more weight to the machine than you would for free weights to achieve the same stimulus.

Jaxon Schaefer

Thursday, March 05, 2020

I prefer free weights to machines. I feel that the free weights hit the muscles much better than the machines do, but I like using the machines for repetition and form. My suggestion would be to have a combination of both in your workout routine.

Raiden Norman

Friday, March 13, 2020

Free weights tend to force you to use your stability muscles more to control the weight. Free weights also tend to activate the muscle better, leading to quicker muscle growth.





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