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Is it generally considered to be better to use free weights (ie barbells and dumbbells) or machine weights?

This question is part of Do You Know What You Think You Know About Resistance (Weights) Training?
Asked by Laurenmc, Last updated: Apr 24, 2020

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Answered Aug 29, 2019

Free weights

Free weights are generally a better choice as your body is forced to work harder to maintain the correct position and alignment - this means you have to switch on more muscles to stabilise your body, resulting in a better workout.
 

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