Ask a panel of fitness professionals the age-old question of free weights vs. weight machines and you’re likely to end up in a tense gridlock. The fact of the matter is, fitness preferences are as diverse as the crowd of people you see at your gym, but there are pros and cons to both that we can outline here.
Free weights are versatile, inexpensive, and, depending on the amount of weight you’re used to lifting, ultra-portable. They also simulate real-life lifting situations which will help you better accomplish everyday activities that require strength.
Weight machines, on the other hand, can be effective weight training tools, too, provided you use machines that allow you to adjust them based on your body’s dimensions and range of motion.
The fact of the matter is that few things are more important for your health than just getting out there and doing something to strengthen and tone your body, but proper technique is more important than the specific type of equipment you use.