A seasoned entrepreneur, Larry Gaynor is the president and CEO of TNG Worldwide in New Hudson, Michigan. Away from work, Larry Gaynor spends time with his family and exercises using free weights.
Most gyms are stacked high with several expensive machines and varying categories of free weights. Free weights refer to weights that give you a wider range of mobility. That means you can carry them and use them however you choose. Free weights include dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, and more. Some people argue that free weights produce the same results as resistance machines, a class of gym equipment that works by focusing on specific muscles and helping you improve.
Resistance machines differ from free weights in many ways. The first difference is that resistance machines help to improve your form. Because the machine has a predetermined range of motion and requires precise movements to use, they help you get used to maintaining a particular position while training.
Further, resistance machines are known to activate fewer muscles than free weights. The almost limitless range of motion available with free weights often allows less dominant muscles to be targeted. For example, while a shoulder press machine guides the weights up and down but using a dumbbell to perform a shoulder press engages your core, traps, and triceps. Finally, resistance machines offer more safety because the weights are set in place. Nevertheless, it is important to note that a good workout combines resistance machines and free weights and produces the best results.