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Is it better to use free weights or machines to build muscle strength? 

Free weights, such as dumbbells, kettlebells and barbells, are the most versatile and allow for a wide range of exercises. They also require your stabilizing muscles to engage, which has the added benefit of promoting core strength and balance as well. Additionally, free weights can be used in almost every position: sitting, kneeling, half kneeling, standing, in a plank, etc… making them a great home gym option!

Machines you commonly find at the gym are designed to target specific muscle groups, one at a time. They are one of the safest options being that they are simple and easy to use, making them great for beginners or for someone rehabbing from an injury.

Ultimately, the choice between using free weights and machines will depend on where you are at currently, and what your personal goals are. Before embarking on your strength training journey, it is paramount to consult with a trainer or Physical Therapist to develop a targeted and effective plan to ensure your effort and time spent is driving the results you want!


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