Originally Posted by Clint
Yeah rich isn't trying to improve his max strength, he's after muscle endurance (lactic acid threshold) which is better suited towards machine work since your working to failure and don't want to risk an injury right before a fight.
Makes sense - good answer. I guess endurance is not as essencial in the smaller muscles then? If it were then light free weights with a spotter would seem to be better, or does that still increase injury risk compared to machines?
Originally Posted by Matto
you can build more muscle with machines, u dont have to stabilize the weight and u can lift more, i can bench 320 on a smith machine but cannot do it with free weights because u have to stabilize it
320? Jeez you must be big. I understand that machines will build more muscle in the primary movers as they are perfectly isolated, however I've always thought this was undesirable as the stabilizers/synergists will frequently get injured in the cage. Also, the strength is 'less useful' in combat because it can only act -effectively- in the machines' direction.
I could well be wrong here, just that's what I've always read and been told. I've also found it to be true that my gargantuan rugby team mates pull small muscles & ligaments etc far too often and I've always assumed their machines were the cause.