Originally Posted by Hypergit
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?
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.
Yeah I think the free weights would still be better for endurance but it's a risk vs outcome deal. It's not worth the risk of an injury even with a spotter that close to a fight to warrent using free weights (atleast in Rich's eyes).
Although I know some fighters do use free weights for endurance. Somewhere on youtube is a Randy Couture barbell complex with about 8 different exercises that he does without ever laying the bar down.
Your right about machines leading to more injuries in the long run, because your stabilizer muscles haven't grown. Machines have their uses but should take 2 seat to free weights.