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, its like that with most exersizes.
Bullshit. There is a difference between building more muscle and being able to lift more weight. You won't be able to lift as much on a standard bar flat bench as you could on a smith machine, because it also utilizes your stabilizer muscles like dumbell presses, just not as much. As far as BUILDING muscle goes, I disagree that machines build muscle size/strength faster than freeweight/barbell from personal experience....using the latter recruits more muscle fibers and improves muscle growth.....but hey what do I know.
I think changing things up frequently is important, but if I had to choose only one or the other it definitely would be free weights/bar. Sometimes I will do lighter lifts on machines after freeweights, but hey, different strokes for different folks.
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Last edited by Dsm634; 07-17-2006 at 12:25 PM.