One thing I find at the few gyms I've gone to over the years is that the free weight area is smaller with less stuff, whereas more machines are available. Like I said, with the machines it's a little easier to ease into, and less chance of hurting my shoulders. I really don't know how much weight I can handle so I dont' want to grab too much for something like the bench press and reinjure myself.
BTW, I went yesterday for the first time, and some of the ladies there were incredibly hot. Just thought I'd point that out :grinsmile26: