The Power of Dumbbells and Free Weights
The power of dumbbells. They do make a difference. I believe that using dumbbells has helped to reduce arm flab and back rolls drastically.
Free Weights VS Machine exercise
Range of Motion
Something to keep in mind and never forget is that when you exercise, you are training for life. You can spend an hour a day in the gym, that will still leave another 23 hours or so for your muscles to function without using any fancy equipment. When you do any type of exercise, the movement of your body during the exercise is known as the range of motion. The more difficult the range of motion is, the more effective the exercise will be. The is because your body has to work twice as hard to perform the movement.
The Classic Dumbbell Bicep Curl
The classic dumbbell bicep curl is performed by standing up straight with your palms facing forward, and a pair of dumbbells held down by your sides. You’ll contract your biceps to bring the dumbbells up to your shoulder height, then repeat the exercise as many times as you wish. Using that same movement for exercise on a bicep curl machine, you would sit down, brace your upper arms on a pad, grasp 2 handles that are in front of you, then perform the same movement as above to move the handles in an upward motion.
Look at the muscle contractions of this exercise, you are contracting your biceps when you are using the curl machine, that is pretty much all you are doing. When you use the machine, you are sitting down, which limits how much your shoulders give. The muscles used in this machine exercise limited to the biceps, forearms and fingers. When using machine weights, you will be limited by what type of exercise you can perform. You must follow a strict procedure, which is pretty much the same with free weights. Unlike free weights, machine weights offer a certain degree of resistance.
The Benefits of Free Weights
The best thing about free weights is the ability to select the weight you want to use. Instead of dragging it over to your exercise area, you can simply select it on the machine. When you are tired during a workout, this could be a blessing.
Many argue that free weights are the best for your body; however, many feel that the machine weights are best. There are pros and cons with machines and with free weight. Free weights have been around longer so they have been proven time after time to achieve dramatic results.
Body Builders used Free Weights
Body builders used free weights over the years to build very impressive bodies. If you ask most of them about machine weights, they would probably laugh at you and tell you that you need to quit joking around.
Free Weights Use More Muscle than Machines Do…
Free weights use more of your muscles than the machines do, which makes them more effective overall. This doesn’t mean that the machines are a waste of use, because they offer great advantages. When you want to stabilize the muscles that are being used in a movement, that is when machines are best to use.
Free Weights Are Best To Use
Where do you plan to use your equipment and what you hope to achieve by lifting weights in the first place? Decide if your home or the gym works best for you. Both systems are great for your body, although free weights are best to use if you want the best possible workout. Free Weights will always ensure that your muscles are getting the right workouts they need.