04-14-2005, 05:01 PM #1
free weights or machines for MASS
Hey, i got into an argument with a friend of mine. Need to clear this up.
He says that using machines/cable equipment is much better to get bigger and gain mass.
I say using free weights, barbells' dumb bells and heavy compound movements are much better than machines.
Need some opinions and support so i can prove his ass wrong! Thanks
04-14-2005, 05:29 PM #2Associate Member
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I would say Free dumbell brbell ar better for mass but I think that Machine are very helpfull too
04-14-2005, 05:30 PM #3
Free weights are a lot better for mass.
04-14-2005, 05:31 PM #4Junior Member
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04-14-2005, 05:47 PM #5
Free weights all the way. Machines do have their place though.
04-14-2005, 05:50 PM #6
Machines are perfect after the free weights. The free weights will use more stabilizer muscles and when their completely burnt out, Machines will push your actual muscle much further.
04-14-2005, 05:58 PM #7Originally Posted by arnoldwannab
That's a good way to think about it.
04-14-2005, 06:10 PM #8Originally Posted by inheritmylife
04-14-2005, 07:02 PM #9
just tell him he is fukin stupid and wrong and walk away
04-14-2005, 07:19 PM #10
just tell him that free weights tear down more muscle because of the stabilization required. more muscle torn down, more hormones released. sorry, but no way in **** can machines cause your body to release as much hormones as the squat, deadlift, and bench . no way in **** ****ing ****it can machines tax the body as much as freeweights. and end it with machines wont do anything free weights cant do. and no, machines dont fukng "tone" or "shape" the muscle
Last edited by IronReload04; 04-14-2005 at 07:22 PM.
04-14-2005, 08:41 PM #11Originally Posted by IronReload04
2nd, who is arguing with you about hormones being released? I do agree that free weights are best but as cjp85 so stated "machines do have their place."
04-14-2005, 08:49 PM #12
Free weights are obviously much better for compound movements, machines definitely better for isolated ones...As far as mass, if I had to choose it would be free weights hands down. Ever try a deadlift on a machine?
04-14-2005, 08:52 PM #13
04-14-2005, 10:24 PM #14Originally Posted by arnoldwannab
04-15-2005, 10:30 AM #15Originally Posted by co2boi
There is a Hammer Strength machine that is actually pretty good.
I still do it the old fasioned way, but I would use that machine without worrying too much about compromising overall strength.
04-15-2005, 10:38 AM #16
Just look around your gym and the question will answer itself. Where do the big boys hang out and where are the Mr Skinny's? nuff said...Free weights hands down
04-15-2005, 10:42 AM #17Originally Posted by inheritmylife
04-15-2005, 10:49 AM #18
Hammer Strength Machines are as close to free weight movements as you can get for a 'machine'.
04-15-2005, 11:23 AM #19Originally Posted by Benches505
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