The majority of people, both men and women, who workout hard in a gym have the goal to lose fat and get more fit. Certainly, not every person who goes to the gym wants to lose weight and train for fitness.
However, it is true that the greatest part of people who love working out in the gym are looking mostly for health benefits, fit in their clothes and get a better quality of life.
So, the issue that arises now is: Should I use free weights or machines if I want to burn fat effectively. The immediate and correct answer to this question is that you should use both.
However, I would like to give an explanation regarding the differences between them and how you can use them in the best way to get the quickest and most effective results possible.
Of course, this is possible without having to work out for two hours every day.
Differences Between Free Weights and Machines
There are multiple primary differences between free weights and machines, read below to find out about these differences
When to Use Free Weights
Free weights are mostly used to incorporate your larger muscle groups such as legs, chest and back. What they will mostly do for you is to build a strong foundation so that you can add more lean muscle tissue which will help increase your metabolism.
When you perform free weight exercises you cause your body to use more than one muscle group.
Such an action helps you burn more calories because you are getting more of your body involved in the exercise and workouts.
The calorie-burning rule is simple: The more muscle groups in your body are stimulated while exercising the more calories you will burn. If your aim is to burn the most calories possible while you are doing resistance training then I would suggest you to focus on free weight exercises rather than machines.
The biggest myth that exists out there is that if you lift free weights you will bulk up too much. This is a big false assumption so do not worry.
One of the biggest benefits of using free weights is that they help you build more “functional” muscles.
Using dumbbells or barbells are much better for helping you build grip strength (especially if you are using Fat Gripz), core strength, athletic movements, and much more real-world strength. This is a very important benefit!
When to Use Machines
Machines are mostly used for isolation. For example, if you are doing Triceps Push Down you are only focusing on your Triceps. Machines are great to use after you have build a foundation of lean muscle tissue.
Personally, I tend to look at machines as the equivalent of a roof and its role in building a house.
If you are planning to build a big house you would not build the roof first if you do not have a foundation.
The best time to use machines is if you are planning to do some more advanced techniques such as Drop Sets or Super Sets where the intensity may be dangerous to do on free weights if you do not have a spotter.
So, a great question that many people ask is which exercise is better for building my legs?
The inner and outer-thigh machine or a squat?
My straight answer to this question is the “Squat” because you will use more muscles therefore building up your thighs and gluteus and burning more calories.