Saturday, 10 September 2016

9 Benefits of Using Free Weights

The best exercises are the ones that improve your performance outside of the gym—whether that means running a half-marathon, moving furniture around your living room, or climbing onto your kitchen counters because your home was designed for tall people, says strength coach and personal trainer Mike Donavanik, CSCS. Those exercises are what trainers call "functional," and by and large, they require free weights. 

"Free weights allow your body to move throughout all three planes of motion, so that you move throughout space like you would in normal life," he says. "Machines usually having you sitting down and lifting a weighted load while restricted to a single plane of motion. However, in life outside of the gym, you're rarely if ever pushing, pulling, or lifting while seated. Even a basic free-weight exercise, such as a standing dumbbell biceps curl, carries over into daily activities like lifting up grocery bags or shopping bags. Now, that's a basic exercise."


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