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The Pros and Cons of Free Weights versus Resistance Machines

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  • Free weights allow for three-dimensional movement, which helps build functional fitness and prevent everyday injuries
  • Machines can be great tools for focusing and developing specific muscles, provided you’re using the machine properly
  • You can easily turn your weight training workout into a high intensity exercise by slowing down your movements; the slower you go, the higher the intensity

By Dr. Mercola

Regardless of your age or gender, you'd be wise to incorporate some form of strength training into your fitness regimen. And it actually gets even more important the older you get. With good muscle tone, you'll be better able to perform everyday activities like climbing stairs and getting out of a chair, as you age. Strength training also benefits your:


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