Free Weights vs. Machines - What You Should Be Using

This may be a poor analogy but I remember the first time I walked into a gym. Looking around at the endless options it felt like I was staring at a buffet with food I had never seen before: rows upon rows of machines and free weights all gathered in one room waiting to be used - the anticipation was almost too much to bear.

I told you, bad analogy.

If any of the above sparks some deja vu for you than we might as well admit now that we're soul sisters and hitting the gym is almost always exciting ....... almost because our kindred spirits also know how hard it can be to get a workout done when any brilliant show is on, (walking dead fans where you at!)

If you find yourself on the opposite side of the fence then walking into a gym, on your first or hundredth visit, and deciding what to use can be overwhelming.

Whether you enjoy going to the gym or you despise it (kudos to you especially), you generally only have so much time for one workout .... so what do you use?

Machines?

Free weights?

Both?

Neither?

First off let me state that in order to be successful you should know exactly what you're doing in the gym every single visit. This applies to all of you, no matter what your goal is.

So now that we know what we're doing in the gym, some followup questions arise:

Why are you choosing ....

Machines over free weights?

That specific exercise?

That exercise execution?

Take a moment. Think about your current program.

Can you answer any of these questions? Can your trainer? Can your workout buddy?

If the answer is "why golly gee Tamara I/we can't answer any of these" I suggest you keep reading

Free weights versus machines.
What do you chose?
Better yet, what SHOULD you chose?

Free weights = barbells, dumbbells