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Coach Rich Hesketh of DECAMAN Athletics has always had a fondness for dumbbells: “Dumbbells provide versatility to challenge athleticism in multiple planes of movement, instead of being strapped into a machine with limited movement and range of motion. Strength training should be considered in a holistic approach. Machine weights also can be effective weight training tools, as long as you use machines that adjust to your body dimensions and allow your joints to move through their natural motion paths. Machine weights are generally safe when used with the proper technique.

Many people can. Barbell training offers more opportunity for gradual progression than a training regimen using dumbbells as most gyms have plates of just a few pounds, which you can add to the end of each barbell. When you’re pressing a lot of weight, barbells often prove more practical, as they are already set in an overhead, bench-press position. The short answer to the question is: Free weights are better than machine weights almost every time.

When compared to machines, free weights are better for building muscle, losing fat and building athleticism. There are only a few situations where you are better off using machines, but quite honestly, most of them are a waste of space and money. Free weights are more versatile than machines, allowing more range of motion and variation.

And if you want to work out at home or outdoors, nothing beats a good ole set of dumbbells. They are inexpensive and take up very little space. If you decide to use free weights, you must always be aware of your form. Bowflex machines, which may be upgraded to provide over 300 pounds of resistance, can also help you if you are an experienced lifter.

You can lift more weight than you could if using free weights and you can effectively isolate specific muscles. Cables Vs. Free Weights: Quick Recap. So, if your goal is to achieve maximum hypertrophy and place your muscles under as much tension as possible on each exercise you perform in the gym, these are the 7 common free weight exercises that are actually best performed using cables: #1: Dumbbell Flys –> Cable Flys (lying or standing).

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They have their time and place, such as when performing a very high-skilled movement (like a snatch, for example), or when you. With one single machine, you can train nearly every muscle in your body. Top 5: Best Functional Trainers for Home Use. The best functional trainer is one that gives you a great full body workout, while fitting your space, goals, and budget. There are many variations of cable pulley machines.

Any weighted object not connected to a Machines or cable. Free weights such as dumbbells, barbells, and medicine balls are better training for sports and for life. We can create much more specificity of training by using free weight than with machines.

Another benefit of training with free weights is that you will develop better balance.

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The question of whether free weights or machines are better is a trick question.

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Nowadays, when I go to different gyms and use a variety of different machines I find them to be marvels of technology.

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Generally I think that machines are a better choice since weight changes are faster and you don’t have to hassle with loading and unloading plates.

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Machines may be best due to loss of strength and balance.

“ACSM's Exercise Testing and Prescription” by American College of Sports Medicine
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Wolters Kluwer Health, 2017

I tend to use both machines and free weights.

“The Athlete's Way: Training Your Mind and Body to Experience the Joy of Exercise” by Christopher Bergland
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by Christopher Bergland
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Many lifters debate which is better, free weights or machines.

“Hormonal Balance: How to Lose Weight by Understanding Your Hormones and Metabolism” by Scott Isaacs
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Machine weights provide much more stability to the movement and usually present a much lower risk of injury, as long as they are used correctly.

“The Essential Guide to Fitness” by Rosemary Marchese, Julie Taylor, Kirsten Fagan
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Dumbbells save you money because they can replace expensive machines or a gym membership.

“The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight” by Tom Venuto
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Free weights are much more versatile than machines.

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I prefer dumbbells because they allow more natural freedom of movement than barbells do.

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  • I subscribed u..and then i went through your videos…and then i realised, this channel is all about YOU…and only You….. Less knowledge and More ShowOff……. SO I UNSUBSCRIED…..

  • Nice content.
    Hi Siddhant could you please make a video how get lean and maintain. Not just for photoshoot or any competition. Only to live a healthy life and look good. I am an IT professional and want to live a healthy life style.
    And do tell us about the stacks and all too

    Thanks in advance.

  • This answered a question I had. I also want to thank you for your videos, I have been watching you for a few years and have finally made the commitment to train for a bikini competition (either 2021 or 2022) here in Australia. I have applied from your videos alone many of your teachings and am losing weight and gaining muscle nice and steady. No gimmicks, no fad diets..tracking calories, macros on My Fitness Pal with your IIFYM ideology…and I am down over 5kgs in two and a half months and muscle development going nicely. I have a long way to go yet but since I have made the commitment my whole attitude and focus is stronger. Thank you again for sharing your passion, incredible knowledge and experience with us all.

  • i love your message which is you don’t have to go all in, you should select what fits your needs and you might as well combine different training systems.

  • Thank you for addressing the leverages making it difficult for some people to do squats (etc.) well. I keep trying to get down to parallel, but my body just doesn’t seem to want to do it! I have hyperlordosis as well, which does not help!

  • Hey Paul, I need some help brother. I started my body transformation about 5 months ago, I was 243 lbs/35% body fat….I’m now down to 205/21% BF. So my question is, should I still be trying to lose BF by focusing on cardio (like I have been), or switch gears to building muscle. My goal is to look lean, but I’m not sure if I’m still in the “should be losing fat” stage or “ok, you’re good enough to start hitting the weight room” stage. Thanx for any advice you or anyone else can give.

  • I love the hack squat for strength and building muscles, I use freestanding squats for stability and cardio to help with building up fatigue resistance

  • I feel you on poor leverages for squats, at 6’2 with bad ankle mobility it’s difficult. That said compounds are great bang for the buck muscle recruitment wise. I’ve always viewed machines as my isolation work mostly and compounds get the whole gang together. Also wanted to say thank you for all of this high quality free content, it’s helped me in my weight loss/physique change a lot. Wish you all the best!

  • I focus on higher intensity compounds and typically use machines to further fatigue specific muscle groups without requiring as much of a “supporting cast”. The bench press will always be #1 but the pec deck certainly has it’s place!

  • I think most ppl do not have a clue why there are going to the gym ��. I build my back and leg using machine i have mobility issues. My goal is purely muscle and looking gd. So machine help me alot. Anyway thanks Paul for the great vid and nt spweing lies

  • Really tired of everyone shitting on machines… you can do so many more things with machines, (more accurate drop sets, focus on the muscle more, better tension in most cases, less strain on joints and tendons, hundreds of better ranges of motions, exercises, etc with machines and cables ) however. Everyone agrees that a mixture of both in a perfect training environment yields the best results. Another big one is the fact that a lot of people don’t train their stabilizer muscles directly making free weights more dangerous until you build up the muscle and stregnth to be able to suppport a fluid smooth range of motion with freeweights. But everything has its purpose

  • Also machines eliminates the need for balance and coordination, therefore not sacrificing 30% of the stimulus which defeats the purpose of strength training. This in turn provides confidence that you’ll never have to worry about getting stuck under a bar (with the exception of certain plate-loaded leg press and squat machines). You can go to absolute failure without worrying about not getting it back up (no pun).

  • Classic weight lifter turned to calisthenics due to age/injury.
    I honestly feel stronger now than ever since my stabilizer muscles have never been this strong.
    Lifting weights was good to gain size and strength in certain areas but it was never comprehensive enough and took too much time. Now i can use unique compound movements to use my time more efficiently + stabilizer muscles which you really need starting at 35+

  • hey man i just finished changing my bicep workout from alternating DB curl (with the twist at the start and my pinky closest to my chin when im finished with my full range of motion) to one arm cable curl (the one you mentioned in your video)
    should i go back to stay with the same one?

  • I never wanted to run in muscle imbalances so calisthenics was my ultimate choice even before I came to that there is word like calisthenics!
    But I’m hurting/injuring myself frequently in calisthenics, reason maybe I neither have a flexible body nor a good posture ��

  • Calisthenics is better at my view because its effects are literally what a human body is built for, like if you dont wanna big (even tho you will with calisthenics) calisthenics is really the way to go.

  • I have not only learned from his videos but what an inspiration to doing better in the gym with the right form very intrested in getting all this information and steps in development and creating a super body I like to personally get to ask questions that specifically concerns me thanks for you great job

  • For me personally i will use weights and calisthenics in my training….the result is awesome i get a nice big muscle and my strength are increase as well..

  • So you’ve spent most of your life looking in a mirror lifting objects up and down. Looking back would you have done anything differently?

  • Thanks for the video. I’m new to calisthenics but always been interested, since the quarantine I’ve been doing a lot. Ivd done weights a few years now. I was thinking of mixing 3 days gym, then after rest day 3 days calisthenics. Or something like that. What do you think?

  • This was a great video because with this whole virus thing, I’m not sure if I want to keep spending money on the gym if I can train with my own body.
    The only downside would be my legs, but I can do the good ol books in a backpack and do squats or other exercises with that on my legs to add weight, and then I can just buy weights for my legs or for my chest.
    Overall calisthenics seems less expensive and with more ‘benefits’ than going to the gym because I’m not looking to get big I’m looking to get strong, however that’s not to say the gym is bad entirely, just not for me.
    Great video guys.

  • Great Video and information! I was told by a guy that was a very experienced lifted to do (If Possibe!) Free weights to start your workout and then end with those muscle groups on the machines as it is way quicker to change the weights and volume up (fatigue) those tired muscles at the end. I enjoy doing this and I think it’s good advice???

  • i train everyday and from what i know if you do 500 squats you will get the same resoult or maybe better then doing squats with weights.

  • I agree with everything in this video except “100 kilos is 100 kilos and will never change.” They did just recently change the Kilo! AHH!

  • TL DW:
    Caleisthenics have many pros but can build limited strength for lower body
    Weights are costly, require space and sometimes a spotter, but great for building strength
    And don’t use machines unless you’re extremely out of shape or recovering from an injury

  • I use cables with a door anchor at home. You can buy tricep bars and straps etc. to attach to the cables. And you can do a great workout with this method especially when you add dumbbell workouts combined. This was the best video I’ve seen yet about using cables. Some people think all cable exercises just tone your muscles, That’s not true. Unless your only using one light band. Try it.Youll see.

  • I’m 13 years old and i do calisthenics and weights i went from only being able to do a 5-10 pound and now my max weight is 30 pounds for one hand, I’m not going to stop because when i get older i want to be really strong

  • Hey, I know this is an old video but I want to say that Capoeira exercises are great for leg body weight training. If you don’t believe me just look at the kicking power of some of the athletes.

  • I havent watched the video yet, but let me guess, the answer is “Neither is the best, they have different goals and you will achieve different things”
    Sure thats true, but the title should perhaps be different

  • When I started, I used weight dumbbells, after a while I went into machines for A LONG time. Then after awhile when I achieved my first 10 push-ups and 1 pull-ups I moved into push-ups. After summer ended I was able to do 40 push-ups 10 pull-ups. Now I’m doing calisthenics with extra weight (basically a weight vest) And yes I still do machines, I’d say 4 days per week I go with my parents.

  • You forgot one con for calisthenics. It’s when your body naturally resorts to the dominant side of your body thus using the non-dominant side of your body as support only which often results to muscle imbalances

  • I disagree on the notion that bench press is just that. You can use BB or DB, incline, decline or flat, use bands, floor press or a variety of other options. It’s like “pull up is pull up”, but there are muscle ups, chin ups, etc.

  • As an heavyweight mma fighter I do calisthenic as warmup and powerlifting……. Clubs and mace workout too…..increases mobility flexibility..strength and stamina……

  • It looks strange to me that you did not mention two
    additional very important drawbacks of the training solely with free weights/machines.

    The first is that you develop your muscles only for the sake of it (and
    aesthetics, too): in other words, your muscles are not functional to a broader goal,
    that may be mobility/flexibility. You do not become more athletic, and coordinated.
    On the contrary, very often in the long run you LIMIT your mobility. Take a
    look at BBers: what I mean is quite apparent.

    Second: when you concentrate your goal ONLY on the muscles,
    and not on their use, little by little you get a biased self-perception, since
    your only parameter is muscle size. So you start measuring your muscle circumference
    as the one and only indicator of your state of athleticity. Would you prefer a
    guy raising 100 kg over his shoulders, on another one who trains the same
    muscles through handstand pushups? In addition: which of the two spends more
    time in front of the mirror, touching his muscles with the fear that they might

  • 07:28 im prerry sure your not suppose to fully extend your leg to prevent them from breaking. i quess hes not a great trainer after all.

  • I would say calisthenics for beginners and once u can hit 135 in all the main lifts then get start training with weights. Calisthenics alone is limited in my opinion and most of gym coaches work with weights and some plyometrics but it’s easier when u have numbers to measure progression and u actually train for a purpose like strength and conditioning for athletes. Specially for y’all that wanna hit over 400lbs in your lifts and wanna be the strongest people.

  • Nothing builds you like free weights. If you mix all three, it’s the shiznit!! Calisthenics stick with you more; but weights build you faster.

  • Cool comparison. Nice to see real hands on information on this subject. I use all three to achieve my goals. Calisthenics is my main goal and the other two help me focus on certain body parts to achieve certain positions. As a carpenter you tend to get unbalanced. weights and machines help me balance that out

  • Great video but what about leg exercises?
    Also could have mentioned:
    Palloff press
    Face pull
    Triceps pushdown
    High cable curls
    High and low pulley rows

  • The abs, I have never felt shit, no matter the position. The only thing that made my abs really respond was an ab roller. Those fuckers are intense.

  • I like cables for some things, but one thing that’s always bugged me is that the weight being claimed on cable machines is never accurate, so you never really know how much you are actually lifting. For example, my gyms machine says 200lbs for the full stack. I weigh 185. So I shouldn’t be able to pull that weight down, I should be able to hang from it. Yet I have no problem pulling/pressing it down and it isn’t even close to my body weight.

  • A necessary video for all. So many people ignore the cable machines thinking free weights are asll we need. By cable machines I’m only referring to the “cross cable machine”. I think cabled workouts should be a supplement to our free weight workouts/machines workout. I never thought of using cable machines for some of the exercises usually done using free weights. Will definitely try them.

    Q: I heard to get striations we NEED to use the cable machines. True? That they are more effective than using free weights (in getting striations visible).

  • I tried the cable machine at my gym for the first time today. And later I was searching for more info about how to train with it. Thanks for providing some good ideas. I look forward in particular to trying the Ab crunch!

  • i feel cables are basically superior to any form of resistance training. my trainer told me using cables only for chest training would still build my chest significantly

  • Hi Sean, you have a lot of good information in this video. I would just like to add that for those of us who train at home and may not have access to cables; resistance bands are a good substitute. Actually, in my opinion, in some of those exercises they work better than cables. Anyways, thanks for sharing. Joel

  • Please reply +Sean Nalewanyj can you please tell a simple workout plan for teenagers I’m only 16 skinny/average but solid, I play rugby league which is an Australian sport. I weigh about 70Kgs. Also I subscribed to your emailing list, just want to know if I should follow it or not because I just want to be healthy and out on bulk and muscles. We’ll particularly a ripped body. Thanks Sean.

  • Great vid, Sean. One thing….when you were showing the decline cable flyes, the tension at the bottom would be lost due to where you had the cables, would it not? The direction is directly in line with your arms at the end, which is the same issue we have with dumbbell flyes.

    Correct me if I’m wrong:) I’m definitely going to incorporate more cable work into my life after my big compound movements.

  • Excellent insight and info! It might be more helpful for the viewer to visualize what you a talking about if you spoke while the person is doing the motion.

  • I find the single arm bicep curl to be more effective facing the cable, but stood a few feet away.  it loses some of the tension at the bottom of the range of motion, because your arm, although moving up is also moving towards the cable, but seems to have more tension at the top of the ROM, where you have the same issue with the arm moving towards the cable if you are facing away.

  • Not a huge fan of bench press in general but Smith machine made me really hate it. Machines have their place and a combination of both is ideal but I would still focus mainly on free weights. Doing complex movements builds minor muscles that help with balance. And also prevent injuries in the long run.

  • How about one arm cable row? My home doesn’t have heavy dumbbell to do one-arm dumbbell row for 5-7 rep and my bench is too short for seal row too.

  • I discovered your channel not so long ago (you left a comment on hodgetwins sellout video) and I clicked on your profile because your comment had like a few hundred likes, anyway I watched a video, then next thing I know, I just spent an hour watching like 20 videos. You’re pretty much the only fitness YouTuber I actually trust, and lately I’ve been telling friends, and gymbros about your channel. You’re so underrated it frustrates me lol, thanks a lot man, you’ve helped me a lot, and one of the most satisfying phrases I like hearing is when you say “and… The truth is….” because that’s when I know you’re about to debunk a myth 90% gymbros follow hahaha

  • Wherever you feel the best mind muscle connection and contraction if your goal is gaining muscle then all about control and contraction

  • sean I downloaded your no system program about a year ago but the usb chip I had it on I lost all info,is there anyway of downloading it again,thanks

  • You’re the man Sean…the you tube audience have yet to really get a hold of you,(in other words they having recognize you…YET) A+ from the student to the teacher…oh yeah I have purchased the body transformation that package is TRUTH!!!!

  • For exercises were one doesn’t have to use alot of weight, like squats, deadlift etc, dumbbells will always be superior, why?

    1) In many upper body exercises dumbbells will allow for a greater range of motion, like chest presses and rows, and all science made in the area has clearly shown that a full range of motion is superior for both strength, hypertrophy and injury prevention.

    2) Your dominant side won’t do more of the work and get more developed than your non-dominant side since each side work independently.

  • I agree cables give you better tension throughout full rom, but does this really matter provided you go to failure? Hitting failure means the muscle has been maximally stimulated within a given time. All that less tension in a given part of the movement means is that you can use slightly heavier weight.

  • I adore you! (With all the respect)… you inspire me so much! Thank you for all your videos. I use both machines and free weights. ��

  • I like versatility, and I don’t go very heavy yet, so I’d pick dumbbells.
    All(?) barbell excercises have a dumbbell equivalent, but dumbbells have excercises the barbell can’t do.

  • To my mind, dumbbells over barbell are the clear winner because: 1. they make you train the smaller muscles that provide “real life” stability/balance/arm equalization of muscles rather than some macho gym claim of total weight. What about cable vs rubber type bands? No link above or in video

  • Barbell. Dumbbells allow for awkward and unsafe movements, especially when fatigued. Say getting that last rep on shoulder press and your starts to fall to the side or backwards putting the shoulder in a risky spot.
    This is also another way reps are cheated with a weak arm by not following correct path/range of motion.
    Dumbbells are also a lot harder to get in position for exercises ie bench.
    Gyms not having heavy enough dumbells for certain exercises.
    Dumbells are expensive for what they are.

  • I use dumbells and cables most often. The main reason is that I dont have a spotter with me and am worried about getting stuck with the barbell on my neck.

  • Hi, I’m looking for some bench marking on where I’m at rn I’m 167 5,7 and haven’t done much if any Strength training trying to get into it I can curl 105 max just trying to see where I’m at rn that was on a straight bar


  • For me personally i will use weights and calisthenics in my training….the result is awesome i get a nice big muscle and my strength are increase as well..

  • if you have to choose one i would go with dumbells, you can do almost anything with them as with a barbell but some might argue its better. for instance, with a barbell curl you could be using more force with one arm than with the other, but with dumbell curls, you have to use both arms with equal strength (hince why most peoples barbell curl is higher than their dumbell curl).cables can beat dumbbells in the since there is force pulling at every angle unlike the dumbell which pulls down the most when highest, not working every muscle.

  • Eww im sorry about the advertisement before the video. Anyway i had a really weird dream last night. I met jeff and was talking with him in my dream because the last thing i watched was a video from him on upper backpain. Lol

  • disregarding alternate uses like how a barbell can be used for different exercises, that aside, cable curls with the rope grip is in my opinion my favourite type of curl, it keep constant tension throughout the whole range of motion and the rope grip allows you to do a little twisting action when you hit the peak of the bicep at the top of the motion.

  • I remember when I didn’t have anything so I filled my cooler with water bottles, and use that, also a backpack filled with books use it as a weight vest

  • I saw a HUGE difference in the way your palms [ closed hands ] were facing during each excersize.
    What difference does that make as to angle of the shoulder being used?
    btw = I have a complete shoulder replacement,so I do not do ANY shoulder presses.

  • I own one of the new VARIABLE RESISTANCE, OMNI DIECTIONAL cable crossover machines. It is a revolutionary advancement over traditional cable equipment. I have completely abandoned free weight training (Stone age stuff) and completly train on this new machine. Your cable / crossover machine is all wrong mechanically. It was designed to be space efficient not biomechanically correct.

  • I lift natural for 13 years now and great results. Cables is my favorite, but i use all of them. You have great isolation with cables, less cheating and less chance of injuries.

  • Out of the 3 cables is probably the safest though. Barbells being the worst for wear and tear on the joints and everything else but superior in other ways. Barbells imo are for a young man not for an 40 plus guy like me. My joints are fuckin shot.

  • It depends on what I’m working. I usually use them all on each muscle I’m working but if I’m talking about the ones I use most frequently when it comes to body parts:

    Chest: Dumbbells
    Back: Barbells
    Arms: Cables
    Shoulders: Dumbbells
    Legs: Barbells

  • i love the information in this but i am gonna throw out a little bit of constructive criticism. if you could be more concise, stop restating insignificant information, and take fewer pauses in each sentence you could cut the length of your videos a reasonable amount and they would be a little less tedious to watch. people, myself included, have short attention spans and this makes it much less enjoyable to watch. anyway, keep pumping out this awesome content:D

  • I’m a Caregiver for seniors. I routinely have lift clients up off the chair with a gate belt. What back exercises would you recommend to avoid future back problems? Thanks for your time

  • Jeff thanks for all the advice you give out. Very helpful tips that I’ve been implementing into my workouts and I love seeing the results. I was just thinking about this issue the other day and you have an amazing ability to make a video for all my problems. you’re like a telepathic muscle fairy

  • When performing a workout with these exercises. Would it matter to switch each leg standing me up after each set in order to provide my core with more symmetry, or does it not really matter Jeff?

  • Yeah…. well he forgot CALISTHENICS!!! The pull up is the meat & potatoes of my back workout: push ups for my chest. There’s nothing like being able to propel or lift your own bodyweight.

  • I got lots of injuries.. machines and cables working good.. so this week and next 3 months I just stick with these.: I may thu a free weights day every now and then to mix it up.. but yea // machines and cables for me for a while

  • hi sean! been lifting for about 5 years and pretty much been stuck  for a year or two on my strengh and size. its beacues of not having the full knowledge of  what to all eat and when to eat what. i been on the edge of trying your program. i had help from people before but all i was eating was chicken,rice,and broccali got sick of eating it so i stopped. thanx man

  • Machines often will offer a higher stimulus to fatigue ratio. This can allow for greater volumes of training…That has the potential to help you get better gains as you can tolerate more weekly muscular workload before tapping out the nervous system and connective tissues. However that’s not to say only machines should be done for Hypertrophy work. One should still apply the principles of variation, specificity and overload to their training. So we’ll have to assess our goals, and ask if machine work is specific for us at the time. Well have to assess if the machine allows for necessary overload over a great period of time, or if perhaps a free weighted movement would be better suited. Well have to sometimes consider adaptive resistance and vary our training, and most importantly consider what the athlete ENJOYS…without adherence we have nothing. These concepts are for more nuanced than a 1 minute and 30 second video can encapsulate!

  • I do free weights all the time to hit certain areas but the machine is best to use when your in a hurry, just wanna relax abit doing your sets or you don’t feel like working out but you don’t wanna miss out on the workout so you use a machine to get by your workout nice & easily in a lazy comfortable way.

  • Sure I’m going to take advice from a guy who took steriods his whole life up until now. Whatever is best for you that works even if both do stick with it. Don’t rely on information from judgemental bodybuilders who only think their way is best. Everybody is different rely on what works for you. No one can tell you how to build the physique you want if you know what you’re doing.

  • Free weights are clearly better because they go DIRECTLY against the force of gravity! However, if injured then maybe use machines till you’re healed.

  • I prefer to take sus to deca. Both is best. But if I have to take one it’s sus. Before my holiday, to look really good I take about 30-50mg a day of dianabol

  • Damn I bet this guy must have had a good amount of muscle when he was younger. He seems to know what he is talking about. Maybe he should have been a bodybuilder.

  • How Sean. Could you please make a video about bee pollen and how to consume it? i ‘ve been watching your videos for a while anf you re pretty good. keep it up

  • I think if you’d want to be as strong as you can be, you’d do both Calisthenics and Weights as well as machines, Kung-Fu, and mostly anything, or just do what you think you can do.

  • The biggest con of calisthenics is that you gotta be pretty damn lean to do anything beyond the basic movements. Youd be doing those basic exercises in the gym anyway (pushups, dips and pullups)!

  • It’s undeniable that free weights are more effective. Only a moron would argue about that. But of course, WAY more dangerous and unhealthy than machines

  • free weights allow for use of stabilizer muscles and machines also dont do a good job of adjusting to the natural path of all different kinds of people

  • machine can be specifically build to target any muscle group for any range of motion. Free weights limits the ROM for some exercises like pullover where once the dumbbell reaches above chest, its just a weight you’re holding vertically, or skull crushers where you have to adjust in unorthodox way to have max stretch and squeeze together. Free weights are any day a better choice of exercises like bench press or squats where weight has to travel at 1 axis only. Or the times when you want your core to be involved to the max. Combination of both is the way to go. But everybody knows what I said, so kindly ignore my comment:-)

  • In the 90s there was this bro science that Free Weights are superior than machines, “you can’t get big with machines” “if you want to grow and get big you have to use free weights”

  • Hello. Before I start, I want to thank you in advance for reading this comment. I know that time is limited for all people, and that reading a long comment that like this one is a sacrifice that should not be taken lightly.

    On the topic of time, each person has a limited time on this planet. However, no one really talks about the life after death. When God created heaven and earth, he never intended for death to be a part of the human experience, but when Adam and Eve ate fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, everything changed. Sin had just entered the beautiful world that God had made, and God, being perfectly just, punished Adam and Eve, along with all of their descendants, by banishing them out the garden, denying them the opportunity to eat from the tree of life, and condemning them to die because of the consequence of their sin. The fate of Adam and Eve is the same for all people on this planet, because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. However, this is not the end of the story.

    Out of God’s perfect love for us, he sent his one any only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for the remission of sin. Jesus, through his death and resurrection, has defeated sin and death, and has provided a way of salvation from the second spiritual death, the lake of fire and sulfur. All you have to do is:

    1. Confess your sin to God and repent, and

    2. Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead.

    These two things are true, because these actions are also confirmed by what Paul said in Romans 10:

    (1) Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of my fellow Israelites is for their salvation.

    (2) For I can testify that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not in line with the truth.

    (3) For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.

    (4) For Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.

    (5) For Moses writes about the righteousness that is by the law: “The one who does these things will live by them.”

    (6) But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down)

    (7) or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

    (8) But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach),

    (9) because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    (10) For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus have salvation.

    (11) For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

    (12) For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him.

    (13) For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

    (Romans 10: 1-13 (New English Translation))

    To summarize, salvation through Christ Jesus is something that is done by faith and accessible by all people. If you are still reading, I heavily persuade that you would consider finding salvation in Christ and getting right with God. All it really takes is the faith and willingness to pray to God about it. I know how important of a decision salvation is, so here’s some places on YouTube that I have personally used:




    Michael Chriswell:

    The Ten Minute Bible Hour:

    Fighting for the Faith:

    Whaddo You Meme??:

    Again, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this massive comment. My hope is that I post this comment whenever I watch something on YouTube, so that many people get a chance to hear the gospel. I hope you have a wonderful day. God bless!