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Free weights (generally) allow for more creativity. Creativity is important in the weight room, because oftentimes, addressing weaknesses requires the use of non-traditional movements and movement. Free weights are the undersung heroes of the gym. Machines are big and flashy, the supermodels in the weight room, while the barbells and dumbbells are much easier to overlook.

There are many excellent reasons to give free weights a second look, though, and several ways they can be superior to machines. Both free weights and machine weights can help you increase your strength. Other types of resistance, such as using resistance bands or body weight, also can help increase your strength. The choice of using free weights or machine weights is based on your personal preference, your physical fitness level, your fitness. Because you’re able to handle more weight on machines than with free weights, you don’t want to get into the mindset of using the same weight for a machine chest press as you would use with.

This creates the question: which is better for you? Free Weights vs. Machines: The Debate. The debate on whether machines or free weights are better for building muscle has been around for decades. There was a time not too long ago when machines ruled in the gym world and were ‘the’ way to train.

This was. 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. Free Weights vs.

Machines: Final thoughts and Recommendations!! For complete body development, free-weight exercises are advised, which emphasizes on body strength and complex movements. Although, a different routine for targeted muscle development can be achieved by using machines. Because. Free weights burn more calories than machines, since a lot of the exercises involve more muscles to move the weight.

If you’re on a fat loss program, then free weights would be a better option for you. And finally, several studies have shown that free weight exercises increase way more testosterone than machine. Free weights offer more variety, but less stability. There is no “resting point” while using cable machines, unlike free weights, but both are very effective with a goal to create muscle and improve strength for different reasons.

Pros and Cons of Using Free Weights Versus Cable Machines. There’s also a debate about what type of equipment is better for home use. Free weights can certainly take up much less space in your home when tucked away in a corner or closet.

However, that very same equipment can also cause injury, even death over the safety offered by resistance machines.

List of related literature:

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

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by Patrick Hagerman, EdD
VeloPress, 2014

On the other hand, compared with free weights, machines tend to be smoother, less dangerous, and more fun to use.

“Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform” by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
from Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform
by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
Human Kinetics, 2004

Both free weights and Stack machines have advantages and disadvantages.

“Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning” by Thomas R. Baechle, Roger W. Earle, National Strength & Conditioning Association (U.S.)
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by Thomas R. Baechle, Roger W. Earle, National Strength & Conditioning Association (U.S.)
Human Kinetics, 2008

Free weights are much more versatile than machines.

“Fitness For Dummies” by Suzanne Schlosberg, Liz Neporent
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by Suzanne Schlosberg, Liz Neporent
Wiley, 2010

The choice to use weight machines versus free weights depends on the experience of the lifter and the desired outcomes.

“Physiology of Sport and Exercise” by W. Larry Kenney, Jack H. Wilmore, David L. Costill
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by W. Larry Kenney, Jack H. Wilmore, David L. Costill
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2019

Free weights versus machines i.

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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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by Rosemary Marchese, Julie Taylor, Kirsten Fagan
Cengage Learning Australia, 2019

Although machines are expensive, they have several advantages over free weights: They are safer and more versatile, they save time, and they eliminate equipment theft.

“Fitness cycling” by Brian J. Sharkey, Steven E. Gaskill
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by Brian J. Sharkey, Steven E. Gaskill
Human Kinetics, 2013

Machines with independent action are a good alternative for those with leftright muscle imbalances or those who want to combine the safety of using a machine with the feel of using free weights.

“Weight Training For Dummies” by Liz Neporent, Suzanne Schlosberg, Shirley J. Archer
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by Liz Neporent, Suzanne Schlosberg, Shirley J. Archer
Wiley, 2011

disadvantages of machines versus free weights for resistance training.

“Strength and Conditioning: Biological Principles and Practical Applications” by Marco Cardinale, Robert Newton, Kazunori Nosaka
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by Marco Cardinale, Robert Newton, Kazunori Nosaka
Wiley, 2011

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  • I recently switched to machines on my chest days because I am much stronger in the right pec and tricep and I hate more than anything the flat bench dumbbell curl. I also want to prevent shoulder injury. I don’t really care about building pbs and every time I get too obsessed with benching more weight I just end up ego lifting

  • I recently switched to machines on my chest days because I am much stronger in the right pec and tricep and I hate more than anything the flat bench dumbbell curl. I also want to prevent shoulder injury. I don’t really care about building pbs and every time I get too obsessed with benching more weight I just end up ego lifting

  • Injured my SI joint performing deadlifts, so have to resort to machines for back work which don’t hurt my lower back. So for injuries, folks with ROM problems, or for safety machines/cables win. For getting the biggest and strongest you can be use free weights.

  • someone clarify something please
    why is it that jeff…
    on his incline bench form (just before half way through the video), he isn’t extending all the way up. is this the best form to use in regards to benching (whether its incline/horizontal/decline)?
    is it bad to extend your arms all the way up?

  • If you’re going to use machines, use the iso-lateral plate loaded machines such as hammer strength, nautilus, or any where the machine allows you to move one side at a time separately

  • Hey bro just found your channel, I’m a logical thinker definitely want to hear more about the science and what studies show, not some meathead science. Thanks for the help!!

  • in my opinion, free weights are best for arms, shoulders, and back. machines are good and safer for chest and legs, but i still say nothing overall can compare to freeweights to work the stabilizer muscles. but like he said, it depends on what your goals are.

  • Machines have several advantages of over weights…. warming up is much faster on machines… getting a pump and pump sets is better on machines… it’s better to do forced reps and maxed out reps on machines… machines are biomechanically correct!… people use bad form using barbells and dumbbells!

  • Machines are great and you will get stronger but if you use free weights more muscles are activated in order to stabilise your body which will make the smaller muscles in your body stronger too

  • I do great with free weights. I am also a 14 yr old and another reason I go with free weights is because the lap pull machine at my school I could only lift 30 pounds but the lap pull that attaches to my bench I can lift in the 80s.

  • Aye just saying I never went to a gym once growing up my dad bought me a total gym when I was 12 and I used tf outta that shit until I was 18 and I got some pretty nice ass results

  • I just wanna get in better shape, not do fitness as a career. Free weights look like a hassle and dangerous so I stick to machines.

  • When I started I was in awful shape and used machines almost exclusively. But about 2 years in I had switched to almost all free weights. I think machines are a great entry point for people who lack stability, flexibility, or control, while learning the free weight movements on the side without even trying to overload them. Just slowly get the technique down until it all comes together.

  • Machine I think are better because they have more isolation, not to mention easier going to failure since there is no fear of a 200+lb hunk of metal crashing down thus you can push for those last few juicy reps.

  • I like do a combination of free weights and machines. I would personally avoid all seated ab machines, pec deck machines, and the selectorized seated hip twister thingy. My preferred machines are the cable cross towers, lat pull down, tricep push down, rowing machine, seated squat machine, and hammer strength machines. I would use hip abduction and adduction machines and back extension machines sparingly as a supplementary exercise instead of a primary exercise. Free weight exercises I would personally avoid is behind the back overhead presses and the standing barbell row. All other free weights exercises are very beneficial especially when good for is used. Deadlifts are very good but, you may want to use a deadlift platform or borrow some Pilate mats to minimize the risk of getting the cold shoulder at globo gyms and never ever do deadlifts at planet fitness. I have gotten 2 cold shoulders by la fitness staff for deadlifting at LA fitness and I borrowed a few Pilates mats from the Pilates studio and it dampened the noise more than enough to please the gym staff. I am not ego lifter, I do 80 percent 1 rep max and I try my best to minimize metallic clanging noise created by the deadlifts.

  • Why not do both? Using free weights for compound movements helps more than 2 or 3 muscles while most of the machines help you isolate a certain muscle plus with machines you can lift more weight than you can handle with free weights, and free weights as you said buid your athleticism and also help you develop some lung capacity( by doing squats and deadlifts with heavy weight mostly).

  • I use the smith machine for like calve raises.  I also use the curl machine to simply warm up a bit.    What I hate though is how machines are taking over the gym,  I know I am only 18 so I haven’t been alive long to see a gym without a single one.  But still like my hard core working out… not like highschool track/football workouts, I started doing of course just bench and squat stuff but I utilized a lot of machines because I assumed that was right since most of the gym is machines.   Now I know better but it’s just ironic how so many machines fill the gym but the best stuff is not the machines.  I can bet you 100% though that machines will become like mainstream for the next generation, everyone’s so lazy now, i’m lazy as far as school goes tbh.

  • I think the older you get, the more a Barbell is an awesome but dangerous tool. I prefer machines for control. Less chance that one sloppy rep causes injury. The freedom of free weights can be a bad thing.

  • Although free weights are better, I feel safer using machines for certain muscles because I worry about dropping the weights on my face

  • my opinon is machines..muscle growth is more when we choose machines….free weight is slower gain but never drop out the body maintance..however do machines first get big get form then move on to free weights to maintain the body…thank u

  • Dear picture fit admin, i would like to thanks you for all the efforts that u r doing to get us better understanding about gym staffs. I have one suggestion if u don’t mind it, i want u to give us a corse for beginners that we can run on to lose weight and build muscles hence other channels don’t have something like this. With my best regards.

  • freeweights are better for targeting secondary muscles/imbalances, but if i really desire to target a certain muscle and overload it(isolate) i would rather good quality machines. You can really achieve a deeper level of hypertrophy without worrying about an imbalance cutting your set short. you should use both tho, cause u dont want those imbalances to get bigger.

  • Machines are good for ISOLATING MUSCLES AND KEEPING FORM. Freeweights are better for building mass and strength. But nothing is better than bodyweight exercises

  • I use this channel as a parameter to judge other fitness channels. Great content. Been a fan for a long time. I used to be 12 kgs overweight, got that down in 3 months. Now time for some gaainzz.

  • i have a question, compound excersises like over head shoulder press, squats, etc that have a machine where it can be done, does it also boost testosterone doing it at the machine than doing it with free weights? that is basically the reason now i avoid machines and use free weights, because i think they will help more in boosting testosterone, i think what boost testosterone its the fact that core muscles and other muscles are involved at the same time while performing the excersise

  • The man in the black pajamas, Dude. Worthy frickin adversary. Whereas what we have here? A bunch of fig eaters wearin towels on their heads, trying to find reverse in a Soviet tank. This is not a worthy adversary.

  • I think the older you get, the more a Barbell is an awesome but dangerous tool. I prefer machines for control. Less chance that one sloppy rep causes injury. The freedom of free weights can be a bad thing.

  • Me: See’s James in the gym lifting heavy things. Oh great, he does lift as a scientist.

    Also me after looking again: hey, that’s a stunt double!

    Great info James. I regularly share your content with my clients.

  • Disliked vid and stopped watching, after you couldnt finish that small meal lol. Not taking advice from a cookie cutter beotch like you. Ended vid 1 minute in lol.

  • I think average people choose the machine like at golds gym is there’s mainly huge dudes working out over in the free weight section.
    That can be a little intimidating just dont want to feel so small when your next to these monsters lol ��

  • Now my personal opinion is for gym training: just use machines!
    BUT if you’re preparing for a contest and your doing event training you should use free weights cause there ain’t no machines at the event

  • Since I have a torn labrum in my shoulder, my chest workout for hypertrophy looks like this. Hammer strength chest press with 4 Sets 8-12 Reps, then I’ll do Dumbbell chest press with 4 Sets 8-12 Reps, and lastly I’ll do incline Dumbbell chest press with 4 Sets 8-12 Reps. That’s 12 Sets for a major muscle group and slowly I’ll start doing close grip press with 2-3 Sets and 8-12 Reps. Let me know what you think.

  • I always used free weights for 4-5 different exercises at 8 reps of 5 sets per muscle, then finished it up with another two exercises (again 8-10 reps at 5 sets) on machines. But I would always mix the machines up each session, in hopes of the new stimulus to my muscle each week stops it from adapting as quickly

  • Why do all the weight lifting guys on YouTube speak with the same “diaphragm” based deep voice, while tossing around their open hands together from left to right, attempting to convey false masculinity and made up, bullshit American “bro” behavior. Jesus

  • I use machines cause my form is bad. Using machines help me to target the right muscles so that I later use better form with free weights.

  • Your bulking routine looks great but i wonder if barbell squats can be replaced with leg press machine, or something else, with good results. I used to have some back problems and i don’t feel that comfortable squating with big weights. Also, do you recommend using dumbell bench press instead of barbell chest press, since i workout without a training partner?

  • I’ve had bad back problems for years machines are a great way of getting a decent body with machines staying injury free, yes free weights are better but free weights for me Just seem to injure me, so Just do what you can, I’m not gonna hurt my self just to lift free weights

  • I am usually afraid of free weights without supervision. You can do the movement wrong and ofcourse you are way more visible at the gym doing free weights.

  • I love Machines for heavy sets… But the thing with machines is… there always will be a noob reading instructions on it and also watching an YouTube video on it… or worse…. some asshole talking phone on it… To resist the feeling of shoving a dumbbell down his throat… I stick to free weights…

  • No offence, i reckon you’d look better with a slightly shorter beard. Love your videos, brilliant content, supported by evidence. huge fan.

  • 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)!

  • Any tips for benching? I’ve been trying for a while and I’m still at a pretty low weight. I usually get pretty good progress with everything I do (like pull-ups or dumbells) but with bench it seems like I never get better at it.

  • I use this channel as a parameter to judge other fitness channels. Great content. Been a fan for a long time. I used to be 12 kgs overweight, got that down in 3 months. Now time for some gaainzz.

  • I had shoulder surgery about 3 months ago, ive been using a lot of machines for core and legs. I think that machines do help but arent quite as benificial as freeweight

  • Well here’s something, I had been using various free weight exercises for biceps, triceps, back, shoulders, chest etc for a very long time and would do it to failure. Lo and behold I finally gave machines a chance and they got me sore as if it were the first day of my life lifting. So why not just do both? Free and machine weight systems seem to be extremely useful. Besides, what gym would be dishing out tens of thousands of dollars on machines if they weren’t going to be doing a dang thing for your body?

  • I like my freeweights at home alot better than most of the machines at the gym. I mean dont get wrong machines do have their place but you will get much better results as far as strength and mass from dumbbells and barbells and in less time too.

  • I’ve stopped going to the gym. I’m antisocial and every person I see who thinks they know about exercising comes to give me “advice” (aka get on my nerves). I do everything at home and my weights do me well

  • 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.

  • Thank you for this video, I’m a skinny guy so I use the machines but people keep telling me they suck.. but I’m seeing improvement from the machines. Definitely subscribed. Thanks for telling it like it is.

  • Dude, you need more rear delt work. A little imbalance going on. You’re doing like 4 anterior delt exercise and your sides are the afterthought with absolutely no rear delt.

    Btw, everyone go from 5-10 minutes if you don’t want to watch nonsense

  • You’re my favorite youtube trainer. You’re not full of BS american bro behavior like the rest of them. This is how a men should be. The rest of them act like Austin Mahone. Lol

  • Lifting heavy things makes you strong. It doesn’t matter if it’s machines, free weights, sandbags, stones, or whatever you want. If it is heavy for you and you push hard and are consistent, you’ll get strong.

  • Hey man, is there a way to edit your videos so you cut out all the day to day stuff and just have videos of your workout information. annoying that you title your videos they way you do and i just end up having to sift through a blogg about your life that a lot of people don’t really care about. No disrespect intended.

  • I train in home gym like elliot i dont use any machines but if i was in gym i would like to use those lat pulldowns and there are some good machines for back rowing and cable crossover but yea i am all about free weights i just like it

  • Although free weights are better, I feel safer using machines for certain muscles because I worry about dropping the weights on my face

  • Would you think of strength curve as difficulty throughout the movement for you personally? For example some might struggle at bottom of bench whereas others at the top. So in the first case you’d program for more pec work?

  • ive been using machines for just a little over a month and have seen significant gains.. family n friends have even commented and im no spring chicken 35 years old.. watever floats ur boat

  • Free Weights are obviously better

    i can chest press significantly more on a machine (60-100 lbs) than i can on a bench

    which is worthless

    that strength doesn’t translate to real world activities at all

    bodyweight training, plyometrics and free weights are the way forward. everything else is trash

  • Personally, I like freeweights rather then machines because it helps my balance.  But one has to be careful.  It is good to get started though.  It is safer though.

  • hey man im 5’11 at 240 bls i started working out a month ago free weights and cardio when i use machines i feel way too restricted and i dont feel like its doing anything other than causing a injury any tips on to improve my machine usage or just go to lower weights /high reps?

  • that’s true muscles grow regardless what you may use weather it be restrictive equipment machines or free weights if you get that burn and that soreness your ok if you stop getting sore change it up.

  • Hey Jeff, you should make a video on the difference between eating junk food at a high. Dog fat compared to at a low percent body fat. Like does your body just turn a honey bun into instant energy because your so shredded and your body is a machine at that point, or does your body still make the junk food into fat because it’s a crappy source of carbs?

  • 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.

  • Just curious as to what most of you do? For years I was doing one muscle group per day, 5 days a week, with legs on the same day as a smaller muscle such as the bicep. Is this bad? Is this also what they call a “bro split”? Is it better to do a push day, pull day, leg day etc, so that each muscle is hit twice per week? Just curious if there is a right or wrong answer here, assuming that form is solid and intensity is high to promote hypertrophy. Thanks friends.

  • If you go to a nice gym that’s got the best of both worlds go ahead and use both. But if you’re looking to build a good home set up just get a bench, a rack and a bunch of old pig iron second hand from play it again sports. That’s what I did. Cheap as hell and gets you gangster swole!

  • here’s my personal experience. i worked out exclusively with machines for the first few years of lifting. i got a lot stronger at using the machines, and i looked bigger too, but when i eventually switched to free weights i was pretty damn weak. i stuck with free weights, and after one year i’d made significantly more gains in both strength and size than i had in 4 years of using machines.

  • Well one thing is for sure, and that is that some machines do something that free weights will never do and that is give you an equal amount of resistance throughout the entire range of motion. During a dumbell bicep curl there is varying amounts of resistance the highest being when your elbow is at 90 degrees and the resistance fading as your eblow moves away from that angle. Where as on the bicep machine because of the cables and the swivel/pivot (whatever it’s called) being paralell to your elbow you can get maximum resistance throughout the entire range of motion.

  • I’ve stopped going to the gym. I’m antisocial and every person I see who thinks they know about exercising comes to give me “advice” (aka get on my nerves). I do everything at home and my weights do me well

  • after my first ACL reconstruction surgery, I started using the smith machine. now that im off it. my body tens lean to the right when I’m squatting on the barbell. i have to concentrate and really push my body to stay on a straight line. i have been putting the effort and now is easier,
    recovering from injuries is really hard. adding a 40-hour work week,

    but the improvement is noticeable. thats my experience with machines and free weights

  • Some of my greatest moments at and after the gym have come of these videos.
    No Eliott, fuck all other youtubers, your stuff is the honest fuel that keeps me going.
    That’s my opinion!

  • Free weights and machines have a place in all workouts. What I find funny is about people ripping on machines….like your freaking body knows that is a machine. If your pushing yourself to the limit while on a machine….dont really think it matters.

  • my opinon is machines..muscle growth is more when we choose machines….free weight is slower gain but never drop out the body maintance..however do machines first get big get form then move on to free weights to maintain the body…thank u

  • My primary tools are freeweights and bodyweight, but if it’s something I can’t use them for, i’ll use bands, and if I can’t use those, then i’d look for a machine to do the exercise. I also try to do as many of my lifts in an unsupported standing position as possible, to work my interior muscles as well as my exterior ones for complete body development. Sometimes using a bench is unavoidable, so I will use them then.

  • Theres pros and cons to both! I think you can lift heavier with machines (Bench for example) because theres not the fear of weights falling on you but free weights do require you to balance the weights as well as move them which requires you to use more muscle fibers. SO all in all id say it equals out

  • For some reason I have a douche reaction against people who only use machines, whenever I see one I think of him as a peasant as an instant reaction without even intending to.

  • random pro tip: been using a 45 lbs. straight olympic barbell for standing curls, and it’s definitely a noticeable improvement over anything else. full range of motion with supinated grip, and sets of 15, and my bi’s are pumping.

  • Your bulking routine looks great but i wonder if barbell squats can be replaced with leg press machine, or something else, with good results. I used to have some back problems and i don’t feel that comfortable squating with big weights. Also, do you recommend using dumbell bench press instead of barbell chest press, since i workout without a training partner?

  • You were doing your barbell bench press without a spotter.  Isn’t that dangerous?  What if you weren’t able to lift the barbell all of a sudden?

  • I have a question regarding decline pressing. You never seem to touch on that variation during the scientific videos on push workouts. Do you happen to know if there Is there any true benefits of a decline press, if so what are they?

  • Well when in comes to building muscle machines and free weights is good.. but for getting stronger or functionally stronger free weights is king

  • 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.

  • Hey bro just found your channel, I’m a logical thinker definitely want to hear more about the science and what studies show, not some meathead science. Thanks for the help!!

  • I just wanna get in better shape, not do fitness as a career. Free weights look like a hassle and dangerous so I stick to machines.

  • I’m very much a beginner but I find that machines really help me with my pull exercises mostly because my form is not great and I don’t have very good grip strength so I feel a lot safer pulling in machines.

  • What do you think of lost crazy amounts of weight with Custokebon Secrets? I see many people keep on talking about Custokebon Secrets.

  • “Free weights vs machine? Wow, that’s a topic that interests me. I’ve always wanted to know the pros and cons of each because I want to…. aaaaand he’s filming himself at Denny’s counting napkins.”

  • People should get to the point of the video without all the crap before it, for example where you sleep, shit and shower. Just get to the point.

  • Machines are a good start for lifting weights minimizing injury, build muscle and progressive overload without a worry and you dont need a training partner in that regards, in Free weights you can only lift as heavy as you can but not heavier without a training partner or a spotter who will assist you to avoid injury…

  • Jeff; There is an independant engineer and research scientist, who lives north of Chicago and is also a lifetime bodybuilder. He has been working for the last 30 years to develop radically improved exercise equipment and training techniques. I was recently given the priviledge of visiting his research lab for a full demonstration of of his achievements. I was bowled over!! This scientist is THE genius in the entire world of bodybuilding!! His exercise equipment is unlike anything you have ever seen 50 years ahead of anything on the market today. Absolutely revolutionary!! Every piece of equipment, which I tried out myself, creates a degree of muscle fiber stimulation far beyond any thing that can be achieved with todays’ “stone age” training methods. Three of his” research bodybuilders” were there 3 high school “kids”. No, they were MEN! 15 and 16 years old All over 200 pounds. All huge and “natty”. Both 16 year olds had arms over 18 inches, and the 15 year old close to 17 with bodys to match! I absolutely can’t get over what I saw. The bodybuilding of the future!!! Best wishes to you: Friend and fellow bodybuilder Steve Reventlow (IBBF Pro Masters) Chicago P.S. I think we all hoped that something like this would happen some day. It has!!

  • I like my freeweights at home alot better than most of the machines at the gym. I mean dont get wrong machines do have their place but you will get much better results as far as strength and mass from dumbbells and barbells and in less time too.

  • Machines are good for ISOLATING MUSCLES AND KEEPING FORM. Freeweights are better for building mass and strength. But nothing is better than bodyweight exercises

  • Free weights get you swole fast. Machines are ok if used to just add more variety to a free weight workout. But free weights should be the main focus if you wanna get swole.

  • I’ve been watching this guys videos for about a month and while watching this video I had an epiphany: why have I not subscribed to his channel yet?!?!
    I love the scientific approach to his videos. It makes it very easy to trust what he’s saying. Along with his fantastic physique

  • ive been using machines for just a little over a month and have seen significant gains.. family n friends have even commented and im no spring chicken 35 years old.. watever floats ur boat

  • Problem with freeweights is most people can’t get correct form because of the no restriction of movement (mainly Bench press) I use machines for movements that can’t be done naturally, such as leg extensions

  • As someone who is just starting out with this stuff I find free weight stuff more appealing because I find the motions and movements more interesting and enjoyable to learn. Personally, I don’t just want to work out for muscle, I want to also enjoy myself while doing it.
    And doing more complex and functional movements seems more fun and challenging to me than just to sit in a machine and apply force.

  • Hey man, is there a way to edit your videos so you cut out all the day to day stuff and just have videos of your workout information. annoying that you title your videos they way you do and i just end up having to sift through a blogg about your life that a lot of people don’t really care about. No disrespect intended.

  • I have a question regarding decline pressing. You never seem to touch on that variation during the scientific videos on push workouts. Do you happen to know if there Is there any true benefits of a decline press, if so what are they?

  • With some machines you can go heavier and I feel like i train my muscles better. It also makes it harder to cheat it’s easier to have a good form. For example shoulder press I prefer machine. But when it comes to squats or bench press I prefer free weights.

  • Oh come on. You even talked about the dangers of getting injured from training just on machines in another of your vids. The one about the canon fired from the canoe… its not ok to build huge muscles that are held together by noodles.

  • Machines are alot better when it comes to bodybuilding and want to look Good and if you are a power lifter free weigth wins i got the best results with machines

  • Jay what do you do for ab work? Have you done any direct ab work or do you train them indirectly through squats, and other exercises?

  • I only use machines for legs and even that is minimal. I like using my stabilizers. Im too fat to be missin out on ANY gains. I prefer dumbells over bars too.

  • I actually can.t watch the entire video because of how exhausting is for my eyes the white background. please consider using a darker background in you future videos.
    On another note, great content, like always

  • I am usually afraid of free weights without supervision. You can do the movement wrong and ofcourse you are way more visible at the gym doing free weights.

  • I love this guy. Proper fitness knowledge no bullshit. Hilarious guy. I just loved it. “But where does the towel row fit in ” ������

  • The main difference between machine and free weight exercise is to use your core muscle. If you use machine to target specific parts you would like to make bigger, You can add more weight compared with free weight exercise. Because, a machine helps your body to be stable.

    Many people think that squat is a leg exercise. It can be true depending on your goal. However, It can also be whole body workout with legs because you use whole body.

    It means If your coordination is not well developed, using heavy weight with free weight movements should be challenging for you.

  • My gym has so cheap subscription, that it’s hard to pick a time where it is now overcrowded. So you have to adjust your training plan based on the little free space available. No favorite weights, go machine, machine busy, go treadmill, no treadmill go flirt with the muscular employe… =)

  • 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.

  • I apologize, but I must disagree. Your body doesn’t know the difference between resistance applied by a free weight barbell/dumbbell and that applied by an exercise machine. If one uses exercises that stress all the major musculature of the body, and taking the principle of indirect effect into account, why would one NEED to mix in free weights to an otherwise machine based program? I see no reason and actually see machine only as a much better program, giving progressive overload in a safer manner.

  • 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

  • Some of my greatest moments at and after the gym have come of these videos.
    No Eliott, fuck all other youtubers, your stuff is the honest fuel that keeps me going.
    That’s my opinion!

  • You’re missing the most important part of the equation for free weights vs machines as it applies to most people. It’s literally the reason why modern fitness gyms have so many machines. For the majority of people, heavy free weight exercises take a lot more willpower and motivation to perform than the machine equivalent that targets similiar muscles. For example, most people just don’t have it in them to perform heavy back squats to near failure. It’d be great if they did, but they don’t. If there workout includes those, they’ll fail at consistently doing them They just can’t make themselves do it. A lot larger percentage of people, do have it in them to do leg press and leg extensions to near failure (which is way easier) but still targets some of the same muscles in the legs.

  • “By the back row, I don’t mean where the cool kids sit on the bus”. Not a joke I needed to hear mid bench press, damn near killed myself…

  • I switched from the Bench to a well designed machine. I don’t like having that weight above me in the bench, it is very dismotivating. Can’t find anyone who will actually listen to spot so I go without. With a machine I never skip bench and I can giv’r without worry about being stuck under the bar.

  • Just curious as to what most of you do? For years I was doing one muscle group per day, 5 days a week, with legs on the same day as a smaller muscle such as the bicep. Is this bad? Is this also what they call a “bro split”? Is it better to do a push day, pull day, leg day etc, so that each muscle is hit twice per week? Just curious if there is a right or wrong answer here, assuming that form is solid and intensity is high to promote hypertrophy. Thanks friends.

  • I love Machines for heavy sets… But the thing with machines is… there always will be a noob reading instructions on it and also watching an YouTube video on it… or worse…. some asshole talking phone on it… To resist the feeling of shoving a dumbbell down his throat… I stick to free weights…

  • in my opinion, free weights are best for arms, shoulders, and back. machines are good and safer for chest and legs, but i still say nothing overall can compare to freeweights to work the stabilizer muscles. but like he said, it depends on what your goals are.

  • Why do you think stiff leg deadlift is better for you than regular ones?? They look kind of the same, but I never tried stiff legged before. My back kind of hurts from regular ones, so if you could explain why this hurts your back less, please explain.

  • As someone who is just starting out with this stuff I find free weight stuff more appealing because I find the motions and movements more interesting and enjoyable to learn. Personally, I don’t just want to work out for muscle, I want to also enjoy myself while doing it.
    And doing more complex and functional movements seems more fun and challenging to me than just to sit in a machine and apply force.

  • Love this channel
    Maybe cos I just finished a level pe and bio
    And I’m studying sport science at uni this year so it keeps my knowledge at the forefront of my brain

  • Me: See’s James in the gym lifting heavy things. Oh great, he does lift as a scientist.

    Also me after looking again: hey, that’s a stunt double!

    Great info James. I regularly share your content with my clients.

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

  • If you’re going to use machines, use the iso-lateral plate loaded machines such as hammer strength, nautilus, or any where the machine allows you to move one side at a time separately

  • Being a Smarta$$ but when you said free weights are excellent compound lifts for example I tweaked. Both free weights and machines have both isolation and compound variations.

  • Could you make a peer review on alphadestiny? Dude is a bit unconventional. Kind of a reverse Elliot Hulse cause he started out a bit loco but matured into a pretty respectable guy.

  • I’m so tired of the ‘Machines’ are bad. The only time they seem to be praised is for the elderly and the injured. However, at the opposite end of that spectrum as a bodybuilder, they are an excellent and necessary tool for isolation of muscle groups with the added bonus of not being able to deviate the movement in any way. If it benefits you in your workout then it’s good. It’s a question of the right tool for the right job.

  • The man in the black pajamas, Dude. Worthy frickin adversary. Whereas what we have here? A bunch of fig eaters wearin towels on their heads, trying to find reverse in a Soviet tank. This is not a worthy adversary.

  • Hi James. Fan of your work, at first I found it hard to pack on weight or size, then someone suggested the “dirty bulk”. Few years down the track I’m at 85kgs and stuck with a belly. I’ve tried clean eating and cutting my calories down as well as working out from home with weights. I am seeing results in shoulders,traps. But having a hard time growing size in legs and arms. My chest is coming around slowly and my belly hasnt really changed, rather it’s starting to feel like I cant get rid of the belly. Any tips on where I could be going wrong?

  • When I started I was in awful shape and used machines almost exclusively. But about 2 years in I had switched to almost all free weights. I think machines are a great entry point for people who lack stability, flexibility, or control, while learning the free weight movements on the side without even trying to overload them. Just slowly get the technique down until it all comes together.

  • i rarely use machines at all….machines follow a specific path and dont really recruit to many muscle fibers or engage the muscle or core….using the ab machine is the bigeest waste of time out of any exercise..HEAVY drop sets..or Running the rack..or rehab…are the only times anyone should use machines..but hey…to each his own

  • still waiting for someone to do a video on arm exercise for those who have limited Rotation on their arms. My left arm can not go from palm on desk to 180 backhand on desk. it gets to about 110 then nada. so when ever im doing curls there is a point at just below mid point of the curl that i struggle to move it past. SOOO yeah really annoying yet no one has an answer to this as of yet

  • Hey SSS! You’ve already made a videos covering best science based channels and best calisthenics channels on YouTube. Could you also make a video about best channels about diet and recipes? Cause you know: losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise.

  • Don’t laugh but what do you think about things like Total Gym and Bow-Flex type contraptions? Also are there machines/equipment that are not that recommended e.g. twisting ab machines, back extension ones? If you were to recommend machines at all, what would be the best ones to start out with? I will check out your other vids.

  • Lifting heavy things makes you strong. It doesn’t matter if it’s machines, free weights, sandbags, stones, or whatever you want. If it is heavy for you and you push hard and are consistent, you’ll get strong.

  • Free weight is better than machine, BUT I use machines from time to time to be able to hit particular muscles and save already tired CNS from free weights. For gaining muscle mass machines are usable.

  • after my first ACL reconstruction surgery, I started using the smith machine. now that im off it. my body tens lean to the right when I’m squatting on the barbell. i have to concentrate and really push my body to stay on a straight line. i have been putting the effort and now is easier,
    recovering from injuries is really hard. adding a 40-hour work week,

    but the improvement is noticeable. thats my experience with machines and free weights

  • I like to use both of them…and I mix them up to keep my lifting dynamic. I feel like my stabilizing secondary muscles get worked better with free weights. I also like that machines get me to isolate primary muscles a little bit better. ��

  • You’re going to upset fanboys in the next video? I already have my “this guy’s a moron” and “you’re just a fucking idiot” comments ready, and now I’m working on building up my keyboard rage!

  • 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+

  • 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.

  • 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 ��

  • If i only have a heavy barbell that can change the weight from it, 2 very light dumbells, a kettlebell and a rope for jumping rope… What kind oftraining could i do with that?

  • 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..

  • 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..

  • For Mass12 do you recommend decreasing the weight for the days where you increase reps? Or keep the same weight for the week? Like if you squat 135lbs 4 sets 6-8 reps, would I do 135lbs for 3 sets 10-12 reps?

  • The only time I use machine more is in a shoulder workout as I do suffer from slight pain if I go hard with free weights. But every other body part I find feels better with free weights I guess it’s down to preference

  • that’s true muscles grow regardless what you may use weather it be restrictive equipment machines or free weights if you get that burn and that soreness your ok if you stop getting sore change it up.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • The anatomical design of the body will never be duplicated by machines. You covered alot of bases and I like the video,though demonstration was needed to show execution. Wrong execution is the most common element in exercise,evenwith machines. So leaving it out left a big vagueness to the topic

  • 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

  • someone clarify something please
    why is it that jeff…
    on his incline bench form (just before half way through the video), he isn’t extending all the way up. is this the best form to use in regards to benching (whether its incline/horizontal/decline)?
    is it bad to extend your arms all the way up?

  • Well when in comes to building muscle machines and free weights is good.. but for getting stronger or functionally stronger free weights is king

  • Been sending my lifting buddies to this channel. So much good information for beginners and novice lifters with things guys might normally over look or not concider.

  • 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.

  • The anatomical design of the body will never be duplicated by machines. You covered alot of bases and I like the video,though demonstration was needed to show execution. Wrong execution is the most common element in exercise,evenwith machines. So leaving it out left a big vagueness to the topic

  • Oh come on. You even talked about the dangers of getting injured from training just on machines in another of your vids. The one about the canon fired from the canoe… its not ok to build huge muscles that are held together by noodles.

  • 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.

  • Could you make a peer review on alphadestiny? Dude is a bit unconventional. Kind of a reverse Elliot Hulse cause he started out a bit loco but matured into a pretty respectable guy.

  • Don’t laugh but what do you think about things like Total Gym and Bow-Flex type contraptions? Also are there machines/equipment that are not that recommended e.g. twisting ab machines, back extension ones? If you were to recommend machines at all, what would be the best ones to start out with? I will check out your other vids.

  • No offence, i reckon you’d look better with a slightly shorter beard. Love your videos, brilliant content, supported by evidence. huge fan.

  • hey man im 5’11 at 240 bls i started working out a month ago free weights and cardio when i use machines i feel way too restricted and i dont feel like its doing anything other than causing a injury any tips on to improve my machine usage or just go to lower weights /high reps?

  • If u want the best results use free weights. Example the biggest dudes in the gym are always over at free weights. Now u see the guys messin round on the machines are girly men ������ Tis true

  • I’m guilty of the machine squat. I’ve used it for a bit because of footing. Have had issues with using my heels to drive the weight up. Does good in foot training. Cable deadlifts work in helping with lower back. It’s like going to tutoring to help overcome a struggle.

  • Now my personal opinion is for gym training: just use machines!
    BUT if you’re preparing for a contest and your doing event training you should use free weights cause there ain’t no machines at the event

  • It’s weird watching a PictureFit video without hearing him quote a study or use some kind of data to support his thesis/video topic. My only guess is that it’s because this is one of his early videos?

  • Wow thank you so much for reading and posting the scientific studies. Super engaging material when you combine it with the movements. Thank you

  • Machines have several advantages of over weights…. warming up is much faster on machines… getting a pump and pump sets is better on machines… it’s better to do forced reps and maxed out reps on machines… machines are biomechanically correct!… people use bad form using barbells and dumbbells!

  • I like using machines for my workout, personally. I mean the Terminator makes for an awesome workout when he is trying to assassinate you.

  • I’m sorry, but machines can be great and gives you more concentration on the muscle…….and I have been around for a long time……Smith Machine Bench is great and better ��

  • Aye just saying I never went to a gym once growing up my dad bought me a total gym when I was 12 and I used tf outta that shit until I was 18 and I got some pretty nice ass results

  • 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.

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  • I always used free weights for 4-5 different exercises at 8 reps of 5 sets per muscle, then finished it up with another two exercises (again 8-10 reps at 5 sets) on machines. But I would always mix the machines up each session, in hopes of the new stimulus to my muscle each week stops it from adapting as quickly

  • I like do a combination of free weights and machines. I would personally avoid all seated ab machines, pec deck machines, and the selectorized seated hip twister thingy. My preferred machines are the cable cross towers, lat pull down, tricep push down, rowing machine, seated squat machine, and hammer strength machines. I would use hip abduction and adduction machines and back extension machines sparingly as a supplementary exercise instead of a primary exercise. Free weight exercises I would personally avoid is behind the back overhead presses and the standing barbell row. All other free weights exercises are very beneficial especially when good for is used. Deadlifts are very good but, you may want to use a deadlift platform or borrow some Pilate mats to minimize the risk of getting the cold shoulder at globo gyms and never ever do deadlifts at planet fitness. I have gotten 2 cold shoulders by la fitness staff for deadlifting at LA fitness and I borrowed a few Pilates mats from the Pilates studio and it dampened the noise more than enough to please the gym staff. I am not ego lifter, I do 80 percent 1 rep max and I try my best to minimize metallic clanging noise created by the deadlifts.

  • Why not do both? Using free weights for compound movements helps more than 2 or 3 muscles while most of the machines help you isolate a certain muscle plus with machines you can lift more weight than you can handle with free weights, and free weights as you said buid your athleticism and also help you develop some lung capacity( by doing squats and deadlifts with heavy weight mostly).

  • Tbh this is what I did when I first started I used the machines to build my body stronger to then move on to free weights. You know you don’t wanna be that guy who’s lifting and doesn’t know his capacity or just looks stupid out there by lifting shit the wrong way.
    So I basically used to the machines to get stronger so that when I would get on the pull up bar it came much easier to be able to to do 5 then it became 6 then 10 then etc.
    take my advice and don’t rush into the free weights man ����

  • Disliked vid and stopped watching, after you couldnt finish that small meal lol. Not taking advice from a cookie cutter beotch like you. Ended vid 1 minute in lol.

  • If you consider yourself an athlete or a competitor use free weights. If you just want to look good on spring break then machines are ok.

  • I know it would be a little bit harder, but can you include more short videos when you explain or picures like in this one. thank you and keep up the good work:)

  • Dear picture fit admin, i would like to thanks you for all the efforts that u r doing to get us better understanding about gym staffs. I have one suggestion if u don’t mind it, i want u to give us a corse for beginners that we can run on to lose weight and build muscles hence other channels don’t have something like this. With my best regards.

  • Great video and he’s right in my opinion. Im 48 and I’m not not training to be an athlete I’m just trying to stay in shape to be healthy and keep my body moving. Some days I do free weights some days I do cables I use the stair master to warm up I swim after every workout and I hike on the weekends. I don’t have a gut and feel good about myself. Goal achieved!

  • I think all machines at planet fitness are bent so 1 side does not work in a diferent position…. And cables bouns like a guitar string when you have tension on them.. Making stability muscles interact with you brain differently

  • random pro tip: been using a 45 lbs. straight olympic barbell for standing curls, and it’s definitely a noticeable improvement over anything else. full range of motion with supinated grip, and sets of 15, and my bi’s are pumping.

  • i have a question, compound excersises like over head shoulder press, squats, etc that have a machine where it can be done, does it also boost testosterone doing it at the machine than doing it with free weights? that is basically the reason now i avoid machines and use free weights, because i think they will help more in boosting testosterone, i think what boost testosterone its the fact that core muscles and other muscles are involved at the same time while performing the excersise

  • I’ve had to mix it on shoulder press due to Psoriatic Arthritis. What most don’t understand is to make every effort to keep things going without getting injured and avoiding a plateau. Reaching a plateau is when changing it up some helps to break it. Machines are also good to deload on when rest is warranted or ramp up on when one hasn’t lifted in a while. I used machines for two weeks to get back to lifting.

  • Injured my SI joint performing deadlifts, so have to resort to machines for back work which don’t hurt my lower back. So for injuries, folks with ROM problems, or for safety machines/cables win. For getting the biggest and strongest you can be use free weights.

  • Cable machines can offer a bit of best of both worlds as they’re machines where you can very easily isolate but, have decent free range of motion.
    Though I will never use a leg machine again e.g. extension, hamstring curls as that puts un-natural stress on the knees I learned that one from Jeff C (Athleanx)

  • I like the tip about being tired later in a workout and adding machine work at that time.

    I’ve also had an injury that allowed me to continue to workout full body with machines while recovering..

  • Machines are great and you will get stronger but if you use free weights more muscles are activated in order to stabilise your body which will make the smaller muscles in your body stronger too

  • You seem to normally eat breakfast pretty late in some of your videos. Do you incorporate intermittent fasting into your eating habits?

  • Since I have a torn labrum in my shoulder, my chest workout for hypertrophy looks like this. Hammer strength chest press with 4 Sets 8-12 Reps, then I’ll do Dumbbell chest press with 4 Sets 8-12 Reps, and lastly I’ll do incline Dumbbell chest press with 4 Sets 8-12 Reps. That’s 12 Sets for a major muscle group and slowly I’ll start doing close grip press with 2-3 Sets and 8-12 Reps. Let me know what you think.

  • I know it would be a little bit harder, but can you include more short videos when you explain or picures like in this one. thank you and keep up the good work:)

  • Why do all the weight lifting guys on YouTube speak with the same “diaphragm” based deep voice, while tossing around their open hands together from left to right, attempting to convey false masculinity and made up, bullshit American “bro” behavior. Jesus

  • I use machines cause my form is bad. Using machines help me to target the right muscles so that I later use better form with free weights.

  • Free weights get you swole fast. Machines are ok if used to just add more variety to a free weight workout. But free weights should be the main focus if you wanna get swole.

  • I’ve had bad back problems for years machines are a great way of getting a decent body with machines staying injury free, yes free weights are better but free weights for me Just seem to injure me, so Just do what you can, I’m not gonna hurt my self just to lift free weights

  • freeweights are better for targeting secondary muscles/imbalances, but if i really desire to target a certain muscle and overload it(isolate) i would rather good quality machines. You can really achieve a deeper level of hypertrophy without worrying about an imbalance cutting your set short. you should use both tho, cause u dont want those imbalances to get bigger.

  • 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?

  • Machines are a good start for lifting weights minimizing injury, build muscle and progressive overload without a worry and you dont need a training partner in that regards, in Free weights you can only lift as heavy as you can but not heavier without a training partner or a spotter who will assist you to avoid injury…

  • For Mass12 do you recommend decreasing the weight for the days where you increase reps? Or keep the same weight for the week? Like if you squat 135lbs 4 sets 6-8 reps, would I do 135lbs for 3 sets 10-12 reps?

  • Any tips for benching? I’ve been trying for a while and I’m still at a pretty low weight. I usually get pretty good progress with everything I do (like pull-ups or dumbells) but with bench it seems like I never get better at it.

  • I think all machines at planet fitness are bent so 1 side does not work in a diferent position…. And cables bouns like a guitar string when you have tension on them.. Making stability muscles interact with you brain differently

  • I had shoulder surgery about 3 months ago, ive been using a lot of machines for core and legs. I think that machines do help but arent quite as benificial as freeweight

  • If you go to a nice gym that’s got the best of both worlds go ahead and use both. But if you’re looking to build a good home set up just get a bench, a rack and a bunch of old pig iron second hand from play it again sports. That’s what I did. Cheap as hell and gets you gangster swole!

  • Jay what do you do for ab work? Have you done any direct ab work or do you train them indirectly through squats, and other exercises?

  • If i only have a heavy barbell that can change the weight from it, 2 very light dumbells, a kettlebell and a rope for jumping rope… What kind oftraining could i do with that?

  • Why do you think stiff leg deadlift is better for you than regular ones?? They look kind of the same, but I never tried stiff legged before. My back kind of hurts from regular ones, so if you could explain why this hurts your back less, please explain.

  • Well here’s something, I had been using various free weight exercises for biceps, triceps, back, shoulders, chest etc for a very long time and would do it to failure. Lo and behold I finally gave machines a chance and they got me sore as if it were the first day of my life lifting. So why not just do both? Free and machine weight systems seem to be extremely useful. Besides, what gym would be dishing out tens of thousands of dollars on machines if they weren’t going to be doing a dang thing for your body?

  • You’re going to upset fanboys in the next video? I already have my “this guy’s a moron” and “you’re just a fucking idiot” comments ready, and now I’m working on building up my keyboard rage!

  • You’re my favorite youtube trainer. You’re not full of BS american bro behavior like the rest of them. This is how a men should be. The rest of them act like Austin Mahone. Lol

  • This feeling when you consider yourself as a smart person, turn on a bodybuilding video and see a guy about who you think “damn, this guy spent all his life at the gym, what can he understand in life except the gym?”

    and then he starts his message from about good and bad being subjectile. subscribed.

  • Thank you for this video, I’m a skinny guy so I use the machines but people keep telling me they suck.. but I’m seeing improvement from the machines. Definitely subscribed. Thanks for telling it like it is.

  • Q. What’s better machines or free weights?
    A. Both have their benefits.
    Machines because have a fixed range of motion and have several benefits. For newbies they learn good form, machines isolate, and safety when you don’t have a spotter.
    Free weights are good for exercises that machines won’t allow for your natural range of motion, for gross multiple muscle groups training, for heavy weight and for weight bearing exercises that require a wide range of motion.

  • 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

  • Personally, free weights help me with the ancillary muscles responsible for stability. I only use machines for more isometric movements

  • Personally, I like freeweights rather then machines because it helps my balance.  But one has to be careful.  It is good to get started though.  It is safer though.

  • I train in home gym like elliot i dont use any machines but if i was in gym i would like to use those lat pulldowns and there are some good machines for back rowing and cable crossover but yea i am all about free weights i just like it

  • If you consider yourself an athlete or a competitor use free weights. If you just want to look good on spring break then machines are ok.

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  • not going to lie…I’d be way more interested in JUST science based info. no offense man…I’m just not about that celebrity worship…especially not youtube celebrity worship. barf. like why would I care what you’re doing next weekend man? I don’t even know you…

  • Free Weights are obviously better

    i can chest press significantly more on a machine (60-100 lbs) than i can on a bench

    which is worthless

    that strength doesn’t translate to real world activities at all

    bodyweight training, plyometrics and free weights are the way forward. everything else is trash

  • This whole machines vs free weights argument is so stupid. This guy is toally right. It is all a fad going left and right. People say free weights are better for strengh. Who the fuck cares. It is about your goal. If you want to become a human jacklift, sure go for free weights, risk injurys and become strong as hell. If you want to just have big good looking muscles and don’t care about strengh, machines are good enough for you. But here is the thing.. are you ready.. do both the way it suits you, “mind blown”

  • Problem with freeweights is most people can’t get correct form because of the no restriction of movement (mainly Bench press) I use machines for movements that can’t be done naturally, such as leg extensions

  • Being a Smarta$$ but when you said free weights are excellent compound lifts for example I tweaked. Both free weights and machines have both isolation and compound variations.

  • James you’re awesome! Thanks for having your answers to questions so open and thought provoking.

    My two cents on the matter that no one asked for. Free weight or rather and combination of free weight and body weight exercises have benefited me mostly because they force more muscle coordination, i.e. core and back activation, which has greatly heloed my posture. I haven’t used machines as much, but maybe you or someone else could comment on this as a positive for free weights?

  • I’m 15 and i started lifting a month ago and most of my muscles have been activated. They started to get slightly larger, thank you so much for good advice! I’ll give you an update a month from now.

  • 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
    disappear?

  • I say do what makes you happy. By the end of the day, it’s good that you’re doing some kind of resistance training, no matter what kind it is.

  • here’s my personal experience. i worked out exclusively with machines for the first few years of lifting. i got a lot stronger at using the machines, and i looked bigger too, but when i eventually switched to free weights i was pretty damn weak. i stuck with free weights, and after one year i’d made significantly more gains in both strength and size than i had in 4 years of using machines.

  • Well one thing is for sure, and that is that some machines do something that free weights will never do and that is give you an equal amount of resistance throughout the entire range of motion. During a dumbell bicep curl there is varying amounts of resistance the highest being when your elbow is at 90 degrees and the resistance fading as your eblow moves away from that angle. Where as on the bicep machine because of the cables and the swivel/pivot (whatever it’s called) being paralell to your elbow you can get maximum resistance throughout the entire range of motion.

  • Great video and he’s right in my opinion. Im 48 and I’m not not training to be an athlete I’m just trying to stay in shape to be healthy and keep my body moving. Some days I do free weights some days I do cables I use the stair master to warm up I swim after every workout and I hike on the weekends. I don’t have a gut and feel good about myself. Goal achieved!

  • I do great with free weights. I am also a 14 yr old and another reason I go with free weights is because the lap pull machine at my school I could only lift 30 pounds but the lap pull that attaches to my bench I can lift in the 80s.

  • Q. What’s better machines or free weights?
    A. Both have their benefits.
    Machines because have a fixed range of motion and have several benefits. For newbies they learn good form, machines isolate, and safety when you don’t have a spotter.
    Free weights are good for exercises that machines won’t allow for your natural range of motion, for gross multiple muscle groups training, for heavy weight and for weight bearing exercises that require a wide range of motion.

  • Free weights and machines have a place in all workouts. What I find funny is about people ripping on machines….like your freaking body knows that is a machine. If your pushing yourself to the limit while on a machine….dont really think it matters.

  • I switched from the Bench to a well designed machine. I don’t like having that weight above me in the bench, it is very dismotivating. Can’t find anyone who will actually listen to spot so I go without. With a machine I never skip bench and I can giv’r without worry about being stuck under the bar.

  • My primary tools are freeweights and bodyweight, but if it’s something I can’t use them for, i’ll use bands, and if I can’t use those, then i’d look for a machine to do the exercise. I also try to do as many of my lifts in an unsupported standing position as possible, to work my interior muscles as well as my exterior ones for complete body development. Sometimes using a bench is unavoidable, so I will use them then.

  • This feeling when you consider yourself as a smart person, turn on a bodybuilding video and see a guy about who you think “damn, this guy spent all his life at the gym, what can he understand in life except the gym?”

    and then he starts his message from about good and bad being subjectile. subscribed.

  • For some reason I have a douche reaction against people who only use machines, whenever I see one I think of him as a peasant as an instant reaction without even intending to.

  • People should get to the point of the video without all the crap before it, for example where you sleep, shit and shower. Just get to the point.

  • Theres pros and cons to both! I think you can lift heavier with machines (Bench for example) because theres not the fear of weights falling on you but free weights do require you to balance the weights as well as move them which requires you to use more muscle fibers. SO all in all id say it equals out

  • You were doing your barbell bench press without a spotter.  Isn’t that dangerous?  What if you weren’t able to lift the barbell all of a sudden?

  • Doesn’t the fact that machines don’t require as much stabilization actually mean they work the main muscles even better than free weights?

  • This whole machines vs free weights argument is so stupid. This guy is toally right. It is all a fad going left and right. People say free weights are better for strengh. Who the fuck cares. It is about your goal. If you want to become a human jacklift, sure go for free weights, risk injurys and become strong as hell. If you want to just have big good looking muscles and don’t care about strengh, machines are good enough for you. But here is the thing.. are you ready.. do both the way it suits you, “mind blown”

  • 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.

  • Awesome video! Really enjoyed this one! Perhaps you would consider doing a future video on how many exercises for a muscle group? I know Scott Herman says in his videos that it’s more effective to do one or two exercises per muscle with more sets, instead of jumping to multiple exercises. Ever since I watched that it’s been a staple in my training philosophy and I really enjoy sticking to just a few movements. Would think it would be interesting and helpful if you could do a video on this topic! ��

  • Old video, but to everyone commenting about how little he eats, he has a somewhat smaller frame and you can see in this video he only weighs 162 pounds so he doesn’t need the same volume of food as a muscular 6’0″ tall man who might be 185 or more pounds lean

  • Q. What’s better machines or free weights?
    A. Both have their benefits.
    Machines because have a fixed range of motion and have several benefits. For newbies they learn good form, machines isolate, and safety when you don’t have a spotter.
    Free weights are good for exercises that machines won’t allow for your natural range of motion, for gross multiple muscle groups training, for heavy weight and for weight bearing exercises that require a wide range of motion.

  • you have a weird nutrition mentality… getting eggwhites and low fat stuff while dumping sugar all over your pancakes. Maybe your genetics let you process sugar better but sugar makes me feel like shit and gain fat immediately while fats make me more energetic and leaner.

  • “Free weights vs machine? Wow, that’s a topic that interests me. I’ve always wanted to know the pros and cons of each because I want to…. aaaaand he’s filming himself at Denny’s counting napkins.”

  • Old video, but to everyone commenting about how little he eats, he has a somewhat smaller frame and you can see in this video he only weighs 162 pounds so he doesn’t need the same volume of food as a muscular 6’0″ tall man who might be 185 or more pounds lean

  • Tbh this is what I did when I first started I used the machines to build my body stronger to then move on to free weights. You know you don’t wanna be that guy who’s lifting and doesn’t know his capacity or just looks stupid out there by lifting shit the wrong way.
    So I basically used to the machines to get stronger so that when I would get on the pull up bar it came much easier to be able to to do 5 then it became 6 then 10 then etc.
    take my advice and don’t rush into the free weights man ����

  • Jeff; There is an independant engineer and research scientist, who lives north of Chicago and is also a lifetime bodybuilder. He has been working for the last 30 years to develop radically improved exercise equipment and training techniques. I was recently given the priviledge of visiting his research lab for a full demonstration of of his achievements. I was bowled over!! This scientist is THE genius in the entire world of bodybuilding!! His exercise equipment is unlike anything you have ever seen 50 years ahead of anything on the market today. Absolutely revolutionary!! Every piece of equipment, which I tried out myself, creates a degree of muscle fiber stimulation far beyond any thing that can be achieved with todays’ “stone age” training methods. Three of his” research bodybuilders” were there 3 high school “kids”. No, they were MEN! 15 and 16 years old All over 200 pounds. All huge and “natty”. Both 16 year olds had arms over 18 inches, and the 15 year old close to 17 with bodys to match! I absolutely can’t get over what I saw. The bodybuilding of the future!!! Best wishes to you: Friend and fellow bodybuilder Steve Reventlow (IBBF Pro Masters) Chicago P.S. I think we all hoped that something like this would happen some day. It has!!

  • Dude, you need more rear delt work. A little imbalance going on. You’re doing like 4 anterior delt exercise and your sides are the afterthought with absolutely no rear delt.

    Btw, everyone go from 5-10 minutes if you don’t want to watch nonsense

  • Machines are alot better when it comes to bodybuilding and want to look Good and if you are a power lifter free weigth wins i got the best results with machines

  • Been sending my lifting buddies to this channel. So much good information for beginners and novice lifters with things guys might normally over look or not concider.

  • I’ve been watching this guys videos for about a month and while watching this video I had an epiphany: why have I not subscribed to his channel yet?!?!
    I love the scientific approach to his videos. It makes it very easy to trust what he’s saying. Along with his fantastic physique

  • not going to lie…I’d be way more interested in JUST science based info. no offense man…I’m just not about that celebrity worship…especially not youtube celebrity worship. barf. like why would I care what you’re doing next weekend man? I don’t even know you…

  • Hey Jeff, you should make a video on the difference between eating junk food at a high. Dog fat compared to at a low percent body fat. Like does your body just turn a honey bun into instant energy because your so shredded and your body is a machine at that point, or does your body still make the junk food into fat because it’s a crappy source of carbs?

  • I’m 15 and i started lifting a month ago and most of my muscles have been activated. They started to get slightly larger, thank you so much for good advice! I’ll give you an update a month from now.

  • Doesn’t the fact that machines don’t require as much stabilization actually mean they work the main muscles even better than free weights?

  • You seem to normally eat breakfast pretty late in some of your videos. Do you incorporate intermittent fasting into your eating habits?

  • I’m sorry, but machines can be great and gives you more concentration on the muscle…….and I have been around for a long time……Smith Machine Bench is great and better ��

  • I only use machines for legs and even that is minimal. I like using my stabilizers. Im too fat to be missin out on ANY gains. I prefer dumbells over bars too.

  • Thank you for the excellent tips. Please dont waste food. You have no idea how hard it is for some people just to get one decent meal a day.

  • I love this guy. Proper fitness knowledge no bullshit. Hilarious guy. I just loved it. “But where does the towel row fit in ” ������

  • The main difference between machine and free weight exercise is to use your core muscle. If you use machine to target specific parts you would like to make bigger, You can add more weight compared with free weight exercise. Because, a machine helps your body to be stable.

    Many people think that squat is a leg exercise. It can be true depending on your goal. However, It can also be whole body workout with legs because you use whole body.

    It means If your coordination is not well developed, using heavy weight with free weight movements should be challenging for you.

  • My gym has so cheap subscription, that it’s hard to pick a time where it is now overcrowded. So you have to adjust your training plan based on the little free space available. No favorite weights, go machine, machine busy, go treadmill, no treadmill go flirt with the muscular employe… =)

  • I’m very much a beginner but I find that machines really help me with my pull exercises mostly because my form is not great and I don’t have very good grip strength so I feel a lot safer pulling in machines.

  • I apologize, but I must disagree. Your body doesn’t know the difference between resistance applied by a free weight barbell/dumbbell and that applied by an exercise machine. If one uses exercises that stress all the major musculature of the body, and taking the principle of indirect effect into account, why would one NEED to mix in free weights to an otherwise machine based program? I see no reason and actually see machine only as a much better program, giving progressive overload in a safer manner.

  • Free weight is better than machine, BUT I use machines from time to time to be able to hit particular muscles and save already tired CNS from free weights. For gaining muscle mass machines are usable.

  • James you’re awesome! Thanks for having your answers to questions so open and thought provoking.

    My two cents on the matter that no one asked for. Free weight or rather and combination of free weight and body weight exercises have benefited me mostly because they force more muscle coordination, i.e. core and back activation, which has greatly heloed my posture. I haven’t used machines as much, but maybe you or someone else could comment on this as a positive for free weights?

  • You’re missing the most important part of the equation for free weights vs machines as it applies to most people. It’s literally the reason why modern fitness gyms have so many machines. For the majority of people, heavy free weight exercises take a lot more willpower and motivation to perform than the machine equivalent that targets similiar muscles. For example, most people just don’t have it in them to perform heavy back squats to near failure. It’d be great if they did, but they don’t. If there workout includes those, they’ll fail at consistently doing them They just can’t make themselves do it. A lot larger percentage of people, do have it in them to do leg press and leg extensions to near failure (which is way easier) but still targets some of the same muscles in the legs.

  • Personally, free weights help me with the ancillary muscles responsible for stability. I only use machines for more isometric movements

  • I like the tip about being tired later in a workout and adding machine work at that time.

    I’ve also had an injury that allowed me to continue to workout full body with machines while recovering..

  • I use the smith machine for like calve raises.  I also use the curl machine to simply warm up a bit.    What I hate though is how machines are taking over the gym,  I know I am only 18 so I haven’t been alive long to see a gym without a single one.  But still like my hard core working out… not like highschool track/football workouts, I started doing of course just bench and squat stuff but I utilized a lot of machines because I assumed that was right since most of the gym is machines.   Now I know better but it’s just ironic how so many machines fill the gym but the best stuff is not the machines.  I can bet you 100% though that machines will become like mainstream for the next generation, everyone’s so lazy now, i’m lazy as far as school goes tbh.

  • The only time I use machine more is in a shoulder workout as I do suffer from slight pain if I go hard with free weights. But every other body part I find feels better with free weights I guess it’s down to preference

  • Would you think of strength curve as difficulty throughout the movement for you personally? For example some might struggle at bottom of bench whereas others at the top. So in the first case you’d program for more pec work?

  • I’m so tired of the ‘Machines’ are bad. The only time they seem to be praised is for the elderly and the injured. However, at the opposite end of that spectrum as a bodybuilder, they are an excellent and necessary tool for isolation of muscle groups with the added bonus of not being able to deviate the movement in any way. If it benefits you in your workout then it’s good. It’s a question of the right tool for the right job.

  • Wow thank you so much for reading and posting the scientific studies. Super engaging material when you combine it with the movements. Thank you

  • Love this channel
    Maybe cos I just finished a level pe and bio
    And I’m studying sport science at uni this year so it keeps my knowledge at the forefront of my brain

  • I’ve had to mix it on shoulder press due to Psoriatic Arthritis. What most don’t understand is to make every effort to keep things going without getting injured and avoiding a plateau. Reaching a plateau is when changing it up some helps to break it. Machines are also good to deload on when rest is warranted or ramp up on when one hasn’t lifted in a while. I used machines for two weeks to get back to lifting.

  • I’m guilty of the machine squat. I’ve used it for a bit because of footing. Have had issues with using my heels to drive the weight up. Does good in foot training. Cable deadlifts work in helping with lower back. It’s like going to tutoring to help overcome a struggle.

  • If u want the best results use free weights. Example the biggest dudes in the gym are always over at free weights. Now u see the guys messin round on the machines are girly men ������ Tis true

  • Thank you for the excellent tips. Please dont waste food. You have no idea how hard it is for some people just to get one decent meal a day.

  • I like using machines for my workout, personally. I mean the Terminator makes for an awesome workout when he is trying to assassinate you.

  • I actually can.t watch the entire video because of how exhausting is for my eyes the white background. please consider using a darker background in you future videos.
    On another note, great content, like always

  • Cable machines can offer a bit of best of both worlds as they’re machines where you can very easily isolate but, have decent free range of motion.
    Though I will never use a leg machine again e.g. extension, hamstring curls as that puts un-natural stress on the knees I learned that one from Jeff C (Athleanx)

  • Hi James. Fan of your work, at first I found it hard to pack on weight or size, then someone suggested the “dirty bulk”. Few years down the track I’m at 85kgs and stuck with a belly. I’ve tried clean eating and cutting my calories down as well as working out from home with weights. I am seeing results in shoulders,traps. But having a hard time growing size in legs and arms. My chest is coming around slowly and my belly hasnt really changed, rather it’s starting to feel like I cant get rid of the belly. Any tips on where I could be going wrong?

  • He is on steroids. It is a known fact. Plus he only works out for sex anyway. Dont listen to a damn thing he says unless you want the drugs required with his body type.

  • i rarely use machines at all….machines follow a specific path and dont really recruit to many muscle fibers or engage the muscle or core….using the ab machine is the bigeest waste of time out of any exercise..HEAVY drop sets..or Running the rack..or rehab…are the only times anyone should use machines..but hey…to each his own

  • still waiting for someone to do a video on arm exercise for those who have limited Rotation on their arms. My left arm can not go from palm on desk to 180 backhand on desk. it gets to about 110 then nada. so when ever im doing curls there is a point at just below mid point of the curl that i struggle to move it past. SOOO yeah really annoying yet no one has an answer to this as of yet

  • He is on steroids. It is a known fact. Plus he only works out for sex anyway. Dont listen to a damn thing he says unless you want the drugs required with his body type.

  • Awesome video! Really enjoyed this one! Perhaps you would consider doing a future video on how many exercises for a muscle group? I know Scott Herman says in his videos that it’s more effective to do one or two exercises per muscle with more sets, instead of jumping to multiple exercises. Ever since I watched that it’s been a staple in my training philosophy and I really enjoy sticking to just a few movements. Would think it would be interesting and helpful if you could do a video on this topic! ��

  • “By the back row, I don’t mean where the cool kids sit on the bus”. Not a joke I needed to hear mid bench press, damn near killed myself…

  • Hey SSS! You’ve already made a videos covering best science based channels and best calisthenics channels on YouTube. Could you also make a video about best channels about diet and recipes? Cause you know: losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise.

  • With some machines you can go heavier and I feel like i train my muscles better. It also makes it harder to cheat it’s easier to have a good form. For example shoulder press I prefer machine. But when it comes to squats or bench press I prefer free weights.

  • I like to use both of them…and I mix them up to keep my lifting dynamic. I feel like my stabilizing secondary muscles get worked better with free weights. I also like that machines get me to isolate primary muscles a little bit better. ��

  • Q. What’s better machines or free weights?
    A. Both have their benefits.
    Machines because have a fixed range of motion and have several benefits. For newbies they learn good form, machines isolate, and safety when you don’t have a spotter.
    Free weights are good for exercises that machines won’t allow for your natural range of motion, for gross multiple muscle groups training, for heavy weight and for weight bearing exercises that require a wide range of motion.

  • When considering eating healthy, you must never fall victim to modern fad diet plans. Extreme diets undoubtedly are a danger for your health, especially ones that seriously limit your daily nutritionary intake. While they may generate fast weight loss, these diets will never be a long-term answer for your waistline. It is best to search Custokebon Secrets on google search engine since it isn’t just another fad diet where you starve yourself.

  • It’s weird watching a PictureFit video without hearing him quote a study or use some kind of data to support his thesis/video topic. My only guess is that it’s because this is one of his early videos?

  • you have a weird nutrition mentality… getting eggwhites and low fat stuff while dumping sugar all over your pancakes. Maybe your genetics let you process sugar better but sugar makes me feel like shit and gain fat immediately while fats make me more energetic and leaner.

  • Machine I think are better because they have more isolation, not to mention easier going to failure since there is no fear of a 200+lb hunk of metal crashing down thus you can push for those last few juicy reps.

  • The fact that you add in body weight along with machine workouts definitely evens everything out so it makes sense your free weight and machine workout match.
    I like to us body weight for finnishing after free weights and isolation machines.
    I’ll also use BW when I’m away from the gym on my days off with some cardio.
    At the end of the day what matters is we get results and don’t injure ourselves.

  • If you’re new to working out been out for more than a couple months, or rehabbing, definitely machines to get the muscles started. After a couple months or your muscles are back in shape gradually add free weights.

    Then use both as long as you are achieving results. Keep in mind your weight on free weights will be considerably less than machines; until your accessory muscles catch up.