A free-weight is any type of weight training equipment that doesn’t limit the range of motion with which you can use it. This is in contrast to strength machines.
So why is that good?
In using free-weights you will naturally use stabiliser muscles to keep the weight steady. This means that not only are you working on the target muscle, you’re also working other muscles that are used to keep yourself stable.
The benefits of using free-weights in well-rounded workout programme are plentiful and include:
- You train functional movements.
This means your training relates to every day life and the daily activities we all undertake.
- You can use a full range of motion.
You have complete freedom to move around rather than being locked into a specific range of motion or pattern, as with strength machines. This allows your body to do exactly what it’s built to do, move.
- Works those stabilizing muscles.
Activating those stabilizing muscles will help you keep your joints health and fully operational.
- More time efficient.
If you have a limited amount of time to workout, free-weights are great at accomplishing a lot with relatively few exercises.
- Lots of choices.
Free-weights are highly versatile and allow you to undertake hundreds of different exercise variations, keeping your workout routine fresh and exciting.
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