Machine v Weights

If you’re new to the gym all the equipment looks scary, not helped when you assume everyone else in the gym knows what they are doing – or so it seems.

Machines look confusing, but once you’ve mastered what bits move, and you can get into the right position, they can help you start off a routine. Ask a gym instructor to show you – they want to help – otherwise they are just wandering around the gym with little to do!

Free weights, look a lot less scary – you just pick a weight that suits you and lift it. Well not quite – you should still be shown how to use them, it’s too easy to injure yourself. Learn both, then decide which works best for you. Free weights do offer versatility that machines can’t – so mix it up a bit.