I have never had an exercise machine as a part of Stowe Training and never will.
The biggest reason is that when we perform free weight variations of exercises instead of the machine counter-part we are working our core.
When you sit on a machine to perform an exercise the seat takes the place of your glutes, abs, and upper back. Performing the free-weight variations assures we can work those under-developed muscles the entire time we are exercising.
There is also the fact that “sitting is the new smoking” – sitting too much leads to a lengthy list of health issues; going to a gym to sit down and work out just makes little to no sense to me.
The final nail in the coffin is that machines force everyone to use the same range of motion. With free-weights, you have nearly endless options in adjusting stance and grip to fit the exercise to your unique anthropometry (college word for how your body is shaped).
Overall, the free-weight variation of an exercise is superior in every way except one – they have a steeper learning curve.
With machines, there is literally a picture on the side that tells you “how to do it right” along with muscles colored in red so that you know what you should feel.
Now that is a pretty big drawback, but, with even an hour of coaching (or heck the hundreds of free YouTube videos I have posted over the years) you can be pretty sure to overcome this obstacle as well.
Free weights for the win – do you agree?
Let me know!
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