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lift3r 12-22-2011 08:40 PM

Cable or free weights
Which one do you think is better or more effective for a newbie? I was thinking maybe the cable machine since I will be able to keep my form good?

BendtheBar 12-22-2011 08:43 PM

Free weights. Take time to work on form and don't rush to add too much weight the first month or two.

ricka182 12-22-2011 08:50 PM

My answer equals BTB's answer. Weights, all the way. Take your time.

jslep 12-22-2011 09:05 PM

Don't have any other answer than what BTB said i just want to say i couldn't agree more!

Disciple X 12-22-2011 10:47 PM

Forget the cable machines exist! Bench, squats, deadlifts, rowes, chin ups, dip, shoulder press... do these correctly and do them a lot. You'll be golden!

blackjack 12-23-2011 03:24 PM

I tend to like both but think that free weights are your way to go.

Rich Knapp 12-23-2011 10:22 PM

Learn to use a % of both.

Cables= allow you to over load safely.
Free weights= hit the stabalizers for heavier lifts and good for form.

angie828 12-25-2011 01:22 PM

Free weights are what I prefer to use in this case.

Aurik 12-25-2011 02:59 PM

The most "bang for your buck" will come from the "big 4" basic barbell exercises -- the bench press, overhead press, squat, and deadlift (or variants of them). I'd recommend you focus your initial training on getting technique down on those first and focus on progression on those 4 exercises. This isn't to say that cable exercises are BAD -- there are many useful exercises you can do with a cable machine. However, cable exercises are generally best used as supplements to your "big 4" exercises.

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