We are only one round away from finally crowning the champion of Strength Supremacy. We will finally settle this debate between machines and free weights by letting Mikey 'The Machine' and Donnie 'The Dumbbell' slug it out!
Here's the Scout Report on Donnie 'The Dumbbell':
Has a higher intimidation level
Allows for a greater variety of exercises, movements, and muscle groups
Can be used for sport and activity specific exercises and movements
Exercises can be performed seated, standing, kneeling, walking, twisting, lunging, squating and laying
May also be paired up with unstable surfaces like stability balls, balance discs, single legged stances and BOSU balls.
Allows for greater range of motion
More coordination is required as dumbbells need to be controlled independently
More balance is required as lifting free weights in any direction changes the center of mass of your body.
Joint stability is greater for upper body exercises free weight exercises
Exercises do not necessarily have artificial stability and support to your body
Easier access for individuals of different body sizes and persons with disabilities
Exercises can involve the entire body and a greater number of muscles at once.
The exercise can use a stationary or dynamic body position.
Greater room for usererror
Requires a spotter for heavier lifting
Requires a greater user knowledge of technique, form, and exercises
Although he is the favorite, don't let the longer resume of Donnie 'The Dumbbell' alone, convince you that free weights will pummel the machines in their upcoming showdown this Sunday. Anything can happen in a fight, see if there will be an upset!