Are machines actually useless?

For the most part I use free weights, but there’s a few machines that seem to target the muscles I’m working on beneficially, such as the chest press or flies machines. Am I wasting my time?

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Machines are useful since it actually targets the muscles worked without being limited by the stabilizers like arms giving out before the chest/back can be fully worked. Anyone telling you that machines are useless are ISTtards who pathetically rage at anyone who deviates away from the "free weight only" mindset. I did free weights starting off but I switched over to machines for most of my workouts.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      and then with all your retard strength you will tear your stabilizers when try to actually use those muscles. Good luck!

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Free weights are useless. Machines and calisthenics are the most reliable way to get jacked as a natural.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Post body

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous
        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I said post your body not a side on angle of the top 1/6th flexed in dim lighting lol

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            so why aren't you posting yours then?

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              I'm 6 foot 2 125lbs , I don't even lift

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous
            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              I mog you to oblivion kek

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >I mog you to oblivion kek

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                You literally cannot mog him to oblivion. You may be able to mog him slightly if you're Tom Cruise or something but good luck.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Not him, but post body.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                You're a funny guy

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              good shit bro

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous
        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Mirin your back. Any advice?

  3. 2 months ago
    Fitness Helper

    You do whatever hits your muscles better OP. If your goal is bodybuilding, you could exclusively use machines and still get big.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    use both, did not read all comments thanks bye

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      this. using exclusively one or the other is simply putting yourself at a disadvantage

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    nah machines are good. just dont rely solely on them.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Stupid fucking question

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    nothing in the gym is useless, but some things are more useful than others. what i do is use machines after free weights, because when youre tired and your form breaks down machines are a lot harder to do with bad form, and they dont recruit stabilizing muscles as much so you can focus more on the target muscle.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Machines are great for beginners and, like you said, isolating muscles you aren’t used to training. I’d say after for overall athleticism you’d prob want to make the move to free weights tho

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    They are the best if you actually do them slow and you work the muscle intended.
    Just combine free weights and machines.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Machines that target specific muscles that are hard to get with just free weights are good. Hamstring curls, knee extension, rear delt, hip adductors, etc. Only other one worth doing is pec deck for a sick chest pump.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      No. Cables are the best piece of equipment in a commercial gym, and that includes the squat rack and benches.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      squats and deadlifts train the hip adductors very well, even if you don't do sumo, because the adductors are actually more of a hip extender than an adductor.
      SLDLs/RDLs/good mornings also hit hamstrings well.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone that says machines don't work is a dyel noob lifter. It's always the fucking SS virgins that do this shit. You never see machine users flip out about free weights but vice versa is the twinks trying to make it some pseudo-reddit masculinity topic.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Are machines actually useless?
    lets ask someone who actually lifts unlike those powershitter redditors posting on here

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  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i could do an entire workout with just the cable machine and a couple of different handle attachments. cables are also choice shit for pec flies of all 3 variations. i don't recommend the ones that come as a duo for flies but if you have them in your gym the big setups where there is a pullup bar in between two stations with lat pulldowns/cables in separate blocks are perfectly spaced. my only problem with machines in general is that the weight is always fucked and never the same numerically vs actual feel between machines. if your gym is full of retards it's also likely that a couple will be broken down on a never ending cycle

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