• Consumer Health: Weight training with free weights versus machine weights

a young man using weight training equipment in a gym

Both free weights and machine weights can help you increase your strength. Other types of resistance, such as using resistance bands or body weight, also can increase your strength.

When considering which resistance option to choose, base your choice on your personal preference, physical fitness level, fitness goals and access to equipment. And whatever type of resistance you choose, remember that proper form and technique is more important than the type of equipment. 

Learn more from Dr. Edward Laskowski, a Mayo Clinic physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, about the merits of weight training with free weights and machine weights.

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