Weight Training Guide for Every Body Part

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Descriptions of Exercises For Free Weights and Machines

Select a Muscle:

Chest Exercise | Bicep Excercise | Tricep Exercise | Leg Exercise

Shoulder Exercise | Back Exercise | Abdominal Exercise (the truth)

Above you will find a listing of some of the most popular, and more importantly, most effective exercises for each muscle. Each exercise listed will have a description of the proper form that should be used when performing that exercise.

Other important exercise tips and information:

Machines vs Free Weights

Exercises can typically be done 2 different ways… by using machines or by using free weights. Machines are… well… machines. Free weights usually refer to dumbbells and barbells. While both can be effective, free weights are better for the purpose of increasing muscle and strength. Here’s why…

Machines are designed in such a way that they do part of the work for you. They keep the weight stable. The machine puts everything in a constant stable position that allows you to only have to move the weight from point A to point B. Free weights on the other hand are just that… free weights. They are weights that aren’t being held in place by anything except, well, you. Free weight exercises require you to not only move the weight from point A to point B, but to also keep the weight stable throughout the entire movement. Doing so requires the use of additional stabilizer muscles which would not be used had you done the exercise on a machine.

Again, both are effective and can be used in your workout routine. Is one better than the other for gaining muscle? Yes… free weights.