Free weights vs Machine weights. How much is how much???

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mrsmiley
11/6/09 7:18:09AM
I've been wondering about this a long time and never asked anyone,so here it is. (a bit general but you'll get the idea)


Lets say if you can lift 300lbs on a machine but you can't push that amount of weight on a standard bench.is their anyway to possibly figure how much you're actually lifting?
Or are you still lifting that much weight,it's just the machine is their to balance it for you?
Jackelope
11/6/09 8:24:40AM
It's still the same weight as whatever the machine says. It's just way easier because it's on a guided track. Just like you assumed.

mrsmiley
11/6/09 9:35:05AM
Thanks
grappler0000
11/6/09 10:05:43AM
It depends on what kind of machine it is. As Jackelope said, if it's on a guided rack, it's the same weight. if it's some sort of pulley system though, that can change things.
madmarck
11/6/09 10:43:48AM

Posted by grappler0000

It depends on what kind of machine it is. As Jackelope said, if it's on a guided rack, it's the same weight. if it's some sort of pulley system though, that can change things.



For Sure. A Chest Press Machine standing vertically it is easy to push 200lb when your a 16 year old kid. then finding out that 200lb on a actualy bench press isheavy is quite embarassing.
bayonetxwork
11/12/09 12:12:37PM
depending on the pulley system which makes it easier...but the biggest thing is you don't develop the stabilizing muscles you would use on free weights. therefore if you isolate just your pecs like you would on a machine, you won't be working the secondary muscles nearly as much to be able to do it on a real bench.
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