Getting to the gym is an important first time in health and fitness. The question is what do you do when you get there. Strength training is the best way to slim don and tone up. Working your muscles with weights helps to turn that lingering fat into calorie burning muscles long after your workout is over. This is to say there’s anything wrong with cardio, but it doesn’t have the same muscles building qualities as working out with weights. Indeed, when confronting the weight room floor, you may be confused about exactly where to start lifting.
The Case for Nautilus- Nautilus machines are weight lifting machines essentially on pulleys. The benefit here is that these machines are safer that free weights in that there’s less chance of you dropping a weight on your foot or injuring yourself. There are machines to work your arms, back, legs, shoulders, abs, and chest. There’s really nothing wrong with taking the assistance that a machine has to offer, especially if you are returning to lifting after a prolonged absence.
The Case for Free Weights- Free weights are generally the preferred method for the avid weightlifter. That’s because with free weights, there is such a higher concentration on body form and making sure posture is correct. This aids in the weight lifting process as the extra concentration leads to more fit muscles. Free weights allow for a great range of motion than a nautilus machines. That’s because when you are doing free weight bicep curls or bench pressing dumbbells, you have room to extend your arms and legs and are not confined to the small area offered by a machine.
If you’re in the gym decided between these two forms of lifting weights, you’ve already won half the battle. Feel free to mix it up and do a little of each to get yourself acclimated to both forms of exercise.