Most beginners to weight training will often ask what are the best training methods to help them transition from weight machines to free weight exercises. Individuals who have never before used free weights during their gym workout or have not been using them for some time routinely find themselves reverting to a number of basic free weight exercises to ease their muscles by gradually strengthening them.
Although weight machines are an excellent method of training beginners in strength training exercises, after training for several weeks you’ll need to train your muscles with more variety within your muscle movement to avoid becoming bored with the same old daily routine. Free weight exercises are generally referred to as functional exercises as they tend to offer the exerciser with a range of movements relative to our daily lifestyle allowing us to naturally increase our flexibility and strength.
One of the best known upper body exercises performed with the assistance of free weights, is the bench press to target the pectoral muscles in the chest in addition to the other supporting muscles including the triceps and the aneroid deltoids.
Another exercise used by professional bodybuilders to target the deltoid muscles within the shoulders as well as the triceps in the upper arms is the military press.
Deadlifts are often referred to as King of the lifts, of the big gun on the block. Highly respected by professional powerlifters, the deadlift is one of three recognized powerlifting exercises including the squat and bench press using a compound movement to target grip strength and lower back, hamstrings, and gluteus to work the hip joint, quads to extend your knee joint and the adductor magnus for leg stability.
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