Are free weights better than unfree weights?
November 22, 2012 5:34 PM Subscribe
Why strength training, and what to do? I've been taking advantage of my free gym membership a lot more lately and I see people lifting weights a lot. I do the elliptical and the "Nautilus"-type machines, but I've gotten the impression that the barbell-style stuff is better for me. Is this true, and if so, how do I go about this?
posted by supercoollady to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I've seen recommendations here and elsewhere for Starting Strength and The New Rules of Lifting for Women and although I'm somewhat nervous about the possibility of dropping a huge weight on my foot, I'm game to try it if it's much better (not the dropping, but the lifting.)
So is it better, and if so what resources should I look to? And, bonus question, WHY is it better? Thanks!
I am a 37-year-old lady btw.