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machines yes, free weights no. It is better than machines because it is just a cable and pulley, where as a machine is a cable and pulley as well as a lever. I think cable is better than lever machines too because the resistance is more constant. Free weights and weighted exercises are the best though.
bob wrote:Hi Ironman- When you say weighted exercises, do you mean weights attached to the body, such as when doing pullups?
I thought weighted exercises included bodyweight-only exercises like pull upsIronman wrote:yes
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Not over machines, no. Over free weights? Yes, on some exercises, if done right. It's faster to load/de-load cables, just move the pin.bob wrote:Are there any advantages to using cables over free weights or machines?
I find on bicep curls, cables provide fantastic resistance throughout the whole Range of motion if I angle my body backwards as I pull. Less likely to cheat, great time under tension, and it's provided the best results for me (as anecdotal as that is). Same with overhead triceps extensions and lateral shoulder raises, and there's a set of unique chest flys that have done more for me (and saved my shoulders) than bench pressing ever has. Here's the thread link and a link to a video with good form.
Video in thread: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthrea ... 814&page=8
But, overall, nothing beats the big freeweight exercises - Squats and Deadlifts. And adding bodyweight to pullups, dips, chinups is a great plan if you can manage it.
After using DB and BB for years (for this) I found using a cable for wrist and reverse wrist curls to be absolutely fantastic. You can have a natural range of motion and resistance throughout. For the reverse wrist curls I am down on one knee with the cable going under my leg of the opposite hand which I am working out. The forearm rests on your thigh perpendicularly. They should REALLY put that one on the directory. Works great, I have to keep after my wrists; due to my small frame they are a weak point. Now they are a strong point!