Flex Fitness Free Weight room

Several methods of resistance training exist in gyms and fitness studios. From cable-assisted machines, resistance bands and medicine balls, there are many options for putting weight-bearing loads on the body. One piece of resistance-training equipment that has been shown to be highly effective is free weights. There are several benefits to using free weights.

Strength and Balance - Research has indicated that free weights provide a superior level of strength and balance for individuals who use them. In the January 2008 issue of “The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,” researcher Keith Spennewyn, who is the President of the National Institute of Health Science, investigated the differences in strength and balance outcomes in participants using free weights vs. resistance-training machines. The results of the study indicated that individuals who performed free-weight exercises had a 58 percent greater strength increase than individuals who performed exercises on resistance-training machines. Additionally, participants who performed free-weight training had a 196 percent increase in balance vs. those who performed e Versatility and Specific Natural Movements.

While machine-based exercises and free weights are both effective in increasing muscular strength and balance, free weights provide the added dimension of versatility and specificity to real-life movements. One of the biggest advantages listed for free weights is the ability to do several different movements in one exercise. With machines, you are usually fixed into one area and can only do limited movements. Additionally, free weights allow individuals to mimic everyday movements that occur in different planes of motion which exercises on resistance-training machines sometimes don’t allow.

There are lots of exercises that can be performed in Flex’s free weight room so for more advice and guidance please ask a member of the Flex team.

In the Flex Free Weight room you will find

  • Power Rack
  • Smith machine
  • Preacher curl bench
  • 2 x Adjustable benches
  • Decline bench
  • 3 x Olympic bars
  • Trap bar
  • z-bar
  • Hammer curl bar
  • Dumbbells 2.5kg-50kg (2,5kg increments)
  • Kettlebells 2kg-32kg (increments every 4kg)
  • 300kg in various weights plates

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