Mass and Shred Podcast: Episode 49: Machines vs. Free Weights

Tracy and Mike talk about machines vs. free weights. Topics include the pros and cons of using machines and free weights.

Recipe of the Week: Lemon and Cilantro Quinoa

Supplement of the Week: 360CUT: 360SPORT: BCAA Sport Formula

Exercise of the Week: Close-grip Bench Press

Lie back on a flat bench. Using a close grip (around shoulder width), lift the bar from the rack and hold it straight over you with your arms locked. This will be your starting position.

As you breathe in, come down slowly until you feel the bar on your middle chest. Tip: Make sure that – as opposed to a regular bench press – you keep the elbows close to the torso at all times in order to maximize triceps involvement.

After a second pause, bring the bar back to the starting position as you breathe out and push the bar using your triceps muscles. Lock your arms in the contracted position, hold for a second and then start coming down slowly again. Tip: It should take at least twice as long to go down than to come up.

Repeat the movement for the prescribed amount of repetitions.

When you are done, place the bar back in the rack.

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