It may seem a little strange, but there are plenty of controversies when it comes to strength training. Go out and ask ten different exercisers about the best way to lift weights and you'll probably get ten different answers. One reason for that is because there isn't any one right way to lift weights, but it can be confusing if you're just starting out, especially when it comes to choosing equipment. Should you stick with machines or use free weights?
The short answer is that both have a lot to offer, so I usually recommend incorporating both, though I do have a preference for the more functional exercises you can do with free weights. To learn the pros and cons of both, check out my latest article, Free Weights or Machines? to find out what each has to offer. If you have a preference for one or the other, feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section.