Hydraulic fitness equipment has some great advantages for strength training. But firstly, what are the main differences between hydraulic and free weight systems? Hydraulic systems use oil filled cylinders (much like the shock absorbers in a car) to provide the resistance in your training. Free weights use the weights themselves as the resistance. While it is possible to over lift with free or stacked weights, a hydraulic system will never cause an injury from too heavy a weight.
Hydraulic systems are not going to suit everybody. Likewise free or stacked weights are not for everybody either. Your choice of strength training equipment will be decided by several factors: previous experience, age and fitness, previous injury, and your goals. Read on to see which system is going to be best for your purposes.
Advantages of hydraulic equipment:
* Hydraulic systems can be much safer for the less experienced.
* You do not need to use a spotter, so they are much more suited for beginners and home use.
* Smoother range of motions due to the hydraulics.
* Will still raise your metabolism and tone your muscles without any cables or adjusting of weights.
* The harder and faster you work the machine, the more resistance you will encounter, and the more of a workout you will get.
* Less chance of injury with hydraulic systems. Stacked weights can easily cause injury from over exertion or improper use.
* Great for those just starting or coming back from an injury because the resistance is always suited to the strength of the user.
* Safe for any age group, ability, or fitness level.
* Less likely to result in sore muscles.
* Excellent for circuit training, as there is no need to stop and readjust weights for individual users.
* May not be challenging enough for long term regular free weight users, and body builders.
* May not be ideal for the person looking to add muscle bulk.
* More costly.
* Take up more room.
Hydraulic fitness equipment can be ideal for those who are recovering from injuries, prone to injuries, or anyone looking for muscle toning. Hydraulic systems are safer than stacked weights as there is no chance of improper lifting or over lifting your weight. The harder and faster you use the equipment, the more effective your workout will be. Hydraulic systems do not require spotters and will raise your metabolism. For the serious bodybuilder, or long-term weight lifter, free weights are going to be more challenging.