Weights on a machine are much less effective than free weights. When lifting free weights, you have a wider range of motion, and bring stabilizer muscles into play also. Go do a single lift on a machine, and then do the same lift with a bar. You will lift much less weight with the bar. But on a machine you do not have to pay as much attention to form, which makes it better for the beginner.
Actually, I find when I bench and incline press free weights compared to machines, I lift more on the free weights than I do on the machines.
I know - I'm weird...
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Lifting more doesn't mean better. I can lift more on a free weight bench vs. a machine bench (these are typically a sitting up variety). There's more resistance there, via the cables and such.
But, as noted previously, on a machine bench (or most machine exercise in general) there is little stabilization involved - thus providing less overall strength when compared to a free weight bench.
There's even a HUGE difference between a dual action smith (bench/squat cage) and one that is single action. The dual action smith allows the bar to move vertically and horizontally. A single action unit just allows it to move vertically - so you're not forced to stabilize the bar horizontally.
Then, of course, a complete free weight bar requires more stabilization than a dual action smith.
No, it said star. I am guessing someone like DeAndre Jackson. He was still fast, but maybe his 40 times were lower then when he graduated. Stevie was not a star at ISU, I would put him at about average. Stevie had 4 good games in one season and a couple of other good games his other seasons.
When I watched his high school highlight tape, I kept hoping everyone else around him was fast because he did not look very fast.
I'm guessing Stevie was pretty much always a 4.8 guy. Why do you think Nebraska wanted him at Linebacker?
Anyone who thought Stevie Hicks could run sub 4.7 forty is not able to gauge speed.
Although Sheppard says otherwise, a primary rule of thumb is if you gain a bunch of weight (not a little, like 20 pounds), you don't get faster. You may retain your current speed. There is one exception to that rule. People who take roids get bigger and faster.
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