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From the Archives: Why Barbells Are Better Than Machines

by Mark Rippetoe | May 24, 2019

Barbell training is simple, logical, effective, inexpensive, and most importantly, proven. It has worked in its current form for decades for millions of people, and it has formed the successful strength training foundation for athletes since the early 20th century. So why is it that modern gyms are loaded with machines rather than just barbells and weights?

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