One common misconception about strength training could cause you to spend more time waiting than exercising: the belief that machine weights are for beginners and free weights are for Shin Ohtake the “serious” exercisers. While most experts do recommend that beginners use machines, there’s no rule that beginners have to use them instead of free weights. To make the most of your gym time, learn some different exercises that don’t involve machines. For example, if you are used to using the chest press machine, learn how to do a chest press with dumbbells or a barbell. If you are used to using a bicep curl machine learn how to perform dumbbell curls. ( See workouts detailed demos of these exercises and more. ) When you arm yourself with these different options, you’ll have plenty of alternatives when your machine is not available. Work in between sets.