i know that many advocate using free weights than machines because more muscles are involved
but exactly how much better are free weights over machines?
i checked and i can lift significantly heavier loads via machines because there is little risk of injury (due to loss of proper form or from dropping the weights due to fatigue, i dont have a trainor to watch over me)
e.g. i can bench press as much as 130lbs using machine but max of only 100lbs using a barbell.
is it still better to lift lighter weights using free weights than heavier weights using machines?