I use free weights, resistance bands, and the pulley machine. Unlike machines, you work all your stabilizers when doing the exercises. It means you might use a little less weight, but you'll gain more functional fitness along with your strength. It will teach you to work on proper posture. And, you can work on your stabilizers (rotator cuff) specifically, which is specifically important for us ladies. In the process of striving for strength, it is too easy to get a cuff tear if your smaller tendons and ligaments are not "holding you together" well. I've been through lots of physical therapy, so I can tell you there are a wide array of exercises you can do with those three things - and it will really make your arms look better too!
Last edited by delmarva; 11-19-2013 at 06:53 PM.