[quote]Bronx Bomber wrote:
It depends upon the goal. Free weights are not always better than machines. In some instances, machines may be better, especially for bodybuilders.[/quote]
This is very true. Also, the type of machine matters as some equipment is better then others, and also wheter you would perform compound or isolation movement.
I would say that doing machine Squats, Rows and Presses is far better than doing Curls, Kickbacks, and Flyes with free weights.
But, I also believe that machines are not neccessary and that you can reach your goals, whether BB or strenght with free weights only.