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A weight, such as a dumb-bell or barbell, not attached to a specialized weight machine. Free weights allow the exerciser to move in any direction and provide a great variety of routines. However, they do not isolate individual muscle actions as effectively as weight-training machines, and the resistance remains constant throughout the range of movement of the muscle being exercised.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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