|why would you come in here, tell us about your machine and when we tell you we don't recommend it, you call us ignorant?? Are we not allowed opinions that differ from yours??
free weights are better because there of the variety of movements you can do without a lot of equipment, a power rack, barbell and some weights will allow you to do hundreds of exercises in the same amount of space that your machine takes up, and it'll cost a lot less.
they are also better because compound movements use more more muscles together than isolation movements, and machines are primarily focused on isolation movements.
range of motion is controlled by the user with free weights, with a machine, the range of motion is set.
balance, there is little to no balance needed with a machine, resulting in poor CNS stimulation and less muscles involved, with free weights, there is a lot of balance and supporting muscles used in almost all movements.
safety.......you have to be a moron to get hurt lifting weights.
cost, when I was in the army, gyms on post were free. since I've gotten out, I've had to pay for a membership, I got out in Oct 05, I've spent WAAAAAAAAAY less money for gym memberships total so far, than you have on this machine.
user ease, a little research will show you thousands of exercises, it's not something that requires skill, other than a small few movements.
major compound movements, deads, squats, cleans, any major full body movement requires free weights, and these movements are the most efficient things you can do.
even though this is a lot of information......I could go on.
we're all real happy that you bought this setup and all, but don't call people ignorant when you don't like what you hear, because it makes you look like an ass, especially in this case, because you are wrong.