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Weight Training Equipment - Start Simple

Updated on September 16, 2009

If you've made the decision to invest in weight training equipment because you're ready to get in shape, you may have a lot of questions on your mind. There are so many choices out there between free weights, machines, pulley systems, lever systems, not to mention bodyweight exercises and aerobics... the list just goes on and on. The truth of the matter is that while everything can work, the simplest, most tried-and-true method, is free weights. Therefore, we are looking for weight training equipment to get started, whether it be at home or if you're starting a gym, your foundational weight training equipment really should be free weights.

What is the very basic weight training equipment you'll need? It's pretty simple; a barbell, some Olympic weights (plates) along with safety collars, some dumbbells and a weight bench. If you just had these items in the proper weight increments, you could truly create some tremendous changes in your body and overall general physical fitness.

Weight Training Equipment Doesn't Have To Be Complicated

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flickr image by jontunn

Expanding from their, the following would probably be the next level of weight training equipment that you may want to consider. There are a variety of different weight benches that you could select. These include a flat bench press with a built-in rack to hold a barbell, a flat bench with no rack and gives a lot more versatility to the kinds of exercises you can do with it, including some that can be lifted into an incline bench. Another kind of "bench" you might want to consider is the preacher curl. While not technically a bench, for lack of a better term will revert to it as such.

From here, we start moving into the bigger, more complicated, more expensive type of weight training equipment. User pulley machines that include things such as the lat pulldown, leg extension, leg press, tricep push down etc. Again, you need to know what you're looking for, what kind of space and budget you're working with as well. And remember, thus far we've really only been talking about "free weight" type of weight training equipment.

The next level of weight training machine involve all kinds of pulleys, built-in stacks of weight plates, adjustable seats, and a whole host of other auctions. Think of the old Nautilus type of weight training equipment and you'll know what I'm talking about. Many people prefer to this type of equipment because they feel safer and more secure with it. That's not my choice.

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flickr image by jontunn

While there's certainly something to be said for that sense of security, I firmly believe that weight training equipment. This is because the weight that you're moving is not restricted to a certain point of motion. Therefore, if they use extra effort to not only lifted but also to keep the weight where you want it. you can make more progress and better use of your time the closer you stay towards the "free weight" end of the spectrum when it comes to weight training equipment.

One other point I'd like to mention regarding a point made above; when it comes to dumbbells having enough weight options can end up requiring many, many sets of dumbbells which in turn takes up a lot of room a lot of financial resources. One option that is worth considering is the use of adjustable dumbbells. Adjustable dumbbells allow you to add and remove weight as needed as opposed to the six-week dumbbells that you often see in commercial gyms. When it comes to adjustable dumbbells my personal preference is the power block dumbbell. This is because the transition from one week to another is very simple, takes no time, and allows you to spend your time actually exercising rather than fussing with weights and collars. If you're not familiar with them in might be worth your while to have a look.

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flickr image by scarndp

So there you have it, the whole spectrum of weight training equipment available to you. You just need to figure out what you want, need and/or can afford. Is it for you, in your own home or garage, or are you starting a public gym? No matter what your answer, it is highly recommended that you start with the most basic of weight training equipment before committing too much time or resources if you're not 100% sure of what you're looking for.


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