If you’re looking for weight lifting equipment to use at home or are wondering about the machines you see in the gym, it’s good to know firstly that machines usually target one or two specific muscles or muscle groups. Free weights are much more versatile as they can be used for a variety of exercises, targeting more parts of the body than the average machine. You must also rely more on proper posture when using free weights, which is desirable. I always recommend that people invest in free weights as opposed to getting a machine, because they stand to save money on free weights versus buying even a pieced of used weight Safety Equipment. Not only that, but a few sets of dumbbells is a great start and will enable the beginner to perform most all the exercises he will need to.

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Pair these with a yoga ball substituted for a bench, and you have a minimal setup that is nevertheless highly functional. The yoga ball engages the core muscles in the center of the body, meaning you are building strength in your abs, lower back, and glutes as you do exercises that target the chest, shoulders, and arms. Of course, these and other types of workout equipment should be on hand in any standard gym, and you can get access with a membership to such establishments.

However, if you want to get a buff body and think you have to join a gym, lifting heavy pieces of metal to get it, you are mistaken. While using conventional weight lifting equipment to build muscle and get stronger can be done, the quality of the muscle that you build, both in terms of looks and function, will be better if you use the ultimate weight lifting equipment we have available- our own bodies. You heard me right, using bodyweight to do exercises builds muscle mass while working out more parts of the body simultaneously, allowing you to be more connected in movement. Such exercises are not only extremely effective in building muscle, but also increase strength far more than traditional weights and machines. Not only that, but using bodyweight for exercises is cheaper than any discount weight lifting equipment you might come across, and it can never be too much or too little weight.