Equipment for Basic Free-Weight Training
The most important thing to remember is that having the right equipment and using the right weight will
Hi, I’m Alex Shafiro, director of physical therapy and performance training here at Performance Physical Therapy and Integrated Health in Westport, Connecticut. I’m here with About.com to talk to you about the basic equipment needed to start a free weight training program.The most important thing to remember is that having the right equipment and using the right weight will keep you safe and build strength.The first piece of equipment we will talk about is a bench. It’s important to have a nice, stable bench, which is also adjustable, so that you can go from flat to inclined or seated quickly and easily, and will provide a great base for most of your exercises.The next piece of equipment we will look at is a bar. You can use a flat or a curved bar to do exercises with, which we will combine with some plates, which range between five, ten, and twenty-five pounds, that you place on the bar and clamp down with a safety clamp. This is to prevent anything from coming off while you are doing your exercises, and will keep you nice and safe. It’s important to remember that when using the bar, the bar itself will weigh twenty-five pounds. So it is maybe a good idea to start off with nothing on the bar until you get the hang of the technique.You can also get dumbbells in increments of five, ten, and twenty pounds like these, and they can go up as high as you’d like. If you don’t quite have the room for it, you can get adjustable dumbbells like these that can go from two and a half all the way up to seventy, eighty, or one hundred pounds. With the quick adjustment, by pulling out the pin, you can go from five pounds, up to twenty just like that.That was some basic equipment needed to start a free weight training program. As you build strength and technique, you’ll be able to do more advanced exercises and use more advanced equipment. For information, visit About.com.