Starting a strength training regimen can be a daunting task; several companies claim to have found the key to producing bigger and better muscles, or simply the leanest, fittest body in town. In reality, most strength or weight equipment can be quite effective when used properly. The catch is that you have to be comfortable with the equipment and you have to use it properly in order to succeed at hitting your target fitness goals.
When you envision strength training, you are probably thinking of the weight sets you commonly see at the gym. A bench, a bar and some dumbbells are a pretty good start for any strength regimen. A free weight set-up is inexpensive and easy to customize. Plus, free weights work stabilizer muscles and core muscles while you work. Another advantage of free weights is that, with a complete set, you are able to work out at the same time as other people and thus can share your workout space with the family. If you have a bench and a lot of weights, it can take up a fair amount of room, so you will need the space to store and keep these items. Weight lifting can be fun when you are working out, but it may not hold the same appeal when you are trying to clear space when company is coming. Also keep in mind that you will need a spotter for many free weight exercises. To maintain safety, free weight lifting is a buddy activity.