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What equipment do I need for strength training?

Jonathan Penney
Jonathan Penney on behalf of National Academy of Sports Medicine
Fitness
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The list of equipment for strength training is quite long but below will be a list to help:

  • Dumbbells
  • Resistance bands
  • Barbells
  • Kettlebells
  • TRX Suspension Trainer
  • Cable machines
  • Medicine Balls

This list will assist but more options are available.  Pick and choose what you want to use for your strength training and be sure to keep variety to prevent from any boredom.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
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If you join a gym, it will probably have a Cybex or Nautilus circuit already set up. If you are going to buy weights to use at home, consider free weights. All-in-one weight machines are much more expensive and take a lot of time for readjustments between each maneuver, meaning you spend a lot of your workout time fiddling with the equipment. There are several safe ways to increase resistance in your stamina-building exercises. Many aerobic exercise machines allow you to set a particular level of resistance. On treadmills, you can raise the angle of the track. Also, many stationary bicycles can be adjusted to increase the amount of force needed to pedal.

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