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Your Beginners Guide To The Different Types Of Weightlifting Equipment

Gym intimidation is a very real thing, and what is one of the largest fear factors for people who are scared to go to the gym? It is not the guys with the ripped muscles or the slim and toned females. Nope. It is the wide array of scary and crazy looking weightlifting tools that litter the floor.

We are not talking about the familiar list of suspects like the medicine balls, dumbbells, and barbells. In today’s modern gym, you are likely to find everything from suspension trainers to sandbags to even gymnastics equipment such as parallettes.

Heres a video that goes over how to effectively train with parallettes:

So, how do you learn how to use this equipment without making yourself look silly or even injuring yourself?


Dumbbells are a staple piece of weightlifting equipment that you can find in the majority of weight rooms. They are also an ideal piece of equipment if you are new to weightlifting and strength training.

Gyms are equipped with dumbbells that range from 1 pound all the way to 100 pounds. Dumbbells are very joint-friendly because your hands do not have to be in one position. This allows your body to move more naturally while working out.

Body Bars

These are iron bars that are covered. They are typically covered in foam rubber, and this helps to make them lighter and a newbie-friendly alternative to traditional barbells.

With these types of bars, you can perform a variety of exercises with a weight that is beginner-friendly. For those who are more experienced, body bars may not provide enough resistance for your main set, but they can be used during a warm-up.


These are not only for bodybuilders and champion athletes. Barbells can be your best friend in the gym for certain moves like:

  • Deadlifts
  • Snatches
  • Back squats

Barbells allow you to move your body a lot further than dumbbells do, and you can also increase the amount of weight you are lifting. Keep in mind that the actual bar may weigh up to 45 pounds, so you will need to take that into consideration during your calculations.

If you are not ready to lift heavy, you can also choose to fixed barbells. These types of barbells are grouped on a rack together and they begin at 10 pounds or either 20 pounds.


Although this weight like cannonball looking thing with a one loop handle is reminiscent of something that would be straight out of Game of Thrones, it is an excellent way to increase your strength and build up your power.

A lot of the classic kettlebell exercises such as cleans and swings require the movement of the weight quickly. It can also double as a piece of cardio equipment as the movements make your heart rate climb.

Because the weight is not balanced, you must work harder to keep your body stabilize during your set. As a result, your body learns how to adapt to an ever-changing center of gravity.

These are just a handful of the many different types of weightlifting equipment you can find at your local gym. There is no need to feel intimidated. Find the one piece of equipment that you like and begin from there. It won’t be long before you notice a dramatic improvement in your strength and physique.