Where to Train and the Equipment You Need

6.1 A good barometer of an effective gym is its sparsity of equipment, and its insistence on basics, basics and nothing but basics for nearly all of a member's training. While some machines do offer good and safe alternatives to barbells and dumbbells, most gyms do not have this type of machinery.

6.2 If you train at a commercial gym you have no control over the equipment there unless you can influence the owner. But you do have control over what equipment you use, and how you use it. If you have a home gym you have control over the equipment stock and how you use it.

6.3 ^e information on equipment given later in this chapter is especially aimed at home gym users, to help with purchasing decisions. But if you use a commercial gym, the information still has value because it will teach you about equipment priorities, proper use, and safety.

6.4 If you cannot get well on the way to being Herculean using just a regular barbell, plates, flat bench, power rack, and maybe a Trap Bar, too (whether in a commercial gym or anywhere else), then even a gym equipped with every different piece of leading-brand training machinery would be unlikely to help you to build the physique and strength you want.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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