There are countless beneficial resistance exercises and it depends greatly on what you would like to accomplish, be it for general strength or for more specific objectives.
For my clients just starting out on resistance training I have them use traditional free weights – barbells, dumbbells and cable machines. I have a specific set of easy to learn exercises that I want them to master; they make for a great transition to more advanced exercises.
Cable Lat Pull Down
Overhead Dumbbell Press
Cable Seated Row
Barbell or Dumbbell Bench Press
Squat (either body weight, dumbbell or barbell)
Lying Hamstring Curls
Supine Pull Up (AKA Inverted Row)
Step Ups (up to chair height)
Standard Abdominal Crunches
45 Degree Back Extension
This list is not all inclusive and I make additions, eliminations and variations depending on the abilities and limitations of my client.
What confuses a lot of people that want nothing to do with exercise, is what exercise actually means – it’s not just about lifting heavy weights over and over and working up a sweat – exercise is about getting involved in an activity that gets your heart racing and also burn lots of calories at the same time… and if you can have fun whilst doing that, even better. Visit:http://rugbydudefitness.com/to learn more about staying fit and healthy
Hello Michelle Brewer,
Oh boy, there are too many to mention. Anything done against gravity with bodyweight is great; because, it can be done anywhere at anytime. You may like the link which follows:
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Yes, any machine will do the job, but in my opinion the best equipment available to you is your own body. There are countless ways you can use your body in order to get stronger and have a great workout. And when you need some extra resistance then you can always perform the same exercises by adding some extra weight on you (weighted vest, backpack, etc.).