There’s a lot of equipment out there- free weights, machines, functional equipment- and all of it can be used appropriately for one purpose or another. Which type do you use most often with your clients and why?
Bodyweight exercises for starters. Resistance bands/light dumbells/kettlebells next. I always watch for technique/posture before adding much resistance. I think the exercises should start out easy and progress to make it easier on the NEW client.