I agree with Susan that our body’s weight is an excellent and easily accessible resistance. And I agree with Shawn with regard to free weights. I wouldn’t consider other modalities as “fluff.” They may be just too expensive or unavailable. There are a multitude of great machines. The most important consideration is which one will your client stick with from now on!
I agree with all of the above, but I usually direct clients to the squat rack or barbell workouts.
Nothings better for increasing muscle and metabolism- it also gives people a mental push. Lots of people “fear” the gym because they dont understand it.
I figure that if I make someone comfortable it’ll help them ease into a healthier lifestyle.