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Resistance Training Equipment

There are many types of resistance training. Choose the type or resistance training you like the most.

  • Choose a weight or resistance that is comfortable and challenging.
  • Progress from there.

Resistance training is a type of exercise that increases the strength and endurance of your muscles. Resistance training is done by lifting weights (also called dumbbells), using your body weight for resistance, or using exercise bands.

There are many types of resistance training. Choose the type of resistance training you like the most. Below is a list of 3 types of resistance training.

It doesn't matter which type of equipment you use. Talk to your exercise team about the type that works best for you.

Choose a weight or resistance that is comfortable and challenging. You can progress from there.

Once you choose the type of resistance training you like the most and have found a weight or resistance that is comfortable and challenging, try a resistance training program listed at the bottom of this page.

Types of Resistance Training Equipment

Dumbbells or "free weights"

two dumbbells

Dumbbells are common pieces of resistance training equipment.

Dumbbells are also called "free weights". They come in many different materials. Dumbbell materials include rubber, cast iron, and plastic.

Dumbbells can come as a fixed weight in one solid piece. They can also come as adjustable weights, with a solid bar that you add weighted plates to.

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Resistance training machines

exercise equipment

Resistance training machines are large pieces of equipment.

Resistance training machines are usually found in a gym. Training machines use a weight and pulley system to give you resistance.

You can buy these machines for home use.

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Exercise bands

purple exercise band

Exercise bands are large elastic bands used for resistance training. Exercise bands are a good choice if you do not have room for equipment. These bands are also portable, so they are good for travel.

The colour of your exercise band tells you how much resistance it has.

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Resistance Training Programs

There are 3 different resistance training programs you can try.

  • Mini-Resistance Training Program. This program has 5 core exercises to get you started on resistance training. See the mini-resistance training program »
  • Standard Resistance Training Program. This program has 10 exercises that will use the major muscle groups of the body from head to toe. The standard resistance training program uses a combination of your own body weight, dumbbells and exercise bands for resistance. See the standard resistance training program »
  • Exercise Band Program. This program has 10 exercises that will use the major muscle groups of the body from head to toe. The exercise band program uses your own body weight and exercise bands for resistance. See the exercise band program »
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Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016