Free weights, although a small part of overall fitness, play an important role. Some of the basic benefits of free weight training is provided below. Be creative and change up your routine of free weights for maximum health and wellness.

Barbells provide maximum strength
Core balance
Dumbbells provide unilateral balance
Higher degree of focus/concentration
One size fits all

FITNESS TIP: Take a week off every few months to allow the body to recover. Return to exercise with new found enthusiasm.

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