Workout Equipment Every Newbie Should Use

August 28, 2023

Do you ever go to the gym and become overwhelmed by all the equipment?  At FITWORKS, we offer over 25,000 square feet of gym equipment, so it can be intimidating to find the right workout machines for you.  That’s why we polled our certified personal trainers and asked them what their favorite pieces of workout equipment newbies should use! 


Dumbbells are versatile and effective for strength training exercises. They allow for a wide range of movements and can be used for both upper and lower body workouts. Try doing longer sets.  For example, instead of 8-10 bicep curls, aim for 15-20. Repeat 3 times.  Getting too easy?  Add on weight. 

Smith Machine

The Smith Machine consists of a barbell that is fixed within steel rails, allowing for vertical movement while providing stability and support. The Smith machine can be used for a variety of exercises, including squats, bench presses, shoulder presses, lunges, calf raises, and more. It offers a wide range of exercises for different muscle groups, allowing for comprehensive full-body workouts. 

Booty Builder

Glutes are all the rage! Booty builder machines are specifically designed to isolate and engage the glute muscles. Strong glute muscles play a crucial role in providing stability and support to the lower body. By strengthening your glutes with a booty builder machine, you may improve your overall lower body stability, which can benefit various physical activities and reduce the risk of injuries.

Suspension Trainer (e.g., TRX)

Suspension trainers use your body weight for resistance and provide a full-body workout. They are adjustable, allowing you to increase or decrease the intensity of the exercises. Ask a personal trainer for a session to learn to target different muscle groups with this simple piece of equipment.  

Cardio Machines (e.g., Treadmill, Stationary Bike, Rowing Machine)

Get your heart pumping!  When in doubt of what you can do to improve your health, cardiovascular exercises are easy ways to add years to your life.  Start small with walking on a treadmill for 15 minutes and slowly work your way up from there. Cardiovascular equipment helps improve cardiovascular fitness and burn calories. Treadmills, stationary bikes, and rowing machines are popular choices for effective cardio workouts.  Check out this video on tips to get motivated while burning calories on cardio machines. Check out Michael, in the video at the top for ways to get motivated!


Overall, we recommend just taking the first step and walking into the gym.  At FITWORKS, we offer personal training, fitness consultations, and a variety of app programs that all focus on teaching you more about our equipment and workout routines.  Next time you are in the club, ask the front desk for more information on ways we can help create the right workout program for you!