Barbell and dumbbell exercises have proven to show serious fitness results for many years, without all of the expensive equipment people have associated with fitness recently. One of the main benefits of free weights, barbells, and dumbbells is their portability and versatility. You can perform a huge range of exercises that work every main muscle group, right in the comfort of your own home with nothing more than some floor space, a set of weights, and a workout bench!
What barbell exercises and dumbbell workouts give you, over the larger exercise equipment you'll find at the gym, is a great stabilizing workout. When you exercise with weight sets, you work your stabilizing muscles on top of your main muscle groups, without even realizing it. Since you're not using specialized gym equipment to isolate each muscle group, weight set workouts force you to stabilize yourself in order to perform the exercise correctly. This works a wide range of muscles, all while you focus on one group. Dumbbells and barbell exercises can work your abs, chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps, forearms, back, and leg muscles.