Gym equipment. Woman in a gym trying to lift some weight.

Gym equipment is equipment in the gym for the purpose of physical exercises and activities.

This article is for people who haven’t been to a gym and newbies — people who have decided to be fit and just starting out. If you are a regular at a gym or you have been at some period in time, then you might skip this — or read on for some refreshment.

If you have decided to be fit, then you should consider going to a gym — where there are gym equipment to use for physical exercise.

In some instances, where you can’t sign up for a gym, you can still be fit by working out at home, at the park or where ever physical exercise and activity are possible.

Gym Equipment Basics

There is the traditional gym equipment like dumbbells and barbells and a lot of machines( I won’t be going into specific details in this article). You can find some at your local gym and try them out.

Machines are quite easier to use than the traditional gym equipment and if you are new to fitness, you might want to start with machines to keep you going.

What I’ll be talking about is what I call the traditional gym equipment. The ones you should know how to use.

The ones you can get and keep at home if you don’t have the time to go to the gym. 

The traditional gym equipment is the workout equipment you expect to find in any gym without exception.

No doubts, there are modern equipment and new ones are developed every day.

You need to know this equipment and how to use them. Once you know the traditional ones, you realize the modern machines are just built to do the work they do more easily and efficiently.

Lack of knowledge of gym equipment and how to use them could lead to gym accidents.

Also, people in the gym expect you to know this – a gym is a social place where you meet other like minds. You don’t want to be the awkward or the weird one who doesn’t know what he/she is doing.

Traditional Gym Equipment

This can be divided into traditional strength training and cardio equipment.

Traditional Strength Training Equipment: Includes weight plates, barbells, dumbbells, cables, benches and racks.
Weight plate

weight plate is a flat, heavy object, usually made of cast iron, that is used in combination with barbells or dumbbells to produce a bar with a desired total weight for the purpose of physical exercise.

They come in different size.

Gym equipment. A man standing next to a weight plate


A barbell consists of a long bar usually with weight plates attached to its ends.

You can use barbells for exercises such as squatting, barbell chest press, barbell bicep curls, deadlifts, shoulder press.

Gym equipment. A man trying to lift a barbell with weights attaches to its end.


Dumbbells have small bars with small weight plates attached to the end. They come in various forms and shapes and weights.

You can use them for exercises such as bicep curls, dumbbell shoulder press, rear delt raise, dumbbell chest press.

Gym equipment. Dumbbells of different sizes and shapes in a gym.

Cable Machine

cable machine is a device for weight training. It consists of a rectangular, vertically oriented steel frame about 3 metres wide and 2 metres high, with a weight stack attached via a cable and pulley system to one or more handles.

The cables that connect the handles to the weight stacks run through adjustable pulleys that can be fixed at any height.

You can do exercises such as cable curl, triceps rope pulldowns with a gym cable.

Gym equipment. Man shirtless, doing cable triceps extension.

Gym Bench

A gym bench is for sitting or lying down while doing exercises. Several exercises require a gym bench. Examples are bench press, shoulder press (sitting), bench dips.

Gym equipment. Man sitting on a gym bench holding barbell weights, about to do some exercise.

Power rack

This is a piece of weight training equipment that functions as a mechanical spotter for free weight barbell. It aids in doing exercises such as squats and bench press.

Gym equipment. A photo of a Power rack.

Traditional Cardio Equipment: Includes treadmills, stationary bicycles and stair climbers.

A Treadmill is a device for walking and running while staying in the same place.

Back view of sports people on running track. Two attractive young women and handsome muscular man are running in gym. Gym equipment.

Stationary bicycle

A stationary bicycle or an exercise bicycle, an exercise bike is a device for cycling. It’s in the form of a bicycle but stationary.

Gym equipment. A photo of an exercise bike.

Stair Climbers

This is device is designed to give the impression for climbing stairs.

Gym equipment. A photo of a stair climber.



There are many gym equipment and machines that are in a modern gym today. If you know how to use modern machines, great. If not, no problem.

Majority of people prefer to use the traditional gym equipment. These worked back in the days and continue to work even today.

Dr Klas

Dr Klas aka Dr Emmanuel Adeniran is a medical doctor, a health educator, and a fitness enthusiast who has been into fitness for more than five years. He is willing to share his knowledge and experience with you.


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