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Many strength coaches, bodybuilders and athletes agree that weightlifting with free weight sets is the most effective way to build strength and muscle. That's because free weights force your body to keep the weight stable, which recruits more stabilizer muscles than a machine would. Free weights are also versatile; the only other equipment you need is a squat cage and a weight bench, and you can do many of the most effective exercises out there like squats, deadlifts and bench press. Here at Kmart you can find durable weight sets from trusted brands like Body Solid, Weider and Bowflex.

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Sculpt a leaner, more muscular physique with weight sets from Kmart

If you're thinking of setting up a home gym, a set of free weights is one of the best places to start. Free weights give you the versatility to perform hundreds of highly effective exercises to build muscle and burn fat, such as squats, deadlifts and bench press. Cardio exercise is important for your heart and lungs, but lifting with free weights is vital if your goal is to create a more athletic-looking physique.

Look for individual plates and weight sets that contain a range of plates. A weight set is probably the best way to begin your weight collection, because it will provide you with all the basics like five, 10, 25 and 45-pound plates. Once you have those, you can augment your gym with any extras you need (for instance, if you need an extra pair of 45s to add weight to your squats). It's a good idea to use a weight plate tree to keep your weights off the floor and organized.

An important thing to keep in mind when buying weight plates is that there are two different sizes, standard and Olympic. The main difference lies in the size of the hole in the center. Standard weight plates have a smaller opening than Olympic weight plates. The choice is up to you; just make sure that the plates you buy match your barbell and dumbbell handles. It would be disappointing to buy a new set of weight plates only to have to return them because that they don't fit on your weight bars.

Free weights give you the freedom to do some of the most effective lifts out there. Squats and deadlifts are considered two of the best exercises to build muscles, and are a great way to build up your legs, butt and back. Bench press is an upper-body lift that targets your chest, arms and shoulders. If you want to shake things up, you can always add some kettlebells to your gym. Kettlebell swings are a great secondary exercise to help improve your big lifts like deadlifts.

No matter what your fitness goals are, lifting with free weights will help you reach them. Adding muscle will increase your resting metabolism and functional strength while helping to prevent age-related muscle breakdown. To get started on the road to a leaner, stronger, healthier body, outfit your home gym with one of these free weight sets from Kmart. We offer a great selection to suit all your fitness needs.

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