The free-weight area of the gym can be intimidating. But doing total-body exercises, while lifting heavier weights, is extremely good for your overall health no matter what your goals are.
So here are three basic barbell exercises that will improve your overall strength and fitness.
Before you start, here's more info on how to do these moves safely and how to incorporate them into your workout.
To fit them into your workout: Make each one the first lift of your workout when you're starting out; that way you'll have the energy to do it with proper form and lower risk of injury. Try doing 3 to 4 sets of 8 to 12 reps. And remember that these are taxing, total-body moves, so you don't want to be doing them all on the same day.
Okay, let's get into it!