(The Best Years in Life) Most people think of free weights as dumbbells or barbells but you don't actually need these items to strength train. There are benefits to traditional free weights. They're well-balanced, easy to hold, and come in a variety of sizes that make for easy adjustments to your routine. However, a gallon of water, a sack of flower, or even a tire can be used as a free weight. Exercising with these items makes for a better real-world workout that could better prepare you what you need to move and lift throughout your typical day. Don't forget that your body weight is an excellent training tool as well. Read More.