I'd like to get back into lifting weights after a number of years, and I was hoping some of you guys could give me or point me in the direction of some advice on a couple of things.
First, I've always been under the impression that all things being equal, free wights are better than machines. I presume that's still the thinking?
Second, assuming I'm right, I'd like to set up a workout plan using entirely or predominately free weights and body weight along the following lines:
A. It will encompass the major muscle groups in one workout. I don't want to do upper body one day, lower the next, etc.
B. That said, I would like to be able to complete the workout in under one hour, at most.
C. I'm interested in general fitness, toning, etc. rather than building bulk, so I assume we're talking higher reps and lower weight.
D. I'd like it to be able to do it without a spotter.
Does anyone have any ideas for such a workout or a recommendation for a good book or website? I don't want to pay for personal training at this point. Although it's been a while, there was a time in my life where I was in outstanding shape and did a fair amount of lifting, so I think I can get back into it without a trainer if I'm careful about it. (If I feel like doing cleans again for the first time in over 15 years, I'll get a trainer, but don't hold your breath on that!)