Strength training can boost your confidence, but does firing up the thigh adductor/abductor really put you in beast mode? If you’re hiding behind your gym’s Nautilus machines because you’re too intimidated to pick up a barbell, it’s time you got over that. You’re missing out on big gains, not to mention the empowerment that comes with putting hand to iron. To help you get out of your comfort zone, we’ve shed light on four barbell movements by breaking them down step-by-step. Yes, it’s a lot to take in, so at first, take things slowly and keep the weight light. And whenever you’re using a barbell, always start with five reps on an empty bar before adding plates.