It is known that training with barbells is a great way to get stronger fast. I cannot stress this enough. Barbells have an ability to make you stronger that very few other tools, such as dumbbells, provide. Therefore, you should definitely get a barbell as soon as possible if you do not already have one. Alternatively, get a gym membership – this is what I decided to do, and I have never regretted it once since! Gym memberships are generally very cheap, at least compared to buying a whole new barbell and weights. Besides, you floor will not take damage from dropping the weights, for example, and you do not need to buy expensive equipment like a squat rack, a bench, and so on.
There are lots of different exercises that can be done with the barbell, and all of them can possibly target exactly the body part you want stronger and bigger. For example, if you want to get greater shoulders, you can use the barbell overhead press. Doing this exercise consistently for a semi-high amount of repetitions will surely put both serious mass and strength into your shoulders! If you are interested in a better posterior chain, stronger quadriceps, and so on, the barbell squat is perfect for this. Likewise, you can train your chest, shoulders, triceps, and even your lats by using the bench press! Give me a body part and I guarantee you, I will be able to find a barbell exercise for it. Not just any exercise, either, but one that is effective and can be loaded incrementally to make you both stronger and bigger.
Now, there are many reasons why barbells are better than, say, dumbbells. Basically, dumbbells do have lots of benefits of their own. For example, they are very difficult to stabilize properly, which means that more muscles are engaged in the movement. However, dumbbells have a serious drawback; they only come in certain weight increments. Most dumbbells have a difference in weight of about 5 lbs. This means that, every time you want to add weight to your exercise, you have to add a whole lot! This can become really problematic for exercises where your strength will rise slowly, since these kinds of exercises involve smaller muscles. An example would be the lying tricep extension, or even the overhead press. In a situation like this, being able to load the weight up incrementally, and most importantly, with small increments, is definitely ideal. Therefore, using a barbell will be the best idea in almost all cases!