go and buy starting strength by rippetoe, it is good.
zilogs post is good. so is kingtuts.
at the gym
- do freeweight squats, deadlifts, presses, rows & pullups
- avoid weights machines (less effective than freeweights), cardio machines (boring), anything containing the words "core" (faddy bullshit)
- eat a lot of food, meat & 2 veg type stuff
on the internet
- ignore everything anyone tells you, there is a far too much conflicting crap written about strength for you to know what is useful and what is useless
So what's your favourite bit of kit and why?
squat rack, barbell & weights
because everything else is either less effective in varying degrees, or a pointless distraction
BTW, I concede cardio machines (rowers/treadmills are best IMO) have their place but I'd rather be outside riding a bike.