How I started lifting
When I first started lifting weights I started SLOWLY. I didn’t know what moves to do, I wasn’t educated on proper form, etc. I had a workout partner that helped me. I also did my research. I was constantly looking up new exercises or things to do with the free weights. YouTube is your friend when looking for exercises.
Do You Need a Gym Membership?
I know when I first started losing weight I couldn’t afford a gym membership, so I picked up running because it was something I could do with no equipment. Plus, I was too damn scared to get a gym membership being overweight. It’s so silly to say I felt like I needed to lose weight before stepping foot in a gym. How screwed up is that mindset?? But I know a lot of people are like that, unfortunately. Over time I added in workout DVDs and free weights at home, and eventually I got a gym membership. You can still get great results at home or in the gym.
I’m Scared to Start Lifting Weights
I get it! I have been there! For me, it was more about stepping out of my comfort zone than anything. I got comfortable with running. Then I got comfortable in the gym, lifting minimally, then I got comfortable with being UNCOMFORTABLE. And that’s when I started seeing big changes.
Seven Tips To Get You Started
1. DO YOUR RESEARCH
Look up moves on YouTube, practice them. Google arm workouts, back workouts, etc. Bodybuilding.com has great plans. Or check out some of our plans!
2. HAVE A PLAN
Standing in the middle of the weight room wondering what to do next doesn’t burn calories or make you stronger. Write down your workouts with reps/weight/etc. beforehand and bring it with you to the gym. I write everything down on a post it note (because my phone is in my armband playing to music and I don’t want to keep getting it out to look at my workout) and bring it with me. That way I get in and get out. No standing around and no wondering what to do. Maximize your time by having a plan.
3. WATCH OTHERS
Okay, that doesn’t mean gawk at other people in the gym. It means casually glance over and see what they’re doing, make a mental note of it and then try it later. I get some of my best moves from watching what other people do at the gym.
4. START SLOW
Don’t just jump in thinking you’ll be able to immediately squat 200 lbs. Everyone starts with just the bar.
5. FORM OVER REPS
Proper form is EVERYTHING. 8 reps of great form is better than 12 reps of shitty form ANY DAY. Now, when you start lifting heavier, your form will break a bit, and that’s to be expected.
6. DON’T GET DISCOURAGED
This one’s hard for me. Because I continually think “oh I can lift that” or that I should be able to do something only to be put in my place real quick. So don’t get discouraged with small weights or struggling. The cool thing about weight lifting is that your strength improves quickly! Hang in there!
7. WORRY ABOUT YOU
Don’t compare yourself to anyone else! Focus on getting YOU stronger. When you start comparing your numbers, etc. to other people it takes the joy out of what you’ve accomplished! So focus on your grind and your goals and being better than you were yesterday!