How to get started with weight lifting?

  • How to get started with weight lifting?

    Posted by Ryan Jenkins on November 16, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    I really want to start weight lifting but I’m not sure where to start. What’s the best way for a beginner to get the ball rolling?

    Stéphanie Noël replied 2 weeks, 1 day ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Holland Newton

    Organizer
    November 17, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    A couple of ideas come to mind:

    1: If you’re a member at a gym, a lot of times they’ll offer a free consultation with a trainer. That’s a nice place to start because they’ll give you some more personal tips and explain the equipment. They’ll likely sell personal training to you, but you don’t have to buy

    2: If you have access to weight machines, they usually have an explanation about how to use them and adjust the settings.

    3: See what kind of equipment you have access to and then check YouTube to see if there’s a video explaining how to use it. Be very wary of pseudoscience tips online though. Equipment manufacturers or fitness facilities typically have quality guidance. If you do find an expert you trust, it’s worth seeing if anyone disagrees with them.

    Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to start light and easy. Using good form and fluid movements generally will get you a nice foundation. If you’re worried about getting ‘bulky’, you don’t have to. Lifting weights 2 or 3 times per week for 20-40 minutes will not add significant mass to your frame. But it’s likely that it will improve your coordination, stamina, sleep, energy, calorie burn, strength, etc.

    Have fun with it!

    • Ryan Jenkins

      Member
      November 18, 2022 at 12:25 pm

      How does one gain some intuition around which exercises to do, how many sets/reps, how much weight to use, etc.?

      • Stéphanie Noël

        Member
        November 24, 2022 at 9:52 am

        Alllll the googling lol I start off with 4 sets 12 reps, two exercises per focus on the body, start off with lower weights and increase until it’s doable but you should be spent by the end of your reps!