How do you just start lifting?

I've been doing a lot of research about lifting, and I found a program that doesn't look too intimidating (stronglifts 5x5).
My question is, how do I just walk into my gym and start lifting? How do I know what weights to start with? Will I have to experiment with what weights will work for me? How do I know if I'm using too light/heavy weights? Should I hire a personal trainer for the first little bit?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm just a bit intimidated by the weights section of the gym and I don't want to feel/look like an idiot. Any help on getting started would be appreciated.


  • JoRocka
    JoRocka Posts: 17,553 Member
    start with the bar- or a broom stick.

    use that to work form first.

    I would also go in on off peak hours so you can get a feel for what you need to do- don't go in on Monday at 5 PM and try to do a chest workout- it'll NEVER happen.

    Have a plan- have an alterative to your plan- or learn how to work around someone finishing. Work with people- don't be offended if someone says "how many sets" it's normal.
  • ChancyW
    ChancyW Posts: 439 Member
    Something that helped me A LOT when I was first beginning was YouTube. I was very intimidated by going to the gym so I began by researching the different workouts and watching videos on them. I would then (at home) practice getting the movement right. Then when I went into the gym I had a much better idea of what to do.

    Good luck!
  • Kitship
    Kitship Posts: 579 Member
    I know the feeling! I agree that if you can get to the gym either pretty early or later in the evening, it will be less crowded and it will be more comfortable. Also agree that you can work on your form at home via Youtube videos, etc. Good luck!