If you want to venture into the weights section but literally have no idea where to start, then this is the post for you.
So you’ve seen it plastered everywhere ‘strong is the new skinny’ these Instagram girls squatting 100kg like its nothing with the huge butts and perfect abs. You are bored of the treadmill and want to venture into the weights section but literally have no idea where to start. I’ve been there. Now, I am no pro – I’m still most definitely learning and gaining confidence but I wanted to put together a very basic guide to the weights section – something I could’ve done with about a year ago.
#1 – The majority of people are not 100% sure what they are doing. Just because they are head-to-toe in Gymshark, and you’re rocking your Primark leggings does not mean they know more, or have any more right to be there than you do. I always tell myself ‘we pay the same membership’, you are worthy of that bench as much as they are!
#2 – People are friendlier than you think. Most people pull weird, angry, scary faces when they are lifting heavy weights. They are not looking at your weird (if we’re gonna be honest they probably haven’t even noticed you’re there). 99% of people in there are so focused on their lift they literally will not even notice you walk by.
#3 – Youtube is your best friend. You want to learn how to squat but have no idea where to start? I literally watched a shit tonne of videos about form and practised in my living room before heading into the gym.
#4 – Don’t be scared to ask. It’s what the gym staff are there for – to ensure you are safe. And trust me, it’s much less embarrassing to ask them to show you correct form than doing it wrong and them having to come and tell you.
#5 – Start light. There is absolutely no shame in picking up the lightest weights in there. It’s far better to build yourself up gradually than hurt yourself by starting too fast
#6 – Have fun! I left the treadmill and headed to lifting because I just wasn’t enjoying my hours and hours of cardio. Some people love that and that’s great but you don’t have to force yourself to do something that makes you miserable.