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Ask for help or a buddy. Easing into lifting is easier (and safer) with someone who know their way around the iron. And even if you have a pretty good idea how to handle the weights, having a reliable spotter can also prevent that dreaded barbell roll during bench.
Control the weight. When starting off, focus on controlling the movement. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn’t. When I started, I focused on lower weight and higher reps, so I can learn how to handle the exercise movement properly.
Join a community! Whether that’s a weight lifting class at the gym, or a local weightlifting/powerlifting team. Having a group of lifters who can both encourage you and give you guidance, can make lifting feel a little less frightening, and a lot more fun.
Here's our ladies' team kicking butt at a powerlifting competition!
I definitely understand this. For a long time, I was self-conscious about going to the gym and asking for help. I know most gyms have trainers who are more than happy to help you here-and-there. I'd try to also find friends who know a lot about fitness. Usually when you find one friend -- you then start meeting a bunch. @Kristenadams
When I first started lifting (and by lifting I mean using baby dumbbells!) I was so much more concerned with reps than form. I didn't control the weight at all, and sort of just threw my arms around trying to count to twenty or something. Your second tip is so important!
@kristenadams @alywoah someone needs to start a program where people willing to offer a helping hand wear badges or something. Not trainers, just your average gym-goer :)
I wish my gym made it easier to meet people to help me start lifting. I don't want to pay for a trainer but I also feel weird interrupting other girls in the weight room to ask them for help. I'm still in my 8lbs dumbbell phase.