Strength training is one of the best things you can do for your body. There are heaps of benefits, from weight loss to increased strength to improved overall health. But it happens to be an extremely intimidating exercise for gym newbies.
Strength training comes in many forms, including “lifting”. When most people think about lifting weights, they automatically think about bodybuilders. Don’t worry, you can lift without turning into a bodybuilder. And you totally should lift. It’s great for your body!
Here are some tips for feeling confident around advanced lifters when you are still relatively new to weightlifting.
Work with a Personal Trainer
Lifting is very technical, whether you’re using free weights or machines, especially when you’re lifting heavy weights. If you are not lifting correctly, you can get hurt. The best thing you can do before you start lifting regularly is invest in a few sessions with a personal trainer. Sure your mate might know a lot about lifting and can help you but too many lifters do things wrong even with years of experience. It’s just a matter of time before they get hurt.
A personal trainer is a certified professional who understands how the body functions, can teach proper technique, and help you determine where your weaknesses are before you hurt yourself. Knowledge is power!
Don’t Worry About What Other People Think
You’ll see all kinds of people at the gym. Don’t be surprised to see guys at the gym admiring their hard work in the mirror.
Do your own thing. You’re at the gym for your own reasons. There will always be someone better than you and who has different goals to you. Stopping comparing yourself to others!
Go Into Your Lift Session With a Plan
If you have a plan, you’ll be more confident. You won’t walk around aimlessly looking lost. Know the exercises and where to find the equipment you need. Sure, you might have to wait a few minutes until a bench or squat rack frees up, but you will know what you’re doing.
Avoid Peak Hours
Avoid peak hours until you’re confident with technique and the equipment. Peak hours equals a lot of people fighting for space and the same dumbbells, barbells, and racks. Head to the gym in the off hours and you’ll have more time and space to really perfect your form and build confidence.
Advanced Lifters aren’t scary people. Remember they were once like you. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Most lifters will be happy to provide you tips and spot you. Just don’t ask them questions during a set! Get knowledge, practice, have a plan, and you’ll feel confident around advanced lifters!