The Newbie Weightlifter: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Started
by John R. Hallman
Introduction: I am writing this guide because it is very difficult for me to find any good information on weight lifting for beginners. There are many books out there, but they all seem to have their own unique style and approach. Some of them may even be too advanced or complicated for your first time attempt at weight training.
I’ve been doing weight training since I was 15 years old, so I’m not exactly new to the subject. However, I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did when trying to learn how to lift weights. So, if you’re reading this guide and you haven’t done any weight training before, then please just stop right now! You need some advice from someone who has already gone through the same experience as you.
If you’re like most people, you probably started off with the idea that “I’ll get strong enough eventually.” But after a few months of working out every day, you realize that nothing happens. You still look like crap and feel weak. Your muscles aren’t getting bigger; they’re just becoming smaller and weaker.
And why do you keep going? Why not give up completely?
Because you are a glutton for punishment, that’s why! There is always hope. If you keep reading and following my advice, then you will eventually succeed.
Why I Wrote This: The first time I ever went to the gym, I was 15 years old and very small. My older brother had been working out for a while and he wanted me to help him. For months, we pushed each other every day and rapidly gained size and strength. I was hooked on weight training after that experience.
From that point on, I learned everything I could about weight training. I bought books and read every article I could find. I took courses at a local community college and learned all the basics. I talked to lots of people and gained as much information as possible.
Needless to say, my journey into weight training continued until this very day. And it still continues to this very day because you can never know everything.
I decided to share some of my knowledge and experience with you. I hope it helps you on your own journey.
The Different Types of Weights: There are three major types of weights you will find at any gym: barbells, dumbbells, and weight machines. They all serve the same purpose, which is to give your muscles a resistance so they can push or pull. It doesn’t matter what type you use; just pick one and get started.
Sources & references used in this article:
‘Transing’fitness and remapping transgender male masculinity in online message boards by R Farber – Journal of Gender Studies, 2017 – Taylor & Francis
The Anatomy of the Bench Press by FF Loss, MF Loss, N Mitchell, CBD Sydney – upfitness.com.sg
Quick Hit Summary by L Simmons, E Coan, L Maile – caseperformance.com
Changing Muscle Fiber Type and Improving Explosiveness by B Contreras
Rest, rep count and muscle failure by BM Pieciak – markpieciak.com