The hardest part about getting in shape is actually getting into the gym. For a lot of people, getting over the mental hurdles — including fear and anxiety around lifting — is quite seriously a giant challenge to get over. And that comes with the territory, particularly for a beginner.
If you feel lost at the gym, and can’t tell a barbell from a lat pull-down machine, then it’s completely understandable. But it also doesn’t mean you’re hopeless. Before you even hit the gym, there is plenty of research and reading you can do. Learn about anatomy and physiology, different lifts, and proper form — and then head to a gym and talk to a trainer. They’ll be happy to get you going.
Once you’re comfortable with the basics, building a workout routine and establishing goals is the next step. Luckily, many lifting specialists are a step ahead and have made programs ideal for novice lifters. This is what we’re covering over the next few pages. Though there are dozens and dozens of ideas out there, there are a few programs that have become a permanent part of the lifter’s lexicon. These programs focus on the basics — form, linear progression, and building serious strength and muscle.
Whether your goals are to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, or simply be able to give your kids a piggy-back ride, it’s never too late to get started with weight lifting.
Read on to read about five programs that novice lifters should definitely look into.