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Updated on Friday, July 4

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QUESTION: I really want to start going to the gym but I have no clue how to work out (which makes me feel stupid when I go). Even when I watch YouTube videos and try to do the exercises myself I am not sure if I am performing them right, the last thing I want to do is make 0 progress/hurt myself because of this. Where can I find personal trainers that are not hundreds of dollars, is there any student trainers at UW?

7 comments

  1. Just ask some people at the gym doing the same exercises. Really you only need to know 5 or 6 compound exercises and you should be good. Most people would happily give tips, I certainly wouldn't mind.

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  2. Stronglifts 5x5. It's worked for me and many other people. You can also ask the trainer that is usually there and he/she can give you some pointers and tell you how to do proper technique. You can also arrange a doctor's appointment and ask for a referral to the coop wellness program at the gym. I did this last year and I learned how to work out properly and all that jazz.

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  3. Can you go with a friend?

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  4. If you want to start running on treadmills just try couch 2 5k app or website.

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  5. If someone is at the gym doing the same thing as you, just ask them to check your form real quick. Or you can ask one of the staff at the gym or someone who knows what they're doing.

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  6. Hey OP. I was in the same position as you are. I really wanted to go to the gym but I had no idea where to start or how to do things properly. Either look for a trainer at the gym and see if they can help you, or just ask those who are working out for help. You'd be very surprised to know how friendly some of the people are at the gym.

    Don't feel bad for not knowing how to do things or not knowing if you're doing things properly or not. Like anything, learning a new lesson or skill comes with time. When I first started at the gym, I started with some cardio on the treadmill first and once that was over, I just casually observed what other people were doing for strength training. Eventually, and after some help with a trainer, I got around to working some of the machines and before you know it, I got hooked into it.

    Again, don't be afraid to just ask those around at the gym. I've just started to go to one and already, I've made some new gym friends who are very friendly and inviting. It must be that runner's high or something. lol

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  7. Probably the best way to go about it without hiring a trainer is to find someone doing an exercise you want to try and then asking them about it on their rest.

    Some people will be prickly about that, and if they have headphones in you probably don't want to bother them, but for the most part people don't mind spending 30 seconds explaining what they are doing to you.

    Most people are very supportive of those trying to get into shape.

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