Yes, you are a beginner, nothing to be ashamed of everyone has to start somewhere. If not done correctly weight training can be dangerous, correct lifting techniques and using weights within your capability are important in avoiding injury.
When starting out in weightlifting a Personal Trainer will help you by:
In my view Personal Trainers are expensive and unnecessary for an experienced weight lifter, but is essential for a beginner at least initially. Hiring a Personal Trainer for a 3 – 4 week program will help you bed down the basics in weight lifting. Of course compliment the knowledge acquired from your Personal Trainer with the vast wealth of free, or low cost instructional resources, such as:
After a while you will realise weightlifting is not rocket science and be able to figure out what works for you.
If you feel you need additional one-on-one instruction down the track you can always take on a Personal Trainer again.
Eventually you will reach a point where you are knowledgeable enough, and motivated enough, to train without guidance.
When on the lookout for a gym be sure to enquire about Personal Trainer and instructional resources available at the gym. Most gyms will provide an initial program for the beginner to follow, with basic one-on-one instruction on how to perform the exercises when you start. This is particularly important for a beginner, irrespective of age. Check to see if Personal Trainers are available, and there may be several options here:
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