Just for fun I asked our community the question:

“What do you wish someone told you before you started?”

Here are some of the responses from our female weightlifters

You can do it – Try not to overthink it, the best way to learn is to do, so put your best game face on and approach the bar with confidence.

Have a plan – If you can’t have a personal trainer then at least have a plan, approach the gym with at least 2-3 different exercises that you would like to master.  It’s important to practice the moves without weight first, it also pays to set a goal, write it down and track your progress regularly.

The Olympic standard sized bars on the rack weigh 20kg’s – So many women have approached the squat rack unsure about whether or not they could manage the weight of the bar.  

Check out this post about using a squat rack >>>

When squatting in the rack position the bar correctly – To avoid putting unnecessary strain on your neck, when doing back squats, position the bar a little lower, roll it down onto your shoulder blades

What’s on your feet matters – When it comes to squats and deadlifts flat footwear makes all the difference!  It really does help power and stabilise the lift when you are more grounded.

Check out this post about how you can improve your squat >>>

How to deal with DOMS – Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) are going to happen, it won’t last forever and it gets easier, but when you first start out it’s going to be crippling! 

Deal with it by stretching out, foam rolling, and hot baths with Epsom salts, keep moving and if all else fails take a painkiller or anti-inflammatory to get you over the worst.  Like I said this isn’t going to last forever so do what you have to and push through.

Nobody is looking at you – Too many avoid the gym because they are worried about what other people will think, trust me, nobody cares that you’re there.

Don’t over complicate it – There’s no need to understand absolutely everything to begin with, just get started and all the nitty gritty things will start to fall into place over time.

Long term results are worth waiting for – Anything worth having requires hard work and patience, when it comes to weightlifting, the results are absolutely worth the wait and weight!!