Weight training - Best way to learn each piece of equipment?

  • NHLFAN

    Posts: 370

    Sep 28, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    I've started working out regularly at the gym for the last six weeks or so and just recently decided to add weight training as part of the program. I've been watching what others do on certain machines and then on slow days try to figure out what the machine does and if I can remember what the hell the person I was watching did. icon_lol.gif

    There is so many things on the weight side that I just have absolutely no clue about and don't even wonder over to that part of the gym. Would it be best to hire a trainer to teach me the equipment or is it all fairly simple to use? Free weights I've done in the past, but it's been a long time ago. I'm more of a do it yourself type personality, but this has me thinking a trainer would be a much better approach then trying to select one or two things a week to try and learn and then it takes a couple weeks to figure out if what I'm doing is actually what you're supposed to do. I know if you don't do certain exercises correctly you can get injured, so those machines are completely off limits.

    The cable pulley is something I'd like to try and I was watching a guy tonight (very good looking too, so that was a bonus), but what he did seemed so far beyond a beginner level that I don't think I could do that on my own.

    Is it time to hire a trainer? If so, how long should I use them for? How long will it take to learn all of the equipment in the gym anyway?

    Thanks!
  • mikey_101

    Posts: 250

    Sep 28, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    The gym you go to are kindof obliged to show you how the equipment works...... if you use incorrect form you can easily hurt yourself or do permanent damage.

    I'm no expert, but I would be wary of just coppying others.... they may be doing themselfs damage due to incorrect form and hurting themselves short/long term.

    If the gym has no obligation for your health and wellbeing, get the manufacturers website of the equipment to show you how it works?



  • mikey_101

    Posts: 250

    Sep 28, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    PS. it should only realy take a few minuits per machine to show you how each work.

    goodluck.
  • Latenight30

    Posts: 1525

    Sep 28, 2011 12:52 PM GMT
    each machine is a little different, so I would just ask the folks at the gym to show you. They will be more than happy to show you and hopefully be proud of their gym.
    Congrats and good luck
  • NHLFAN

    Posts: 370

    Sep 28, 2011 8:10 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies.

    I go to 24 hour fitness at night and the only person there is the front desk clerk and it's usually only one.

    Never thought of looking at youtube or something similiar to get a feel for each equipment. Will have to give that a try to see if it makes any difference.