chuckystud saidThanks, man....I'll be here all week. LOL...
chuckystud = brick shithouse
Seriously, just put one foot in front of the other, and get to the gym. Starting with a trainer is optimal, but can you afford one? Also, trainers tend to put you through routines that you will never, ever want to do on your own. Keep this in mind b/c the whole point of starting with a trainer is simply to get you into a routine, and to help you feel more comfortable in that environment.
DO NOT exert yourself the first couple of weeks you're there. Take it nice and slow. Start with some basic stretching, then do some light cardio, then move to basic exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups and weight-assisted pull-ups. Do some benching with just the bar to start. Get a feel for the equipment ... get a feel for your body's reaction to the equipment. Ask for other members to help/ask questions. There's nothing wrong with asking around, and you might make some good friends in the process. And be sure to watch what others are doing. You may not want to replicate their form, but they may be doing exercises that you'll want to adopt as part of your initial routine.
It's all about form. If you begin to feel strain or pain, stop! You won't want to go back to the gym if you hurt yourself.
Remember, have a good time.