September 23, 2013 1:54 PM Subscribe
I hate "fitness culture" but I want to learn to lift weights. I have access to a small mostly unstaffed company gym. I would prefer to do this alone - is that reasonable or safe?
posted by slow graffiti to health & fitness (28 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I never used a gym on a regular basis before because I hate "fitness culture" (the nutrition and physiology pseudoscience and talk that borders on body dysmorphia and all the other woo) and don't like the idea of competing with fitness bros for equipment that I don't really know how to use properly. That said, my BMI puts me at slightly underweight and I've lost an alarming amount of muscle mass just from stress and having a desk job, and some weight lifting would do me good, but the only way I'll do it is if it's somewhere low key where I can do my thing with no one watching - no Crossfit, etc. So my quiet, small company gym sounds great! No classes or bros! But I still have no idea what I'm doing.
1. How do I design a routine for my goals (weight gain and being in better shape for backpacking trips)? Should I hire a personal trainer for a few sessions then go it alone or is this something you can do right watching enough Youtube? There is so much garbage out there with respect to fitness that it's hard to sift. I'm also aware of the wealth of weightlifting stuff in the archives, but I'm not starting with goals for weight loss or a particular physique or sports cross training - do I want to hire a trainer or just start with something really simple like stronglifts?
2. Are there machines and exercises that are absolutely unsafe to do alone? Ones that are more safe? Everything seems to boil down to squats, deadlifts, and a few other moves, but these seem dangerous for someone clueless without a spotter.
3. Given that I hate "fitness culture", are there online resources that are bro and pseudoscience free (and for that matter, also free of vapid talk about flat abs that is directed at women)?