Went to the gym, watched others, experimented, joined this forum & read other peoples posts on weight lifting. Watched a few videos. Started out on machines, then tried free weights and saw the difference the workout made. Love free weights.
i worry when about when you do it yourself is not bulding your muscles evenly especially if you don't know what your doing. that and of course injuring yourself because you don't know what your doing. I'm sure a lot of people started that way though.