Lesplease wrote:We are the most self-centered people you will ever meet. Gym people LOVE themselves. Why do you think we spend so much time working out?? I stare at myself in the mirror, watching my form (okay I flex, too). I am so completely self absorbed and lost in my workout I don't even notice the people around me. I was nervous at first too, but I figured out pretty quick that no one was watching me (: So don't be nervous, and don't be self-conscious! Gym people are too busy with themselves to worry about you!!
You are so funny Les - but you are right~!
Molly - don't feel you must do free weights - get your bearings with some of the machines. When I first started I weighed in at 211, never had I gone to the gym EVER before. I used the treadmill, at first could only do 15 minutes, then did some floor exercises (Leg raises, hip thrusts, oblique crunches and glute kickbacks) and then made the rounds with the following machines, Adduction, Abduction, lat pull down, leg presses, things like that. I too felt funny at first, but if you really think about it everyone there is in the same boat, wanting to lose weight or build muscles. Ideally using free weights is better, but even Swanso would agree that using the machines first to get the hang of it and to lose some pounds first is a good way to get started. I lost 45 lbs doing it that way! I only added free weights toward the last few months of a one year period.
P.S. I wasn't only fat and had never done this before, but I was old! At least you have youth and beauty! Go for it girl - be committed and focused - you'll get there!