10 Thoughts You Have the First Time You Lift Weights (PHOTOS)

No one ever said toning up would be easy (or without awkwardness).

August 5, 2014
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For a beginner, lifting weights can be more intimidating than meeting a significant other's family for the first time. There lay the weights, sitting prettier than a red rose boutonniere at a Bachelorette rose ceremony. There you are, with not a clue of how to lift 'em, paranoid of looking like a total dweeb next to the row of weight lifters to your right. 

The reality? Although you may be a little nervous in the vicinity of the squat rack, getting comfortable around weights can make a world of difference in your muscle tone and overall fitness level. And everyone starts somewhere -- check out these 10 thoughts every woman has the first time she lifts weights


"What's with all of the 'bells'?" Dumbbells, barbells, kettle bells. You're completely, totally lost in a world of bells. 

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"I officially have no clue what I'm doing." The good news: You're not alone. The bad news: You won't learn just by staring at 'em. You decide to copy what the trainer next to you is doing, and… Wait, you're supposed to do THAT with a barbell? Uh-uh, no way.

"Five pounds, eight pounds… It's all the same, right?" Actually, no. Women tend to opt for more reps with lighter weights, but if you want to see true fat loss, it's important to stick to heavier weights. 

"Of course there aren't two matching eight-pound weights." You're convinced there must be some small gym gnome hiding the dumbbells to make newbie you look like a fool. You're also convinced he's trying to make you lift even heavier ones. 

"What exactly do I do with these puppies?" If only you could lay down on the floor, close your eyes, and instantly see Madonna-worthy definition. 

"Is that Brad Pitt look-alike checking me out or checking out my form?" Your face is beet red and you're sweating profusely, so either option is embarrassing.

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"How many reps did I just do?" Can you just pretend you completed the set, or do you have to start from scratch?

"If I were on the treadmill, I could be watching Million Dollar Listing." Yes, but those hunky real estate agents won't give you muscle definition in your quads! 

"Why are all of these people grunting?" Are they hurt? Should you call a doctor?

"Hey, I actually feel kinda badass!" Watch out, grunters, because you'll be back again later this week!

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