I am ready to start lifting heavy weights. But I don’t really know where to start. Where did everyone here start? I am female, not looking to bulk up too much, but am looking to build muscle and strength and burn fat. The only heavy lifting I have done is leg press, and some squats.
I started with a trainer, went from bodyweight squats through to accessory work to build basic strength and skills before starting with the deadlift trap bar. I had to learn proper position, hip hinge etc etc and I did goblet squats up to a 100lb dumbbell. A few months later I am working on my three lifts and current PRs are leg press 500lb, squat 175lb; deadlift 215lb, bench 110lb. Am 230lb, 5’7 and cyclist when not lifting.
Unless you truly focus on BODYBUILDING (or lift every day for hours on end) you won’t/can’t “bulk up”, no matter how heavy you lift. Women just aren’t genetically predisposed to that kind of “bulk” from lifting weights as exercise. My squat is 240 and my deadlift is 270. I can assure you, I’m FAR from “bulky” (still fluffy is more like it lol). Don’t be afraid of heavy weights…build muscle mass and you’ll burn fat longer throughout the day than just cardio. Find a serious gym or trainer though… you won’t get what you need at PlanetFitness.
I commend you for being willing to work and not falling prey to intimidation. I started lifting in high school and have been for going on 30 years. Couldn’t live without the challenge and structure it provides me. When I started, women rarely touched weights. Now they dominate the fitness industry and women with sleek muscle and abs are admired.
I would start with a trainer so you get the best form from the beginning and you don’t hurt yourself as you increase weight. Even a few sessions would be helpful. It was for me. I workout at home now but feel those first sessions were vital to me loving the weightlifting and not getting hurt.