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What Should All Newbies Should Know Before Hitting The Gym?

Also, what exactly do you do with a barbell? Asking for a friend.

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Which can make it a little intimidating for any beginners who have no idea WTF they are doing. / / Via

Listen, there's absolutely no shame in being a newbie at the gym — literally everyone has been there at some point. But it can be super overwhelming to navigate a packed gym when you don't have experience using the different machines, equipment, and weights.

So whether you're a gym regular or a fellow newbie, we want to hear your secrets for feeling more confident in this space.

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We want to know what helped you feel more comfortable in the gym, how you learned all the little unwritten rules, or what you do when you're feeling totally lost.


Maybe you start with something you know you're good at while you figure out your plan of attack for the weight room.

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Oh and you always stick to the suggested cardio machine time limit and wipe down your equipment afterwards. #bless

So tell us: What is one thing all newbies should know before hitting the gym?

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Whether you just learned the ropes yourself or you call the gym a second home, we want to know your best advice for beginners about navigating the space, figuring out what works for you, and feeling confident AF while you're at it.

Share your advice in the comments and it might be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health post.