How can I get my form correct w/o a trainer?

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  1. Rwingman99

    Rwingman99 New Member

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    So I'm getting tired of the way my body looks, and want to get into the gym. I've never done any formal weight training (never played any sports that req'd it, taken any weight training classes, etc). I want to make sure my form is good so I don't injure myself or look like a dumbass, but I'm a poor college kid and don't have the $ for a trainer. I get the feeling that watching the videos on exrx.net and other sites isn't going to teach me everything I need to know to have good form, so is there anything that can I do?
     
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    got any friends that work out seriously? ask them to come to the gym with you and run you through form, better than nothing
     
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    get under the bar and make it work, start with just the bar and work til your form is close to what you have read about. Add a 25lb plate and work til your form is good. keep going.

    look for big, strong people at your gym and ask for tips IF they arent in the middle of an intense workout.
     
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    i think the authros name is spelled delavier
    all you need.. it even covers common ways that people injure themselves
     
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    Just find someone at the gym who looks like they know what they're doing. When they're on a break between sets, ask them about the exercise and if they'd mind critiquing your form.
     
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  10. Skeletor

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    mirror, read a lot about deadlift/squat/bench form from sites like www.t-nation.com ... search the article database.


    Once you've learned what proper form looks like and feels like... watch yourself in the mirror with just the bar or using light weight. if you can, get a video camera and post vids here so people can give you tips.
     
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    mirror can fuck you up a bit sometimes, video camera ftmfw
     
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    If you go to a gym, theres a 50% chance "someone" in there can help, never be afraid to ask. Hell I still ask questions sometimes.
     
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