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Originally Posted by jagmom3
Last time I was in the gym I mainly used the machines. Can anyone give me a rundown of what I should do to start and if there is an instructional web site I can go to if I don't know what a particular exercise is. I am 100+ overweight and this is going to be intimidating and challenging facing the mirrors and the big boys at the gym. I'm excited to get started though. When I was doing the machines I just would do one or two sets of each one. Do I do more reps or higher weight? I know that a lot of this is probably covered in all of the threads I just haven't had time to read them all. Thanks.
Training to failure? I think I know what this means....
I would do a simple 3 sets of 10-12 reps scheme, 2-3xweek, on a few basic exercises to get started with. Benchpress, squat, and rows would be a good start and hit most major muscles. You can always add to the routine as you progress.
See if you can lift with a training partner; a spotter you can trust is a valuable asset in the free weight room.