I'm going to start Starting Strength once I settle on a gym that I want to attend, and I have a few questions about how to get my form down properly. I realize that I'm not going to have proper form off the bat, but I'm a blank slate. I'm 25, 6'5, 185 lbs, and I've never actively lifted before, so I don't know what the hell I'm doing , but I also don't have any bad habits.
I realize that Mark Rippetoe lays out exactly how the lifts are supposed to be done in Starting Strength - which I own, and have read cover to cover twice already - but I've got concerns about trying to learn proper form without any support. I'm doing this alone, unless and until I can find a buddy at the gym. These questions are framed in that context.
- I know the typical response is, "post a video!" and believe me, I'll post some videos, but I don't want to be posting a video after each gym day, and its obviously nice to have feedback readily available at one's gym.
- I assume its worthwhile to partner with a trainer, as long as that trainer knows what the hell is going on. Is it a good idea to spend two sessions with a trainer to get the initial form of all 5 lifts critiqued, and then perhaps get back with him in a month for a checkup?
- I'm currently looking for a small gym with a client base whose goals are similar to mine; when I find such a place, is it kosher to ask a guy who looks like he knows what the hell is up to critique your form? I realize it's impolite to walk up to someone mid-squat and go "HEY BUDDY WHEN YOU'RE DONE CAN YOU LOOK AT MY SQUAT FORM," and I'd never be so brash, but perhaps when he's in-between sets, is it cool to pick his brain?
- If someone gives me poor advice at the gym - advice that I, as a newbie who has done nothing more than read WBB and Starting Strength, know is wrong - what's the appropriate response? "Thanks," and go back to doing what I was doing, the way I know it's supposed to be done?
- Lastly, I intend to focus on proper form each time I lift; I'm sure that everyone says this, but I'd rather have proper form and lift a bit less for awhile, than have shoddy form and put up a bit more weight and then get stuck. If you're in the gym, and you're actively focusing on keeping proper form through each lift, are you able to feel/notice when you deviate, and fix it?
Hopefully this isn't a repeat thread, I attempted to search and didn't find much about the basics of a newbie learning proper form. If I've missed something, please point me in the right direction and I'd be happy to close this thread