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The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Beginners – A Gen Z’s Journey into the World of Iron

Hey there, fellow Gen Z-ers! It’s your favourite online confidante, Sophie, back with another article that will hopefully make our lives a tad easier. Today, we’re diving headfirst into the world of weight training. Fear not, my friends; I’m here to guide you through this seemingly daunting endeavour.

The Why

First things first – why should you even consider weight training? Well, apart from making you look like a superhero straight out of a Marvel movie (and who doesn’t want that?), it also has numerous health benefits. It improves bone density, boosts metabolism and enhances mood. Trust me on this one; I’ve been feeling like Wonder Woman ever since I started lifting weights!

Getting Started

Alright, now onto the good stuff. Getting started with weight training can seem overwhelming at first – trust me, I’ve been there. But don’t worry! We’ll break it down.

Finding Your Gym

Your gym is going to be your second home (or maybe your third if you count Starbucks), so pick wisely! Look for a gym that’s clean, well-equipped and preferably close to where you live or work. Remember when I once joined a gym 30 minutes away from my place? Yeah… let’s just say my attendance record wasn’t exactly stellar.

Setting Goals

Next up is setting goals. And nope, ‘looking like Thor’ isn’t an acceptable goal (sadly). Be specific with what you want to achieve – whether it’s losing fat or gaining muscle mass – and set realistic timelines for these goals.

The Workouts

Now, let’s talk workouts. Here are some basic exercises to get you started:


Also known as the ‘king of all exercises’, squats work your entire body and are a must in any weight training routine.

Bench Press

The bench press is another classic that targets your chest, shoulders and triceps. Remember when I couldn’t even lift the barbell? Good times…


Deadlifts are fantastic for working on your back and legs. Just make sure you’re doing them correctly – we don’t want any injuries!


No weight training guide would be complete without talking about nutrition. Eating right is just as important as lifting weights – if not more so. Aim for a balanced diet with plenty of protein, carbs and healthy fats.

Rest and Recovery

Last but not least, rest! Your muscles need time to recover after a workout session. So make sure you’re getting enough sleep and taking rest days in between workouts.

And there you have it – your ultimate guide to weight training for beginners! Remember, everyone starts somewhere (yes, even Thor). So don’t be discouraged if progress seems slow at first – keep at it, and soon enough you’ll start seeing results.

Until next time, fellow Gen Z-ers! Stay strong (literally)!


Sophie is a vibrant and multifaceted individual who beautifully intertwines her diverse heritage, with her contemporary interests and beliefs. A passionate devotee of weight training, Sophie finds strength and empowerment in her physical regimen, which aligns seamlessly with her deeply spiritual nature. This spiritual depth is a cornerstone of her character, informing her perspectives and enriching her approach to life's challenges and joys.

In her professional life, Sophie has carved out a niche as a junior author for the thought-provoking blog, "Illusions of Wisdom." Here, she expertly delves into issues that resonate with Generation Z, offering insightful, articulate, and nuanced perspectives. Her writing not only reflects the pulse of her generation but also echoes the wisdom and sensitivity of someone deeply connected to their cultural roots and personal passions. Whether discussing mental health, environmental concerns, or the evolving landscape of digital interactions, Sophie's voice is both a guiding light and a mirror for her peers.

Her work on "Illusions of Wisdom" is characterised by a rare blend of authenticity and analytical acumen, making her a beloved figure among her readers. As Sophie continues to explore and express her multifaceted identity through her writing, she remains an inspiration to many, embodying the spirit of a generation that values both strength and introspection.

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