I'm new to the gym, I've been a competitive swimmer and lifeguard but never worked out in a gym.
I'm looking for tips on building strength. I'm already under weight so I'm not trying to lose weight, I'm just so weak.
Any other skinny weak people have tips for me?
Building muscle is a simple process. You have to tear muscle tissue and provide the necessary nutrients to help it repair itself. So if you're going to a gym, lift heavy. Start small to work on your form, but then incrementally add weight so that you get to the point where you are actually building muscle.
Make sure you rest at least one day after strength training. And go for high weight with low (3-5 reps). Be sure to rest, drink plenty of water, and increase the amount of protein in your diet (to help rebuild your torn muscle tissue).
Good luck, you're going to be GREAT!
Your new workout journey can be broken down into 3 tiers: Stabilization, strength, and power.
New people to the gym often neglect the first tier, jumping into heavy weights before their body is conditioned for such tasks. During the stabilization phase, you condition your body, using light weights, proper range of motion and tempo. This phase should last about a month. If workouts seem easy, do not add more weight. Challenge your body in new and different ways, such as using one arm dumbell exercises, or placing the body in unstable conditions which forces the body to recruit more of the core, thus stabilizing. Rep range should be anywhere from 12 to 20. The strength tier focuses on heavier weights, less reps, and hypotrophy. The power tier is not necessary for most people, usually competitive athletes. This tier focuses on heavy weights, and moving a specified weight from one area to another as fast as possible. This is a progressive model, and it fits everyone. Straight up science based methods out of the NASM textbooks.
Girls won't bulk as much as guys ever! You will notice your muscles being more toned and you will quickly be able to lift heavier weights than before you started training. Also your stamina will improve. Girls don't have as much testosterone as guys, so unless you supplement this artificially you will not bulk up the way guys do.
I'm on the same boat (ex-swimmer :D )!
The comments above are really good. As a skinny guy, I'm focusing on stabilizing muscles in order to follow through to strength and build muscle. Actually, I've lost just a small amount of weight, probably to fluctuating protein intake, which is next on the agenda to keep track of.
Thanks for the motivation everyone!