Inquire if your gym has any sort of personal training "bonus" package... a lot of gyms give you one free session to speak with a trainer and talk about your goals... however at the end of course they try to sell you their services for thousands of dollars (just go in with a backbone and say you're not currently interested in purchasing a package, simple as that!).
I did one with a personal trainer when I first signed up and she gave me some of the best advice I had heard from anyone. They are blatantly honest (at least if they're a good trainer, they'll listen to what you want and not try and do things "their way"), I remember having my body fat % taken by the trainer and she flat out told me, "You have far higher body fat than I'd like to see on someone your age" but then proceeded to tell me that through hard work and clean diet and a structured exercise plan I'd be able to reduce it no problems.
Sometimes it works as a wake-up call to talk to someone who is an expert in their field!
If you are feeling really lost on the machines... just find someone who works at the gym and ask them to take you through how some of them work. That's what they're there for, to ensure that the members are using them safely, and efficiently.
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