Weightlifting can be extremely intimidating to a newcomer, not the least because our image of it typically comes from professionals — Schwarzenegger, the Rock, Ronnie Coleman. But it doesn’t have to be scary, and really shouldn’t be.

Canadian weightlifter Maude Charron.

We’ll go over an assortment of pointers here, but the first and most important lesson is this: everyone starts somewhere, so don’t be scared. Lifters who bench 300 pounds started with just the bar, people who can do 100 push-ups non-stop probably began…