thisIf you want to get a start on strength training, look into some of the more difficult bodyweight exercises - the ones that you can do less than 15 of in a set. Try diamond grip push ups, pull ups, planks and bulgarian split squats. Those four exercises are all of moderate difficulty and require no equipment (except a $20 mail-order doorframe pull up bar - well worth it). They also cover the majority of the major muscle groups. If you just dedicate half an hour three to five times a week you can break out of Noob Mode in maybe 6 months. And all without ever having to see any large, sweaty men training.
hrmm good tips. Ill try and buy some small weights and look up some muscle building exercises. I dont like gyms as the ones around me are full of meaty dudes groaning and puffing and i have issues with the doing a full set of reps with very small loads (sometimes just the 10kg bar :S ) so I feel like the nerd that I am.
Eventually you may want the flexibility of free-weights, but when starting out the convenience and privacy of body-weight training is a real plus.