Hi guys, as the title state I recently started going to the gym with a couple of my buds who have been gymming for a long time. I plan to keep on going as time at the gym means time with my good friends, and exercise makes me feel good. Right now, I'm focusing on losing the fat around my belly and to improve strength in my arms. I'm looking for some general tips when going to the gym and answers to the specific following questions: 1. If I want to lose weight, is the gym the right idea and if so what machines or weights do I go on? 2. For losing weight, should I eat before or after going to the gym? 3. What are some reliable exercises that build arm muscles. 4. Is it normal that I can lift 8 kilograms with my arms but can barely benchpress the bar (around 10 kilos)? 5. Should I warm-up before working out and if so what are some good warm-ups to do? Again, this is a no-shame thread as I just tarted going to the gym and really have no clue on what to do. I am however a little bit too embarrased to ask these questions to my gym buds. Thanks for answering and I'd also appreciate any general tips when going to the gym!