To be fair to the trainer I hired, she was working with a nearly 50-year-old woman who sits at a desk and struggled to press 20lbs on her first day. She did tell me that I have excellent mobility and all that, though. And I think we just ran out of time, too, because I only hired her for 3 days.
I have been observing all the people as I go in each day. There haven't been any other women that I've seen who use the power cages. There are a few men who do, but a lot of them do things poorly. However, there are one or two men who appear to be doing the Starting Strength program or perhaps Stronglifts, but they show up so randomly. When you are a student, you aren't stuck trying to fit things in before or after work, I guess. I worry there'd be the appearance of the whole cougar thing going on if I just started talking to some of these young men, so I'm just trying to become a familiar face for now.
If I see the guy who does power cleans again, I think for sure I'll ask him if he'd show me how. I keep wanting to try power cleans or power snatches but I feel like an idiot trying to do it in front of everybody in there, being the only person doing an active lift like that with the possibility of looking like a complete fool who obviously doesn't know what she's doing. It would only be worse for me being a 40+ year old little fat lady fool, too.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2