People are often unaware how important good form is and how beneficial it is to invest time in drilling those movements before progressing to heavier weights. Increasing the weight too quickly often results in injury and means the correct muscles aren’t activated so you never achieve the results you are looking for. Instead you stress areas that aren’t designed to withstand those movements (such as spinal discs, joints and nerves), resulting in pain and injury.
Don’t be disheartened by reading this just be careful and sensible with your body. Have a read of my article here to see how important weights are for all of us (that includes you ladies).
Once you have established good technique, slowly build up the intensity of exercise. This is especially important when you have not been exercising regularly, take up a new sport or following injury.