Hook grip is not comfortable - Your thumb will be crushed, by either the phenomenal weights you lift, or your other fingers. However thou must hook grip! It will save you from dropping that PR lift later down the line. Get used to it, and work it.
Skinny jeans are out - It's been over 3 months now since I arrived back in the UK and attempted to shoe horn my legs into a pair of skinny jeans I had from a pre-me weightlifting era. I am only thankful for the fitness and strength I have achieved in that time to get myself out of said jeans without having to call my boyfriend cutting me out of them with a pair of nursing scissors. Spandex, or joggers, and let's face it why in the world would you want to wear anything else? Quadzilla should be on display in spandex.... you will earn it.
Your knees may hurt & start to make noises at times - I'm not joking with this one, if there is pain see a professional stat. Nobody wants knee surgery! But you will be squatting a lot, and you may develop tendonitis, alternately a click or two. Get those fish oils in. Keep the joints healthy & get a good coach to shy you away from shitty form.
Your social life will diminish & then grow - At first you will become sucked in, and want to do nothing but train. It's just you and your barbell after all. Your friends will wonder why this fabulous hunk of iron has become your new best friend. They will shun, because it is not their religion and they do not understand. However, you will surround yourself by fellow barbell lovers... make new friends and once your other friends start to see your fabulous results and quads in spandex they will want to know HOW?
You will become mentally strong & less fearful - The barbell is cool, and yes physical strength will be gained if you train regularly with a well devised program and a good coach.... but you will also develop something within yourself, to push through physical barriers you need to break through your mental ones. Not only that, but when that bar gets heavy you need to be able to believe in yourself enough, to not fear the weight and get under it.
You're going to want to attend yoga and implement instruments of torture onto your body- foam rollers and yoga practice will become your best friends. Your mobility will more than likely suck when you first start out. It's ok, this is progress, not start up perfection. We are all W.I.P's (works in progress). Again find a good coach, and find your sticking points, then work them.
You can get stronger without bulking up- Some of us do not want to be body builders we just want to be stronger. Olympic lifting will help with this, stay away from any performance enhancing drugs, keep low volume and voila we are in the strength training range.
You will be stared at - Not only because you now no longer wear any kind of tight fitting pants, but in the gym. If you visit a regular gym, you will more than likely not be greeted by barbells and platforms & people will wonder what on earth you are doing training like an olympian - enough said. Find a great gym, find a great coach.
If you're already into sport, you're about to get better - Simply put olympics lifts are dynamic, you cannot perform a lift with weight slowly - go hard or go home. As an athlete or sports person that will transfer into your sport - boxing, football, rugby, gymnastics or any other sport where quick movement is the difference between win or lose.
FINALLY - ANYONE CAN LEARN - Yes ANYONE can Olympic lift. If you can jump, you can be taught.... I'll leave that with you.