Achieve your fitness goals with this guide.

It’s the year-end: a time to reflect on the past and set some new goals for the new year, or maybe even rework the old ones with better, smarter strategies. If one of your goals is to be more active, getting a personal trainer may be a great idea, so you can start off on the right foot and learn how to stay motivated.

Here are 8 reasons why working out with a personal trainer can help you get the most out of your fitness routine.

1. They teach you new things

If you’re new to the gym experience, getting a personal trainer is a smart idea. Many gyms offer a free session at sign-up to help you get familiar with the machines, and more in-depth sessions can help perfect your form.

2. They’re sometimes your therapist 

Having friend drama? Your trainer can be the perfect person to talk it out with while you’re bending, balancing, and lifting.

3. They’re an objective eye 

We all have areas we’d like to work on, and personal trainers can not only tell you realistically what to expect with each workout, but also how to optimize a session to target different muscle groups.

4. They’re better than mirror 

Watching yourself while you work out can help you make sure your form is correct, but it’s even better when someone is there to tweak it while you work.

5. They push your limits 

Just when you think you can’t go anymore, you’ll be told to “hold for another minute” or do “10 more reps.” And what do you do? You do it, and are all the better for it.

6. They hold you accountable 

This one can be important for me, especially when happy hour is calling my name. It’s much harder to justify blowing off an appointment with a personal trainer than just your own freestyling time at the gym.

7. They keep you from plateauing 

A personal trainer always has a new workout up her sleeve to keep you having fun and seeing results!

8. They keep count 

OK, maybe this is just me being lazy, but I just love the fact that someone else is keeping track of my reps, especially when I can barely lift my arms (let alone think) anymore.


Swipe right for a step-by-step guide on finding the personal trainer best suited for you.

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Know your goals

Regardless of what’s led you to take the plunge and start personal training, knowing why you want to work with a personal trainer will help make the process of finding the right one easier. Before you walk up to the counter at the gym to sign up for a training session (most gyms offer a complimentary trial session), know what you are looking for out of the experience. “An excellent membership advisor will hear out your concerns, interests, and normally gauge your personality and match you with a trainer they think would be a good match,” says Anne Reuss, a trainer at Equinox in Chicago.

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