5 Ways to Be Your Own Trainer
Save some coins and get great results being your own coach and accountability partner. If you use a personal trainer, you are probably shelling out $50 to $100 per hour to have someone else craft your programming, check your form, lend you a spot, log your sets and reps, clock your rest and lend you encouragement. These are all great services, but are they really things you can’t do on your own? Sure, some folks like the outside accountability, but if you would prefer to pocket that dough, you can do so while still meeting or exceeding your fitness goals. Here’s how.
- Journal: Those of you looking for a new program to follow will find some good options on my blog – loseyoself.wordpress.com. But no matter what type of workout routine you decide to tackle, it pays to log everything in a journal. Exercises, sets, reps, weight loads, rest periods and intensity techniques are the must-list items.
- Motivate Yourself: Instead of paying someone to help you get psyched up or encourage you though those last tough reps, just bring along a better playlist of faster-tempo tunes.
- Self-Spot: If you are just paying to have a reliable, competent partner who won’t leave you struggling under the bar on your heaviest sets, fair enough. But machines and unilateral exercises offer solid substitutes. While free weights are better for building mass, machine actually allow you to train heavier with less risk, so it is worth sacrificing a bit of the natural range of motion of barbells.
- Stay Injury-Free: While some injuries are unavoidable, you can still mitigate your risk by taking time out to prep before and wind down after workouts. Foam rolling – or self-myofascial release – increases blood flow, keeps muscles and fascia healthy and supple, and is ideal both pre-and postworkout.
- Build a Home Gym: This is less intimidating than it sounds: Even with minimal space and budget, you can begin to amass a solid equipment base that can produce results. Jump ropes are $20 or less and barbells can be had for $60 to $75. Adjustable dumbbells are a more substantial but rewarding investment.