Trainers are expensive and many of you have been thinking about it but have not done anything. There is no doubt that a good trainer is worth their reputation. They can bring big changes in your health and body within a short time. However, no matter the benefits of a personal instructor, many people are unable to hire one due to constraints in the budget.

If you think that not hiring a personal trainer is the end of it and you cannot get a well-designed program for yourself, then you are wrong. Here is your chance to think like a trainer and create an effective and custom work schedule that will work for you.

Root for Consistency

One of the top factors to get results out of your routine is to be consistent in your workout. Train often and do that for quite some time – it can be weeks, months, or even a year. Therefore, the first thing you need to consider is the program, which will help you stay in the game for a long time and get the hang of it. This is also where you need to focus on workouts that you can achieve easily, otherwise, it is quite easy to get de-motivated and side-lined. As a result, you will miss your goals.

Recovery Days

Chart out five days of workout and two days of rest. After charting out your workout routine, next is your active recovery plan. It is required to help you recover from intense training sessions. You can pick one from the list of active recovery activities from below:

  1. Long walk
  2. Yoga (light in intensity)
  3. Myofascial release and foam rolling
  4. Swimming (casual)

Recovery days ensure that your body is in complete rest from the intense training sessions, but at the same time including some simple activities improves your range of motion, helps you maintain a habit of activity, and also repairs your muscles.


Include Variety

Avoid workouts that follow the same patterns. Therefore, times, miles, rep schemes, loads, and such activities require to be altered regularly. Doing the same exercises over and over again will increase the chances of injury and mental burnout. It is wise to choose different movements across your days of workout. This way you can build up your strengths and give yourself some time to recover both physically and mentally. Variation in workout also helps avoid repetitive injury, and of course, reinforce the strengths.

Challenge Your Limits

You can only expect consistent progress when your hard work out gets harder over time. To do so, you have to increase speed of completion, load, relative intensity of workouts, and volume. If you fail to achieve this, you will be back to where you started in no time.

However, it is wise not to jump at the challenge all of a sudden but rather take it on gradually and slowly, while giving your body some time to recover from the previous workouts as well.

Keeping a Record

While everything you are doing is just up to the mark, but there is one thing you must remember, that for your workout to work intelligently, you need to keep records. The record-keeping must be of two kinds, subjective and objective. Recording times, mileage, and loads along with keeping a check on how your body feels and recovery level along with your mental well-being after working out.

Keep following this and in no time you will be a trainer for yourself.