Do It Right and Get Fit – On Your Own Budget

We all want to be as ripped as the celebrities out there like Jennifer Anniston and Hugh Jackman, but I can’t count how many times I’ve heard how we scapegoat our inability to get celebrity fit because we say we don’t have the personal trainers and chefs that they have.

Well the good news which some may not think is good news, is that it doesn’t matter, it still takes a ton of dedication and hard work to be ripped.  Sure the bad news is that it may be easier with the support system they have in place on a daily basis but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t challenge yourself.

So how do you keep yourself committed and motivated without a personal trainer? And what can you do on your own to push yourself farther?

Now I should point out that instead of forking over a few hundred for that pair of shoes or suit/dress wouldn’t it only make sense to also have that investment in a few training sessions now and again?  Nevertheless, let’s take a look at these simple ways you can be your own fitness coach.

How to Stay Motivated Without a Trainer

Do More Body-weight Exercises

This first tip is a good one for beginners. Exercises that rely totally on body-weight, rather than dumbbells or machines, are a great way to see big results without risking injury. One of the most common ways people get injured working out is by holding weights or using machines incorrectly. Plus, you’ll get a lot more out of your workouts because body-weight exercises hit a lot of muscles at once.

The squat, push-up, pull-up, and ab crunch are all good examples. Check out these Bodyweight Exercises to Get You Ripped.

Now of course you can also reference a number of different celebrity workouts on my site and also get a ton of motivation, check out these photos and their workouts – Weight Loss Motivation Photos for Women and Workout Motivation Photos for Men.

Use a Foam Roller

A foam roller is a great tool for muscle recovery, and most personal trainers now incorporate them into their flexibility and stretch period. But they’re super easy to use on your own, and they’ll ensure you’re paying attention to your recovery and injury-prevention.

Check out this Go Fit Foam Roller and ensure your home workout arsenal is complete. I like this one in particular because it’s much higher quality than most foam rollers.

Swap One Workout a Week for HIIT

High intensity interval training, or HIIT for short, is a great way to wake up your personal trainer side. All the trainers are now incorporating the principles of HIIT into their workouts. The basic idea is to alternate short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest, maximizing your energy output and conditioning your muscles in a more dynamic way.

Try HIIT at least once a week – it will keep you totally motivated. For more information on getting started, read my article on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) here.

Start Jumping Rope

Jump rope is one of the classics, but it’s still one of the best exercises for working up a serious sweat and pushing yourself a bit farther. I recommend using jump rope as a warm-up, a cool-down, or as part of a complete workout.

For a great idea on how to incorporate HIIT and jump rope, try my Jump Rope Interval Training Routine here.

Get Serious About Meal Prep

The last one on this list may surprise you, but most personal trainers also do a good job at diet coaching. You’ve got to get your eating habits down right if you want to see results. But it can be a bit tricky without someone there keeping you on track and watching what you’re doing.

So to help you stay motivated and totally avoid binging, I recommend doing a lot of meal prep in advance. Preparing meals for your week, especially your meals on the go, will keep you in line and staying in shape.

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