Put the word “personal” in front of any service—trainer, stylist, dog groomer—and it immediately takes on an elitist (read: expensive) ring. But a personal trainer is not just for those with big bank accounts. We talked to Jason Karp, Ph.D, an exercise physiologist and author of Running for Women, for a few perfectly legit reasons anyone can hire a personal trainer—and why it actually doesn’t have to break the bank.
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Because There Probably IS Room in Your Budget
“One of the biggest stumbling blocks I see is people saying they can’t afford a trainer, but that is often a matter of perception,” Karp says.
Take a minute to decide what you can afford. A daily $4 coffee drink? A new outfit every month? Poke around your budget and you’d be surprised how easily you can find the cash if you make a few simple adjustments. And besides—you’ll look a lot better in the clothes you already have if you’re trimmer and more toned (and those coffee drinks are loaded with fat and calories anyway).