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 You Can Split the Cost with a Friend
Personal training doesn’t have to be all that personal: According to Karp, many gyms are developing partner or buddy training programs or even training sessions with groups of three and four. In fact, a recent survey from IDEA found that 70 percent of U.S. gyms offer this type of training option. You still get personalized service at a much cheaper cost. Plus, there is a ton of research showing that exercising with a friend yields faster results than training alone.