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 Have a Drawer Full of Workout Clothes
Meaning your workout bras, tanks, and leggings haven’t seen the light of day (or an ounce of your sweat) in months. Hiring a trainer when you’ve been off the workout wagon not only helps prevent injury but can give you a clear sense of the road ahead—and what you need to do to reach your goals.
“A good certified personal trainer understands anatomy and biomechanics and can customize a routine based on your current fitness levels,” Karp says. On your own, it can be nearly impossible to know where to start, and what may have worked for you in the past may not apply anymore.