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Cheap Alternatives to Hiring a Personal Trainer

by Pam Hutzler


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    Cheap Alternatives to Hiring a Personal Trainer

    With the summer swimsuit season swiftly approaching, many are thinking about getting in shape. Maybe you're thinking about joining a gym to do so, but sometimes joining a gym just isn't enough. Maybe you need to find a personal trainer to help you put together an appropriate exercise program for your current fitness level, keep you motivated, and even push you a little when you want to slack off. The problem that often comes into play is the price tag that comes with a personal trainer. Here are several ways to shave down the cost of a personal trainer, as well as cheap alterntatives to hiring a personal trainer, as you pare down the size of your waistline.

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    Find a Student

    Consider talking to a school or university nearby. It's possible that they may have a program in kinesiology or exercise science. Do your research to see if students majoring in these fields need people to practice on. You know students in college could always use some money, or you may be able to barter with them for their services.

    Related: Video: Don't Get Gypped at the Gym

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    Share a Personal Trainer

    More than likely, if you look hard enough, you'll find others who want to utilize a personal trainer but are intimidated by the cost as well. Be on the lookout for three or four other people to split the cost of a personal trainer for one or two hours per week. You'll have a built-in support group and still benefit from some individual attention.

    Related: How to Choose the Right Gym

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    Find a Workout Buddy

    Do you have a fit friend that would be willing to workout with you and teach you what they know? If so, you can benefit from their knowledge and get some motivational help along the way. Another option is to talk with others at the gym. If you are open to it, you will meet people at the gym who already have good exercise techniques and habits. They may be willing to workout with you occasionally and help you get started.

    Related: Getting Fit on a Limited Budget

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    Make It a DIY Project

    Maybe you think that fitness can and should be a DIY project and you're really fighting the idea of laying out the cash for a personal trainer. The good news is that there is an abundance of resources online. Do a search for videos that teach the skill you want, including yoga and pilates. Youtube.com features a multitude of good videos to check out. Or look to the library for help. You'll find many books that show correct technique and explain why and how you should move a particular muscle.

    Related: Yoga on a Budget

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    Join an Online Healthy Living Community

    It's possible that all you really need is some support and motivation. The internet is overflowing with healthy living communities that would welcome you and get you started on your way to total health and wellness. One good option is SparkPeople.com. They will help you come up with a personalized plan and give you the tools, resources, and support you need to reach your fitness and weight-loss goals.

    Whether you choose to find an affordable personal trainer or to head out on the path to fitness and wellness on your own, you should feel good about investing in your health and your future. It's a proven fact that healthier people are happier people. So get started today and become a healthier, happier you.

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