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The winter months are notorious for crushing New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps it’s the cold weather, the lack of sunshine or maybe you’re lacking motivation. Whatever the cause, if you’re considering a personal trainer to help you get back on track, read our article first. While there’s nothing quite like someone else pushing you to be your best, a personal trainer just isn’t a realistic option for many people. Below are five common reasons people decide to take on the role themselves:

Money

If money is no object to you, skip to #4. For all the rest of us, money is a very real factor when it comes to getting in shape. Between the gym memberships, the workout clothes and the healthy food, costs can add up quickly. Add in a personal trainer, and you may find yourself breaking the bank. According to Dr. Sal Arria, the president of the National Board of Fitness Examiners, the average hourly rate for a trainer is $60-70 per session. These rates can vary depending on your geographic location and the trainer’s credentials, but for example’s sake, we’ll use $60/session. If you plan to work out three times a week, that’s $180 per week, $720 per month and a whopping $8,640 a year. Need we say more?

Schedule

Unless you are your trainer’s only client, chances are, you’ll have to find a time during the week that works with both of your schedules. Yet, even with a set time, there will be those days when life gets in the way: a last-minute meeting pops up, you get sick or someone gets a flat tire. However, if you don’t have to work around your schedule AND someone else’s, it’s much easier to find the time to squeeze in a gym session.

It’s your body

A personal trainer is great if you need a crash course in gym equipment, need to learn technique or simply like someone pushing you on every rep. But at the end of the day, your trainer can only guide you, not do the exercises for you. You must be the judge of how something feels, what works and what doesn’t. Although a trainer will likely provide you with a personalized plan based on your goals, you should be involved in determining the weight, reps and exercises you’re doing based on what your body is telling you.

Fitness apps

Your phone is with you 24/7, so put it to work! There are countless fitness apps out there to help you lose weight, track your macros, provide step-by-step workout instructions, etc. All you have to do is find the one that works for you. Check out the ones we recommend in The Ten Best Fitness Apps: Part 1 and Part 2.

The internet

Type “workout plan” into Google and in an instant, you’ll have more routines than you know what to do with. The internet has made learning new things such a simple task, so take advantage of it! Subscribe to YouTube channels, print out your favorite workouts and do some research. Before you know it, you’ll be selling your own services as a personal trainer!