Maybe you took a long break from the gym or got a minor injury during a workout. Maybe you started exercising for a wedding a few months ago but decided to stop during the holiday season. Whatever it was that got you into a fitness slump, we’re here to help you out.

Whatever the reason is, it’s normal! But it doesn’t mean you can no longer get back into the game and finally stick with it. Check out these personal trainer tips on how you can incorporate a regular workout routine in your schedule again.

Keep it Simple

With all the information about exercise and fitness, it can be really overwhelming trying to pick the perfect workout. Just remember that the best workout is the one that you do.  The best way to ensure doing a work out is by keeping it incredibly simple.

Here’s a great formula to use when you’re stuck in a rut: do some sort of squat movement. You could just do a squat or do some sort of upper-body push, such as push-ups and upper body pole like a TRX row or bent over row with a dumbbell.

Join a Fitness Class

One of the most effective ways to stay consistent with an exercise program is to join a class.  The great thing about a fitness class is that the workout is already set by the coaches– you just have to worry about showing up. That’s it! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Plus, you can do every work out move using the proper technique and learn new exercises. You also get motivated by your coach and fellow classmates.  You may even consider ditching your gym membership and continue with the class.

Workout with a Friend

5 Personal Trainer Tips on How to Get Out of that Fitness Slump1When you feel like it’s hard to stay motivated with an exercise program, don’t do it alone. You probably have a friend who is going through the same thing as you, so why not pair up and keep each other motivated?

Find a friend who will keep you accountable to your schedule. In turn, you also keep them accountable to their schedule so both of you can go to the gym together.

Hire a Trainer

If you find it hard to stay motivated–either because of lack of motivation or you’re just not sure what to do when it comes to working out–it might be time to hire a trainer. A professional can teach you new work outs, exercise techniques, and the proper way to work out. Because of the added motivation, you can see a lot more progress than if you were to do it on your own.

Register for an Event

Nothing is more motivating than fear – in this case, the fear of not being prepared enough. If you’re not sure how to get yourself out of a rut, you might want to register for an event. There are no shortages of events people can participate in – 5K and 10K runs are very popular, as are obstacle races like the Spartan Race and Tough Mudder.

When you sign up for an event, you’re held accountable and you’re motivated to train because you don’t want to show up unprepared.

Everything that you do in preparation for that event will get you in better shape. It will also help you reach your health and fitness goals much faster. Another thing that may happen is, after the event, you may want to do another one and that will motivate you to continue working out, with or without a personal trainer.