Whether you're looking to build the body of your dreams or become a better athlete there are plenty of fitness tips, tricks and how-tos available from countless numbers of fitness coaches and trainers. But with so many opinions out there how do you separate the good from the bad and avoid drowning in information-overload? To keep you on track we break down the top 9 fitness and training concepts you could bet your house on that just about any trainer would agree with. And we know...because we asked them.

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9. Consistency

Putting your body on a set schedule is always conducive to getting results. Any trainer will tell you to focus in on what you’re trying to achieve and then plan out a logical way to reach those results – making strides toward your goals on a daily basis through exercise, proper diet and appropriate recovery time. Routine is very much tied in with results.

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8. Diet Adjustments

As Nik Herold of Brik Fitness puts it, “You can’t out-train a bad diet.” Trainers aren’t nutritionists (at least not usually), but many of them look the way you want to look in terms of strength, speed and overall fitness level, so they have a good sense of which diets can work best. Any trainer will tell you that you need to be more conscious of what you put in your body – the more you work out, the more you have to realize which foods and nutrients you’ll need to refuel your body and foster muscle growth and stamina.

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7. Keep a Log & Constantly Reassess

“When you log your workouts, you can see when you need to increase weights, remember what you like and don’t like and make educated adjustments to your program,” says Mike Duffy, a trainer who runs his own personal training company in New Jersey. Your log doesn’t have to be anything fancy—just what exercises you did, what you’ve been eating and when. The log goes hand in hand with consistency, since it provides a constant reminder of where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going with your training. Having written documentation will allow you to reassess frequently and Herold recommends doing just that every four to six weeks.

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