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9 Fitness Concepts Every Trainer Agrees With

Hitting your fitness goals takes hard work and smart training. It's no easy feat but you'll start off in the right direction when you follow these universal fitness tips.

3. Celebrate Small Successes

Your fitness goals might seem way out of reach at various times during your training, so it’s important to take note of and praise any accomplishment, no matter how small. Don’t get down on the process and realize that as long as progress is being made, you’ll eventually get to where you want to be if you keep at it with a positive outlook. “Too many people get caught up in the end-game,” Herold says. “Really, every new step in the right direction deserves recognition.”

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2. Proper Form & Injury Prevention

Injury prevention is a big concern for any good trainer out there. So, utilizing exercises that pretty much can’t be done incorrectly are always good choices – some examples are jumping rope and reverse lunges, according to Herold. Corrective exercises are great for warm-ups, but can be done at any time during the workout. Aside from this concept, try to know your body’s limits, and never move forward with a new exercise unless you know all the mechanics and possible risks involved.

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1. Rest & Recovery

If you truly want a fit lifestyle, you have to be in it for the long haul. Even if you’re training for a specific event, any good trainer out there will agree that there’s only so much that can be gained over the course of a day’s workout, or even over a week or month. It’s great to feel fatigued and exhilarated at the end of every workout, but if you’re constantly feeling like you can’t lift your arms or walk properly post-workout, you’re risking injury too often and probably not allowing for proper recovery time.

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