One-on-one coaching will always make you better at something, than if you go it alone.

We get lessons for playing guitar, riding a horse and pretty much everything else that we fancy having a go at.

Most of us (myself included) however, don't get coaching on how to train in the gym, or use weights properly.

This might be because we think we can go it alone, but most of the time it's because on top of gym membership, we're just too broke for a trainer.

So, we spoke to some of the best personal trainers in the country to give us their best workout tips - free of charge!

(If you do think one of them is the right trainer for you however, get in touch! I'm sure they'd be more than happy to hear from you.)


Dean Hodgkin, Fitness Expert, Ragdale Hall and Energie Fitness

Just be active.

Resistance training (or weight training exercises) are better than cardio as you use up calories while you workout but also they keep burning afterwards, as your body needs energy to repair after the session and you'll gain muscle.

Don't overlook the basics. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Walk rather than driving. Get off the bus one stop early.

Use every opportunity you can. Do squats while you're on the phone and sit-ups during the ad break of your favourite TV programme.

A bit here and a bit there is just as effective as going to the gym for an hour.

Woman Exercise With Kettle Bell - Crossfit Workout

Allan Fleming, Personal Trainer & Herbalife Wellness Coach

After a 5-10 minute warm up, do weights BEFORE cardio, as it only takes around 3-4 mins for the body to access stored fat that way. If you do cardio first it takes closer to 30 mins.

Always include some form of yoga or pilates alongside weights and cardio, as we want to train strength, flexibility, posture and breath connection for the body and mind.

You must enjoy what you're doing and have fun with it too! Use the support and guidance of a coach to help you through the tough parts of the journey - this, and/or group support is the defining factor of how successful you will gain your end result!


Toby Carson, Personal Trainer at PureGym Stoke North

No matter what you do it's going to take time. Therefore it's useful to set a goal to keep you on track.

Start with a long term goal (from four months to a year), then split it up into two-four week achievable, relevant goals.

Change your workout every six weeks to keep things fresh and to keep you motivated. I like to have 3 to 4 different workouts in a week. I progress the weight or intensity for six weeks and write down my results.

No matter what you do it is beneficial to lift some weights. You just have to change the reps and sets to make it specific to your goal (talk or use a personal trainer to learn more about this).


Marek Koziol, Personal Trainer & Herbalife Wellness Coach

Whether that's a hectic day looking after your kids, carrying heavy shopping or walking to work, weight training is great way to keep your body toned and full of energy.

Keep cardio interesting by going to free fit camps around the country, gym classes and HIIT training. It's great for boosting your metabolism and keeping your heart healthy.

Partner up with someone, as you're 80 per cent more likely to succeed if you have someone to support you on your fitness journey.


Dewi Campbell-Jones, Personal Trainer & Herbalife Wellness Coach

Figure out your reason why your trying to live a more healthy lifestyle. This will keep you motivated when the going gets tough.

Making simple changes in your everyday routine is bonus calories being burned. So on your days off, get outdoors, take a lunch time walk or play with your kids. There are endless ways to stay active. Buy a pedometer. Strive to get in at least 10,000 steps a day.


Amanda Affleck, Personal Trainer & Herbalife Wellness Coach

Just remember these three simple things!

1. Set realistic & achievable goals within a specific timeframe.

2. Good physical execution of all the exercises.

3. Train hard. Eat clean with plenty of hydration. Sleep always guarantees results!