Why Learning How To Work Out By Yourself Is The Best

February 24th 2020

Whether you are cash-starved or just uneducated about working out, you wonder how you can go to the gym without a personal trainer.

You see all the celebrities have one.

Most of the videos online are shown with a buddy or two in the gym.

Is it even a good idea to go workout without a trainer?

And by working out, I mean hitting the weight room.

No cardio workouts here, though you could have a more structured way of planning.

But that is beside the point.

One of the reasons you clicked this article is because you want to learn how to work out without a personal trainer.

And you want real advice, no generalized garbage.

So, without further ado, let us get started:

How to work out without a personal trainer

Having established frameworks that are timeless will help anyone figure out how to work out without a personal trainer.


  • Learning how to set concrete goals
  • Being educated about programming
  • Figuring out recovery and diet plans
  • Most important of all, consistency long term


Learn how to set goals

Learning how to set short term and long term goals is a crucial initial step.

Before we even talk about what you need to do in the gym, you need to figure out what you really want.

And no vague goals such as:

  • “I want to tone”
  • “I want to lose weight”
  • “I want be stronger”

Can you see why these goals are not great?

These goals are a good direction to what we want to aim for but for the sake of holding yourself accountable, you need to be more specific.

  • I want to lose 10lbs by the end of the year
  • I want bulk up 10 lbs to play basketball
  • I want to get stronger by increasing my squat max by 100lbs

These are just some example goals that can help you be more decisive.

And you need to be.

Because if you go into the gym to waste time and you are unsure about what you want.

You should just go home and relax.

Hell, even I would join you! 

Get educated with programming

Now that you have something in mind that you want from the gym, you are fueled to get what you want.

And the next step you should focus on is what you should do in the gym.

Usually, if you had a personal trainer, you will rely on him/her and they will tell you what to do.

But now, you have to be responsible and actually understand why you are doing certain movements.

In the beginning, when you are a novice, you can focus on either strength training or hypertrophy training, which focuses on building size.

You will focus on either one of these goals first because if you focus on both at the same time, you will be running a very short program. 

And as a beginner, you will make progress no matter what you do.

So, I can help you avoid some common mistakes when selecting certain programs and you will have a much easier time without too many distractions.

For strength training, I would have you read Starting Strength.


It is simple, efficient and it gets the job done.

It is a 3 days a week program that has you do 3 exercises per day.

And that is it!

That is your workout.

You do not need to do 5+ exercises.

Strength training is not about quantity.

And if you are interested in gaining size primarily, here is a review I did on Fierce 5.

Overall, learning about which program you should do may seem like one of the hardest steps.

However, this is one of the easiest since you are following programs that work.

And you need to understand why they work.

Deciding your goals and actually sticking to your program long term are the hardest aspects of working out.


You are forced to do something boring for a long period of time.

This means that you might not look forward to working out but you need to do it anyway because you are committed to growth.

You are forced to challenge yourself and it may not be easy.

This will involve your mental toughness to some extent and you need to push through your mental barriers.

You will be forced to make a decision sometimes, either to hang out with your friends or to hit the gym. 

You may be alone and lose some friends along the way.

There is a lot that comes with working out for the long term and demanding your body to change for the better.

Are you sure you want to commit to these sacrifices?

And before you answer that question, let me ask you this.

Are you really satisfied with how your life is right now?

Recovery and diet

What you do outside the gym may be even more important than what you do inside the gym.

If you are trying to gain weight, you need to make sure you are eating at a caloric surplus, which means that you need to eat more calories than your body is burning off.

And eat well, do not eat junk.

But a lot of scientists and professors will argue that a carb is just a carb or a fat is just a fat at the end of the day.

That food quality does not really matter.

Let me put things into perspective,

If your body is an expensive car, would you put the cheapest fuel in or the best fuel?

And you only have your body for one lifetime…

For the reverse goal, if you are losing weight, you are eating at a caloric deficit, which means you are eating less than what your body needs to function.

As a result of this situation, your body will want to burn fat (and muscle) in order to make up for you not eating enough.

If cutting weight is one of your goals, do not be frightened that your body is losing strength.

Since your main goal will be losing fat, you want to make sure you are doing what your body is capable of doing in the weight room.

You can chase certain numbers in the short term but do not have expectations that you will keep getting stronger indefinitely while losing weight.

And do not forget about recovery.

Having a foam roller at home is a great tool to help your muscles relax.

A tight muscle that cannot relax and tighten properly will not be good for progress.

And sleeping.

Always make sure you get as much sleep as you can.

Trust me, you wish you could sleep more each day.

Consistency is what is left

I revealed all the steps of how you should work out in the gym without a personal trainer.

The only step left is to make sure you hold yourself accountable so that you go to the gym on your scheduled days and that you are following your diet protocol correctly.

This is the consistency aspect of working out.

No one in this world has the authority to force you to go to the gym and to reach your goals.

No one should care more about your goals other than yourself.

This is why you should be the #1 advocate of making sure you hit the gym hard and recover harder.

And do this over and over and over again.

Weeks turn into months.

And before you know it, you have been going to the gym for a decade and your strength, physique and mental toughness are the results of all your hard work.

Go get it.

Closing thoughts

Working out without a personal trainer can be easy

Working out without a personal trainer can be difficult.

Which mentality are you adopting?

If you are already giving your power away to a personal trainer to hold yourself accountable for your goals, who is really at a loss?

There is no doubt that a personal trainer is helpful in that they can help guide you through the jungle of resistance training versus you being alone to figure everything out.

But when push comes to shove, it is your results at the end of the day.

So, if you do not care more than your personal trainer, there is nothing I could really say about that situation.

And of course, all of these strategies are not short term fixes.

These are frameworks that you can carry on into other aspects of your life.

They are timeless and you should take advantage of that.

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