If you’re new to working out (or if you’re just thinking about incorporating fitness into your life), first thing’s first—congrats. Deciding to be more active is an incredible first step to cashing in all of the amazing benefits of exercise, from better moods to improved sleep to all-around higher confidence.
But once you’ve resolved to start working out, that’s where things can get a little overwhelming. With all of the chatter about the magic workout to do or the perfect amount of time to spend in the gym, it’s hard to know where to start. And if you’re not clear about what you’re doing (or why you’re doing it), it can be easy to throw in the towel when things don’t go as planned.
Let these 18 star trainers be your guide. They help clients progress from beginners to fitness fanatics all the time, so they know what it takes to set yourself up for success. And, hey, they were all once beginners, too. Here are the habits, strategies, and mindsets they swear by for people who are new to working out.