Celebrity Trainers Offer the Best Tips for Workout Motivation

Updated 10/02/19

If you've recently taken up a new exercise regimen, falling off the wagon somewhere along the way is pretty much a guarantee. At some point, your Pilates membership is going to feel a little neglected, as human nature kicks in and you opt for after-work rosé instead of Reformer. As much as this is sometimes necessary, it doesn't exactly do wonders for your #summerbod goals.

When you're just not feeling it, shift your thinking and ask yourself: What would Gigi do? As much as G enjoys a burger or two, it's actually her job to be fit, toned and strong at all times... so skipping F45 is never an option. 

So just how do celebs stay motivated? We've compiled the best advice from celebrities and trainers to discover the motivational advice that really works. 

Julianne Hough quoteation
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Julianne Hough's busy lifestyle would make her the perfect candidate for skipping a workout or two, but that's never the case. Her boundless energy is due to keeping constantly active—even during the holidays. Rather than dedicate a set hour or two to the gym, she works lunges, squats, leg lifts and sit-ups into her every day.

Hough's trainer, Astrid Swan, told us, "My number one must-know tip is this: SHOW UP! If you don't try, you won't know! Showing up is the hardest part of fitness. Excuses will always come up, but as we always see on Instagram, no one ever regrets the workout when it is over!"

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Having a direct line to the man responsible for training Lara Worthington, Carissa Walford, and Natalie Bassingthwaighte has its perks, starting with this nugget of advice: "The best way to kickstart a fitness regimen is just to get started. For many people, there is so much fear/hesitation/resistance around getting started, that they never actually start. It is COMPLETELY normal to feel nervous/anxious/scared about starting a fitness regimen… the best thing you can do is throw yourself in at the 'deep end' so to speak and get started tomorrow,” says Blake Worrall-Thompson, founder of Living the Life and 6w2s.

When struggling to find motivation, Blake suggests we look inwards with curiosity. If something isn't working, shift your thoughts away from blame and judgment and ask yourself why. Often, these answers will provide more guidance to help you get back on track. "The lighter you carry yourself (not physically, but mentally), the easier it is to stay motivated. If you are stressed about a thousand and one things in your life that you haven't dealt with, you'll find that weighs you down and makes it harder to stay motivated," he explains. 

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Back in 2013, Gwyneth Paltrow shared her motivation secrets with POPSUGAR Australia, when she attended a launch party to celebrate her fitness guru, Tracy Anderson. The celebrity trainer's intense workouts are favored by Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Richie, and Jennifer Lopez. 

Dan Adair workout advice quote

Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part, which is why celebrity trainer Dan Adair encourages his clients to think about the last time they felt fit, or good about their body. "Looking at old photos to remind yourself of that feeling can help. If you did it once, you can do it again!" he says. 

Once the initial motivation kicks in, Adair is an advocate for measurable goals. "If fat loss is your goal, have a body composition scan to get your exact body fat percentage. Then book the date for retesting!" he implores. If employing a trainer is beyond your budget, the next big thing is shadowing an active friend. "Also, speaking to people that may inspire you and steer you in the right direction is a huge help," says Adair. As for the dread of working out? Ditch the negativity surrounding the activity you dislike and switch it for something you do enjoy.

"I'm definitely not the trainer that yells or makes a big fuss. I like to encourage my clients to set high standards for themselves, and the reason being is because I am unable to be with them for every session, therefore, if they adopt good habits their standards will come from within," says Adair.

Kate Kendall workout advice quote
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Rather than beating ourselves up about the work we're not doing, it's important to focus on the positives and doing things that make us happy—and that doesn't just mean exercise. "We can't always wait for inspiration to come to us, so instead, you create a channel for it to come through by doing things that light you up," says Flow Athletic co-founder, Kate Kendall. "For example, watching a funny video on YouTube, hanging out with mates who make you giggle, practicing yoga somewhere pretty or putting on your favorite playlist. Ask yourself, 'What makes me light up?' If social occasions have been getting in the way, as they probably will in the lead up to Christmas, try swapping out wines with the girls for walks or early morning swims in the ocean." 

When it comes to her clients, Kendall is all about balance. "Being yoga students, I find the best way to motivate is through positive reinforcement, care and a sprinkling of tough love when needed. Just like life—it is always a balance. Often people just want to be heard when they come to the studio but at some stage, you also need to knuckle down and do 'the work', whether that's physical or mental."

“I truly believe that discipline creates freedom. When we're disciplined enough to be organized, we make space for loads of free time and feeling good. Plus, after a while, the discipline just becomes the norm and uber easy," explains Kendall. Her "no excuses" approach includes being organized and never taking the lazy route—prioritizing eating clean and clocking enough sleep so you have time to have fun. "If you're not having fun most of the time, something has to give." 

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