When it comes to working out, rocking聽inspiring, adorable workout gear聽is helpful, but聽reaching your fitness goals also requires motivation聽and hard work. We know you want to make the most of the聽time you鈥檙e working up a sweat, so we chatted with聽three of the hottest trainers in San Francisco to get their best advice for reaching your fitness goals. Read on for the secrets they really follow to keep their killer bods super strong.聽Prepare for a mega dose of fitspiration, and get ready to see super-charged results.

1. Focus on Form


Alexis Benson, pilates instructor at Mercury Fitness and founder of Lexi Miller Cycling Apparel, says, 鈥淔orm is everything,鈥 and tells us that when you聽use the wrong form, it can knock you out of alignment and take the integrity and efficiency out of the movement. Alexis says, 鈥淲e all use different cues and analogies,鈥 so she encourages readers to always ask for help if your trainer鈥檚 tips for improving your form don鈥檛 make sense to you.

2. Fight Fatigue With Form


Alexis says that form is especially helpful when fatigue sets in. She tells聽us, 鈥淲e tend to give in to gravity, overly flexing our spines, hanging on our shoulders and placing a lot of weight in our hands.鈥 To fight that gravity, she uses planking cues and focuses on lengthening her spine from her聽tailbone to the crown of her聽head. She said that聽when she was on a particularly tough bike ride, 鈥淐reating this little bit of extra space in my spine made a world of difference. My low back stopped barking at me, and I was able to focus on my legs doing the work.鈥 If you don鈥檛 have training as a fitness guru, seek out the instructors聽of your favorite classes for tips on how to improve your form.

3. Engage your聽Core


Katie Panas, a trainer at聽BodyRok聽and nominee for聽Racked鈥s 鈥淗ottest Trainer in SF鈥 contest, tells readers that they should use their core in聽every exercise. She says that聽you should engage your聽core聽before you聽start the exercise, and then engage it during the exercise to power through your workout. She tells us, 鈥淐ore engagement enhances stability, balance, alignment and posture.鈥 That sounds great to us!

4. It鈥檚 Okay To聽Fail


If you鈥檙e nervous about starting a new gym class or adding a new level of difficulty to your current gym routine, Katie聽says, 鈥淲e believe failure is success! By this, we mean muscle failure 鈥 muscle failure is when the magic happens!鈥 She says that discomfort, aka when you notice your body is having difficulty performing, is a sign that your body is changing, and that鈥檚 a good聽thing.聽She tells us,聽鈥淚f you want to build long, lean muscles, enjoy the burn聽and let muscle failure happen.鈥

5. Eat Clean


Katie聽is also a huge fan of clean eating. She says that if you want to see fast results in your workouts, try clean eating. 鈥淐hanging聽your body will聽require a bit more than聽just a workout routine. Make the聽foundation of your diet come from clean, unprocessed foods 鈥 think chicken, fatty fish, lots of greens and small snacks in between meals to keep you fueled.鈥 If you鈥檙e looking for some extra clean-eating inspo, we鈥檝e got the perfect Insta for you.

6.聽Bring Your Best Attitude


Erica Stenz, trainer at Barry鈥檚 Bootcamp and winner of聽Racked鈥檚聽鈥淗ottest Trainer in SF,鈥 says that to be really successful in your classes,聽鈥測ou have to bring your best attitude.鈥 She encourages readers to set fitness goals, telling us, 鈥淕rab heavier weights that will challenge you and turn up the treadmill speeds each time. Know that when you reach failure point, it鈥檚 working,聽so聽don鈥檛 forget to smile.鈥 So the next time you find yourself hitting a slump in your training, try a smile. It might just give you the energy to push through to meet your goals!

What are your go-to fitness tips? Let us know in the comments below!

(photos via Lexi Miller Cycling Apparel and Racked SF)