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At-home workout videos are great, especially when Jillian Michaels demands 20 push-ups and you casually eke out six. (Hey, it?s not like she can see you.)

Here to keep you a tad more honest while you?re exercising in your living room is Wello, a new Web service that facilitates live, two-way video connections between users and personal trainers.

To get started, search for trainers who specialize in what you?re after (Pilates, strength conditioning, drill-instructor yelling, etc.). Watch a quick demo to see your trainer in action, then book an online appointment that fits your busy schedule. Instructors set their own rates, but most clock in at around $30 for 25 minutes, and all have been vetted by the discerning Wello staff.

When it?s time for your session, connect via webcam (pretty much any computer will work, and no downloads are required), place your laptop or desktop so the trainer can see you, and behold as your Internet-era workout takes shape.

We recently tried circuit training with Cheyana and were really impressed with how personal it felt. She corrected our posture, centered our breathing and definitely held us accountable for our sit-ups and squats.

Forty minutes and two sore thighs later, we?re converts.

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