The growth of online personal training in recent years is clear. You can now connect with your favourite personal trainer whether they are in London or on the other side of the globe.
In many ways its similar to having your very own personal trainer in the gym. You are given a training program tailored towards your goals, combined with nutrition advice and coaching on exercises.
With the most basic online personal trainers you will normally receive an email with your program attached, and coaching calls or emails throughout the month. Online personal training is often mistaken as a "cheaper" version because of this, but your seasoned online personal trainer will give you far more value, and a high quality service.
People often ask me about about the effectiveness of online personal training (mainly because I offer online personal training myself). The truth is, that it's not for everybody. Some people miss the personal touch (because of associations with basic online personal training). But others find it extremely effective, and still manage expereince that "personal touch" when they get the complete experience that modern technology affords us through, apps, video calls, interactive websites with the and good old fashioned phone calls.
When it comes to online personal training, there are definitely some pros and cons. I'll run through them with you now, and you can decide for youself.
Many personal trainers from all over the globe are already offering online personal training. The great thing about this is that you are not limited to the personal trainers that walk the floor of your local gym.
Now you can get instant access to notable and highly skilled fitness professionals in the industry. A good reputation can go a long way. With online personal training you can also get coaching from specialist trainers in specific areas, whether its weightloss, end-stage rehabilitation, strength training, medical conditions or for general health.
Easy To Spot Suitability
Now with personal trainers popping up like daffodils in spring, leaving you unsure of who are quality and who are nothing but smoke and mirrors, you can read online reviews, check out their social media, and read articles they have written to ascertain whether the online personal trainer is a right fit for you. Check out their instagram, facebook page, twitter linked in, and decide if they are someone you want to work with, and if they have the knowledge base that you need to achieve your goals.
You can pay anywhere between £40 - £150 for a single personal training session in London. While online personal training often costs less, it can be a mistake to simply think of it as a "cheaper version of personal training". Yes it's true that for what would be the cost of a single personal training session you can get a months worth of personal training. Think of it as a completely different type of service.
While some online personal trainer's offer the basic training program as an email attachment and the odd coaching call, there are a handful of personal trainers that offer fully tailored training program with video exercises, food diary, meal plans, educational videos and comprehensive assessments all easily accessible through your smart phone, laptop, tablet or device. Now combine that with regular coaching calls and you have a pretty comprehensive service that still keeps the personal touch.
Having instant access to your training program from your personal trainger via your ,mobile device, means that you can wokrout any time at any place according to your schedule, Why is this a good thing? This is perfect for those who don't want to be tied down to training at a gym 's opening hours, travel frequently, or feel thwarted by the frustrating act of trying to match your diary with that of your personal trainer's when trying to book a session in.
Many personal trainers charge by the hour, and your contact time and support is often limited more or less to that hour you spend with them. Unfortunately this is not often communicated directly upfront, so you won't find out until you've invested a considerable amount of time and money. For some people this is perfectly fine, for others who need that little bit more of extra support or motivation this can stunt their goals.
With online personal training, there are coaches who offer comprehensive online support, via emails, weekly or monthly "check -ins", regular coaching calls and the ability to have your nutrition diary assessed. These features are often built in to your online personal training package, and provide you with a higher quality service.
Need A Spot?
With online personal training you are not getting the attention to detail to your exercise technique that you would do than if the personal trainer was there with you in person. This can potentially lead to the exercise being ineffective or potentially even dangerous. To minimise this risk it's worth getting online personal training that provides exercise video tutorials or live video coaching so that the personal traininer can examine your technique remotely as you train.
We all need it sometimes don't we? Some more so than others. When you turn up to a session one of the benefits of having a personal trainer is that you've committed to the session, so you are more likely to turn up even if you don't feel like it, plus when working out the personal trainer can help to motivate you through a tough session, get that extra rep or complete that last set, run that little faster.
The success of hitting your goals is a collaboration between you and your online personal trainer. Much of the success depends on 1) How accuratelty workouts are tracked and logged by the clients 2) How honest clients are regarding exertion and results. This is important as the training program will be modified accordingly, and if this is incorrect for any reason, chances are clients won't get the results that they want.
What Are The Other Options?
There are several apps and webistes that offer a wide variety of workouts, These are often generic workouts and don't take into account your own unique needs, training historty or current healths status. Quality is not assured, but they can be a starting point for those wanting to get back into the swing of things before trying online personal training.
Should I Try Online Personal Training?
Yes online personal training works. But its not for everybody. If you are someone who is reasonably experienced when it comes to working out (I'd say a minimum 6 months to 1 year experience) and need some expert advice to take their training to the next level, or just to make sure your workouts are actually effective and going to get you the results that you want, then online personal training could be a good fit for you.
If you'd like a private tour of the membership zone area and the online personal training services that I offer get in contact with me and I will send you the special code to get instant access.
All the best.