Technology is advancing quickly, obviously, and information is becoming so much more accessible.  These developments have laid the foundation for the prominent rise of online personal training.  It conveys the same quality of service and efficacy as in-person training with a few added benefits.  So let’s jump right in.

Technology is advancing quickly, obviously, and information is becoming so much more accessible.  These developments have laid the foundation for the prominent rise of online personal training.  It conveys the same quality of service and efficacy as in-person training with a few added benefits.  So let’s jump right in.

Pros:

Affordable

Having an online personal trainer makes it much more affordable than going to your local gym for a trainer.  The reason?  Not because the quality is lower, but because the overhead and time commitment is lower.  Online coaching allows high quality trainers to deliver results to more clients because they are not restricted by the limitations of a one-on-one session the same way your local gym’s trainer would be.

While this should NOT be your main concern, it is obviously something to consider if you’re a fiscally responsible adult.

Wherever you are, there we are

Because your entire exercise and nutrition plan is digital, you can take it wherever you need to.  It no longer has to be a 7 am session at the gym.  It can be in your hotel gym because you’re traveling for work, or at home quickly because you’ve had a longer than expected work day, or at your buddy’s gym because he/she had a free pass and you wanted to mix it up.

Quick and accurate responses

While the obvious drawback to online training is that you don’t have a trainer right there with you, most good coaches will tell you that it isn’t necessary anyway.  A good coach can take your initial motivation and turn it into long-term habit without ever having been in the same room as you.  What online training does better than training with your local gym’s trainer is that it guarantees you can find a trainer that meets your needs, will give you proper training advice and programs, and will be quick to answer any and all of your questions and concerns.

Customized

As with any training, you want it to be customized to you.  Be wary of the programs that come as packages, because your needs and abilities have NOT been taken into consideration when that program was built.  While these programs are appealing usually because of their price tag or sexy language, they do not employ the golden rule of personal training: progressive overload.

Cons:

Attention

Like I said earlier, the main drawback in online training is that you don’t get that same individual attention like you would working one-on-one in person.

*If you are new to exercise, have never lifted weights, never been in a gym before, or just don’t know what you’re doing in general, online training is NOT for you.  Please invest the time and money and go seek help from a qualified professional that can give you the attention you need at this time.

Experience

Hand in hand with attention, an online personal trainer must gauge the clients experience with exercise.  From there, the trainer can effectively assign appropriate exercises based on that client’s skill level.  There are avenues by which good coaches teach and monitor form and technique of their clients.  But for the most effective online training program, you should have at least a little bit of experience in fitness.

Wrap It Up:

While having an online personal trainer is not for everyone, it is a great alternative for people looking to tighten up their budget as well as their fitness routine, receive all the benefits of training, and have good communication with a fitness professional.

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