You’ve got a job to do, commitments to keep, and maybe even mouths to feed. Finding a little time for yourself can sometimes seem like an impossible task — even when it comes to important stuff like your health.
You’ve probably dipped in and out of diets and workout regimes but never found anything you can actually stick to. Maybe in the past you’ve considered working with a personal trainer but don’t think you have the time, money or drive to make it worth your while.
But have you thought about online personal training? It’s exactly what it sounds like, and it gives you the best of both worlds.
Rather than being forced to fit your routine around when a trainer is available, an online trainer can work around you — apart from the initial setup and regular check-ins you’ll be able to spend your time training as and when is easiest.
At the same time, you still get the benefit of a qualified personal trainer to keep you on track, motivate you when you’re really not feeling up to it, and direct your exercise and nutrition routine so you can achieve your fitness goals.
Let’s dive into the six main benefits of online personal training in a bit more detail.
1. You get professional advice
We all know we need to eat better and exercise more. But a personal trainer can work with you to develop a program perfectly tailored to you and what you’re looking to achieve that goes way beyond just general advice.
They’ll help you target areas of your body you want to work on, whether that’s weedy arms or a chubby belly. And you’ll be following proven methods in your exercise and diet to get stronger, fitter, and healthier — based on science, not old wives’ tales.
Not to mention, your personal trainer will be able to adapt your plan on a regular basis to reflect your progress and push you towards your goals.
2. It’s more flexible
There’s never enough time in the day, is there? And when you try to book face-to-face sessions with a personal trainer, you’ll often find that the most popular times get snapped up first — just before and after work being the worst offenders. When you’re running to your own tight schedule this can make it very hard to find time for your fitness.
The great thing about personal training online is that it’s completely flexible around you. Do you want to train first thing on Saturdays in the gym? Or would you rather do your routines at home after picking the kids up from school?
Once your fitness program has been set you can exercise whenever and wherever you like, with the confidence that you’re following a plan designed around your ideal body.
3. Communication is easy
These days we live in a digital world, which works out great for online training. Thanks to Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp and plenty others, it’s incredibly easy for you and your personal trainer to keep in touch — even if you don’t meet up face-to-face. You’ll be able to access your workout routines and meal plans on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop whether at home or out and about.
I also use my own app to provide 24-hour support for my clients. That means I can answer questions or offer advice at any time, and checking in on progress each week or month couldn’t be easier.
4. You get attention and motivation
Some people assume that because you’re not in the same location as your trainer, you’ll feel demotivated by online personal training. But that’s simply not the case.
It’s true that you need a bit of personal drive to get the most from any training program. However, it’s my job to stay in touch and make sure you don’t let yourself down. That might be a quick text or an hour-long Skype session — whatever it takes to keep you on track.
Just because I don’t see all my clients in the flesh, that doesn’t stop me from being my usual friendly but firm self. If people start to give up on themselves or put less effort into their training I’ll call them up and get to the root of the problem. Basically, I’ll still be on their back. And so will any good online personal trainer.
5. It’s more affordable
Cheaper isn’t always better, but we all want to save money where we can. If your budget is tight, working online with a personal trainer costs less than it would in person. That’s because they don’t have to give up as much of their time supervising your training sessions.
Apart from that you’ll get exactly the same service as any other customer — an initial consultation, guidance on how to do exercises properly, advice on how to prepare your meals, regular check-ins and plenty more. That’s how I do things and I’ve had many people tell me that they’ve had the same experience training online as face-to-face, or even better.
In short, online personal training can be a great way to get access to a fitness expert without paying top dollar.
6. The results are the same
At the end of the day I can’t train on your behalf — the hard work is up to you. But that goes for all clients, whether online or not. If you’re dedicated and you choose the right personal trainer for you, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get the same results through online personal training as you would through any other kind.
Modern apps and tools mean us trainers can keep close tabs on your progress, whether we live ten miles away or in a different country. With video calling we can show you exactly how to do specific exercises and you can show us that your technique is right.
Any online personal trainer worth their salt will make sure you stick to your exercise routine and nutritional intake to push your progress to your ideal body.
As you can see, there are many benefits to training online with a professional and committed personal trainer. It’s not a fad and it’s not a gimmick — I truly believe this flexible, affordable style of fitness training is here to stay.
Finally, don’t be put off by the fact that you won’t see your trainer in person.
Without getting too sci-fi, think of them a bit like a virtual trainer. They’re there to be by your metaphorical side, ready to answer your questions and motivate you to work harder whenever you need it.
I’ve trained with clients one-on-one for years and I’ve found that working online actually changes surprisingly little about the relationship or the process. So if you can’t afford or don’t have the time to meet a personal trainer in the flesh, don’t let that stand in the way of your fitness goals.
Click to find out more about my online personal training — and feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions.