Now, I’m writing this article to help those of you who are interested in Online Personal Training to weigh up the pros and cons of this type of product. I hope this info will also help other Online Personal Trainers to inform their potential online clients, helping them to ensure their clients choose the right product for them.
First of all, what is Online Personal Training?
Online Personal Training is a new and exciting way to offer Fitness Coaching and achieve life changing transformation with clients. It can be utilised by anyone, anywhere, offering convenience, responsiveness, flexibility and affordability.
Who is it for and not for?
Online Personal Training is for people with a basic to high level of knowledge regarding exercise physiology. It’s not always ideal for people who have never looked at a dumbbell, having said that, I’ve worked with some incredible clients who have gone from, shall we say ‘zero to hero’. If you have not exercised before, you’ll likely be better off working with a one to one Personal Trainer, this is so that they can accurately assess your form and movement patterns. With Online Personal Training you’ll not be seeing someone in person, for this reason it can be easier to hide away and avoid training and dieting, therefore, if you know that you seriously lack self discipline you might be better off working with someone one to one.
Online Pros & Cons
Cost effectiveness - Prices are generally around £70 to £160 per month, when we compare this to one to one PT, it’s less than half the price
Knowledge and experience - With Online Personal Training, it means you can work with the best in the world, from anywhere in the world
Guaranteed Nutrition Plan - With a lot of one to one PT’s you’ll not receive any kind of nutrition guidance, with online coaching they’ll generally give you a full nutrition plan and track it 100%
Guaranteed Training Plan - This might sound crazy, but a lot of one to one PTs don’t give their clients a plan, or even have a plan, often it’s whatever they feel like doing on the day, we know that just doing random sessions with no structure or tracking is not the best way to work towards a desired goal
No direct coaching on form - Most good Online Personal Trainers will have video demos in place, but sometimes that’s not enough for individuals to master the correct form
Not working directly with your Coach - A lot of big time Online Coaches have a very automated system, or they have a team working with clients on their behalf, so you’re not always working directly with your desired coach. However, this is not always the case and you simply need to be selective when picking your Online Coach
You'll need to have more self drive - With Online Coaching you do not have a Personal Trainer waiting for you at the gym, so you need to be a lot more motivated to get yourself to the gym and pursue your goals
Is it for you?
Now that we have gone through all the potential benefits and potential downsides, let’s see if Online Personal Training for you……
If you feel like you can accurately track your training using the systems provided, you have the discipline to track your nutrition daily, and the motivation to push yourself with the plan you have been prescribed, then Online Personal Training is definitely for you!