Should You Hire an Online Personal Trainer?
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
Working with a personal trainer is a very enticing prospect for many people. You get personalized programming fit to your goals, expert coaching, day and night support, and your own personal cheerleader beside you every step of the way. Having a personal trainer takes the guesswork out of your fitness and nutrition journey. However, for some, one on one training is out of the picture because of time, money, or both. Many trainers are booked during the super popular before and after work time blocks, and prices can vary wildly.
So, should you hire an online personal trainer?
It depends. You have to decide what works best for you and your life. If you're someone who has continuously tried and failed to stick to a workout program, then "yes" online training is definitely for you! If you're someone who goes to the grocery store and gets overwhelmed by all the "healthy" choices that actually turn out to be bad for you, then online training is for you. Having someone constantly by your virtual side, and only one phone call or message away when you have a question, can help you stay accountable to your goals.
Do you need prior exercise experience?
Once again, it depends. Having prior experience in a gym is definitely a good thing, however, its not 100% necessary to succeed. Through online training software, you have access to video instruction and as I said before, having 24/7 phone and messaging support is crucial. Furthermore, your success is the most important thing to you and your trainer, and that is why weekly check-ins and 24/7 support will help to shape the program to fit you best. The goal is not only to make sure the program fits you to a tee, but you're forming lasting habits. Once you purchase a program, the entire design is set up just for you, and we make changes together as we go. Everyone is different and has different needs. Some exercises are appropriate for some people but not others.
For those who have sufficient experience in the gym, visual cuing is not at all necessary. In that case, a program accessed from a smartphone is perfect. Not only is everything clearly listed and demonstrated, but your trainer can also track your progress in the gym by checking in with the exercises you completed, and the settings used (weights, modifications, ect).
Another huge benefit to having an online personal trainer is that you can train from anywhere! You're favorite gym with your accountability-buddy, your home gym, park, your hotel on vacation, anywhere! You don't have to coordinate a time with your trainer to meet 10 miles across town during rush hour. No cancellation fees because you complete your workout when it's convenient for you. Ok, I think I've made my point. No matter where in the world you are, your trainer can design an appropriate program for the equipment you have access to, your space, and the environment around you. And again, one of the best parts is that when you have a question, your trainer is just a phone call or message away.
How do you find the right trainer for you?
There are many factors to consider when choosing an online personal trainer. And sadly, all too often they are chosen based on the number of instagram followers they have and no consideration is given to their experience, education, and references. Make sure you are choosing a trainer right for your needs and goals. If you want to lose weight, you may not want to start training with the @fitgirl99 on instagram just because she has 9k followers, a flat stomach, and advertises that she drinks green tea to lose weight (no hate to her though). A credible trainer will always have their credentials listed along with their reviews. Lastly, don't be afraid to chat with several different trainers. It is so important to find someone who aligns with your goals.