What is Online Fitness Training?

So, I haven’t been asked this question but I feel the need to explain to those that are unsure of what exactly online personal training is and how/who it can benefit.  Most of you know of personal training in the traditional sense.  You come in, get a free session/assessment you see some value in what the trainer showed you and  have a specific goal that you feel like he/she can help you meet.  You purchase a particular package of sessions and you begin training.  The trainer is there with you providing instruction/examples of how the workout should be done and your progress in monitored over time.  Your body measurements are taken, meals plans are made or you get education on nutrition to help reach your goals.

This has been around the standard for the better part of the personal training industry in short of course.  This short explanation is in no way to discard the work that personal trainers offer or the help and results they provide to help others, Just a brief overview.  Recently  personal trainers have found a way to get people the same results taking out the need to actually be in front of them.  So the process is the same as one on one training with a few exceptions that probably go without saying but, I’m going to anyway.

  1. You are not always face to face with your trainer (Some may do weekly phone or video calls to catch up, give instruction and go over upcoming plans).
  2. You will receive a workout or a week’s worth of workouts to complete and record your results.  This helps your trainer make adjustments to your workouts and make any changes to make sure you are moving toward your goals.
  3. Communication is solely online, with the exception of the video calls as mentioned above

That is really it! It’s that simple.  Now there are certain types of people that do well with this type of training vs others.

  • If you do not like the idea of working out on your own this either isn’t something that you are going to able to do on your own or find a friend or a few friends to workout with you in a group.  There are plenty of trainers that do group online programs and commonly offer discounts for multiple people.
  • If you are not familiar with certain equipment, that’s something that online training covers well with video demonstration that does a very good job of showing how the exercise should go.
  • If it’s difficult for you to get motivated to get going.  Most trainers do a good job with this and if they can communicate well and are good at motivating others they can usually get you going.  Also, once you start to see results it’s pretty easy to stay motivated.

How to know if training online is for you

Most people who train online value their time and don’t have a lot of it.

  •  They usually travel a lot and don’t always have time to make it to a gym to meet a trainer face to face.
  • Maybe your a stay at home mom who can’t get away from home but want to lose the baby weight.
  •  Or maybe you get intimidated when you walk into the gym and are constantly unsure of what it is you should do so you just default to the chest press machine and the treadmill for 20 min.

There are a number of different reasons that having and Online personal trainer can benefit you.  You get all of the advantages of having someone in front of you without actually having someone if front of you. All of the guess work is done for you. All you have to do is get up and get moving.  Now, If you are not that motivated to just go and get work done then you probably won’t stick with a personal trainer one on one for a significant amount of time either.

There are plenty of trainers that provide online training as an addition to their regular services or as their primary service.  So the price of this varies and depends on what you are looking for.  Online training is significantly cheaper than one on one personal training.  Personal trainers typically  charge anywhere from $50-$75 per session.  If you buy a 12 session package that’s anywhere from $600-$900 a month.  Now you can do small group training that can range anywhere from $130-$200 depending on the area.

Online training is convenient that your trainer doesn’t have to be in the same location as you and they are usually way cheaper than the two types of training mentioned above.  Online Training typically ranges from $200-$300 a month, some may even go as high as $1,000 a month.  This is way on the high end but again by comparison it is the cheaper option for the quality of training that you are able to get with the use of technology. For group training you are looking at about $80-$150 a month.

These are just a few comparisons that I have found with online training vs traditional personal training/group training.  Hope this helps if anyone had any questions or is confused about what it is and how it can help you meet your fitness goals.

If this sounds like something you are interested in you can visit our website at Tension Strength & Conditioning to learn more.  Until next week

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