6 benefits of online personal training options

There is a new trend out there that takes the traditional one-on-one of personal fitness training, and mobilizes it. Now, many trainers are offering their services remotely to clients all around the world. Whatever your individual needs, an online option could fit the bill.

So why take your individual training digital?

1. Convenience

If you have a hectic schedule that doesn’t fit with traditional trainers or gyms, the option of having a remote trainer who programs in their time so you can workout in your time is pretty enticing. In many cases, trainers will program several days or weeks in advance, provide you with a schedule, and then check in periodically to track your results and tweak the training as needed. This lets you complete the actual work at a time when it’s most convenient for you and eliminates the risk of missing sessions or hitting schedule conflicts.

2. Affordability

The average cost for a good trainer is $50-100 per hour. Most people need anywhere from 2-5 training sessions per week, with a good average aroun 3 days per week. If you spent those hours with a traditional PT, you would be spending $900/month average. The best trainers book quickly, so the time you can work with them is limited, and premium for service is usually high (like with most pro specialists). With the online option, you can work with the same level of trainer, but since you remove the need to coordinate time so strictly, even the best can afford to lower their prices and make great training more available. A trainer that might cost you $100 hourly in person, could be as low as $100 monthly with an online option.

3. Portability

Since you’re working with an online trainer, your workouts and plan are perfectly portable. In the majority of cases, your trainer can give you workouts that you can use in the gym, at home, with minimal equipment, while traveling, etc. Whatever your goals, a good online trainer can provide the expertise to use what you have at your disposal day to day to help you progress. The PT industry has even begun seeing great apps and software that make this communication quick, painless, and seamless, with options for smartphones as well as traditional computers.

4. Location Independence

Much like being portable, your training is completely location independent. You can be in Manitoba and work with a trainer in Maryland! Digital communication allows you to use phone, text, email, apps (mentioned above), forums, Facebook, and dozens of other options to reach your trainer. In traditional options, you’re often limited to in person meetings and the occasional check-in text/call. In the online world of PT, more frequent contact is the norm, which means you can get feedback very quickly on a variety of topics.

5. Individualized Programming

It’s easy to know that you need to exercise. Everyone knows that already! The hard part is figuring out what to do, when, how long, how heavy, for how many reps, in what order, and how often. It’s these details that most people struggle with, and that’s where a trainer comes in handy. Like their in-person colleagues, online trainers will build customized programming for you to do each week, set your schedule, and make tweaks to the training as you progress. This ensures you are working toward your goals and not stagnating.

Two big benefits of doing this online are tracking and sustainability. When it’s all online, that means you can record your workout results, take regular progress photos, record measurements, and reference video lessons on movements as many times as you need to. Need to watch the Deadlift video 20 times in a row? Go for it! Need a refresher on the movements for the workout that day? A good app will have video and text directions for everything you need to do. All without the trainer needing to be present at that exact moment in time, so there’s no delay in your schedule. The reverse is also true: your PT can review a video of you doing the movements to help with your form, and often provide real-time feedback via chat/phone/video even if they couldn’t meet in person.

6. Accountability

The online world is full of options to track your progress. From simple things like keeping an eye on weight and body composition, to more complex tracking of diet, workouts, and lifting progress. With these tools integrated into the software you’re already using to communicate with your trainer, it makes it a matter of habit to keep yourself accountable. Plus, your trainer can work out a plan to send you reminders, helpful information, worksheets, and a slew of other tools to make your fitness journey less about chance, and more about planning.