The popularity of online personal training is rising rapidly across the pond (from where we inherit so many of our fitness trends). In many ways, it’s exactly like being trained by an expert in a gym: you’re given a tailored programme that you have to fulfill in order to attain your goals. The crucial difference, of course, is that the trainer isn’t next to you when workout.
Nobody spotting for correct technique. Due to the remote nature of online training, by definition there is no live trainer spotting for correct technique. This could drastically reduce the efficiency of the workout, and even make it dangerous. The drawback can be mediated by enlisting the help of a live trainer to demonstrate proper technique of the prescribed exercises, or by introducing video workouts.
Motivation. While a high quality program can be delivered with ease over the phone or email, there’s zero guarantee that it will be successfully completed. One of the main benefits of working with a personal trainer is that they get you through your workouts even when you don’t want to be there. That extra motivation – to actually turn up at the gym, and to push through tough workouts – just isn’t available through an online programme.
Online trainers struggle to judge progress accurately. An online trainer cannot actually watch you perform your exercises, so much of the success of the collaboration depends on a) how well workouts are tracked by the client, and b) how honest the client is about his exertion and results. It’s easy to fudge numbers over email, whereas in person it’s pretty much impossible.
Other Online Options
Online workouts don’t have to come from individual high profile trainers. Here are three alternatives that I’ve come across that offer something different:
www.itrain.com – The creators of Itrain were early adopters of online fitness workouts. It’s a U.S based company that offers very affordable and high quality à la carte workouts to be played on your mobile devices.
www.clearlypossible.com – Clearly Possible is effectively a vetting platform for personal trainers looking to take their services online. They have a comprehensive process to evaluate the merits of trainers, and there’s also a very intuitive review system for customers. The site’s shop section offers books and video programs from top trainers.
www.ibodz.com – Ibodz offers a free membership platform, tailored to your individual measurements, weight and training goal. Given that it’s free and extensive, Ibodz is well worth a look.
Online training does work (I’ve seen the results), but it’s definitely not for everyone. Normally, I recommend it to seasoned exercisers who don’t need instruction in the gym and who won’t lose motivation without the direct accountability of someone hovering over them.
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