Trend Spotlight: Online Personal Training

Often, the hard part about going to the gym is actually getting there. You've been dealing with people all day and sometimes you just want to be in the comfort of your own home. After a long day at work you don’t want to go to the gym to mingle with even more people. There are many advantages to the new trend of online personal training: it’s affordable and flexible. In person personal training costs an average of about $50-$70 per session, an entire 8 week session of online personal training, costs an average of about $300. Because the training program is offered online, it offers you the flexibility to workout whenever is most convenient for you. The great thing about personal training is that you can have a customized program depending on whether you have gym access or not.

The only thing that an online program lacks is the physical contact. However, this can be compensated through constant communication via email, text, phone call and even video chat. So, how do online personal trainers know how you’re progressing? Well, before the trainer sends you a program, he/she will request a front, side, and back picture of your entire body to see your current state. Using these pictures, the trainer comes up with a personalized workout and/or meal plan program that is suited for your body. After every week, the trainer typically requests that you send an updated set of pictures to keep up with your progress in order to make adjustments to your personalized plan. In addition, a trainer may ask you to provide feedback on how the plan went for you. Was it too rigorous? Was it too easy? Did you cheat on meals?

So, the trivial question is: are online personal training programs as good as a real-life trainer? As someone who has participated in an online personal training program, I can honestly say that a personal training program is just as affective, if not more. Because I didn’t have someone to push me while I was at the gym, I stayed motivated to push myself in order to show those results via pictures. I didn’t want to let myself down, nor did I want to let my coach down making her feel like I was wasting her time by not following through with her routines. More than not making any progress, disappointing my coach would have been a bigger embarrassment to me. Also, I think personal training is very effective for those who are shy. Sometimes, it’s embarrassing to push your limits on a treadmill while someone is standing 5 inches away from you telling you to “push harder, push harder, push harder”. With an online personal training program, you don’t have to worry about feeling self conscious.

If you are someone that needs the face to face push in order to stay committed to your routine and get a good workout, then online personal training is probably not the right fit for you. At the end of the day, you don’t want to waste money. I would definitely recommend personal training to those who don’t have a gym membership and to those who have a busy schedule and can’t make it to the gym every day.

Bottom line: you can always find a way to juggle both a career and working out.