When i entered the fitness industry ten years ago, the likelihood of finding the perfect personal trainer for you amounted to little more than pot luck. Generally you would go to the local gym and sign up with the first personal trainer that approached you on the gym floor or be recommended to the gym receptionist’s favourite trainer. This really told you very little about the trainer you would be working with, there was no real detail on background, expertise, personal conduct and health and fitness ethics. Back then, trainers had to do little more than keep themselves in great shape to promote their business.
But with the explosion of the internet, trainers were able to convey a lot more about themselves via their webpage. This meant showing before and after photos, listing achievements and being able to display their training philosophy through blog posts and social media. Before long technology had evolved to the point that personal training services could actually be delivered online.
Customising some workout programs for the latest group of people joining my online personal training program this afternoon… Customisation is the key to success, far too many people are following training plans they've seen in books and magazines that don't deliver results because they just aren't custom. If you want a program that will work for you, you have to consider the following… Gender – men and women have strengths and weaknesses in different areas of fitness our hormonal differences mean that our programs needed to be constructed in a specific way Body Type – No one is a pure body type but we all have tendencies toward one or another. Each body type has its own profile and will need to be trained in a way that best suits it's individual makeup Training history – The training program you should do next hugely depends on the training you have done in the past, some regimes will be too easy, others too hard and some just too similar. Age – I don't buy into the whole decline with age thing, but bodies do change and so do priorities. After a certain age factors like mobility and core strength become more important and it's better to address them as prevention rather than remedy Calorie Manipulation – I don't do diets, but clever manipulation of calories and macronutrients is the real key to fast fat loss and lean muscle gain, there's no point eating the same amount each day when you train in some and not others. Next time you prepare a training plan for yourself take these factors into account and you stand to get results much faster than before. Taking a week to prepare and then following a tailored plan is often a better use of time than hitting it hard today with a program that's not right for you. Checkout the link on my bio if you would like me to create a custom program that's right for you. 💪🏼
For me personally, I had reached a certain level of demand with my one on one online personal training services which brought more opportunities for international work and media obligations, which made it difficult to keep a regular schedule with my London personal training clients, I realised that no matter where I was in the world I would always have time in transit to deliver a lot of value to an online personal training client,
- Cost Effective
When you compare in-person fitness training vs online personal training the cost advantages of online training are undeniable. Especially when you consider that many of the top online personal trainers out there charge more per one hour session than they do for an entire 12 week training course sold online on their websites!
This is because with the demands of a packed schedule it becomes less and less feasible to offer in-person training, and despite the fact that we love doing it, most trainers aim to reach the most amount of people possible by turning to the internet for the opportunity to reach a global audience.
- Access World Experts
The world’s leading fitness experts are located all over the globe, before the rise of online fitness training it would have been near impossible, or at least extremely expensive to work with a leading coach that didn’t live in your city, now with the internet you can reach anyone, anywhere and follow their training program. Many trainers even offer virtual personal training sessions via Skype.
This is extremely useful if you are seeking the expertise of an expert in a particular field, for example film role preparation, olympic lifting or even training for a specific sport.
- More Comprehensive Service
Online fitness is a very competitive market and as an end user you stand only to benefit from the drive to refine and improve on their services that the top trainers feel. Year on year online fitness courses get more comprehensive with great programs and meal planners beautifully prepared with world class information.
Unfortunately this is not always the case with one on one personal training and you often don’t know the kind of service you are going to receive until you are a few weeks into your program. Few independent trainers can offer around the clock customer support whereas for most online personal training services this is commonplace.
- Proven Results
Personal trainers who have risen to prominence online have often done this by showcasing the effectiveness of their services through enthusiastic testimonials and training reviews from past and current clients, this puts you the consumer in a very powerful position.
Remember it is more than money you stand to lose with a poor quality service, it’s your time and effort too and that can never be recaptured, this is especially important if you have a pressing event or holiday just beyond the horizon. Failure to achieve results you’ve set your heart on can be crushing emotionally so seeking expert guidance from the offset is very important.
- No Time or Location Constraints
By enlisting the services of an online fitness coach you have complete freedom over your workout time and location, this way you don’t have to worry about syncing schedules with your trainer or fitting the gym around an ever changing work day.
Online training allows you to have your workout schedule and meal plan in the palm of you hand on your mobile device are synced up with your desktop computer leaving you totally in control.