5 benefits of having an online personal trainer
In a world where almost everything is online, online personal training is growing more and more popular. Having an online personal trainer has numerous advantages and one main drawback; the lack of personal contact.
However, with advancing technology today, mobile apps and online portals, an online personal trainer can, at times, provide a superior service to your local gym trainers.
Here are 5 of the top benefits of having an online personal training program.
Probably one of the biggest draws to online personal training is that the value and cost advantage over face to face personal training.
A month of online personal training is less than a week of one on one session with the average gym personal trainer.
Think of it like this
Gym trainer one on one - £30.00 per session
3 per week = £90.00
4 weeks = £360.00
Online customised training plan 1 month - £60
That’s a massive £300.00 per month cheaper!
Now consider that if you really want to transform your body, for strength, weight loss, competition, the summer holiday etc… you’ll probably be training 3/4 times a week for 24/36 weeks. Now that saving is really adding up.
More Comprehensive service
How often do you contact your gym or one on one gym trainer outside of your sessions each week? How often does your gym contact you? My bet is, not often.
With an Online Personal Trainer they’re probably available via an in app messaging service, email, text, whatsapp or Skype 24/7. Contact can be as regular as needed, and they’ll be checking in with you regularly to ensure you’re working hard and sticking to the plan. After all, you’re the marketing material!
On top of contact, you also have to consider how comprehensive your training plan is - how many times a week do you need to train in order to reach your goals, and can you afford that in one on one sessions? Online Personal Training takes away this constraint and structures a program to optimise your results in a set monthly fee. As many sessions as you need without a mounting cost.
Time and Location
Where is your gym? 10, 15, 20 mins away, more?
The beauty of functional fitness is that we can train anywhere we want, so travel isn’t really an issue for Susie and I, not that I want to make you jealous.
Time is something that we don’t get back, that we rarely have enough of and that is what we have to optimise.
One on One personal training sessions are normally an hour, do you need that long? Do you need longer? Why an hour? Quite simply it’s because your trainer has to structure their day and clients, and having a set time is the only way to do that and optimise their time. This is fair, it’s not a hobby for them, it’s their job and unless you’re going to pay them a lot more per session they’re going to have to see more people.
However this means that you have to fit into a 1 hour time slot, that is available and suits you and your personal trainer, 3/4 times per week. What if the time they have isn’t suitable for you? What if you needed 5 times a week?
Not a problem with an online personal trainer. You are training as long as you need and as often as you can, because your personal trainer doesn’t have to be there with you. No more scheduling issues!
We all have busy lives, meetings, children, traffic, all of which can slow us down and make us late. It happens and can’t be helped, but it also means you might lose your session.
Online personal training - Fit your training around your time. Sessions are scheduled out on particular days, even at optimal times around your meals, but if you’re late you don’t lose out.
Motivation and Accountability
Online personal training may involve more self motivation than a face to face personal trainer, however it does provide the accountability of having paid for a service. As a result you’ll have someone check in with you to ensure you’re progressing, asking why you’ve missed workouts, and pushing you to achieve more.
Getting & Seeing Results
If you can track it, you can manage it - it’s a phrase you’ve probably heard before. With online personal training your lifts and training volume, body weight, body fat, body measurements and pictures are all tracked. You’ll see the fruits of your hard work in numbers and photos from start to finish. This adds to your sense of achievement and motivation to keep going.