With all the restrictions in place currently, many personal trainers are taking their business online and training more clients via video call and the such. This presents an exciting challenge for trainers as we adapt our working methods to suit the needs of our clients - a challenge some of us relish! It also introduces a different dimension to the sessions which most clients enjoy. So, while face-to-face training remains the most effective way to be coached, online sessions have their own unique benefits:
Let's start with an obvious one. For various reasons, most online sessions tend to be cheaper than face-to-face options. As with any business, there are overheads which must be considered when it comes to pricing. With online sessions, these overheads are lower, so the price of the sessions should be lower. In addition to these savings, most trainers offer sessions shorter in duration than normal which also help save money. Win-win!
Having the flexibility to train anywhere makes training a lot more convenient. No more travelling to and from a gym or park, and more time to get on with the rest of your day. Another convenient benefit of training at home is that you are at home! Need to stay at home for a parcel? Kids that need looking after? Never miss a training session again because you have to stay in!
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Training alone is tough unless you have experience designing workouts or follow a generic workout plan. For most people, when their gym is closed, they turn to jogging and doing a few sit-ups at home. Don't be that person. Training remotely with a personal trainer introduces a vast array of safe and effective exercises one would not normally perform. Add to this proper coaching and technique adjustments and you have a significantly better way of training at home (or anywhere else for that matter).
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4. Comfort and Control
Gyms and parks tend not to be the most comfortable of environments. The great thing about training at home is you can control your environment to suit you. You decide what music is playing. You decide the temperature. Being in your own domain gives you a greater sense of control which, aside from being convenient, can also empower you when following a health and fitness regime. You can train in a comfortable environment without strangers judging you, shower straight away and eat a healthy meal you have prepared a lot faster than if you were training in a gym or other facility.
Let's not beat around the bush, this isn't an ideal situation for most people. I miss the gym and I miss seeing my clients, but I am also enjoying the new challenges the situation has presented, both in my work and my own training. Part of our evolutionary success stems from our ability to adapt to almost any given situation. We are adaptable creatures, so let's adapt to these new challenges.
Find out how I can help you reach your fitness goals in these challenging times with online coaching.
Stay safe and stay healthy.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Maitland is a personal trainer with over 10 years’ experience. He has worked alongside a wide range of leading CEO's, entrepreneurs and medical professionals. John is a keen athlete and holds a black belt in Shaolin Kung fu. A fan of the great outdoors, he can often be found exploring the British countryside and mountains...or breaking pine boards with his fingers.