Is it a millennial thing? Is it a trendy thing? Is is a new age thing? Is it a social media thing?
Is it a scam?
Personal Training ONLINE- What is it exactly???
Let me give a little bit of a back story before I explain personal training online and what I do for my clients…
It used to be that in December every year we would make resolutions about how to get healthy starting January 1st. Most of the time that included finding a gym, signing up and getting some personal training. Most of the time with your initial consultation you are given a “free” fitness evaluation by one of the gym’s trainers and then are given a “free” week or month of one on one personal training. Now I input the word “free” because they WILL try and sell you on the training packages they offer – but that is their JOB – they are in sales just as much as they are in the business of personal training.
So you get your evaluation – and most trainers do take this seriously – they really DO want to see you get great results! However, there is a HUGE PRESSURE every month to get more and more people signed up for personal training so that they can earn a commission off of the sales – I mean we all know how sales work don’t we?
You start showing up for your training sessions – the person before you is running a little late and into your training session. Then to try and make sure that the next session is on time they start to rush your session – and that short changes your time – which is already valuable – and seems to not be valued as much by your trainer… And how often have you been asked what you enjoy about fitness, or being active? How many times has your trainer invited you to express what you like or dislike and TAILORED your workouts to what you enjoy? I can’t be the only person who has felt this way?!?! If so – you can stop reading now. (ALSO – this is NOT TO SAY THAT EVERY TRAINER IS THIS WAY – I AM NOT GROUPING EVERYONE INTO THIS – but it has been my experience with several in gym trainers)
One one One and in person is CRUCIAL for someone just starting out I feel – and it is important to be monitored and coached on how to move your body through your lifting or cardio routine to make sure that you avoid injury! However – let’s say that you have been going to the gym for a while – you know what you are doing – and you don’t really want someone over your shoulder watching your every move and saying “just one more rep” – but you also feel a little lost on what to do first or creating a routine for yourself to complete… That is where I can help –
Online personal training programs with Life Stride Fitness Training is perfect for those individuals who just want to go to the gym, have a plan, and execute. You check-in once a week – have someone to fall back on IF you have a question – but don’t have to workout according to someone else’s block of allotted time for you – and have flexible nutrition guidelines to help meet your goals. Your trainer (me) works with your likes and dislikes to make sure that your fitness goals are kept fun and enjoyable to YOU!
I’ll give you an example – Paul enjoys running, lifting, and wants to try something new – INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING! I would tailor his workout to include those things that he likes!
Monday – Rest Day (It is the first day back at work and working out is not really a focus)
Tuesday – Running (if he has a goal of a 5K, 10K, Half or Full Marathon – we schedule his runs accordingly)
Wednesday – Focused Strength Training – Upper Body (if he wants to take up indoor rock climbing – we will need to make sure that his muscles are ready for the challenge)
Thursday – Rest Day (Recovery is CRUCIAL to letting your muscles grow and heal)
Friday – Focused Strength Training – Lower Body (I would want a could of days away from upper body strength training if he is going to be rock climbing so that he does not fatigue easily)
Saturday – Indoor Rock Climbing
Sunday – Rest and Recovery.
This is just an example – I would design a workout for Paul and have him stick to that plan for 4-6 weeks before changing it up. Each day would have specific exercises to complete and he would document his progress for check in.
Another Example –
Cindy is not a fan of cardio. She likes to lift and get stronger – but is not a fan of running or jumping around – however she loves to bike ride with her family. I would create her workout to look something like this:
Monday – Leisure bike ride with her family to start the week
Tuesday – Rest Day
Wednesday – Total Body Workout – Resistance Bands
Thursday – Rest Day
Friday – Total Body Workout – Weight Training
Saturday – Longer Bike Ride with Family
Sunday – Rest and Recover
Cindy will sill get the benefits of cardio-respiratory training – while doing something she loves and getting to spend some quality time with her family. She will document her progress and check in with me weekly.
If at any time one of my clients finds something un-enjoyable we work together to tweak their plan and get them back to enjoying the process.
Traditional One on One and in person training can cost $65+ per 30 min session. IF you are meeting your personal trainer 3 times a week, you are spending $195+ a week and if you add it up for a month it is over $780!
If you benefiting from it – FANTASTIC!
However – if you are one of those people, like myself, that just got tired of feeling rushed, having to make appointments to workout, having to workout in front of someone, spending the money for something I know I could do on my own, on my own schedule, at my own pace – online personal training may be perfect for you!
And here is the best news – ITS A FRACTION OF THE COST!
Monthly plans start at $150 for a 4 week program and even the 12 week program is half of what you would spend in the gym with a one on one trainer for one month!
If you would like more information – email me (or fill out the contact form) and I would be happy to explain more in detail and help you start reaching your goals. Life Stride Fitness Training was designed to help YOU ENJOY getting healthy and active!