Todays article is going to be a short one; but it’s going to shed some light on one aspect of personal training that not a lot of people outside the fitness community know much about…
Being involved in the industry, and having worked with different coaches online for the past couple of years, I sometimes forget that online coaching is still a relatively new and unknown alternative to in-person training.
Online, or remote coaching as it’s sometimes called, is essentially the same as in-person training, except without the “in-person” part. Instead, you communicate with your coach through email, phone calls, video calls, social media, private groups, etc.
This type of coaching has a myriad of benefits, both for the client and the trainer. Lets look at each one…
With typical in-person sessions, your trainer is going to design your workout program, track your progress, provide emotional support, advise you on nutrition (hopefully), and give you accountability.
With online coaching, you get all of these same benefits. Your workout plans will be emailed to you on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. You and your coach will determine the best way to track and analyze progress based on your goals. You will receive a custom nutrition that may have you following a template, or counting calories/macros. And maybe most importantly, you will have emotional support and accountability to help you stay on track.
And with online coaching, your coach is always available, whether it be through email, texts, phone calls or social media. Your time with your coach is not just confined to the hour you meet in the gym.
There are only so many hours in the day. And a good portion of those are either filled with work or sleep. That doesn’t leave a lot of extra time to try and schedule a session that fits both your schedule and your trainers. And if your trainer is in high demand, scheduling can be next to impossible! Good trainers are booked out weeks, or sometimes months in advance.
The beauty of online coaching is you get to workout when it best fits your schedule. Your coach gives you your plan, and you fit it in when it works best for you. Your workouts, and ultimately your success, are not dependent on the availability of a trainer.
One of the most overlook aspects of a successful fitness regimen is accountability. Some people are able to hold themselves accountable. Others need a little help.
In-person training offers accountability because you need to meet with your trainer for the sessions. Online coaching provides accountability by making you track your performance at the gym, taking body stat measurements, and sometimes keeping a food diary or tracking macros, all of which you share with your coach. You also have the ability to contact your coach at any time, something that you may not always get with a trainer at the gym.
Cost acts as another form of accountability, which is a benefit of both in-person training, and online coaching. When you pay for something, you are more likely to see value in it, because you are spending your own hard-earned money on it. On the other hand, if you get something for free, it’s often perceived as having less value because you didn’t have to give up anything for it. Training is no different.
Speaking of money…
When you are working with a trainer in a gym, you are paying for their time just as much as anything. For that hour or so you they are working with you, they are 100% yours. And like we already talked about, there are only so many hours in the day, so time for trainers is at a premium…and you are going to pay for it!
Online coaching on the other hand, doesn’t have that same constraint. Because of technology, coaches can communicate and work with many different clients at one time; not being constrained by the number of clients they can meet with in a day. And because of this, online coaching is often a cheaper alternative to in-person training.
Good trainers usually will command a minimum of $50/hour, with the best charging upwards of $100/hour. And if you want good results, you’ll probably need to work with a trainer 2-3x a week. That starts getting expensive real quick…and not everyone can afford that. With online coaching however, most coaches charge per month. And the cost usually ends up being less than what it would cost for two weeks of in-person sessions.
To be honest, the biggest benefit of my online coaching experience the last few years hasn’t been about losing fat or getting in shape. Instead it’s been about the people I’ve gotten to know and what I’ve learned from them.
The knowledge I’ve gained from my coaches has been equally as valuable as the results I’ve seen. Even if fitness wasn’t my job, this knowledge would not only allow me to help myself, but others as well.
Now, I’m not saying you can’t learn anything, or get the same knowledge from a trainer at your local gym. You can and will learn a lot! However, you are limited to working with the trainers who work in your area.
With online coaching, you can work with some of the best and most well respected trainers from around the world. Guys like Adam Bornstein and John Romaniello, best selling authors and world class trainers, not only have helped me with my fitness goals, but have helped shape my philosophy as a trainer. Without online coaching, I probably would have never had the opportunity to work with them. And without that opportunity, I am not sure where I would be, physically or professionally.
I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of online coaching in this article, mainly because there are a lot of great things about it. Ultimately though, it is up to you to decide if online coaching is the right fit for you.
Admittedly, it is not for everyone. If you are someone with little to no experience in the gym, I’d love to have you as my online coaching client. But, it would probably be better for you to work with a trainer in the gym for a few months to get comfortable with the equipment and learn proper exercise technique.
There are also some people who just prefer that face-to-face interaction. And that’s okay. You can get fantastic results whether you are doing in-person training or online coaching. The important thing is that you are comfortable with the method.
Because that is what is going to help you get results.
So if you had any questions about online coaching and what it is, I hope this article helped answer some of those. If not, leave a comment below and I will answer!
Or better yet, check out the online coaching section of the website.
If you think online coaching may be right for you, or you want to learn more about it, fill out the form at the bottom of the coaching page and we’ll talk!