If you are reading my blog, I assume you know that I offer online training. However, a lot of people don’t really know what that means. How can someone train you online?
I thought it was weird too, at first. But it actually makes a LOT of sense for some people! For example, I’ve worked with two different coaches online in the past 3 years. Yes-even coaches have coaches! For me, I did online coaching because I didn’t want to have to think about my programs. I also train in-person, so writing my own programs was something I didn’t want to deal with…. I write programs all day! It was so simple for me to just look at that day’s workout and go.
And that’s exactly the basis of online training. The trainer provides your workout program, and you take it to the gym with you and do it on your own.
No aimless walking around trying to figure out what to do next.
No wondering if you should be doing a certain exercise.
No more time wasted in the gym.
The first thing you need to decide is if online coaching would be a good match for you. Weigh the pros and cons:
- Independence to get to the gym on your own time
- Ability to work with your coach from anywhere in the world
- Typically much more affordable than in-person personal training
- Highly personalized to your goals
- Develop a close relationship with your coach
- Motivation to go to the gym if you have someone to report back to
- Coach will not be there during your workouts
- Getting to the gym even if you don’t have an appointment
- Most communication between coach and client will be through email
- You might need to take video recordings for your coach
In my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons. I know a lot of you might be thinking…what happens if I don’t know how to do an exercise? Well, a good coach should be able to help you learn new exercises through videos and descriptions. AND, you’ll most likely be sending a lot of videos TO your coach. The more that I can see, the better I can help.
I think the coolest part of online coaching is that I can coach someone a few towns over, a few states over, across the country, or across the world! Since everything is done online, it doesn’t matter where in the world you are!
Now, not all online coaches are made equal. Here are things you should look for when deciding to work with someone online:
- Experience: Have they ever coached in person? In an actual gym? Do they understand basic anatomy? Be wary of those people on instagram who offer programs. Ask them about their experience. Ask them for a resume if you want. This person is going to be coaching YOU. Would you want someone who has never actually trained a real, live, person?
- Testimonials: If they have a website, check for a “success stories” page. Go on their Facebook and see what people are saying about them. Check out their instagram mentions as well. Of course, client transformations can be easily faked-so look for a paper trail.
- Cost: What exactly are they asking you to purchase? If they ask you to buy a ton of supplements or shakes, I would question it. Are they relying on those things to help you get results? Their knowledge and training should be enough, and asking you to buy those things makes it seem like they don’t have confidence in themselves. When I work with clients, they are paying for workouts and nutrition coaching. That’s it.
- Initial Consults: Do they ask you to do some sort of initial consulting? They should! All my clients go through it. They fill out some quick paperwork regarding their health history, goals, and workout history. All of that information is extremely important when you work with a coach. If they don’t ask you for it, there’s a problem.
If you’re thinking of doing online coaching, I encourage you to try it! I loved doing it, and all my clients seem to love it as well. It may seem daunting to choose a coach, but as long as you put some research into it, I’m sure you’ll be able to find someone who is a perfect match for you.
I am accepting new clients to my online coaching. I offer weight and fat loss coaching, coaching for those who are new to exercise, and gym or in-home programs. I’d love to chat with you about your goals! My initial consults are always free and there’s no obligation to purchase coaching. Similarly, I may find that I’m not the best match for you. If that happens, I will personally help you find a coach who is!
Shoot me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook!
I look forward to “meeting” you!