So you've made the decision to seek out an online personal trainer. And why not? Communication has been made just that much easier these days. |
The question now is, "what am I getting with my new online personal training program?"
This is a fair question to ask for any product or service. Unfortunately, just like any product or service, there are faulty ones, and poor quality. This is always going to be left up to the consumer to decide what they are ultimately going to settle for.
The great thing about the online personal trainer, is that outside of the communication aspect, the market is relatively still small but growing. Why is this a good thing? It just means you don't have to look too far to find the good ones and the bad ones.
Now how about what you should look for? Well, we have already covered communication, and honestly, that is going to be one of the largest aspects of your program. Another thing you want to be aware of, is making sure you are truly getting what you are paying for. going back to quality of service, there are plenty of poor personal trainers out there who are content with offering you the same personalized fitness program that they offer to most of their other clients. The idea of personalized fitness and training goes right out the door at that point. People want a personal trainer to get fitness programs specific to their needs. Getting a general plan is going to show results, but they won't be the best results for you.
So how do you find out if you are not getting your money's worth out of your program? In the online world, that can be difficult, but not impossible.
Many services of this nature are referral based, so ask the person who referred you what their fitness program looks like and whether they are satisfied with it.
If you signed up for it and received your program off a referral, perhaps compare fitness programs.
Go bold and simply ask the trainer about their methods. Chances are you won't get a straight forward answer, but it doesn't hurt to ask. At the very least it will help you with your judgement process.
Online personal training should come hand in hand with a questionnaire process. This is a good indicator, however it may just be a legitimizing effort on the part of the online personal trainer.
Depending on how in depth the communication is, one of the most important features to look for in an online personal training program is the ability to interact with your personal trainer to make changes to your program.
Whatever you choose in the end, hopefully you will be happy. However one of the main and most important factors that needs to be considered is motivation. Motivation and accountability are the foundation of any goal. Personal trainers online can only do so much, but the good ones will do everything they can. Good trainers will hold their clients accountable. A physical presence is not required to maintain a basic level of accountability. So before you look for an online personal training program, make sure you are ready to take on the challenge.
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