Hey, so I heard that you were considering online coaching?
First things first, online coaching is an incredible way for you to take control, empower your physique and build fitness habits which remain engraved.
Yet, it is the right pathway for you?
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of online coaching. This will help you to establish whether or not you, personally, will benefit from an online programme. It might be that face-to-face personal training sessions are more suited to you.
Pros of Online Coaching
- Affordability: It is less expensive than face to face pt. For example say you pay £30 a session for face. To-face with two sessions a week. That is £240. In contrast, online training would cost £100 a month on average.
- Convenience: It’s flexible. There are no geographical limits. You can select the trainer of your choice. It synchronizes with your schedule. This is a big advantage if you are a busy person and find it difficult to make time to meet with a trainer in person e.g. students or those with a 9-5 job.
- Experts in their field: Online training opens up a gateway to greater knowledge. You have a much wider variety of trainers to choose from and can select the total expert in the field. This is for people looking to take their training to another level and push themselves with guidance from the ultimate individual.
- Work on it yourself: Without face-to-face contact it is up to you to be disciplined, dedicated and determined to achieve results. Some people actually prefer this. It challenges you on a independent level. n a way you get to know your body better. Your reliant on a pt and are given a greater responsibility when it comes to performance. You have to initiate mind to muscle connections and find out what works for you. This can be beneficial in the long run.
Cons of Online Coaching
- Self motivation: You have to be able to motivate yourself. When it comes down to stepping into your gym and executing the plan provided you really have to give it your all. There is no-one physically there to push you. It is you vs you. Do you have what it takes?
- Nobody is there to check your form: One element that I love about face-to-face personal training is that you have a trainer by your side during the workout to check your form. They can offer you corrections and modify your form. It is these slight tweaks which make a massive impact on performance. This also helps to ensure that you, the client, are performing the workout safely and correctly.
- Harder for the online trainer to accurately judge your results: Without face-to-face contact it becomes harder for the trainer. The online trainer cannot watch you perform exercise and therefore cannot correct your techniques. Some clients can lie about their body weight, the weights tracked down during the workout. Basically it is easier to false results or accidentally mess up numbers. There is a greater chance of accuracy if the pt is there with you in person helping you to track. On the plus side you can always record yourself performing exercises and send it over. The pt can correct your form from there.
- You are not the “right” type of client: This is if you do not have any background in fitness. You might also lack self-discipline and self-motivation.
It all spirals down to the kind of person you are. Are you someone who is confident, highly motivated, has a good sense of mind to muscle connection, has experience with personal training sessions, likes to work on something themselves? You might have a busy lifestyle and want to save money e.g. students. This type of person would thrive at online coaching sessions. Here you have the freedom and opportunity to work on the workout plan and nutrition yourself. Alternatively, you may be someone who is less confident, has not experimented with personal training sessions, needs help with form and motivation. In my opinion, this type of person would benefit more greatly by acquiring a face-to-face personal trainer from their local gym.
I hope this has helped you,
Find me on Instagram: @emrosevenn