Have you ever been interested in working with a fitness professional and you do not know where you start? You may have discovered that a Google search ends in an overwhelming amount of personal trainers trying to sell their programs or products. While you may have the time to make the trip to the gym, a convenient style of personal training is emerging that could simplify and change your life.
Online training programs have become readily available from the comfort of your home. If you are living in Kansas, you can hire a trainer in Florida. So, how does online training work? Most successful online training programs use online videos, Skype/Facetime sessions, and electronic communication accountability to help you reach your goals. While one-on-one, in-person training offers another tier of accountability, you cannot match the affordability and customization that is offered through a qualified personal trainer. You can expect to spend less than $100/month to have a daily, personalized solution for your fitness program.
How do I know if the company I’m using is qualified to provide me with the most up-to-date information and be able to customize a training program for me? When you’re combing through the options, consider the following qualifications and don’t be afraid to ask for confirmation about any certifications or degrees that they have obtained.
1. Bachelor’s Degree in an Exercise-related field
2. Personal training certification (highly ranked organizations include ACSM, NASM, NSCA)
3. Years of experience
4. Highly skilled communicator (knows how to talk on the phone and does not just rely on email and text.)
Of course, my recommendation is to shop local! That way, you are able to meet one-on-one with your trainer, even if the program will mostly be online. A meeting in person (or even Skype) can help build trust in your trainer.
TrainKC offers in-home personal training, and also two affordable options for online training. We use online software from TrainingPeaks to help track your workouts and progress. Save time by skipping the trip to the gym, and consider signing up and investing some time in your personal well-being.