Hey again! We are back to blogging and are thrilled to be doing so! Let's face it, 2020 has been a year FILLED with fears, restrictions, and uncertainties but, it seems that online training has made a gigantic leap to the front of the line when it comes to continuing your healthy lifestyle. We want to help YOU to make the the best, most informed decision when determining whether online training is a perfect fit for you. With that being said, let's highlight the pros and cons of online training and when is a good time to take the plunge.
Advertisements for online trainers are everywhere. The question is, how do you sift through the list and feel confident that you found the BEST choice, and know which coaching style is a perfect fit for you? The first step is to take an honest look in the mirror, and answer these 7 questions:
Do I hit the gym consistently on my own? If not, will answering to someone be enough to hold me accountable to go to the gym consistently?
Am I familiar with the names of exercises? If not, do I mind doing research to learn the names for each exercise, or do I need a trainer that will explain?
Do I understand the proper form when lifting weight? If not, am I willing to watch videos and learn proper form for everything I do?
Am I a healthy eater?
Do I know what eating healthy truly means, or could I benefit from a teacher?
Does working out among others motivate me, or can I handle exercising on my own?
Am I nervous when I walk into the gym? Would having a plan written out ahead of time help to build my confidence?
After walking through these questions and spending some time analyzing yourself, you probably have a solid grasp on what to look for in a trainer.
Online trainers are great for people who are self-motivated and are looking to challenge and educate themselves. They are also a great option for those who lack the creativity and knowledge to create a progressive, customized program they can be confident in.
The best part of having a great online trainer, is that they keep things fun and do the mental work for you. They track your goals, create a workout regimen for your home or gym to ensure you are progressing. Essentially, they are an extra level of accountability, which may be exactly what you need to see yourself make some big changes!
Some online personal trainers offer nutrition advice which is great for those who eat clean already but aren't seeing results because they lack the knowledge they need to gain size or lose weight. Some people simply lack the creativity in the kitchen. a great online trainer will help you expand your palette in a healthy way.
What an online trainer cannot do is make you walk into the gym. They will not be there waiting for you (though some coaches offer zoom sessions). An online trainer cannot correct your form, spot you, or help you stretch. If an online trainer writes you a workout, their expectation is that you are knowledgable enough to perform those routines on your own with no additional explanations.
So which option is best for you? If you need extra support, education in lifting form, a scheduled session with someone expecting you to show up, or to be taught what each exercise is named and nutrition then we recommend one-on-one personal training. We here at Barkes Fitness can help.
However, if you feel like online training is the right direction for you, we encourage you to check out the Fit Life Academy. They offer custom workout programming with video explanations, custom nutrition, progress tracking and direct access to your trainer, all in one app. Their app also syncs with your smart devices to make creating a custom program for you easier than ever.
Either way, make the decision to put your health first and take the time to decide what plan of action works best for your learning style, personality, goals and budget. If you are still unsure of which option is best for you, reach out and message us! We are here to help.