The world of fitness is constantly evolving with new techniques and approaches to getting stronger, enduring longer and seeing those fitness goals come to fruition; and as we move through the digital age, more and more industries are adapting to the changing environment by taking an online approach to delivering services. So why should the world of personal training be any different? Online personal trainers who offer their expertise over the web are everywhere, and are being hailed as an excellent way to build and maintain fitness, even in the face of a fast-paced life like the one that we live in today.
Yes the internet has enhanced the way trainers interact with their clients in many substantial ways. However while this approach offers a number of benefits for their clients, for those that aren’t suited to it, it can hold a number of drawbacks as well.
Advantages and disadvantages of using an online trainer
As you would expect, there are a number of benefits to be enjoyed if you have the determination to work with an online trainer, and determination is key. We will get back to that when we cover the drawbacks, but for now, let’s explore some of the top benefits.
Stick to Your Own Schedule
One of the top benefits of using an online trainer is that you get to work according to your own schedule; a particularly helpful point if you already live a fast-paced lifestyle crammed with all manner of activities, and are still looking at working on your fitness.
The ability to work according to your own schedule should never be understated. It is not only a good motivator, but leaves you without any excuses as to why you may have been slacking of late. But then accountability in this regard is a double-edged sword (and we will talk more about that later).
A More Affordable Approach
There is quite a difference between the cost of working directly with a personal trainer, and using the services of one who offers them online.
The reasons for this are quite straightforward, most online trainers have far fewer overheads to take care of, which means that they can operate at less of an expense. They are then able to pass these savings on to you.
Easily Accessible Expertise
Through pre-downloaded videos, online streams, real-time chat functions and more, you are able to access a wealth of specialised knowledge with a click of a button.
This availability of expertise makes working with a trainer online a wholly powerful approach to getting fitter.
It’s also great for referencing. If you find any pieces of advice particularly valuable, you can earmark them for later, and access it with relative ease.
Of course, when you opt for online training, you have to be prepared to take the good with the bad. For some, however, the drawbacks are negligible, but takes a little self-control to circumvent them.
You’ll Need a Good Eye for Form
Personal trainers are supposed to be hard on you, especially where form is concerned. Performing a workout without the correct form will not only undermine your progress, but could also result in sustaining injuries while you do so.
If you have already spent time perfecting your form, this probably wouldn’t be an issue for you.
But if you haven’t spent much time in the gym, or are otherwise new to the world of fitness, you will likely make a lot of mistakes.
An online video or live chat can only do so much to help you in that regard.
You Need to Hold yourself Accountable
For some, motivation comes easily; for others, that isn’t always the case.
If you fall into the latter category, motivation and accountability are two things that a personal trainer can help you with; except of course if they are not physically there to push you to work harder while working out.
In such a case, it all has to come from your own sense of discipline.
While there are many approaches to taking charge of your own fitness, online personal trainers have been known to bring all of the benefits of an on-site one, though at less of a cost and with more of the convenience.
If you would like to learn more about the professional world of fitness; feel free to get into contact with a representative from the Trifocus Fitness Academy today, or visit our website for details.