Personal Trainer to Home? Is it Necessary?
The benefits of personal training at home are great. But in todays technological revolutionary era, face fo face is no longer the only way. Today online coaching has become popular and for good reason. Do you need a personal trainer to come and count your reps for you? Or do you just need something simple and concrete to follow that’s in line with your goals in comfortable surroundings? Perhaps there are better personal trainers outside of your post code that you feel you better connect with (me!).
One of the perceived drawbacks of online coaching is a lack of technique guidance. But this is easily overcome via live facetime technique instruction or online 1-1 personal training sessions. And having done live 1-1 sessions countless times with far away online clients who train at home, I can say they are just as effective as in person. Moreover, exercise tutorial videos are included with every workout program too.
So, through face to face you do get more personal interaction and the accountability of a booked session can keep you consistent! However, with online coaching you aren’t restricted to your personal trainers diary. But instead complete your weekly tasks in your own time, at your own pace and receive weekly video check in feedback (as well as having daily point of contact) from your coach. And this works just as well, if not better regarding accountability. Because you become independant and don’t rely on that one weekly PT session to rescue another ‘bad week’.
Personally, I love being both a personal trainer and an online coach and have developed amazing relationships through both. They are both great options, it just depends on you. For example, some have the motivation to exercise and just need the guidance and clarity to achieve their goals. Others, may benefit more from in person camaraderie.
Online coaching is certainly more affordable than 1-1 personal training especially if you have more than one PT session per week. And particularly suits those who want a private coach, not in a gym environment. In addition, you may find that most experienced personal trainers tend to work at their own facility, avoiding the stress of traffic and travelling. If you’re unsure whether to train at home or at the gym this blog may help you! Both are great!
Personal Training Online Benefits Compared to Personal Trainer to Home
It’s much cheaper
24/7 support and guidance
Weekly check ins/video feedback
Private portal to track and organize your journey and keep everything in the same place
Daily email reminders for that days agenda
No PT diary collisions or super late/early sessions around other clients
No last minute payment cancellations
Improved training flexibility for when life is busy (if you miss a session you can simply restructure the program
Faster rate of progress through more independence due to following tailored programming
Train anywhere and via multiple gyms when busy with work travel
Less reliance on that one magical and sometimes torturous weekly PT session (because you didn’t exercise/eat well inbetween)
Online coaching includes exercise technique tutorials plus analyses of your exercise video recordings
Due to online training you can now choose a trainer based on their quality and not just because they are local
Down sides are that you have to count your own reps!
Personal Training in the Home Environment is How Body Reach Started!
We’ve had many clients that have used services such as personal training in the home environment that are now online clients. Also, personal training in the home environment was a Body Reach service many years ago after we left gyms. Of which some clients transitioned and are still with us online now! And although online coaching isn’t new it caught the attention of millions throughout corona virus lock downs. Because people realized that actually, the gym or even a 1-1 trainer aren’t requirements to success. But that investing in a little equipment (as many continue to do today), a specific plan and support are key requirements. Furthermore, structure and guidance avoids any second guessing progress or winging training which ultimately leads to quitting. So, a smart approach should be adopted whether training at home or the gym.
To be clear, we aren’t saying that there aren’t benefits to 1-1 personal training. But that as a whole there are just more benefits to online coaching! By the same token, gyms can be great but they aren’t the only pathway to your goals. Below are some benefits of home training:
Get home, train, shower, eat and get your feet up! No traffic or chatter boxes holding you up!
No waiting for machines
The worst one of all! Being in queue position 3 for the bench press or squat rack. Or having someone stare at you like you have three heads to try and hurry you.
No anxiety for fear of being judged
This doesn’t happen nearly as often as we probably think it does but it’s nice to train in solitude so you can switch off mentally and focus fully on the job at hand. The best way to do this in a gym is to get your cap on and earphones plugged in if you want privacy.
More confidence to try new things and improve technique
Now this happens to both sexes but definitely predominantly females. So by training at home you can fully immerse your attention towards improving tough compound movements. Such as the squat, dead lift, bench press, bent row, overhead press, press ups etcetera.
No one year contract
How many of us have paid for the year and then not gone for the next 11 months!? Body weight training at home requires no start up costs until you invest in some iron!
You can put your own music on, cook whilst you train and even train in your underwear so you can see those gains incoming! Plus it won’t matter if you forget your ear phones or shower gel as we’ve all done before! Best of all you will never need to dry yourself with your socks because you’ll have ample amounts of towels at your disposal!
Ever tried online personal training?
For further insight into how online personal training works give this page a read.