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Will Online Personal Training Work For You?

In recent years major technological advances have been made to the point that personal training services can be delivered effectively and successfully online.

Whilst traditional ‘1-to-1’ training still has it’s place, online will soon be the ‘go to’ solution for most busy people.

Below are some of the many reasons why online personal training is fast becoming the top choice for so many gym goers and none gym goers:-

It’s Extremely Cost Effective

If you compare the cost of traditional ‘1 to 1’ training to online training the difference is undeniable.

Often a Gym based personal trainer will charge more for a one hour session than they would for a full month’s training online.

How is it possible for the online trainer to make a living you may ask? The answer is two fold.

Firstly the online trainer has no fixed overheads such as travel costs, and gym fees (gym’s take a large percentage of all gym based PT’s income, thus they have to charge the client more).

Secondly, a well organised and efficient online PT can significantly reduce wasted ‘downtime’ via high level semi automated systems, meaning their time can be spent only on what matters – the client. In turn, the cost saving can be passed onto the client giving a ‘win / win’ situation.

If you do the calculations the cost difference between the two methods of training is huge.

Based on an average cost of £50 for a one hour ‘1 to 1’ session, a yearly outgoing could be:-

* 2 x 50= £100 Per week (based on the two sessions per week most personal trainers recommend as a minimum).

* £100 x 52 = £5,200 per year!

That is a big amount of money, and almost 10 times as much as most online personal training will cost. Also, if you miss a session you’re still going to have to pay with the conventional method of ‘1 to 1’ training.

Wider Choice Of Trainer

When choosing a PT you are usually limited to the trainer at your gym who is available.

With online personal training you get to pick the best trainer for your needs, whether they live next door or across the ocean.

Online personal training is a competitive market, thus as a customer you stand to benefit from the competition that will drive online trainers to constantly improve the service they offer.

Every year online fitness courses get better, offering the client new and inventive ways to enjoyable improve their health and fitness.

The Myth That Exercises Can’t Be Performed Correctly

A concern often felt by those thinking of hiring an online personal trainer is the question of how to actually correctly perform some of the exercises contained in the program.

All good online personal trainers will provide you with access to multi-angle videos depicting how to correctly perform any exercise included in your workout plan.

This is a great tool to use for assuring you are using correct form on each of your exercises to maximise results.

The PT may also ask that the client video themselves performing an exercise and send it in.

This will give your online PT the ability to review your actual form as if they were actually there beside you in the gym. At GymWolfPT I offer all this via an easy to use purpose built app.

Time And Location Are Not Relevant

When using an online fitness trainer you have complete control and freedom over your routine.

You can workout at any time, night or day, as long as the work gets done.

You can also workout anywhere, whether that be in a gym, at home, in a park or in your office.

Your PT is there to work for you and with you, thus will develop a plan that works for you.

Online training allows you to have your workout schedule, diet plan and motivation right in the palm of you hand on your mobile phone app.

Comprehensive Online Support

This is often not taken advantage of when training with a trainer face-to-face.

Continuous assessment and accountability have a large role to play in any training plan and good online training can provide this.

You would also receive access to thorough exercise tutorials and videos on the correct way to be performing exercises – which can be performed and perfected without pressure and unwanted attention.

You Receive Immediate Attention, And Don’t Have To Wait Until Your Next Session

Have you ever had times when you had a burning question after your regular training session?

Most people end up Googling them up, waiting another week to finally ask that question or forget about it!

Working with an online personal trainer means that all your questions will be answered pretty much in-the-moment.

GymWolfPT, for instance, offers 24/7 messenger support to all clients.

Work Out In Your Environment

Not everyone is a fan of the gym.

That being the case why not workout at home with calm music on and no one else around.

No shouting, no crowds, no noise.

You focus on mastering your technique without getting worried of who’s watching and judging your attempts of getting things right.

workout at home

See And Track Your Results

Now that everything is online, it’s easy to review and track.

Want to know if you’ve ever done that many reps, or benched that heavy of a weight before?

Your app will tell you if you’ve hit a PB! Even stats like body weight and body fat percentage can be tracked and easily viewed on a time based graph.

Motivation And Accountability

While online training may sometimes involve more self-motivation, your online trainer is just a button click away.

Your online trainer will also be messaging you on a regular basis to check in on your progress, answer your questions and make sure that you are completing your workouts.

Work At Your Pace

You do need to be rushed.

You can take as much time as you need to strengthen a certain move and polish up your technique.

No need to worry that you are running out of time with your ‘1-to-1’ personal trainer.

One Downfall Sometimes Associated With Online Training Is The Safety Factor

Whilst it is true that online training is probably best tailored to people with at least a basic knowledge of exercises, there are still lots of options for the online trainer to utilise.

They can provide custom exercise videos and concise instructions on how to do a specific exercise or workout.

Also, if all else fails, the client can always message them with questions if unsure of anything.

With online personal training you’ll have support and fitness advice throughout, and all conveniently controlled from you mobile phone or device.

So what do you think of online personal training? Is it something worth a try?

Contact me at to find out how I can tailor a package specially to meet your goals, needs and schedule.

Ian Worthington

Creator, Owner and Coach at

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