Is An Online Personal Trainer Worth It? (9 Things to Consider)

Going to the gym and seeing a personal trainer on a weekly basis not fitting in with your lifestyle? Online personal training could be the just the thing for you.

Online personal training is perfect if you know your way around the gym, but need some guidance to fine tune your training programme.

It's also a great option if:

  • You have a home gym set up but need coaching & programming.
  • You're looking to compete in competitions, sports or events. For example weightlifting, powerlifting, CrossFit, marathons, football or bodybuilding.
  • You're a 'gym-goer' already, but looking to take the hassle out of writing your own plans.

Is Online Personal Training Worth It?

In short, yes! There are lots of benefits to be had with a more flexible way of training. But let's break down why...

1. Firstly, what is online personal training?

Online personal training is exactly what it says on the tin. A virtual personal trainer & coach providing flexible support for your training.

It's a useful accountability tool to help keep your training focus around clear goals. Typically, your Online PT will coach you in the direction you’re looking to achieve. This tends to be around goals like, fat loss, muscle building and sports performance.

The commitment of seeing a personal trainer many times a week can be hard. Especially, when you are balancing work and family life. Online personal training helps shoulder the bergen.

With our client app, you get bespoke programming & constant contact with your coach throughout your training.

2. How Much Does Online Personal Training Cost?

Prices start at around £150pcm.

For this, you get:

  • access to your online coach.
  • monthly updated progressive training programs
  • correlated nutrition
  • weekly check ins with your coach
  • daily instant messaging
  • videos and tracking of metrics
  • training app
  • tonnes of accountability measures to get you the results you desire.

3. What Are the Benefits of a Virtual Fitness Coach?

There are lots of reasons why an online personal trainer can really help you take your performance to the next level but the two most common benefits are:

  • Flexibility. Online personal training often provides a better 'real-world' service with some epic results. You have access to your trainer anywhere in the world, right in the palm of your hand.
  • Accountability. A huge factor in getting results is having a system that follows you around 24/7. With access to our app at your fingertips, it can definitely be more useful than just seeing your trainer a few times a week.

4. How Long Does It Take to See Results?

Seeing results depends on the goal but the recommendations are always a minimum of 90 days. This stands for both online and 1-1 personal training.

Things To Look Out For

It’s important you do your research when looking around for an online personal trainer. Things we recommend you do are centred around:

5. The Coach Qualities

  • Who has the coach worked with and are those people like me?
  • Have they achieved the results I’m looking to meet?
  • Are there any reviews?

6. What is the communication stream like?

At the end of the day, we shouldn't only be about the training program. The guidance and communication provided by your coach is a key factor.

  • Do they use an app or some form of live tracking sheet? This is important because coaching happens in the moment not just a summary call at the end of the month.

7. Is the coach qualified?

We are in an age of social media. Influencers can sell training programs even if they aren’t qualified to do so. Check before you commit and know that all More Than Muscle online coaches are 100% qualified, insured and experienced to work with you.

8. How Often Should I Train with My Online PT?

We recommend gym/home training session 3 times a week.

Online personal training moves away from the traditional PT where you select a package of personal training sessions.

Your coach will build the required amount of gym/home sessions based on your work/life balance & goals.

Accountability tasks are then setup for you to meet throughout your week. This approach is about the entire process rather than purely the sessions.

9. Is Online Personal Training as Effective?

100%!

We have helped 100’s of people all over the world gain exceptional results using this method. This medium isn’t something you should shy away from particularly if you are an avid gym goer.

Enhance your training with an Online Personal Trainer

Online personal training is a fantastic opportunity for you to receive expert coaching. It's great for gym goers that need expert guidance on their training plans. It can also be very useful to supplement your sporting ambitions or a physique-based goal such as fat loss or muscle building.

If you choose More Than Muscle to guide your fitness journey you'll get:

  • a bespoke training plan that is built to hit your goals.
  • Expert guidance from our highly experienced coaches. The added benefit is that you can instant message with your coach daily and have weekly check ins too.
  • Access to our app to help you track your progress - You can track metrics, form, communicate and set daily accountability tasks all within the app.

The results speak for themselves. and so online personal training could be the perfect fit for your lifestyle. Equally if you like to train at home, this option can be a handy tool to access the expert guidance you need, all from the comfort of your home.

Either way online personal training gives you the flexibility that traditional 1-1 personal training doesn’t necessarily do and for a fraction of the price. You get a fully tailored programme, with expert guidance, to help you smash those goals you've been chasing.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you take your training to the next level.

Andy Pilides

Andy has over 10 years of experience in the field of training, nutrition, and exercise science. He has a lifetime of practice, using various methods of weight-room & field-based training principles, on himself and in abundance on a vast amount of people of all different body types. Andy holds a Masters degree in Strength & Conditioning.

coachandy@morethanmuscle.co.uk