Getting results shouldn’t be so hard, especially when you are paying for Personal Training.
Did you know that an Online Personal Trainer can get you better results for a fraction of the price?
Imagine having your Personal Trainer with you every time you feel like reaching for a burger, or think about skipping your morning run.
What if 1-1 Personal Training was as easy as sending a message on your phone, from the comfort of your own home, for the price of a night out?
If you have a phone, an internet connection, and are willing to put the work in, Online Personal Training can be a cost-effective solution for you. Especially if you don’t have the time for gym sessions with a Personal Trainer.
Don’t be fooled though, Online Personal Training is no quick fix.
Read The 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Do Online Personal Training to find out if it will work for you.
Keep reading to find out how much an Online Personal Trainer is, and have them anytime, anywhere.
What are the types of Online Personal Training?
Before we get into the price of Online Personal Training, let’s look at the different types.
Just like many online services you will get a range of Online Personal Training types.
What do you get with Online Personal Training?
You can find Online Personal Trainers who will deliver a very personalised service including 1-1 coaching calls, video feedback, and personalised training plans. You can expect to pay a lot more for this personalised service, as it will be catered to your specific needs and goals, which takes a considerable amount of time and effort from your Personal Trainer. However, the personalisation will mean that if you stick with it, you will get better results, faster.
On the other hand, you can also find Online Personal Trainers who offer premade online training programmes. These consist of set workouts, and possibly meal plans which you will need to follow. You may receive some automated emails offering guidance or motivation, however, these will not be personalised, and you will have to monitor your progress yourself.
In simple terms, the more time you require from your Personal Trainer, the more you can expect to pay.
1. 1-1 Programmes
As we move into a more heavily technology driven world, the opportunities of doing things online have become endless.
What is 1-1 Online Personal Training?
These are online programmes which will give you the highest level of support. You may have weekly 1-1 calls with your Personal Trainer, and most probably an onboarding call to discuss your goals, lifestyle and any injuries.
You may also get live training classes with this sort of programme, but it won’t be as necessary if you have the support and a solid, easy to follow programme.
You will have your lifestyle, goals, and capabilities assessed and a workout plan made especially for you. This will give you a higher chance of success.
If your Online Personal Trainer does pre programme assessments such as a posture and movement analysis you will see great improvements straight away. Not only will you feel stronger and fitter, you will also start to notice your body moving easier and pain free.
Depending on the way your programme is set up you may also get a tracking app which will help you and your Online Personal Trainer follow you progress with diet, fitness, strength, habits and more.
This type of programme will not just cost more money, but it will require more of your time too. So if you are happy to stick to appointments and check-ins you will be sure to get the most out of your investment.
This probably won’t work for you if you have a hectic, irregular schedule. If that sounds like you, it’s likely that you’ll get frustrated with the lack of results, and feel like you have wasted lots of money.
Don’t take this out on your trainer, they can only help you as much as you will allow them, after all, they can’t do the hard work for you.
Price of 1-1 Online Personal Training
- From £200/month
2. Live Online Training Classes
This will make you feel just like you’re in the studio. All you’ll need is the right attitude to get stuck in and feel the atmosphere.
What is Live Online Personal Training?
Live Online Personal Training is exactly how it sounds. A Personal Trainer that just happens to train you online.
What you’ll get will depend on how the Personal Trainer runs their programmes.
Some will only offer the online training, which will consist of meeting online at scheduled time to do a workout. They will offer you accountability by making sure you make every session, and motivation to keep going even when it gets tough. If they’re a good trainer, they will also give you feedback on your movement, let you know how you can get better, and avoid injuries as a result of your training.
The benefit of live Online Personal Training is that you can access your favourite online Personal Trainer wherever you are in the world. This opens up doors to Personal Trainers all over the world.
So if you want someone who specialises in an unheard of Yoga practice only taught in the villages of India, you can still train without having to travel half way around the world.
It’s also great because someone is actually with you in real-time. Pre recorded classes can almost feel fake or more ‘T.V.’ like.
You may be someone who prefers to have someone actually with you, even if it is virtually.
It also means you can’t walk away for a 5 minute break.
This type of live training heavily depends on a good internet connection, which is not always promised. If either of you have a bad connection it will be extremely difficult to follow a workout and receive feedback.
Depending on your programme, you may also need to buy your own gym equipment. This may not be a problem if you’re training at home, but if you’re always on the go, it may become harder.
Like I mentioned before, as with the 1-1 Online Personal Training, this type of programme will require your committed time. If you schedule classes and then can’t make it, your online Personal Trainer may not always be able to reschedule.
Remember, once you book a session, you have booked their time, so they can’t schedule any other appointments. If you cancel too late and expect to reschedule, you may be taking the time that they may have been spending with another client.
Price of Live Online Personal Training
- From £20/session
3. Group Online Training Classes
Many people enjoy the community that comes with group classes. Others prefer the fact that they get the same class for a fraction of the cost.
Whichever one may be your reason, find out if group training is for you.
What is Group Online Personal Training?
Share the cost with others with group Online Personal Training.
This one is a bit different due to the ‘group’ nature. But just like in personal group training, depending on the size of the class and the quality of the instructor, you can still get all the training you need for a fraction of the price.
Depending on your programme you may only get classes, or you could get group classes with additional group/1-1 support to coach with nutrition and other habits.
You may have the opportunity meet other people who may have the same or similar goals to you. At the very least, they’re on their journey to self improvement and having a community of likeminded individuals can make training much more fun.
By being a part of a community, you will not just have your instructor motivating and encouraging you, you will have others in your community sharing their successes, struggles, and tips which you can benefit from
The same thing that makes group training more beneficial can also make it harder, or less successful. As there are multiple people in the class you may not get the speicific, detailed feedback or advice you might be looking for.
If you have a specific type of injury, or physical need, it may be worth getting some 1-1 advice before joining group classes. This is so you understand the limitations of your body, and know when you need to alter an exercise, or slow down to avoid injury.
You group instructor can definitely help you with this, but their eyes won’t always be on you, so you’ll need to manage your own abilities too.
Price of Group Online Personal Training
- From £10/month
4. Premade Online Training Programmes
If you’re looking for something a little more hands off, that offers some guidance and advice, a premade plan may work for you.
Just be sure that you can motivate yourself and stay on track, because there won’t be someone to check in with.
What is a Premade Online Training Programme?
Just like meal plans and workouts, Online Personal Training has also become victim to conventional, cookie cutter programmes that rarely get people results.
Because there is nothing personal about them.
A premade programme won’t take into account your body type, lifestyle, goals, injuries etc. You won’t have your needs listened to, and no one will know where you hope to be by the end of the programme.
That being said, it might still be for you if what you’re looking for is not about personalisation, but convenience, and guidance.
Unlike having a real person coach you, you will not need to depend on someone else. While some one has set up the programme, you are not accountable to anyone but yourself.
So, if you’re someone who feels slightly intimidated by having a Personal Trainer then this may help you get started.
You will need to be disciplined with this type of programme. Many people hire Personal Trainers for the accountability, but if that’s not what you need, you may still get good results with a premade online programme. Even better, you will be able to train on your own schedule.
So, if a 02:00 AM workout works for you, all you’ll need to do is open up your app or online programme, and follow the steps.
As mentioned before, a premade programme will not consider your personal goals, injuries, weaknesses or lifestyle into account.
You may lose weight and build better habits, but if you have postural misalignments or pain that you want to fix, this type of programme is not your answer.
In fact, if you want to fix these things, you may be doing yourself more harm than good with a premade programme. You may be further ingraining your bad habits and movements and will need to undo a lot more damage before getting to a healthier, stronger state.
You will not benefit from the accountability, feedback, or advice a real Online Personal Trainer offers.
It’s hard to justify a fully premade programme being Personal Training, if you get nothing personal. However, the automated reminders and tracking abilities often offered in premade training programmes will help you along your way.
Price of Premade Online Training Programmes
£20 – £100/month
So, now you know the different types of Online Personal Training and how much they will cost, all you need to do is weigh up the pros and cons of each one.
You might find that you need more, or less support than you originally thought, and that’s ok. We all learn along the way.
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