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Weighing in on online personal training, Part 2

1 Jul 2011

Knowing the expense, but clear advantages of in-person training and the more budget-friendly benefits, but obvious drawbacks of online training, what is the best way to get the best of both worlds?

Here are some suggestions:

  • To save money, combine some of the features of online training with in-person coaching. For example, you can meet with your trainer once a month for program updates and integrate a system of accountability throughout the month. This can be accomplished by weekly e-mails, occasional text messages, targeted tweets, etc. Your coach can help hold you accountable and meet with you to develop a new program that’s sure to challenge you and keep you focused on your goals.
  • Consider small group training. Small group training combines the advantages of private training with the camaraderie of group instruction. If you like the community of online groups and discussions, this option may be ideal for you. You’ll have the support of a group, maybe some healthy competition, and the rapport of in-person training. In order to make the most out of small group training, you’ll want to be grouped with exercisers having similar goals and fitness levels. To incorporate social media, you can create a group on facebook for your small group where you can support each other and see posted training tips from your coach.
  • For beginners, start with in-person guidance. As I mentioned yesterday, if you are starting a fitness program for the first time or after an injury, in-person guidance is critical. You will need the customized guidance for your specific goals and unique health needs given your personal history with exercise. This may mean anywhere from a month to a few months of in-person training. If one-on-one training is out of your budget, consider small group training with other exercisers having common goals and comparable experience working out as you do.
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