Online personal training services are becoming more and more popular. But are they as safe and effective as using a personal trainer at your local gym?
We spoke with Scott Laidler (pictured below), an online personal trainer based in the UK, to help you learn more.
What is online personal training, and how does it work?
For those that are unfamiliar, online personal training is when a fitness professional provides personalized fitness advice over the internet.
Just like a regular, in-person trainer, online personal trainers help people transform their bodies and lifestyles using physical training, nutritional changes, and improvements in mindset.
But is online personal training right for you? We dove deeper into the pros and cons to help you decide.
Pros and Cons of Online Personal Training
If you know anything about traditional, in-person training, you know it can get expensive very fast.
The cheapest personal trainers can cost upwards of $50 per hour, with more experienced trainers charging $100, $200, or more!
At those rates, just three 1 hour-long sessions a week with a cheap, inexperienced trainer can come to $600+ a month!
Online personal trainers are MUCH cheaper than traditional trainers. Even Scott, a premium trainer with 10+ years experience training Oscar-winning actors and athletes, can be hired for a fraction of what it would cost to hire an inexperienced, in-person trainer.
An experienced online personal trainer can bring you phenomenal results faster than you ever thought possible.
Just look at some of Scott’s clients to see how effective online personal training can be:
So what exactly makes online personal training so effective?
Scott says that “…online personal training provides a blueprint for optimal health and fitness. Because programs are tailored for clients down to the smallest detail, following these plans will surely yield results.”
Some people have extremely busy schedules, making it really hard to get fit.
Luckily, online personal trainers can help even the busiest people get in shape!
Because an online trainer doesn’t have to be with you at the gym, you can get to the gym on your own schedule. No more trying to fit your schedule around the trainer!
And if you’re so busy that even getting to the gym is a struggle, an online personal trainer can create a convenient, effective home workout for you as well!
Besides giving you workouts that fit your schedule, the best online personal trainers are also available for advice around-the-clock, giving you even more flexibility.
As an example, Scott and his team are available 24/7 for any question you might have about your workout, your diet, or anything fitness related.
Lack of physical presence
By far the biggest and most important drawback of online personal training is the lack of physical contact. Can you really train someone—check form, provide motivation, and prevent injury—if you’re not there with them?
Scott says he makes up for the lack of physical contact by putting extra effort into communicating with clients.
“We make up for lack of contact with Skype calls and email feedback, as well as the bespoke nature of the training plan and meal planner.”
A lack of physical presence can be especially challenging for people that are new to exercising. However, trainers like Scott make up for this hurdle by providing detailed “explainer” videos to demonstrate each exercise.
An example of Scott shooting an “explainer” video
Finding a great online personal trainer can be a challenge…
Unfortunately, almost anyone can throw up a website and call themselves an “online personal trainer”. With tons of phony trainers out there, it can be tough to find one that can actually get you results!
When looking for a trainer, it’s very important to look for one with tons of experience, proof of results, and lots of testimonials.
Online personal trainers can be a very effective way to lose weight, build muscle, and get the body of your dreams. And, they’re MUCH cheaper than traditional trainers.
While the lack of physical presence can be a challenge, a great trainer can overcome this drawback with extensive communication.
That being said, all personal trainers are not created equally. Before deciding on a trainer, be sure to do your research to see if they are experienced, offer custom workouts and meal plans, are very open to communicating with you, and have actual proof of results. Otherwise, you may not get the results you’re looking for.
If online personal training sounds like a good fit for you, you won’t find a better trainer online than Scott Laidler.
Called “the best online personal trainer for fast results” by Men’s Fitness magazine, Scott is by far the best option out there.
There are very few trainers out there that offer the same mix of experience, personalized service, and dedication that Scott offers to his clients.
And all for a fraction of what it would cost to hire a comparable in-person trainer!