If you’re like most people who are thinking about hiring a personal trainer for the first time, you’re feeling a little bit overwhelmed with choice. Don’t sweat it, you’re not alone. With over 100,000 health apps on the market, making the right choice can be as tough as that HIIT workout you did last week. But if you’re not convinced by all these self-proclaimed get-fit-quick schemes, and not sure about a face-to-face personal trainer either, where do you go next? Fortunately, there’s an alternative. Below we’ve compiled a list stating why an online personal trainer could be just the thing for you:

It’s more affordable

Let’s face it, personal training can be expensive. And we don’t know about you but not everyone can afford the sky-high price tag that comes with one-on-one gym sessions. Luckily, if a much-needed personal training program is out of your current budget, there may be a solution.

With personal training sessions averaging around €60-80 per hour – rising to as much as $225 per hour (yes, really!) depending on where you live or the quality of your trainer – getting time with a fitness instructor can seem like a luxury reserved only for the very wealthy. And that’s not even taking into account extra costs such as gym membership and travel costs.

Enter the online personal trainer. Without having to deal with fixed costs like gym memberships and equipment hire, an online personal trainer can provide the same expert knowledge that’ll get you that beach body you’ve wanted for the last year but without the hefty price tag.
With prices averaging at €50 for a monthly subscription, an online personal coach is a much more affordable alternative which doesn’t compromise on quality.

Now, you’ll be able to get professional fitness advice and buy those new pair of trainers you’ve had your eye on for the last month. Phew, problem solved!

It’s more flexible

Whether it’s your next-door neighbour or your co-worker, in today’s health conscious world, there are lots of people who are looking for better ways to improve their fitness.

It’s no surprise then, that personal trainers can be incredibly busy, and can have up to 15 clients at one time. But while having a jam-packed schedule is good for personal trainers, it’s not so fun having to re-arrange dinner with your best friend in order to make your health and fitness appointment, if you’re a client.

Luckily, online personal training is different. A personal trainer in your pocket means that you’re in charge. You can workout whenever you want and still get the support and motivation provided by a coach. Neat, huh?

But, hold it right there, that doesn’t mean you can slack off either! Your trainer will still be there to kick your butt into gear via instant messaging, making sure you don’t miss that morning treadmill session.

A personal trainer that’s more flexible than your aerobics instructor, now that’s something!

Say goodbye to injuries

‘Come on, push yourself, just one more… OUCH!’

We’ve all been there, impersonating Bob Harper in the gym the night before and ending up unable to sit down at work without wincing in agony the very next day.  It’s probably why there’s been a 35% increase in gym injuries in recent years.

While a regular personal trainer can help you dodge injury during workout sessions, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be safe during the hours that you spend training alone.

There’s nothing wrong with having the internal dialogue of Arnold Schwarzenegger, but unknowingly setting goals which are putting unnecessary strain on your body is unhealthy and dangerous.

Well, fitness junkies rejoice! Online personal training means that you can get round-the-clock support giving you advice whenever you need it.

While everyone’s body is different, professional guidance that goes beyond the rigidly scheduled hours of normal personal training sessions can help lessen the probability of injuries significantly.

Late night gym session? Your online coach has got you covered. Late night chocolate bar? Put it in the bin!

Access to expert advice anytime, anywhere

Technology has changed the world as we once knew it. The online sharing economy has seen services like booking a taxi or renting a room become more accessible, affordable and transparent. Services which were once complicated to order can now be obtained at the click of a button for a fraction of the price.

If you’re a busy entrepreneur who spends half your time on a flight, a stressed-out mum who’s forever picking up the kids or a competitive runner who struggles to find time to train, you can count on fitness support wherever and whenever you need it.

Better still, using online training technology, personal trainers can use insightful coaching to create nifty custom workouts which will give you  audio cues during your workout. Since the coach can use real-time info to tailor advice for a client whose state can vary radically from one day to the next, it’s perfect for people who are always on-the-go.

It makes us tired thinking about it, but if you’re one of those people that has a thousand and one tasks to complete as well as trying to stay fit and healthy, well, you may have just found your godsend.

Better Results

Chances are, if you’ve looked for a personal trainer but you’ve not been able to afford one, you’ve been to the online marketplace and downloaded a few health and fitness apps.

And while some people don’t mind the idea of being trained by an app, most of us would prefer a real life trainer. Because, at the end of the day, apps are just programs – they can’t adapt to subtle variations such as body size, workout regime, and environment.

Most fitness and running apps are designed to cater for the internally-motivated. And, let’s be honest, we all know that person who pores over their personal statistics after an evening jog!

Yet those same apps do very little to help the people who need that little bit more motivation to get themselves into their gym clothes and onto the treadmill.

Stanford University found that people who received regular phone calls about physical activity were exercising significantly more six months later than people who received no calls at all.

Amidst the demands of our hectic modern lifestyles, long-term commitments like fitness and health can often seem like chores.

Remember the bionic man? Well, now he’s your personal trainer. Online personal training allows the trainer to gather data on your workouts and optimise your regime based on what suits you best.

And yes, your personal trainer WILL be able to see that sneaky burger you had last night if that’s what you’re thinking.

The final rep

So, you’ve made the decision to lead a fitter lifestyle but you’re not sure whether a face-to-face personal trainer is a right step for you. If this is the case then online personal training might just be the solution. In today’s world, it’s not uncommon for a busy lifestyle or lack of funds to get in the way of becoming fitter. Online personal training can give you the expertise, support, and motivation that you’re looking for at an affordable price. We all know that life’s full of hurdles – just don’t let finding a great personal trainer be one of them.

online personal trainer

By Fitmo CEO & Founder, Dave Roeloffs

Dave just completed his first Half-IronMan and is currently training for the New York Marathon this Fall. All with the help of a Fitmo coach of course! Try Fitmo today for 7-days absolutely free and work with a REAL personal trainer or health coach through your mobile phone.

Start Your FREE 7-day Fitmo Trial Today!