Why I Don’t Agree with Online Training (But I’m Trying it Anyway)

Part of the whole philosophy behind person training (at least for me) is that it is personal.  It is dictated by the client and based on their individual structure and movement ability and goals.  Every exercise has a purpose and a goal during each workout, even if it is simply to have more resistance along the same profile than the last time we met.  Each week we try to progressively move forward down the path of their choosing.  My clients get 100% of my attention when they are with me, sometimes to the point of annoyance.  But I just consider that part of my job.

Online training to me in the fitness industry has always meant cookie cutter programs, sent to each person who was promised a “custom workout and diet”.  I’ve actually known fitness competitors who place in one show turned “pro trainers” who simply copy and paste workouts that their coach did with them and send them to all of their clients online.  To me that has no integrity, skill or purpose whatsoever.  It isn’t anything that the person couldn’t find themselves for free online with a simple Google search, but for some reason they are willing to pay someone $100 a month for it.  Strange but true.

So what’s the solution?  As you can (and probably have) read on my blog, I’m not one to spout a bunch of garbage because there is enough of that in my industry.  Online training is only as good as the trainer and the trainee.  At the end of the day, if you don’t do the work, you’re not going to get the results.  What an online program provides you with is at least a big tool in order to get started on that journey without the travel, cost of a trainer in person or getting ripped off by your local chain gym.  Fundamentally if people want to work with someone online at least when they are working with someone like me or my colleagues they are getting a trainer that still operates with some integrity.  Like I have always said – vet your trainers carefully, people!

The trick is to find that bridge where there is proper attention to detail (at least as much as can be controlled) and the proper intention behind each exercise.  Is it going to be as effective as working one on one with someone?  Of course not.  But it is certainly better than nothing and can sometimes prompt people to seek out a good trainer to work with in person.  At least that is my hope behind starting this up.  Even if it isn’t with me, with any luck I can create some results for people and fuel their desire to be healthy and move better even if they never actually see me face to face.

You can still get training that has purpose, intention and appropriateness without the same level of detail that you might get working with someone one on one, and it might fit better into your budget.  I’ve had to turn away far too many clients due to budget restrictions that really need help and guidance and support, and that always upsets me.  It might sound a bit arrogant, but I would rather have people working with someone who actually knows and cares about what they are doing than working with about 80% of the trainers you see in most gyms across the country.  They simply don’t care enough or have enough education to know why they are doing things.

So there you have it – I’m online!  I’ll keep you posted on how things progress and if this mad experiment becomes something that I can continue.  I have software ready to go and if you want to check it out, simply email me.  And, if you want to help me out as I get this little venture started, let me know.  I’m offering a substantial discount if people are willing to put up with some bugs in the system and give me 3 months to help them out.

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