Online Personal Training is something fairly new to the personal training world. You may be unsure of how it works and if you will get the results and accountability you are looking for. This blog is to help you understand online personal training and to show the benefits it has over one on one personal training.
With online personal training you can workout when it fits your schedule. When working with a one on one trainer at a gym you are under the mercy of their schedule. I have an online client who works out at 10 PM most days. She is a night owl and this is what works for her and her schedule. She struggled keeping a schedule with a one on one trainer. Life would get in the way and she would have to cancel constantly. Now she gets her workouts in when time allows for her. Sometimes it's 2pm and other days it's 10pm.
When working out a convenient location is important. If you join a gym that is far away or not conveniently located you are more than likely not going to go. Online training is designed for you to workout at home. With just a few minor pieces of equipment (bands and a few dumbbells) you have a perfect home gym. Of course, the workouts can be designed to be done at a gym or even a hotel room. All the workouts are on video and can be accessed from an app right on your phone. Which means you can take the workout with you anywhere.
Will your one on one personal trainer keep you accountable on a daily basis? Most likely not! With the Good Body there is daily accountability. Plus, skype assessments, emails and support groups. Through the app I can tell if you have checked in and done your workouts. I can even see the amount of calories you are eating. My current online clients can't say enough regarding the accountability.
The price point for online training is less expensive than a one on one trainer. The average cost of a personal trainer, especially if you want one who is qualified, is usually $50-$100 an hour. If you are training with them two times a week you are easily spending $400 to $800 a month. This plus the cost of a gym fee can really add up. With the Good Body you will receive workouts to do 5-6 times a week. This would cost you over $1000 a month working with a one on one trainer. Spending $400-600 a month with online training is more affordable, plus you have the convenience element and accountability.
Talking about convenience, most online workouts will not last a full hour. The Good Body workouts are effective and efficient. You can also split up that days workout, for instance you can do the cardio portion in the morning and then the weight portion in the evening. Your online trainer will design workouts to fit your needs and time.
Online training is a win win. If you are wanting to lose weight or hit any other fitness goals I encourage you to give online training a try. Go to the Get Started page on this website, complete the short application which will direct you to a calendar to set up a call with me. I can answer all your questions. No pressure, I promise!
I recently posted a blog called "Exercise Guidelines for a Healthier You" where I mentioned 150 minutes a week of cardiovascular exercise was important for health and longevity. This is very true. Cardiovascular activity has its many benefits, but so does strength training which is why we must incorporate it into our workout regime.
If you want to lose weight faster and keep it off, adding in strength training is important. Strength training adds muscle mass and muscle tissue burns more calories than fat even at rest. Here is an example. Let's say two females who weigh the same walk on a treadmill at the same pace. Female A has 15% body fat and Female B has 20% body fat. Leaner Female A is burning more calories each step than Female B. Even though they weigh the same their muscle to fat ratio is different. Female A has more muscle mass which requires more energy to function, so she is burning more calories than Female B.
Don't worry, you don't have to lift heavy to get the benefits, You can endurance weight train which is lower weight and more repetitions. Body weight exercises are just as good, such as planks (see previous blog), squats, push-ups, etc. Adding in a day every so often of some heavier weights and lower repetitions is good to mix it up. Find 8-10 exercises and make sure whatever weight you are using, the last 2-3 repetitions are challenging, but can be completed with proper form. If it's not challenging then you know to adjust to a heavier weight.
Other benefits of strength training is it increases bone density which reduces your chances of osteoporosis. It strengthens the connective tissue of ligaments and tendons which decreases your chance of joint injury.
Adding in two days a week of strength training has it's benefits and it won't take a lot of your time. The rewards are worth it.
A plank is an exercise you can easily perform at home, in your hotel room, or really anywhere you want and it has many benefits. Let's first talk about the correct plank position.
To perform a plank properly and achieve all the benefits you have to make sure you are in the correct position. Hands are underneath your shoulders. If your hands are out in front of your shoulders you will actually put a lot of extra pressure on your shoulders. Pull your shoulders down and back. Make sure your body is in a straight line. Hips are not high like a mountain or too low like a valley. Be sure to engage your core by pulling in your abdominals. Also, squeeze your glutes and inner thighs. If this position bothers your wrists you can always come down to your elbows. Making sure your elbows are under your shoulders. Start by holding the pose for 10-15 seconds and then work to hold it for 1 minute or more.
Planking at least once a day holds many benefits.
Here is your challenge, plank everyday. The benefits are amazing and can only improve your quality of life.
is the owner of The Good Body Personal Training. With a Bachelors of Science degree in the fitness field and 25 years experience in the fitness industry, she has become an expert in the field of exercise science and a well known personal trainer.