Having been in the fitness industry for the last 5 years, I’ve trained a lot of clients face-to-face in the gym.
However, technology is advancing so quickly that our reach for helping people is only increasing. Distance is no longer a barrier to the personal training experience.
Being a personal trainer also means we are problem-solvers and are the removers of barriers for our clients. Barriers come in all forms with the most common ones being: time, money and location.
A barrier we hear ALL the time is proximity to the gym.
“I live too far from your facility”
“I can’t make the drive out”
“I don’t have a way of getting to you”
And one obvious solution breaks this barrier and provides untapped convenience and opportunity. SKYPE.
There are two sides to this story.
The trainer perspective:
If you are like me, you rise to the challenge of navigating the online training world. If you are proficient at verbal cueing, great at demonstrating exercises, and have good dialogue with your client in terms of what they are feeling, you are providing a great experience that does not differ from the in-person experience. If you have confidence in these skills, or would like to develop these skills further - Skype is a great way to do that.
Now, would I recommend you put a client through a heavy strength phase when they have no spotter in their basement gym? No. But for the majority of your programming, provided the client has the tools necessary, the sky is the limit.
The client perspective:
If you are a client, and you’ve met the trainer you’d like to work with, but you live 2 hours away, in a different city, in a different country! Skype training is for you. The only thing missing is the human touch in correcting certain postures and spotting heavier weight; otherwise, everything else remains the same and progress should always be possible. At the very least, give it a try before writing it off as “not as good as in person”.
With my recent move across the country from Ottawa to BC, I have been working with a few clients via Skype, two in Ottawa and one in Alberta. One of my favourite parts is being able to train anywhere. I ensure both the client and I have resistance bands, dumbbells, a mat, a foam roller and we go to town! I really enjoy the creative aspect of developing programs that challenge clients and can be completed in the comfort of their own home.
Here is the experience of a client I have been training via Skype for the past 8 months:
“Skype training, for me, has been amazing. I have Parkinson’s and being able to train at home means more than just convenience. Since I can work-out at home, I don’t have to worry about gym hours, location, weather or traffic. All I need is a space, some equipment (I already had some and only needed to purchase a few items that I wanted anyway) and a positive attitude. Kate is very flexible and creative with exercises that I can do with the equipment I have. I always feel that she is giving me her full attention and if she sees that my form is off (which happens occasionally!) she is able to describe the issue and correct it for me. Since I have started training with Kate, my strength, balance, flexibility and confidence have improved. I would definitely recommend Skype training as an option.”
Does Skype or Online Training Interest you? I’d love to work with you.
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