Online Personal Training: Is It A Worthwhile Thing?

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Is Online Personal Training A Good Thing?

Virtually every industry has not only benefited from all of the new and exciting technology we have in this day and age, but has also had to make a lot of adaptations as well. The Austin personal training business is no exception. There are fit bits, electronic monitors, pedometers, food logs, and all kinds of gadgets these days. There’s also video monitors and cameras on virtually every device, so online personal training is a thing as well. The downside to any technology, however, is when it is made upon a general platform of averages and then supposed to be helpful to the individual. For example, a nutrition tracker telling you not to exceed a certain amount of calories. How does that machine know your metabolic rate, your genetic predispositions, etc? It doesn’t, so therefore, it’s output can only be based upon a societal average and it’s data output must be taken with a grain of salt.

So long as I’ve been an Austin personal trainer, I’ve not relied on any of these monitors, gadgets, or otherwise, but many in the field do. I have an aversion to the practice simply because, to me, it’s impersonal. Anytime a personal trainer is relying upon generalized data settings for a client’s benefit, such as the antiquated, and dangerous maximum heart rate calculation formula of 220 minus your age is your maximum heart rate, you not only are asking for problems, but you aren’t really delivering personal training at all.

The same goes for the trend of online personal training. While I can concede that it may provide a small measure of accountability, it can’t possibly be the equivalent of a one on one personal training session done face to face. There are times, however, when a client of mine is out of town and wants to maintain his or her regimen, so we’ll either chat, text, or email about what to do with whatever available equipment is on hand. This is particularly useful to the film industry clients I train, as well as the professional athletes who spend a good deal of time on the road. What makes this advantageous to the client, is that I can continue to direct them and through pictures and videos, warn of impending imbalances, etc. If this was a client who’s body I wasn’t very familiar with, it would be virtually worthless and I wouldn’t waste their time or money in doing so.

Online fitness forums are very popular too, and while they may not be as expensive as an online personal training session, they’re just as useless, and for all of the same reasons, but with the added dangerous component of not knowing who is on the other computer keyboard offering you health and fitness tips. It would be impossible for me to direct someone how to do a proper squat without seeing them first. I could easily recite what are the known and accepted truths in performing the exercise, but how that individual needs to perform a squat can be vastly different than how I would have any of my clients do one.

Common sense dictates that a busy personal trainer in Austin, or anywhere for that matter, isn’t spending too much time offering free fitness tips on a website or fitness forum as they would be busy earning a living training their clients. I’m sure a little is common, especially among those in the business who enjoy online interactions, but the guy with 10,000 posts isn’t likely the guy who does much more than post to internet forums with his time as it would be pretty hard to find time to eek out a living and do all of the other things a personal trainer needs to do in order to not only stay busy, but relevant in their area, as well as up to date in their knowledge.

Ultimately, online personal training should be taken for what it is. If you want somebody to be accountable to, because for whatever reason, being accountable to yourself isn’t enough, then by all means go for it. On the other hand, if you are seeking the benefits of true personal training, it has to be just that. Personal training, not impersonal training nor a gadget programmed to fit the masses.

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My name is Andy Bruchey and I founded Complete Fitness Design over 20 years ago. I specialize in weight loss/gain, including the addition of quality, lean muscle mass, corrective flexibility, post injury rehabilitation, nutrition and sports specific training.
Online Personal Training: Is It A Worthwhile Thing?
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Online Personal Training: Is It A Worthwhile Thing?
Longtime Austin personal trainer Andy Bruchey discusses the phenomenon of online personal training including it's advantages and drawbacks.
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