It’s not as easy as face to face, but it would be much like working with clients who travel a lot. Skype is awesome for such things. if you have done your educational part right, you can write the programs and email, or use training peaks, to provide the programs to them. If they need that personal accountability, and they respect you as an expert, so it would be no issue working abroad.
I’m a military wife and personal trainer, so we move a lot. I often have clients who want to continue training with me either after they’ve moved or I have. It works best for those clients who already have a strong committment to regular exercise and healthy eatting. Those who need you to give them an “extra push” or who need to know that you’re meeting them at the gym or they won’t show are not the type of clients who do well with “training from a distance”. They also should have a good background in proper form. The last thing you want is them hurting themselves because they don’t use correct form and you suggested the program or exercise for them.
I usually create a on-line program for them with photos and videos. I currently use fitnessbuilder.com. They can log in and I can monitor their progress. I also get alerts when they log in a new workout. I also do a weekly or monthly Skype call to review progress, talk about obstacles, and even perform a modified assessment, all depending on the client needs.
You’ll also want to think about what you’re going to charge for these clients. I usually only recommend this approach to clients I know are self motivated and just need a little extra push. I don’t offer this service to all the clients I have. Others I refer to other trainers who could help them reach their goals. Sometimes a good referral is worth gold.
Another alternative would be to use a data base like www.fitclickbiz.com. Once you understand the layout, it is easy to update workouts, diets, and other fitness tools. In addition, the site allows your clients to record their workouts, view their results, and offers a fitness community. There are other simular data bases, but I am not too familiar with them.
I use Skype for both trainig and coaching, and I really like it. Honestly, I only have one client with whom I Skype train and I only offer her this service because we worked together for over a year before I left her city and I know she is capable of completeling the exercises without injuring herself. She just likes having me there to tell her what exercises to do and I what order.
Coaching is mostly talking anyway, so Skype, phone and email are fine for that.
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