I think since Skype came along, there are more trainers (including myself) who are adding this service as part of their training offerings. I do agree with Michael, that it is best done one on one. Also, there are many people who are busy in their daily life and a Skype or online training might be a great way for them to get their workout in.
yes, there is more talk about it, and if other people can make it work for themselves, all the power to them. I cannot see how it can be of equal quality, particularly at the beginning stages of training. During the assessment and the first few workouts, I learn a lot about a client, and hand-on is often necessary to correct proprioception deficiencies.
Where I can see a place is in a scenario where I know the client and am comfortable that s/he will execute correctly at a distance.
Hi Martina. While I think that there is little argument that in-person training is a better option for most people than online training, there IS a market for online training for a certain segment of the exercising population. I would be very hesitant to use online training with a beginner, however, for example, with an experienced exerciser or with a current in-person client of mine as an adjunct to our in-person training I can see online training as being a viable option.