I often book my clients to work with me in the studio 2 days a week and encourage them to work on their own a third day, this way they can do certain things over and practice on things at their own pace. I provide them with an online resource to a virtual trainer that shows them how to do the exercises we did together in video format as well as in written form. My clients seem to be very compliant. I can also track to see if they’ve visited there account and hold them accountable. If nothing else, and I can’t get the workout routine made up in time for them or if they or I go away and don’t get it done in time , I will direct them to YouTube, which has excellent workouts, they seem to like them and the feedback I have gotten has all been very positive. They all hit their monthly body compositon goals and so I feel confident the online training is a definite hit and is being used.
The other option for clients interested in help who live outside my training radius is to turn to magazines, online info, etc. I have online clients who live in rural places where there is a lack of quality trainers and gyms. I think in this scenario it is better to offer a service that is clearly defined as being different than in house personal training, but still beneficial.
While I think that it is great that you are able to work with those who don’t have access to a personal trainer, just realize the limitations. As has been suggested, you can’t do an assessment and you won’t be able to supervise each exercise. So just work within those limitations.
Good luck, Daniel
I have been against this from the start. Here is answers I recently gave to a question on a new trainer starting an online business. She stated that she did not have a place to bring clients to and train them.
…I do not want to discourage you from growing professionally. But…
Your clients will be exercising some where. I recommend that you go to that place and train them. Online personal training is not personal training. You are not there in “person”. If you are connecting via video like skype, you cannot see the client in all planes of motion. And as you are new to training, I would recommend against this even more strongly. Even some of the best and brightest cannot provide this service properly, effectively, and in my opinion ethically.
The boom in online businesses such as personal training is very disturbing to me. Next there will be online haircuts giving instruction on how to cut your own hair without the need to go to a stylist/barber. This is personal training, in person. You can use the internet to help support your clients’ efforts to stay motiviated and track activity. But I am against actually directing exercise sessions when you, the instructor, are not present.
Even for professionals who are experienced, online education (CECs) is often a challenge. How could anyone possible feel that inexperienced exercisers should be trying to follow instructions solely from a video or pictoral format. These types of “businesses” are really just profit sources. If they truly were only trying to help people improve, they would recommend finding an instructor in their community. To keep their fitness dollars in their community where it can benefit their community. Not “send your fitness dollars to me and good luck with doing the exercises correctly on your own”. ….
Can you tell that I am strongly against the prepackaged program marketing? Maybe just a little.