I train clients on Skype and it has been a great source of income for me so far. It’s a great way training clients who either living in a different city or even a continent (currently of have clients in Europe) or they are away just for a few days for business or vacation. It requires some extra creativity, but beyond that it’s not much different than training them in-person.
I do train clientele on-line but, its not really a “”Skype Session” as much as I use Skype to video conference with a few clients that I train on-line. The actual on-line training is mainly through e-mail. Its been effective at maintaining results for clients that may have moved away before goals were reached or someone who is on an extended vacation and doesn’t want to take the reigns and possibly slow their progress. I have never trained someone I have not worked with in person and who’s physical abilities I had personally tested and documented.
I also have not used Skype for training clients. However, with that being said, I think that under the right set of circumstances (e.g. working with a long-standing client who you have confidence in knowing your exercise techniques etc.), it “could” work. Nowadays, the internet is being used for many things including things such as ‘tele-medicine.’ I don’t see why this would not work, we as trainers just need to be very selective who we use it with and be comfortable with the client and their level of skill and knowledge.