Hi Mary. I like your thinking here! We as trainers sometimes have to be flexible and think outside the box. I think that what you are suggesting is definitely doable. A lot will depend on the client(s) involved and your, and their, comfort level with training them long distance. There are definitely some clients that this would work for, but you will have to use your best judgment as to which ones they are. That analysis has to be YOURS to make, and not simply rely upon which clients say that they want to keep training with you. If, in your opinion, they’re not a good candidate for this type of “long-distance training,” then I would be candid with them about that and not try to take them on in this way.
That’s my opinion. I hope this helps.
Well, I am moving to Scotland and a lot of my clients want to keep in touch with me (I’m currently in Washington State). So I figure if I’ve trained them for years and they have good technique, so I can try training them through Skype or Gmail.
I know it’s definately not as personal. But I think it might be a good way to keep in touch with them.
If you have any other suggestions, please let me know. Thanks
Pay your expenses to travel with them. Besides that I would never train a client due to the fact that you will be very limited in your ability to effectively teach, train, demonstrate exercise. You will be able to view them from a single 2d vantage point not seeing if a movement is performed correctly.
Fuel the Movement,
I’m in the process of setting up a website where yoga teachers can upload audios of their yoga classes for free. Each time someone clicks on one of your audios you will make money.
It’s a great way of creating “passive income streams” simply by connecting a ┬ú45 lavilier microphone to a smartphone and clicking the record button.
It can quickly morph into a pretty nifty “online training program” for your students. For example, if one of your students is struggling with sleeping and you’ve recorded a class called: “15 minute nighttime yoga routine to help you sleep like a baby”, you could simply let the student know how to access it online.
Here’s another example…
If one of your students approaches you with an issue (e.g. lower back pain), when you get home you could whip out your phone, insert the lavilier microphone, record yourself doing a 15 minute “yoga for lower back routine”, upload it to the website and then send an email to your student letting them know its available online. This way you not only created a raving fan (who will start sending you lots of lovely referrals), you’ve also created a passive income stream (people all over the world will be able to download or stream the audio).
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