As someone looking to improve your health and fitness level, you may be wondering what you should look for from a remote or virtual personal trainer. This will largely depend on what type of service you want. And what you want to get out of the program.
The first step would be to see what type of certifications and what that trainer lists as their specialty. Or what their major focus is with clients.
If it matches what you’re looking for, you’re off to a great start!
You may also want to consider whether you want sessions with the trainer over video chat. Or if you want a program made for you to follow.
Some trainers will offer one or both of these services, but be sure to be clear ahead of time about what you’re looking for. If you have more gym experience and are self-motivated, a program for you to follow may be what works best for you. If you prefer to have someone coach you through your movements and find that you’re more motivated with another person holding you accountable, you may find that doing video sessions is more beneficial!
Your adherence to the program you choose will also have a direct effect on your long-term results.
As a client, your job is to execute the program you are given to the best of your ability. For example, if your protocol says to get 10,000 steps per day, 30 minutes of cardio, and a 30-minute lifting session, but you only complete 7,000 steps, 15 minutes of cardio, and don’t complete all of your lifting assigned, it will be tough for you to achieve your goals. You also may have to stick with the program longer than you think. It is highly unlikely you will make overnight progress, or completely revamp your body in just a few months. In fact, it may even take longer than 3-6 months.
However, if you are doing every single thing your trainer asks of you, and you are not making progress, it may be time for your trainer to change your program. If you purchase a cookie-cutter program that is not customized for you, you may not make the progress you’re looking for either.
Purchasing 1-on-1 protocols or training from a personal trainer who knows you and your goals is your best bet for getting the best results and long-term progress that sticks.
Keep in mind not every online personal trainer is the best one for you. So you may have to try a few different trainers before you find the right one!
ACSM EP-C, AIT, CFL3, Burgener Weightlifting Level 2