Working out is not always the easiest thing. First there is the motivational piece of even getting to the gym. Then there is knowing what to do in order to reach your goals. There is setting aside the time and the energy, and let's face it, it's not always enjoyable!
I began virtually training clients during Covid. While most of my clients loved it, there were some that it didn't fit the experience of what they were looking for. Below are some questions to ask yourself when looking for a virtual trainer, and also some expectations you can set to get the best experience.
What do you want to accomplish?
I know this seems like a pretty easy question to ask yourself, so let's un-peel this a bit. Are you looking for weight loss or toning? Are you working through an old injury? Are you brand new to fitness and want to learn how to strength train? It's important to figure this out because working with someone virtually is different than being in person.
For instance, I have had prospective clients approach me who have quite a few limitations and I recommended to them to work with someone in person who can ensure they aren't going to hurt themselves as they learn. Or if you have someone looking to learn a lot of technique, just as olympic lifting or kettle-bells, those may be better off in person versus virtually.
The bottom line is making sure you know what you want to accomplish so that the expectations are set and that trainer knows how to program within a virtual setting.
How do you like to be coached when you learn new things?
This question is about setting expectations in regards to the tone and program outline of the training. Know what you respond to best when it comes to learning new things. Some people like their program all documented and planned before they start. Others like something more casual, more go with the flow. Some people respond best to a friendly, supportive trainer. Others only move towards their goals when their trainer is more of a non-nonsense drill sergeant. Be honest with yourself and know what kind of coaches have brought out the best in you when you’ve learning learned new things in the past.
You will get a feel for this during the initial phone call or interview with trainers. And it's okay if you aren't sure about the program part. I have clients who are more vocal on bringing new exercises or program methods to their training, while I have others who just want to show up and train.
What type of setting do I want to work out in?
During the pandemic, many people found that they enjoyed working in a more private setting at their homes, while others yearned to be back at the hustle and bustle of a gym. Working with a virtual trainer can allow you to experience either scenario depending on your comfort level.
I work with clients both in their homes and also in gyms. They are both great environments depending on the client needs. It also allows for them to have access to different equipment based on their fitness needs and goals.
It comes down to where you are most comfortable. You need to work out in an environment that feels good for you and that gives you the space you need to be successful.
Making the time to work out is one of many steps you take in order to work on your health and living a healthier life. Knowing what your options are is important because let's face it, life is always changing! If you're interested in learning more about virtual training feel free to book a complimentary call with me here!