Custom online personal trainer

Custom Online Personal Trainer

Custom online personal trainer

Custom online personal trainer

  • What’s it like to have a custom online personal trainer?
  • Is it expensive?
  • What exactly is customized?
  • What are the advantages?
  • How can you tell if you have a good trainer? 

Today we are answering all of these questions and more.

Custom online personal trainer

The Best Way to Go

      A custom online personal trainer is the best way to go. If you get a great trainer, they can take you from zero to 60 pretty fast. What does that mean exactly? It means you are going to have a ton of feedback and professional planning. You know what the gameplay is before you start and all along the way.

      A really good custom online personal trainer will have a series of questions and possible follow up conversation to identify what program is right for you? Maybe you have a decent amount of experience and want to fine tune things to maximize your results. You could also be brand new and an online trainer can both show (via demo video) and guide you to safely starting a fitness regimen. When you have some monitoring your progress, making changes from workout to workout, based on your own feedback well, it’s a game changer. It could be the difference between exercising for YEARS and seeing little to no change. I’ve seen it firsthand as a fitness facility manager. I would literally sign people up and show them how to use every piece of equipment. 3, 6, 12 months later they were still doing the same routine they clipped out of a magazine or them and their buddy had done when they first started. 

      We would ask people why they wanted to cancel their memberships before they left. Besides the people that said they never used it (January 1-January 16 was normally what the computer would read) the most common reason was no results. They would say something like “I’ve been a member here for eight months and didn’t see any results.”. I would immediately encourage them to work with our trainer. They would either respond that they spoke with him and didn’t like him for one reason or another or they were simply burned out and didn’t want to invest any further (which is totally understandable). The thing that killed me was it wasn’t that they were quoting a job or a relationship and moving onto something or someone new, they were quitting on their HEALTH! That was one of the factors they lead me to pursue fitness modeling and personal training. I wanted to be in the trenches with people and help them win the war for a healthier life.

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HAVING SOMEONE IN YOUR CORNER

Having someone in your corner who genuinely cares is the biggest thing. I don’t care if it’s with me or someone else, find someone who asks about your life along with your fitness. The gym is maybe 1/24th of maybe 3-5 days a week. But life, that is something that will effect you 24/7/365. It simply holds more weight ands value. Ask tons of questions and possibly even resources if you have doubts about their competence level in fitness and/or nutrition.

Is a custom online personal trainer expensive? You could say both yes and no. While looking for topics to write about, I saw training sites that chawed $1000 a month for “programming”. What does that mean? Well, in this particular case it meant that they would write you up an excel file of exercises, sets, reps, and rest. You’re good to go, pay $1000 dollars, see you next month. If this sounds crazy to you, it is crazy! I considered charging $300-400 per month.

I was and every now and then when I do train a client in person, charge nearly that for a one hour session. So to give a whole month of a similar level of programming, communication, etc… seems like it would be worth a similar value. However, I decided that I wanted this to be more sustainable for people. I want you to put some of that saving into things like supplements, or better quality food, heck maybe a weekend getaway to drop stress levels so you can hit the gym that much harder when you go back after the weekend. The lowest I have seen things is $99/month. While this is cheaper it is again, just getting a program that is pre-made and sending out to a mass number of people. The value just isn’t there. You can get a similar start with some magazine cut outs.

They should ask you a ton of questions and genuinely care.

         Diving into what should be customized with a custom online personal trainer we need to look at several factors. Did they take an initial survey to see what level you are at currently? Did they ask or have they asked about any injuries or limitations? This could be something like a sprained ankle or maybe a car accident a few years back. Also, do they have any specialty. I would love to say I can train anyone and feel comfortable training anyone, but that just wouldn’t be true. Someone who has a specific disease that hinders their moment by sporadic muscle contractions or seizures I couldn’t train via online. Someone with those needs needs a specialist who is IN PERSON to ensure they are performing the exercises correctly and there to spot them if needed. It would be negligent on my end to take on everyone. Watch out for the YES MAN/WOMAN. 

      After getting off on the right foot via knowing your background of injuries and where you are currently with your exercise then demands a gradual start and further progression. The first week should be easy to moderate. If you feel like death from day one, it’s going to be a rocky ride and could lead to burnout or injury. If you’re someone looking for a challenge and are simply okay with this, then all the more power to you (I really like these clients that really push things and “go for the gold”). Just make sure your trainer pulls their foot off the gas every now and then and allows for you to recover. Pushing things to the max is awesome if you are at that level. 

What to watch out for with a trainer

      What is not awesome is being pushed so much without regard that you get injured and are worse off then when you started. Most online trainers don’t over throttle people, it tends to be in person. Iv’e only seen and heard of a few trainers out there who are borderline sadistic in how they treat their clients either verbally or what they make them do. If you get any kind of feeling like this, ask them bluntly why they are pushing you so hard, or if they can make an adjustment to the way they are training you. You are paying for a high quality and mostly enjoyable experience. 😉 If they don’t or worse yet get defensive, let that be the last session. Either hold on until it’s complete or if it is really bad, just walk away. It’s simply not worth it. When I train people, safety is first. I HATE INJURIES and will do everything I can to ensure you never experience one. If you get injured because of the dog or slipping on ice or life, I have 550+ hours of Physical therapy observation and assistance under my belt from a top tier hospital in the midwest (ST. John’s).

What are some of the Advantages?

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1. You Save with a Custom Online personal Trainer 

      The first big advantage (and possibly the most important to people) is the price. In-person training can be upwards of $150 dollars for a solid independent trainer (I ended my in-person training sessions in NYC at $200/hr and have gone up since then). Go to a local gym and it will most likely be between 60 (midwest) and 90 (coastal areas) per session. To some, this may not sound too bad. To others, it’s enough to send them to our circus-kickboxing-fitness wizard on social media. Online training is generally for a month at a time and around $100-200 for a service.

       I combined everything into one simple price for just $199.99 a month. Workouts, nutrition plans, free mobile app, in app accountability and communication, video demonstration, and helpful tips + reminders to keep you on track. It’s the culmination of my nearly decade of experience personal training across the country and now around the world. You can try 2 weeks for free to see if it’s for you.  

2. YOU ACTUALLY GET MORE HELP ONLINE

      You may be asking yourself, “how can I get less help when I literally see someone face-to-face”? Most in person trainers either don’t communicate outside of sessions (some gyms won’t allow it because they fear they will take the clients). If they do, it is generally short because they are on a time crunch. From a personal experience, I had 30 clients for several months, and 5 clients in the infancy of my online training. I was swamped. It was several months of up at four, down 3 coffees and rush out the door to catch my train. I would bounce around from gym to apartment, to training studio, until 11 at night. By the time I got back home and had a shake, a-hem I mean dinner, I would pass out at midnight and go again for a repeated six days.

        I had some fortune of being on a train for about 2-3 hours a day. During this time, I answered the majority of my emails and texts. Having said that, someone could have texted me after I got off at 5:35 and I couldn’t reply until 11 that night (often sent an email in place they would get the next morning. Simple put the in person trainer may not be able to communicate or is limited.
Online training allows for nearly instant replies to any questions or concerns. I get a notification on my phone each time someone messages me, completes, or missed yesterday’s workout. I’m on you, your workouts, your progress, everything… like bbq sauce at a cookout. I’m able to resend fast, concise, and in depth if needed. Sometimes I will even send a video explaining or showing something. Most of the time I send one just to let you know I care and will go that extra mile for you.

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3. ABLE TO ADJUST WITH WITH LIFE’S HURDLES

      You may be asking yourself, “how can I get less help when I literally see someone face-to-face”? Most in person trainers either don’t communicate outside of sessions (some gyms won’t allow it because they fear they will take the clients). If they do, it is generally short because they are on a time crunch. From a personal experience, I had 30 clients for several months, and 5 clients in the infancy of my online training. I was swamped. It was several months of up at four, down 3 coffees and rush out the door to catch my train. I would bounce around from gym to apartment, to training studio, until 11 at night. By the time I got back home and had a shake, a-hem I mean dinner, I would pass out at midnight and go again for a repeated six days.

      I had some fortune of being on a train for about 2-3 hours a day. During this time, I answered the majority of my emails and texts. Having said that, someone could have texted me after I got off at 5:35 and I couldn’t reply until 11 that night (often sent an email in place they would get the next morning. Simple put the in person trainer may not be able to communicate or is limited.
Online training allows for nearly instant replies to any questions or concerns. I get a notification on my phone each time someone messages me, completes, or missed yesterday’s workout. I’m on you, your workouts, your progress, everything… like bbq sauce on food at a cookout. I’m able to resend fast, concise, and in depth if needed. Sometimes I will even send a video explaining or showing something. Most of the time I send one just to let you know I care and will go that extra mile for you.

      In summary, a custom online personal trainer is the best of both world’s. As long as the service provider is an accredited personal trainer (I do have a degree in exercise science from Southeast Missouri State University and am a Certified Personal Trainer with The American College of Sports Medicine) and has evidence of legit success (25+ 5 star reviews too), then you are good. Some other certifications that are good are: ACE, NSCS, and NSAM. Avoid certifications like ISSA that can be taken online, with open book, and repeated anti a passing score is achieved. You wouldn’t go to a doctor who got his whole degree online and took the final test repeatedly with the source materials right? The other this to watch out for is a really high price (like 300 plus dollars) and/or no tester, like a 14 day free trial 😉

       Lastly, there should be some form of communication at least once a week, if not daily, or even hourly. The trainer is there to train you, not get you an instruction manual, pat on the back, and “good luck”. They are there to help you if needed at every twist and turn until competition. Competition is you looking AND feeling your best AND KNOWING how to maintain those results over the long haul. This ideally is a jumpstart to continuing a full, indecent, and high quality life.
I hope this article post has been helpful to you. If you know someone who would benefit from it, please feel free to share. If you have any questions, concerns, ideas on how this article could be improved or updated, please feel free to reach out to me at the contact page by CLICKING HERE. You can also reach me by email at
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Wishing and hoping this reaches you well.
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