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The Benefits Of Working With An Online Personal Trainer

Aug 17, 2007
Many people have the desire to get into shape, lose weight, and increase bone mass. The health benefits of having a fit body are so numerous that it is a wonder why so many people do no take the plunge in starting a workout program of their own. Some benefits of developing a workout program include a decreased risk of heart disease, weight loss, and increased energy.

There are many reasons why people do not develop a workout program of their own. The most common being, the average Joe simply does not know how to develop a program they can stick with. Many people invest in home workout equipment and then they simply do not know what to do with it after that. So instead of being used, those weights and ab machines end up collecting dust in a dark corner of the basement.

You could join your neighborhood gym and invest in a few personal training sessions to learn various exercises and have a personal trainer develop a fitness program just for you. These sessions are very costly however and some people can be intimidated by joining a gym and being around muscular and fit people. Instead, they convince themselves into thinking that once they have lost a few pounds they will be worthy to begin working out in a real gym.

Thanks to the internet though, you are able to get the benefit of a personal trainer, who will develop a training program around your fitness goals at a fraction of the cost, that you can perform in the comfort of your own home. An online personal trainer gives you the chance to realistically meet your fitness goals without having to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable.

What can you expect from an online personal trainer? Online personal training programs range in price from $10 per month to $50 per month, depending on the features the program offers. Most online personal training programs will consult with you via email regarding your current fitness level and goals. They will then develop a customized strength program, customized cardiovascular program, and a customized stretching program. You will then consult with your designated personal trainer each week via email regarding your progress. Your trainer will then make adjustments to your program as needed.

Many online personal training programs will also offer you a diet plan to help you reach your weight loss goals even faster. Some go as far as to plan out a week's worth of meals and snacks. You will also receive workout reminders at your designated time and a training log so you are sure to never forget about a workout again. If you're feeling down, your personal trainer will also give you motivational support and help you through any plateaus you may experience. You may also be provided with a calorie calculator to allow you to count the number of calories consumed each day versus the number of calories burned.

An online personal trainer works well for someone who is self-motivated to achieve their fitness goals, but simply feels uncomfortable at the gym or lacks the time to go to a gym. For someone who procrastinates and needs to have an actual person with them to ensure that they are not cheating in their exercises, who needs someone to encourage and cheer them on, an online relationship with a personal trainer may not be the best choice for you.

If you are unsure of whether an online personal training program is right for you, most websites offer a trial membership that gives you a week or so to feel out the program. The worst thing that could happen is that you realize online personal training is not for you forcing you to finally start going to the gym. Either way you will get fit. Anyone who is self-motivated to get fit will usually excel with online personal training programs.
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