Getting started with any type of exercise routine is difficult, especially if you’re doing it on your own. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. A personal trainer is a professional who can develop a plan to help you successfully and safely reach your fitness goals.
Whether you’re starting to hit a plateau or are in the dreaming stages of getting in shape, here are 13 benefits to having an online strength coach.
1. They Have Professional Experience
A personal trainer is someone who is certified and has professional experience. They have a full understanding of how nutrition and fitness impacts the human body. Because of their in-depth knowledge, they can educate you instead of simply telling you what to do.
Knowledge is power. This will help to provide long-lasting lifestyle changes rather than attempting to achieve short-term goals.
2. Safety is a Priority
When you’re first starting to workout or if you’ve previously experienced an injury, there is a higher chance you might overwork yourself. Safety is a priority for coaches. They teach you how to properly use workout equipment and how to safely do different exercises. A coach can also provide you with ways to avoid injuries through various stretches, warm-ups, and cooldowns.
3. Perfect Your Form
Strength training and cardio activity is only as effective as your form. A personal trainer has extensive knowledge on how to properly implement form for each exercise you do. You’ll receive training, whether you need to enhance your running technique to avoid knee pain, or learn how to deadlift without further injuring your back.
4. One-On-One Sessions
Online personal training offers you undivided attention between you and your coach for the allotted time scheduled. You won’t have to share the time with others like you would in a group class. This means your coach can learn more about strengths, weaknesses, and obstacles that might stand in your way. The more they can cater to your needs, the more likely they’ll be able to help you achieve your goals.
5. Personalized Fitness Plans
Everyone’s fitness goals are different. Someone who wants to lose fifty pounds and has never worked out before would need a very different plan from someone who wants to improve their running times.
An online fitness coach can personalize the plan to not only your specific goals but to your body type and abilities as well. Not to mention, having a personalized plan will help you achieve your goals faster than if you were to do it on your own.
6. Work Around Your Schedule
Sometimes life can get in the way. Flexibility is a huge component of personal training. Even when you hire someone to work with you in person, you have to work around their schedule. With online coaching, you have substantially more options since everything is done virtually.
7. Exercise Virtually Anywhere
Another major benefit of virtual personal training is the ability to work wherever you have internet access. You won’t have to adjust your schedule to make it during rush hour traffic. Take your laptop to the park or open up your computer in the living room while the kids are napping.
8. They’ll Hold You Accountable
Holding yourself accountable can be difficult. It’s easy to say you’ll start working out tomorrow morning and instead hit the snooze button. With the help of a trainer, there is the expectation you’ll show up to every session.
This is a level of accountability you can’t get from a friend or colleague. They’ll motivate you to create a positive mindset and keep you on track with the personalized plan they’ve created for you.
9. They Help Develop Long-Term Healthy Lifestyles
A fitness plan shouldn’t be developed on short-term goals alone. A personal trainer doesn’t want to work with you forever, despite what you may think. The point of a trainer is to help you develop long-term healthy habits you can take with you for the rest of your life. This way, you can be healthy enough to keep up with your energetic children or succeed in other life goals.
10. Aids in Improving Mental Health
Everyone knows that physical activity does wonders for your mental health. But another aspect of your mental health personal training assists with is through human connection. Showing up for every session consistently reinforces that you can make positive changes in your life.
It’s been proven that having something to look forward to releases dopamine in the brain. Each week, you’ll be excited rather than dreading the experience. Plus, your trainer wants to see you succeed. Working with an online fitness coach will help to improve your confidence and social skills.
11. They Teach You About Nutrition
Exercise is 30% of your fitness goals, while nutrition is 70%. Personal fitness coaches understand this fact, which is why they’ll teach you about how your diet impacts your body. You’ll learn about what types of foods to eat before and after workouts, how to properly fuel your body, and what foods can hinder your progress.
12. They’ll Give You Feedback
Often, when we’re starting something new, we are defensive about feedback. We view it as criticism rather than constructive. Having a trainer will always provide positive and valuable feedback to ensure that you’re progressing. This will teach you in the long run of your life how to properly accept and embrace critiques from others at work or in your personal life.
13. A Trainer Will Always Show Up For You
Unlike sharing your fitness goals with someone at work, a personal trainer is someone who is going to continuously show up for you. They’ll be there at every session, rain or shine. They’ll make you a priority which does wonders for your self-esteem (a crucial element in being successful towards your end goals).
I’m only skimming the surface when it comes to the endless benefits of having a personal trainer. If you’re ready to be held accountable and start seeing real results, reach out to DeMetz Personal Training today.
Nathan DeMetz holds degrees in Exercise Science, Business Administration, and Information Technology as well as certifications in strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, run coaching, and other areas. His credentials come from organizations such as Indiana Wesleyan University, Ivy Tech College, Utah State University, and the ISSA College of Exercise Science.
Nathan has 20 years of personal and professional experience in the health and fitness world. He works with people from across the globe, including locations such as Kuwait, Australia, and the USA.
To work with Nathan directly on your personal training goals, contact him today!