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If you’ve been joining live stream group classes or tuning in to on-demand workouts, then you already know the benefits of staying connected to your favorite studio(s) from home.
That said, you may feel like something is missing. Maybe you’re not as motivated as you normally are, or perhaps, you’re missing the one-on-one interaction you usually have with your favorite trainer or instructor. (Trust us, your studio misses you too.) If that sounds like you, it might be time to try private virtual coaching sessions.
Virtual personal training one-on-one sessions could be right for you if:
• You're looking for the personal attention that's missing in a virtual group fitness
• You want to master an exercise or set of movements that requires the trainer to
see and correct your form.
• You have an injury, are pregnant, or have another condition that requires
modifications to your workout or special attention.
• You want a customized, at-home fitness plan.
• You need help setting exercise goals, or you're looking for extra accountability.
• You’re ready to take your workouts to the next level.
Ready to give private virtual fitness sessions a try? Let's find the right personal trainer/instructor—and make the most out of your 1:1 sessions.
If you’re a regular at a fitness studio or gym, you probably already have a relationship with at least one instructor or personal trainer. Start there.
Head to the facility’s website to see if and how they’re approaching one-on-one virtual coaching sessions. Hopefully, they’ve updated their service pages. If not, reach out directly for details.
If your go-to spot isn’t currently offering private online personal training sessions, head to Mindbody and search “VIRTUAL” to see which fitness facilities are. With virtual, it really doesn’t matter where the studio or gym is located—you can connect with a qualified trainer/instructor anywhere in the world.
Pro tip: Ask if the studio/gym is offering special COVID-19 pricing or an introductory offer for virtual fitness privates. Many studios are creating special packages to introduce clients to online personal trainers.
Regardless of your age, goals, or current health status, it's essential your personal trainer or instructor is qualified to work with clients one-on-one. Don’t be shy—ask about their education, certifications, and areas of expertise. If you do have a health condition or a certain goal in mind (weight loss, athletic training, etc.), make sure your personal trainer is specifically qualified to help you. If you're currently pregnant, for example, you’ll want to work with someone specialized in prenatal fitness—once you've been cleared by your doctor, of course.
When it comes to private sessions, it must be a good fit for both client and trainer. Ask your personal trainer or instructor if they offer a complimentary, or discounted, first session before you commit to a package or membership. That way, you can see if their personality and training style are right for you.
A consultation won’t necessarily be the same duration as a regular coaching session, but it should provide adequate time for you to ask questions and discuss your needs and goals for one-on-one training. The trainer will likely want to see your current fitness level, too. This may include a movement assessment to understand your current state of strength, balance, and flexibility. This helps your trainer see how you move and identify any areas for improvement.
Depending on your current workout-from-home gym setup, you may need additional equipment to make the most of your personal training sessions. Rest assured, a good personal trainer will help you get your workout on with minimal or no equipment if that’s your preference. However, a kettlebell here and a band there can certainly reduce monotony and up the intensity, depending on your goals. If he or she is local, ask if you can rent or borrow equipment to use in your own home. If you're virtually training from afar, see if your instructor/trainer will sell equipment that can be sent directly to your front door.
You don’t need to work out with your virtual trainer every day to see and feel results. That said, you’ll want to create a routine that makes sense for your body, budget, and schedule.
Ideally, your trainer or instructor will also be hosting live stream or on-demand classes. If so, create a workout plan together that includes both private virtual sessions as well as live or on-demand classes for days you’re not working together. A good trainer will reiterate the importance of listening to your body, refueling properly, and taking rest days, too.
Pro tip: If necessary, ask your instructor to walk through modifications for commonly performed movements in their live stream or on-demand classes. That way, if high knees are too jarring for you (as an example), you’ll know to march in place instead—without them even having to call out the swap during class.
Private virtual sessions may be new for you (and your trainer, too) so, be patient, have fun, and embrace the unique bond you’re sure to develop. After all, the biggest benefit of working 1:1 with someone is the relationship you build. And, although it may be virtual for now, that connection will last long after you walk through your studio’s doors again.
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.