On-Board With Online Training
Are you ready to try something new? Do you want to refine an old routine? Do you want specialized guidance for a specific goal?
Have you considered getting expert assistance from an online trainer? We rely on the internet and internet services for most of our daily needs. We pay our bills, shop, read, do research, blog, and job hunt. We do some of our most important daily chores on the internet. Why not find the perfect online trainer?
Whether you are a new to the lift lifestyle, a novice, intermediate, or advanced athlete; an online trainer can provide much needed structure, guidance, and even a new perspective with some added benefits. So, how do you choose and get the most out of training with an online trainer or coach? First, begin with a critical self-assessment to determine if this 'hands-off' approach is going to work for you:
- How much do I want to spend?
- What services do I need?
- Am I self-motivated?
- Will I comply with a set nutrition and or training plan without 'supervision'?
- Am I able to, clearly, articulate my needs?
- Do I respond well to constructive feedback?
- Am I comfortable communicating, frankly and honestly, about physical and emotional changes through e-mail or public forums?
- How often do I need to be in contact with my online trainer?
Now, that you know what you need from your online trainer, let us start shopping.
The advantages of working with an online trainer, as with any trainer, is that you have the flexibility to choose the type of support that you want, the frequency of the support that you receive, and the duration of the partnership. Online trainers can typically be easier on your pockets, as they do not have to be associated with a public or private gym, you are not doing a face to face meeting, and there are no travel costs for either party. And, you can train on a schedule that works for you, and make adjustments when you need to.
Depending on your coach's' offerings, you can request, for example: a training plan customized to your goals and/or a meal plan, nutritional consultation on your current diet, or a specialization program designed in address a specific issue or body part. This type of flexibility allows you to stay within your budget! Just be sure to read their conditions carefully in terms of the initial and ongoing costs.
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Clear, effective, and honest communication is just as important as cost in the absence of face to face interactions. A good online relationship just will not work without it. You and your online trainer will rely on effective communication via phone, e-mail, Skype, blogs or other social networking sites. Minimally, a coach should have a fully functioning, up to date website with frequently asked questions, blogs, and nutrition and training information to ensure your success. Look for your trainer's 'online footprint' in blogs, relevant message boards, and social networking sites such as Facebook and, of course, Bodybuilding.com.
Many of your questions about the trainer's protocols, methodology, customer service, responsive, may be answered. You will also get a sense of your trainer's personality and sensibility. How do they communicate and relay information. Personal preference will indicate whether you will respond to 'the straight shooter' or the 'nurturer'? An online presence via a personal website and/or social networking site, gives one insight into how an online trainer trains others, treats their clients and potential clients, and their philosophies. Additionally, you are able to see, in real time, how responsive the coach is.
The key to tracking progress is checking-in in fairly frequent intervals. It is also critical to communication in a regular and in a timely manner. Your trainer should have formal and informal parameters around communication. For example, many online trainers will request pictures or progress reports from you. This will be an opportunity to share your challenges or successes with the plan that has been created for you. Check with your trainer terms so that you will know when to expect feedback regarding your submissions.
One can also get a sense of how the coach trains. Does the coach implore methods that you deem safe? Are they prescribing hours of cardio? How do they feel about the elimination of certain foods? Are they open and schooled in a variety of methods or do they implore the same or similar methods on all clients? Look for accountability tools, outside of regular e-mails that can also be used to monitor my progress. A desirable coach will have multiple ways of logging progress, not just measurements and weights.
Use Bodybuilding.com! Bodybuilding.com is your own online, personal trainer. You can get everything that you need to get started and stay motivated on the site. With close to 700,000 members, you may even find your next trainer!
If you have not already done so, start your BodySpace profile. It is easy! Accountability tools are built, right in for you. Keep track of your progress via: blogs, workout trackers, progress pictures, fit statuses, and much more. Are you looking for a training program for fat loss? Do you want to gain lean muscle? Do you just want to know what it means to eat clean? There is a video, article, or video series for every goal.
Once you have printed out your customized training plan you may have questions about how to execute a movement. Bodybuilding.com has something for that: Bodybuilding.com Exercise Database
Do you want to know how to eat to gain muscle? Lose fat? For performance? Bodybuilding.com has just what you need to be successful? How about a free grocery list, meal plan, or how to break down your macronutrients: Bodybuilding.com Nutrition Articles
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