It used to be that elite fitness trainers only served clients at gyms, and you had to pay heaps. Home programs were limited to watered-down cutesy videos geared toward people who weren’t serious enough to get to the gym.
Several years ago training began moving online, and with the pandemic, home programs exploded. Now, more elite trainers are providing personalized home programs than ever before, making advanced fitness training accessible to those who, for whatever reason, don’t have access to a gym or prefer to work out at home.
Here are some of the benefits of personalized home fitness programs to help you decide if trying one is the right move for you
They can be adjusted for your schedule and circumstances, and even for your personality.
Whether you have a crazy work schedule or there’s nobody to watch the kids, sometimes even the most dedicated fitness fanatics can’t get to the gym. Sometimes, especially if you’re a parent, you don’t get long stretches of uninterrupted time. Maybe breaking your workouts into two or three chunks throughout the day works best, or doing intense sets with rest in between so you can multitask with young kids or answer calls for work.
On the other hand, maybe you prefer 2-hour workouts with a couple of rest days in between so you don’t have to work out every day.
Maybe you prefer to exercise outdoors. Maybe you live near a sandy beach or a mountain or a lake and can use them for workouts that others can’t do.
In any case, with home programs, your trainer can get more creative with the format of your regimen.
Unlike generic workout videos or Googled regimens, when you work with a trainer they customize the program for your fitness level.
A quality trainer will take time to assess your current fitness level and exercise form, which can be done in a video session or by sending videos to your trainer.
They will then design a program with each exercise, intensity, and duration chosen deliberately for your body’s needs.
The best ones will have you send video samples, or assess you in a video session, to ensure that you are doing the exercises correctly. Besides being important for results, form is crucial for injury prevention.
Got a home gym? Awesome! Got a tiny apartment with neighbors that knock their broom on the ceiling every time you do burpees? That works too!
The best trainers know many ways to reach the same goal and can get creative with varying access to equipment and space. They can also help you leverage public spaces such as doing box jumps on benches, pull-ups in a playground, and resisted running on a sandy beach.
Online trainers often offer support between sessions or throughout your time doing the regimen they crafted for you. The best learning often comes when you’re in the thick of it on your own, not when you’re in a session with your trainer. Being able to text your trainer for suggestions on what to eat at a wedding or get their feedback on a workout that feels wrong boosts your skills and results. Plus, they can keep you motivated when you’re tempted to fall off the wagon.
Online trainers vary widely in this regard though. Be sure to ask your trainer if they offer support between sessions, and if so, the nature of that support. Some welcome daily texts. Others limit you to an email per week or rarely respond.
Gone are the days of going to the gym and having a few generic trainers to choose from. Now you can find a trainer who specializes in getting the specific results you want specifically with people like you.
There are trainers for comic book nerds who are new to working out.
There are trainers for postmenopausal athletes who are suddenly putting on extra pounds.
There are trainers for those who are recovering from specific injuries or want to be able to do acrobatics or want to compete in powerlifting.
Personally, I train single moms going through tough times, who need creative regimens when they can’t get to a gym, they’re burnt out, and their kids interrupt them every 2 minutes. As you can imagine, most of my clients were failed by other trainers and programs because they couldn’t adjust their life to fit their regimens. Getting a regimen designed for their unique needs is a game-changer.
Being able to access a trainer from anywhere in the world also means you can continue your regimen when you’re traveling. Vacations or frequent business travel no longer have to throw you off your path.
While there are great benefits to personalized home fitness programs, their quality varies greatly. Make sure your trainer will give you personal attention, either through calls or online support. They should be assessing you and giving you feedback on your workouts.
Unfortunately, there are many trainers who provide cookie-cutter programs and call them customized. They give their clients a list of workouts and then leave them alone for a month with little or no support. Customization is limited to their gender and general fitness level, not truly customized for each exercise and for the person’s life. Choose your trainer carefully.
While going to the gym for an hour a day and working with a trainer in person is a great option, it’s no longer the only great option. Personalized home fitness programs allow those with a variety of needs and circumstances to get just as great results or better from home. There’s no right or wrong – it’s about which is best for you.
Well, if you’re still reading till here, you’re definitely invested in the idea of a personalized home program. Luckily for you, I have my own business where I offer 5-star personalized stress-free programs globally for my clients. Excited? Well, go check out my recent program Single Mom Fit to Thrive 30-Day Challenge.