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Online Training – Advantages and Disadvantages

More and more often, we hear that someone is doing exercises with a trainer online. You’ve probably asked yourself if that makes any sense at all? Can you improve, physically and health-wise, if you exercise with someone online? No one can tell you yes or no, it simply depends on several factors. As always, the most important thing is that the coach is educated, that is, he has knowledge about physical movement, exercise and health in general. To be on the safe side, you can always contact the sports company or a trainer and ask if the trainer’s certification is current and in good standing.  The trainer must be able to motivate you to exercise regularly and to know how to explain to you (although most people know this) that only with continuous exercise you can expect some serious results.

On the other hand, the trainer must explain at least the basics of your proper diet, because we all know that proper nutrition is just as important as regular exercise, if not a little more. Certainly, the trainer can guide you and create a nutrition plan, regardless of whether you train with him online or in person. When we talk about the correct performance of certain exercises, it represents a problem and a barrier when exercising with an online trainer, and it is more than clear why. A trainer who is physically present next to you constantly, can more easily and more accurately see if there are certain irregularities in the performance of certain exercises. In addition, based on your breathing and exercise performance, the trainer can assess the intensity and volume you should continue exercising.

A personal trainer who works out with you online can help you reach your fitness goals. They often provide you with an exercise plan, certain information about nutrition that you should follow, and constant motivation, which, unfortunately, according to many opinions, cannot be compared to the motivation provided by a trainer who is personally there by your side, but at the end of the day, you are the one who has to push yourself to exercise and be the main mover and motivator. Most online trainers deliver their programs through mobile apps or specific platforms and may also offer virtual training sessions once, twice, or more per month. In addition, you often have direct access to the coach and can send him questions, review your workouts for the week, and know that someone else is monitoring your progress. Online training is certainly a suitable way of exercising for those who are looking for a cost-effective solution for personal training, who often travel, do not have enough time to go to the nearest fitness center alone, or prefer to exercise according to their schedule and without the presence of other people. However, if you’re new to exercise or prefer more hands-on help, an in-person trainer might be the better choice. Seniors or anyone with chronic health conditions, injuries, or other specific needs, would benefit from working with a trainer in person.

WHAT TYPES OF WORKOUTS YOU SHOULD DO ONLINE?

Online training is generally conducted as individual training, although in certain cases two or more people can follow the same form of training. Of course, in this case, people must have the same goal, be at a similar level of physical fitness, and be without any health problems that would make it difficult for them to perform certain exercises. We will show you some of the basic types of training that you can do with an online trainer at your home.

  • YOGA – There are many styles of yoga, some of them are harder and some are easier. If you are not sure which type is suitable for you, consult a yoga teacher and start with an easier type in order to get to know yoga in the most appropriate way. Like all other trainings, you can do yoga online, which is sometimes an advantage because at the end of the class you can stay in the peace of your own room, without the need to change clothes and travel back home.
  • PILATES – If you’re overweight and can’t reach your toes while sitting without feeling sore and tight, Pilates would be great for getting back in shape easily. You will become more flexible and reduce the risk of injury. What is most important when it comes to Pilates is the effect it has on the spine and joints because it is based on physical therapy. You will stretch your spine and align your vertebrae in the right way. Pilates will help you increase your flexibility and will make your body circulate, without sudden movements and heavy training and you can definitely do it online with a trainer.
  • BODYWEIGHT – Exercises with the weight of your own body provide you with numerous benefits that you cannot get from training with weights. One of them is developing control over managing your body and improving joint health. With bodyweight exercises, you can also develop better coordination, as well as flexibility. Also, one of the biggest advantages of this training is that you can do it anywhere. If you train at home online with a trainer and don’t have weights, bodyweight exercises can be one of the best forms of physical activity you can do without any props.
  • CARDIO BOXING – This type of training is becoming more and more popular. With the help of cardio boxing, it is possible to lose a lot of unwanted pounds. In addition, it can be a great way to release the stress that most people face on a daily basis. Of course, if you exercise with a trainer online, the trainer will not be able to keep you focused, but with different exercises it is possible to raise your heart rate and burn a lot of calories, while also learning a few basic things and technical details from the world of boxing.

HOW LONG ARE THE PROGRAMS AND HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK?

You can choose how long you want to commit to a program, but keep in mind that you can achieve visible and satisfactory results only with continuous exercise. Most programs range from 1 month to 12 months and longer programs usually offer a discount for paying in full. When talking about a weekly training program, most people exercise from 2 to 3 times a week, although many experts believe that without 3 times a week, you cannot achieve the desired results. If you are not financially ready to exercise more than 2 times a week with an online trainer, in that case, a combination of training with a trainer and without a trainer may be the best option for you.

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