Online Personal Trainer

Not surprising, with the rise of fitness sites, it is now possible to get an online personal trainer.

What does online personal training in general involve?

Personalized workout programs
Nutritional support, sometimes recipes
Video and imagery support
Support via forums from other members of the site
Online calculators and charts for items like body mass index, heart rate and calorie counts
Calendars for scheduling workouts
Journals to keep track of progress
Workout alerts by e-mail to remind clients
The trainer’s e-mail for direct contact

No matter how funky or comprehensive an online personal trainer program is, it will, overall, never compare to the traditional set-up of face-to-face interaction, which includes a significant auditory component.

A client will become far more motivated and “pumped up” with enthusiasm upon hearing audible cues rather than reading e-mails or viewing canned pep talks by the trainer.

Nevertheless, online guidance has some perks:

Flexible schedule-no appointments necessary. This takes the pressure off of having to schedule appointments and then stick to them, and having to cancel face-to-face appointments at the last minute because the dog is sick or the babysitter cancelled.
Costs a lot less than a traditional training format. Live personal training normally runs $50-$100 an hour. Even group personal training still comes in a lot more in fees than virtual training.
Workout program and other information can be accessed via computer anywhere in the world; ideal for frequent travelers.
Eliminates a great degree of “intimidation” in self-conscious people. Additionally, a gym environment isn’t compatible with many people for a variety of reasons, such as blaring music, loud weight plate slamming, unpleasant odors, etc.
Some sites provide informative fitness articles and newsletters.
No lengthy and pricey contracts involving gym memberships

A virtual personal trainer program also has some downsides:

The absence of someone getting in the client’s face to help push him or her through a set, or even the absence of someone standing more passively near the client, certainly won’t bring out one’s fiercest drive.
Nobody to spot the client will discourage the client from pushing towards failure and/or using heavier weights.
No feedback on form breaks
No physical hands-on instruction in more complicated routines such as deadlifts, Olympic lifts or hybrid movements such as a Bulgarian split squat-to-press
Easy to skip workouts-no live trainer provides little motivation to stick to a schedule; high self-discipline is required. An e-mail reminder doesn’t carry much authority.
Lack of equipment

How to Shop for an Online Personal Trainer

One should figure out what he or she wants and expects from a virtual training program. There are different kinds out there, ranging from ones that are heavy with frequent communication, to plans that provide not much more than the workout. Some cater just to women.
Deciding on a budget is also an important preliminary step, though in general, cyber-personal training isn’t expensive, ranging from around $20 to $40 a month. The client will pay the higher rates for sites that have all the bells and whistles.
A red flag is a site that does not request the prospective client’s health and fitness information. If a site does not ask this, the client should scratch it off the list.
One must make sure that the instructors are certified through reputable certifying organizations.
See if the program offers a free trial.
Beware that some “online personal trainers” aren’t actual trainers at all, but instead, use a catchy descriptive term for their position as a guide, such as “online fitness instructor,” “online fitness guide,” or “online weight loss coach.”

What may really be going on is that these individuals may not have any formal training in exercise program design at all, and instead are sales representatives for a supplement company.

Ultimately, they want their “clients” to purchase supplements (e.g., meal replacement shakes, amino acid pills, protein bars) on a recurring basis, and may also try to get individuals to do some marketing themselves.

Used Exercise Equipment: Do’s and Dont’s

All of us want to look fit and slim. We feel it is important to stay slim so we can be more confident in our self. Now, the big question is “how can we stay fit and healthy?” For sure, a lot of you can relate to this and are always on the lookout for the best ways to keep our body fit or lose excess fats in our body.

According to a report from the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 billion people around the world are now considered overweight. All of us want to be healthy and physically fit but not in a way that we have to spend our monthly income just to lose weight. One great solution to our problem is to exercise and in exercising we can use second-hand exercise equipments that are still in good condition. Here are some tips on how to identify the best used exercising equipment.

Tip number 1: What do you need?

There is a lot of exercising machine in the market that you can choose from. Some are brand new while others are already used but in good condition. Before purchasing one, you should first think what type of equipment would you like to or what equipment can you benefit the most. An exercise equipment that is considered to be popular is the treadmill. We all know that running can help burn more calories than walking so treadmill can be a good choice for you. Or you may choose stationary bike which is almost the same with treadmill but much more relaxing and easy to use. Now if you are experiencing back pain or muscle joint problems, well it would be best to have some dumb bells at home just to flex your muscles.

Tip number 2: Know how to use it the right way.

Not all equipments that look the same run the same and to get the most from your equipment, you should know how to use it the right way. For example the treadmill, some people just actually hop on the equipment and tire themselves using the treadmill but they get little or no results. Check the manual guide to know the right way to use this equipment. But before using exercise equipment, you should first do some stretching. After doing so, you should start running slowly on the treadmill or bike then you gradually increase your speed. This is certainly the correct way to use the equipment.

Tip number 3: Know if it works

Remember that you are actually shopping for used exercising equipment and not all used equipments are in good running condition. You should first ask the staff or owner first on how old is this equipment and try it out a couple of minutes to ensure that every mechanism is still working. It would be a waste of money if you bought used equipment then upon returning home you realize it’s no longer functioning well.

Tip number 4: Know what brand you are buying

Most of the time brand name spells quality and this also applies to used exercise equipment. So, if you plan to buy used exercising equipment, then it would be best to invest on the brand name. There you would be sure that it has quality and a tendency to last long. Still it is the buyer’s prerogative to buy known brand name equipment.  When in doubt, you can always ask your trainer for some advice.

Tip number 5: Check if it is still safe to use

Although it is cheap and it actually works to your comfort, still you have to check it meticulously. You should be able to confirm that the equipment is still safe to use. Check for any damage, crack or wear on the equipment before buying it. Also it would be best to ask if it has warranty although used equipment usually has not but in case it still hasn’t reached the normal 1-year warranty then you might as well ask for the warranty card or ask where the service center is.