Ever tried an online workout and felt it just wasn’t right for you? You’re not alone. Here’s why many online personal training programs miss the mark – and how ours stands out.
Remember the days when we’d rush to the gym, squeezing in a workout between meetings or family commitments? Well, the world’s gone digital, and so has fitness. But here’s the kicker: not all online personal training programs are created equal. Especially if you’re in the fabulous over-40 club like many of our clients, you need something special. Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of online personal training programs, shall we?
Why Online Personal Training Appeals to Many
The Comfort of Home Workouts
I get it. The idea of rolling out of bed, throwing on some workout gear (or staying in those PJs—no judgment here!), and hopping onto an online personal training program session from the comfort of your living room? It’s tempting. No more traffic, no more waiting for equipment, and no more awkward locker room encounters.
The Promise of Flexibility
And then there’s the promise of “work out on your own time.” Midnight yoga? Sure. Lunch break HIIT? Why not! It sounds like a dream, especially for those of us juggling work, family, and, well, life.
Why Generic Online Programs Often Disappoint
The One-Size-Fits-All Myth
Now, here’s where things get dicey. Many of our clients have tried one of those generic online personal training programs. Day 3, and their knees were screaming louder than their alarm clock. That’s when it hits them: these programs aren’t tailored for everyone. Especially for seasoned pros over 40, your body has different needs, strengths, and, yes, quirks.
Safety First (Or Maybe Not?)
I’ve got a friend, Mary. She’s a hoot! She decided to try one of those group workout sessions online. Midway through a squat, she felt a twinge in her back. Without real-time feedback, she had no idea she was doing it all wrong. And as you may know, a backache is no joke when you’ve got a life to run.
Where’s the Accountability?
Remember when we’d have that personal trainer at the gym, the one who’d give you “the look” if you slacked off? In most online personal training programs, that’s missing. It’s just you, trying to mimic a recorded session, hoping you’re getting it right.
Our Evidence-Based Strength Training: The Optima Difference
- Real-time, 1-on-1 sessions: It’s like having a personal trainer right there with you. Every session is tailored to your strengths, your challenges, your goals. It’s not about fitting into a mould; it’s about creating a mould just for you.
- Only 30-minutes, 2x per week: Most online workout programs supervised and unsupervised require you to workout 4, 5 or 6 times per week! Well, the science is in, and it tells us that we don’t need to workout that often to get great results.
- Safety as a priority: During one of our sessions, I had a client, Dave, who was about to attempt some bicep curls with kettlebells. I noticed his form was slightly off. Thanks to our 1-on-1 setup, I could correct him in real-time.
- Genuine human accountability: There’s something special about receiving a message from a client, buzzing with excitement about our upcoming session.
Personal Anecdotes: The Game Changers
The Tale of Two Workouts
I once decided to experiment. I tried one of those generic online group sessions. Midway, I felt lost in the crowd, just another face on the screen. Contrast that with a 1-on-1 session I had later that week. My trainer noticed I was struggling with a particular move. Instead of pushing me harder, she modified the exercise, making it more comfortable yet effective. It was a stark reminder of the power of personalised attention.
The Day Jane Almost Skipped Her Session
We all have those moments of doubt, don’t we? I recall a particular session with Jane, one of our dedicated clients. She messaged me minutes before our session, hinting at maybe rescheduling. She wasn’t feeling it that day. But I encouraged her to just log in, and we’d take it easy. We focused on simple, safe strength training exercises, tailored to her mood. No dancing around, no intense routines. Just pure, evidence-based strength training. By the end of our brief session, Jane was invigorated, sharing how she felt a million times better. That’s the magic of having a trainer who truly understands and supports you.
The Big Question: Is Online Personal Training for You?
If you’re looking for a program that understands you’re not just another number, that values your unique journey, and that prioritises your safety and well-being, then yes, it is for you. It’s not about age; it’s about attitude. And trust me, with the right guidance, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
The Future of Fitness in a Digital World
The digital age has transformed how we approach fitness. But amidst the sea of online personal training programs, it’s essential to find one that speaks to you, that understands you, and that walks with you, every step of the way. So, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned fitness enthusiast, remember this: your journey is unique, and you deserve an online personal training program that celebrates that.
A Little Heart-to-Heart
I’ve been in your shoes. Navigating the world of online fitness can be overwhelming. But here’s what I’ve learned: it’s not about following the crowd; it’s about finding what resonates with you. And if that means dancing like no one’s watching in your living room or lifting weights while your cat curiously watches, so be it!
Joining Optima Strength: More Than Just Workouts
At Optima Strength, we’re not just about workouts; we’re about building a community. A place where every member feels seen, heard, and valued. Where every workout is a celebration of what our bodies can achieve, no matter our age.
Your Next Step
Ready to experience the difference? Schedule your free workout with us and embark on a fitness journey tailored just for you – Schedule here
The world of online personal training is vast, but amidst the noise, your voice matters. Your journey matters. And with the right guidance, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. So, here’s to new beginnings, to finding our strength, and to celebrating every little victory along the way. Cheers to a fitter, happier you! 🥂
Note: To respect the privacy of our clients, names have been changed in this article.
Thank you for reading,
Lawrence Neal, Sales and Marketing (Optima Strength).