I have worked in commercial gyms as a personal trainer. Although I loved working as a trainer and enjoyed working with everyone I worked with, there are many reasons I decided to leave in-gym training.
One of the things that frustrated me the most was the scheduling. My clients could be scheduled for either a 30 minute or a 60 minute session. But this scheduling doesn’t fit all exercise protocols, some have people exercising for 45 minutes and some can take people upwards of 1.5 hours to complete if you are taking proper rest times. But we couldn’t go over the time because someone else would be waiting to start their session and if we were under the time I felt like I was obligated to fill the extra time with stretching or some extra accessory work that wasn’t optimal for the exercise program I had my client following. Exercise protocols shouldn’t have to be trimmed or padded so that they will fit into the current business practices at a gym.
- With online training your workout will be the length it is supposed to be. No longer, no shorter.
Another problem my clients ran into was that everyone wants to work out at about the same time of day, either before work or right after work. That meant more than one person wanted to train at 5:00pm on a Monday but I could only train one person at that time. This meant people were training at times that weren’t ideal for them and their busy lifestyles. People couldn’t just go to the gym on their way home from work, work out when they got there, then go home. My clients couldn’t just work out when it best fit into their schedules, we had to also squeeze it into mine as well.
- With online training you can work out at the time that is best for you.
If someone was late, even if it was for a good reason that was 100% out of their control, their session either had to be cut short because all of my appointments were booked back-to-back or we had to try to squeeze them into my schedule somewhere else.
- With online training it doesn’t matter if you are late for a workout, you just have to make sure you get in there any way and get it done.
One-on-one personal training in a gym is very expensive. Is it worth the investment? If the trainer knows their stuff, of course it is! In my opinion, investing in bettering yourself and your health is always worth it. But that doesn’t change the fact that personal training is a luxury and it is hard for the average person to squeeze it into their budget.
- Online training is a much more affordable option without having to turn to cookie cutter programs.
Training people in person at a gym made it very hard to train people who had to travel for business a lot. It was even worse for clients who had to move away because they could no longer train with me.
- With online training it doesn’t matter where you live or if you are out of town a lot. You can train with me from anywhere.
Last but by no means least, working in a gym meant that I worked a split shift on weekdays because no one wants to, or has time to, work out in the afternoon. I’d come in on weekends to make up sessions with clients who had to miss their appointments for reasons that I couldn’t fault them for or if they just couldn’t make it in any other time during the week to get their training in. This often meant that I wasn’t living the healthy and balanced lifestyle that I was preaching to my clients. I loved my job but I was still burning myself out and that meant I couldn’t give every single one of my clients 100% of what they deserved. That was a horrible feeling for someone who can’t help but really grow to care about the people who they are training. In my eyes, if someone trusts you with their health and their goals, then you should do everything in your power to get them to where they want to be – everything short of actually doing the workout for them (and if I could do that while still benefiting the client, I would probably do that too).
- Yet another reason I moved to online training. I’m sure you can think of even more!