Virtual personal training: The new revolution in fitness

Gym memberships can be expensive, and when you add personal training costs on top of that, it soon adds up, which is why virtual training is becoming all the rage.

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What is virtual personal training?

A virtual personal trainer is a fully qualified personal trainer who can prepare a workout program for you based on what you want to achieve, whether it be weight loss, strength or just getting fitter. They will take into consideration what you like to do exercise-wise and what equipment you have access to, and based on your fitness level, they will design a program and eating plan that’s delivered straight to your email inbox. You’ll still get plenty of motivation and encouragement via text messages, emails and phone calls, and you’ll be expected to send back your results.

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Why choose virtual personal training?

Virtual Trainers

Andrew Judson: Custom-made virtual video workouts sent to your phone, laptop, tablet or iPad to play or execute in the comfort of your home.

Smidge: A digital virtual trainer designed by Pfizer Canada. Pick an activity, and get inspired and motivated. Free to download from iTunes.

Life Fitness Virtual Trainer app: Lets you log your cardio, workouts and nutrition so you have a quick snapshot.

Bods for Broads: Uses Skype so your trainer is right with you in the room.

VirtuFit: Online personal training in the comfort of your own home, with the same trainer watching your every move. Doesn’t matter where in the world you live.

Weightplan Gymcodes: Like having a personal trainer in your pocket. Combine an iPhone app and unique QR codes to talk you through workouts at the gym.

1

It’s cheaper

Signing up for a gym membership and then paying anywhere from $40 to $120 an hour for a personal trainer gets expensive. Advancements in technology, such as email, text and Skype, allow virtual personal trainers to keep costs to a minimum.

2

It’s simple

Workouts and eating plans can be delivered straight to your inbox. All you need to do to track your results is to log on to the internet. You can access your workouts whether you’re overseas on a business trip or out of town on holiday.

3

It’s tailored to suit your requirements

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom who has access to only a couple of cans of baked beans and some heavy books or you’re addicted to TV shopping and have all the latest gym gadgets at home, your workout can be personalized to meet your time and equipment requirements.

4

It’s flexible

Forget needing to reschedule appointments with your personal trainer because your kids have come down with chicken pox or having to drive like a maniac after work to meet your trainer on time. You can schedule your workouts to fit in with your lifestyle. There’s no need to pay for appointments you can’t keep. It doesn’t matter where in the world you live; you can have a personal trainer in New Zealand if you want, as long as you have access to the internet.

What is digital personal training?

If you’re desperate to start an exercise regime and simply can’t even afford a virtual personal trainer, then the world of digital personal training awaits you. All you need is a smartphone or iPod and to find an app that allows you to track your progress, counts calories and suggests exercises based on your goals. There are hundreds of apps you can download for free, from aerobic moves to yoga. The major difference is you won’t get the personal touch you get with a virtual personal trainer.

How do I find a virtual trainer?

It’s as easy as Googling and then making contact with a trainer or downloading an app.

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