Finding the Right Balance: Online Coaching versus 1-2-1 Personal Training

Jun 25, 2023

Are you looking to build your strength and physique but unsure whether to opt for remote coaching or one-on-one personal training? While both options have their advantages and disadvantages, the truth is, finding the right balance between the two can offer a more effective way to achieve your fitness goals.

Remote Coaching: Advantages and Disadvantages

Remote coaching, or online training, has gained popularity over the years. With remote coaching, you have access to training plans, online support, and nutritional guidance, regardless of your physical location. This is a great option for those who are always on-the-go, have a busy schedule, or have limited access to a gym or personal trainer. However, remote coaching does have some disadvantages. It can be difficult to maintain accountability without face-to-face interaction, and it may not be as personalised as in-person coaching.

In-Person Coaching: Advantages and Disadvantages

In-person coaching, also known as 1-2-1 personal training, offers a more hands-on approach to fitness coaching. A personal trainer is able to assess your form and technique in real-time, making corrections as needed. Additionally, in-person coaching offers a level of accountability that can be difficult to achieve with remote coaching. However, in-person coaching can be more expensive and may require scheduling around the trainer's availability

Ultimately, the decision between remote coaching and in-person coaching comes down to you. Personally, most people would benefit from a hybrid of both. My main issue with online coaching is some people think its a one-way process. Online coaching can be an effective way to improve one's skills or reach a specific goal, but the success of the coaching relationship largely depends on the level of interaction from the person being coached. Here are some ways in which being interactive can help maximize the benefits of online coaching:

  • Active participation:

    The person being coached needs to actively engage in the coaching sessions and be willing to ask questions, provide feedback, and discuss progress. This helps the coach understand the individual's needs and tailor the coaching experience to meet their specific goals.

  • Honesty and openness:

. This allows the coach to provide more effective feedback and support.

  • Consistency:

Consistency is key when it comes to achieving fitness goals. Even with remote coaching, it's important to stay on track with your training plan and work towards your goals consistently.

  • Communication:

Communication is essential for any coaching relationship to be successful. Regularly checking in with your coach and letting them know how you're progressing will help keep you accountable and motivated.

  • Feedback and adjustments:

Providing honest feedback to your coach about what's working and what's not will help them make adjustments to your training plan and keep you on track towards your goals.

At the end of the day, whether you choose remote coaching or in person, to get the most out of coaching, it's important to be honest and open about what you're struggling with, what you hope to achieve, and any obstacles that might be standing in your way.

Personally, I believe that in-person training is the better option for solving specific problems and working on individual skills. When it comes to general strength and fitness goals, where the timelines are longer, online training is the preferred choice. Both types of training have their advantages and disadvantages, but ultimately, the decision comes down to personal preference and individual needs.

I'd be happy to discuss what type of personal training or online coaching might work best for you. Please feel free to book a free consultation with me so we can chat about your options.