Online Coaching is a service we've offered for some time now and as it gets more and more popular I feel like I owe a comprehensive explanation to you good people of what exactly online coaching entails and whether or not it's for you.
Ever since I started personal training I've had requests to train people online. I don't think this was because I was a particularly good trainer but more that I'd travelled around a bit and happend to have friends in different places. So remotely training and programming have been areas I've always been involved with. However about 18 months ago I decided that I wanted to put together some sort of service. offering all that a personal trainer could and more. So (Drum roll please...) Sterling Fitness, online coaching was born.
The principals were simple. An enjoyable and effective plan with support and feedback.
I made the promise to myself that the main aim of this online coaching was to make exercise as enjoyable as I possibly could. Yes I wanted great results but the process (in my opinion) should always be an enjoyable one. Personal training for me has never been about a 1 hour session in the gym. It's been about creating an environment for someone to develop lifelong habits to improve their health. If that happens in the gym then great but that can happen in the pool, on the track, on your bike or in a ring too. Once I had found an enjoyable style of training for each client the next step was making it effective.
Every time I take on a new client I'm struck with this overwhelming sense of responsibility. "This person trusts me to help them live a longer, healthier and happier life." So making sure that a program is as effective as possible is paramount. This comes from developing a program designed to push the individuals slightly out of their comfort zone while creating a unique and challenging experience. After all, we all have our individual needs and a program should represent that. However, sustainability is the aim of the game. "More and often" are key when creating healthy habits. I think sometimes the fitness industry looses sight of that. We pay a PT to blitz you for 2 hours a week with no other weekly exercise and wonder where your results are. Expecting someone to simply follow a set of instructions without any support or feedback is crazy. If that was the case Youtube videos would put me out of business. (You can find anything on there)
Support and Feedback -
The best way to describe this is that it's like having a Personal Trainer in your pocket. Answering questions about nutrition, exercises and commenting on form. Developing a level of understanding and accountability are key too. With the stresses that come in making a health focused life choice, it's nice to have someone tell you your doing great or a gentle reminder when you're slacking! ;)
I hope I've explained what's involved in our online coaching well enough. But then again I do have a tendency to waffle. If you'd like to give it a go or have any questions please do get in touch.