Online Coaching vs. In-Person Coaching

Online coaching and programming is a great way to get expert guidance for a fraction of the price. With the right mindset, focus, and coach it can help you achieve brilliant results and take your performance, physique, and results to the next level.

Online training is not for everyone, though. I have worked with many clients over the years, both online and in person. The results we achieve are in line with the client’s suitability for the service he or she is buying. So is online training for you? Here are four factors to consider before you dive in.

Are You Focused Enough?

One of the best parts of working with a coach or trainer one-to-one is the constant feedback.
There are no hiding places. You can’t slack off. You can’t extend your rest periods by chatting with your friends or checking Facebook. You have accountability and guidance looking you in the eye, pushing you to the next level.

When you leave that all behind, though, and all you have is a program it is easier to find excuses to not do the hard work required of you.

For some, the self-motivated, this is no problem. For others it is a thorn in their side.

If you get easily sidetracked and aren’t able to stick to your plan, perhaps online coaching isn’t for you.

Your Technique Isn’t Great

Movement is a skill, especially with the major lifts such as the squat, deadlift, bench press and overhead press. Teaching the basics is admittedly difficult via the internet.

Refining fundamental movements is far easier. If you just need a few refinements and pointers, then online coaching could be for you. If you are just starting out, though, saving some bucks for one-to-one coaching may serve you better in the long haul.

You Don’t or Won’t Track and Measure

As your online coach, we don’t see you on the regular. This means keeping tabs on you and making sure your programming and progress are on point is all about asking good questions and getting good answers. Oftentimes we’ll ask you something like this:

  • How was your session?
  • Did you hit the percentages or numbers advised?
  • How is recovery going?
  • How much food are you eating?

And that’s just the beginning. We want to serve you as well as possible. We want to see you succeed wildly! If you aren’t prepared to track the information requested, it’s difficult, almost impossible, to evolve, adapt, and refine your program to optimize success.

Very few coaches will find the best program for you the first time around. It takes time, even when working in person. The best program is the one that you can adhere to. If we don’t know about your daily habits and metrics, a program that suits you becomes a very difficult thing to develop.

Your training should change based on your workload in your job, stress, teething children, or a few days of poor food choices. The likely success of your goal is hampered without the relevant information and metrics. If you aren’t ready to measure, track, and be accountable, it isn’t for you.

You Want a Quick Fix

Success isn’t bought, it’s earned. If you are hoping that just by buying an online coaching package you’ll have six pack abs in 10 days, you should probably save your money.

In fact, if you are hoping to find the new “weight-loss secrets” or the next best “high performance plan,” you will be disappointed. All good coaches tend to stick to the basics – to the fundamentals. Upon this foundation they build in the customization and expertise. Because that’s what works. But it all starts with basic fundamentals that become adapted to you.

A lot of the programs you will pay for will not be revolutionary in terms of rep, weight, set, and tempo schemes. They will probably look similar to ones you can readily find online. However, they will have been adapted and written for you – based on your body, your strengths, weaknesses, lifting style and available time to train, eat, rest, and recover.

You shouldn’t receive a cookie-cutter program, but don’t be surprised if your rep schemes take you back to the fundamentals, rather than offer something new and outrageous.

Is Online Coaching for You?

Are you ready to take your game to the next level but just need some support around programming, movement refinements, nutrition and getting the most from your sessions? If you can stick to a plan, work with focus, and get the job done, then online coaching could be the perfect tool to elevate your lifts to the next level.

One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do when no one is watching you and you don’t feel like doing it. If you aren’t prepared to do the work and be strict with your own approach, you are not ready for an online coach.

If you are just starting out, aren’t able to stick to a plan, waste time, skip sessions, don’t give feedback, and aren’t prepared to listen to your coach – then save both your time and your money and wait until you’re ready to focus, adhere, give feedback, and get the results you want.

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