We all know that working with a personal trainer can provide so many benefits. If you’re just starting out, a personal trainer is a great resource to learn how to exercise properly and regular appointments make you a lot more likely to show up at the gym. Of course, trainers often charge between $40 and $80 per session, or more. Luckily, there’s a great way to get the benefits of having a personal trainer for only a fraction of the cost: Online training. We sat down with Paige, an ACE certified personal trainer with years of experience training clients both in-person and online to find out a bit more about online personal training works.
1. What exactly is online training? How does it work?
Online training is a lot like in-person training, but all training is done virtually. After an initial assessment and consultation, I design a customized workout program for that client. However, instead of being there in-person for their “sessions” they refer to my online exercise video library, pictures, demonstrations, and detailed descriptions for the exercises. Depending on the tier of training they choose, my involvement can be a coaching them and providing feedback 3 to 5 times a week or as little as once a week.
2. What types of people (typically) sign up for online training?
The same as those who come to me in the gym—those who want to better their lives in some way through fitness. The only differences would be that often, those who come to me for online training have crazy hard-to-plan-around schedules. Also, online training is much more affordable than paying $70 an hour for in-the-gym training. Some of my online clients came to me looking for a more affordable way to have a personal trainer. (more…)
If you’re the least bit interested in health and fitness, there’s a good chance you’ve done a few squats in your life. But have you ever really thought about how beneficial they are for your body?
First and foremost, squats aid in adding muscle to your frame. The more muscle you have, the more fat your body burns. For every pound of additional muscle you gain, your body burns another 50-70 calories per day. Squats also help maintain mobility and balance, boost your sports performance so you can do things like jump higher and run faster, and even help prevent injuries. They’re also the exercise that works the most muscles at the same time, targeting your legs, entire core and of course, your backside.
This morning as you get up and around to do your weekend chores, take a few minutes to get a quick leg workout in. All you need is about 20 minutes to go through this entire squatting routine. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
The Fitness Trampoline is a product developed by JumpSport that can add some uniqueness to your at-home workouts, or even expand the class offerings at your gym.
This piece of equipment includes workout DVDs hosted by Kathy Jo Burgett with KB Fitness. So no one is just jumping up and down, there’s a pretty legit workout that takes place. The trampoline and corresponding DVDs can be bought online through JumpSport’s website. Each DVD focuses on something different such as core, strength, cardio, and one for all of the above. If you’re someone who would like to be involved in all of these different workouts, a DVD can be purchased that contains all of the fitness trampoline workouts.
Each session lasts between 15-30 minutes so it’s great for those on a time crunch. The workouts focus on core, cardio, strength, or basic, which is a combination of all of those. We recommend that to get the most out of your time on the trampoline. Each workout session can be a little different so that you’re working something different each day. A great feature of these videos is the option of three different difficulty levels to follow – one for beginners, intermediates or more advanced. This concept enables users to start on the beginning level and work their way up to higher levels after they’ve made improvement. (more…)
Stay-at-home dads want to stay fit, just as their female counterparts do. One dad, in particular, Gavin McInnes, solves this problem by creating a video that gives you ideas about workouts that you can do right in your own home, with “equipment” found around the house.
McInnes keeps the workout interesting and funny by getting creative with his choice of “equipment.” This video was originally shot in 2009. McInnes used his children, now 5-year-old daughter Sophie Whiterabbit and now 3-year-old son Duncan Whitethunder, as the “equipment” or weights.