Fit Trend: Virtual Training
Whether you want to stay at home or go on the road, you can take your personal trainer with you.
Technology allows us to connect on a level that was pretty much unimaginable even just five years ago. This new realm of connectivity opens up exciting business opportunities for trainers, fitness instructors, health coaches, and dietitians. Not only can they foster an in-person clientele locally, but they can offer their unique services to people anywhere in the world. Consumers canÂ access workouts OnDemand, via YouTube, and on their game consoles. Unlike watching a fitnessÂ DVD, virtual training allows your instructor to modify and personalize your workout as you go.
Virtual training is less-expensive than hiring a trainer to come to your home or meet you at the gym for a workout. Other perks include saving travel time and fitting in workouts on your schedule. Companies likeÂ VirtuFit.netÂ andÂ MyBODÂ offer personal training workouts for $30 to $60 a session.Â B. True YogaÂ andÂ Yoga with FawnÂ offer hour-long private yoga sessions for $75 per class. If you are a member of a gym and considering hiring a personal trainer or yoga teacher, ask around to learn if any instructors offer virtual services — odds are, a few might.
Are you a sucker for group fitness? Organizations likeÂ DanceFITÂ andÂ WelloÂ offer monthly memberships for $80 to $99 for 10 group classes per month. On Skype and Google+, classes can include up to nine participants plus the instructor. Every person on the video call is visible (unless they disable their camera), allowing the instructor to cue participants individually.
Greater Bostonâ€™s DanceFIT Studio has three studios, one inÂ Brookline, another inÂ Natick,Â and a third â€śvirtualâ€ť studio offered via Skype. Members are mostly moms who value not having to find and pay a sitter, or students with hectic schedules. DanceFIT client Kelly Oâ€™Keefe is a fan of virtual training. “Because Iâ€™m a city dweller, I walk or take public transit everywhere and sometimes itâ€™s really tough to head back out in the freezing cold (or sweltering heat) after already having walked in that weather during my commute,” she says. “When Skype classes came along, not only did I not have to face the weather anymore, but I didnâ€™t have to worry about leaving a half hour early or getting home a half hour later from classes.â€ť
Perks for the instructor
Your trainer also saves time and money by staying home. Most one-on-one video conferencing programs are free, but group video calls might require a small monthly membership (Skype Premium is $9.99 a month). Additional costs for instructors include marketing their services and maintaining their teaching credentials.
Are you looking to connect with a virtual trainer or group fitness instructor? These Boston professionals have taken their talents online:Â Zumba with MaeveÂ (virtual group fitness),Â Body by MonikaÂ (personal training), andÂ Jody GrimmÂ (health coaching).
Know of others getting in on the virtual action? Tell us in the comments!
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2014/01/07/virtual-training-skype-personal-trainer/