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Why Online Training?

21 Jun 2006

A lot of people have told me over the years that they wish they lived closer to me so they could train with me.  Well, wish no more-- I've finally decided to put together an official online training option for anyone anywhere in the world.  

Why the heck would I want an online trainer?

Well, there are a lot of reasons.  Of course, the biggest one would be that you think I'm faaaantastic (aw, thanks!) and want to work with me based on my experience, knowledge, and extensive use of horrible jokes.  But there are other reasons, too:

1.     You have a really crazy schedule.  Online training lets you train at your own pace, on your own time, wherever you want.  You can even split up your workouts throughout the day (10 minutes here, 20 minutes there, whatever your schedule allows) if that works better for you.

2.     You want a personal trainer, but have a limited budget.  Online training is significantly cheaper than one-on-one training, so you get a customized program with expert guidance at the fraction of the cost!  You don't necessarily need a gym or any specialized equipment.  Of course, depending on your goals, you may want to eventually have access to some good sets of weights, but 

3.     You live somewhere with no gym access, or you just don't want to join a gym.  Everything will be customized to you based on the equipment and space you have available to you, in addition to your goals and abilities.

4.     You travel a ton.  Not to worry, as I can set up a program for you based on what is available to you at your destination.

5.     You're pretty self-motivated, but could use some guidance.  Online training puts the responsibility of getting the work done on you.  You have lots of independence this way, but still get lots of motivation, guidance, support, help, and dad jokes from me.  

I will have several kinds of options, from the minimal (email only) to the maximal (Skype sessions, text/voice messaging, you name it).  I will also be able to video-check your form, help with nutrition guidance, and all kinds of other fun things.

But maybe online training isn't for you if:

1.     You need a trainer present and in person in order to stay motivated.  Unfortunately, I have not yet figured out how to beam myself places (where is Scotty when you need him??), so if you need me present, you're best bet is to come visit me at my studio, or find a great trainer who is more convenient to your location.

Who would be a good match to train with me?

I have a lot of experience training all kinds of people.  Some good fits might be:

  • People who have an interest in getting stronger
  • People who have an interest in losing body fat
  • People who have an interest in gaining weight
  • People who would like a vegan trainer-- you do NOT have to be vegan to train with me, and I do not push my way of eating on anyone.  However, I do get a lot of clients who are interested specifically in training with a vegan coach, so I thought it would be important to add that to the list.
  • People who are interested in learning about powerlifting or other strengthy things (stone lifting, anyone?).
  • People who are interested in learning hardstyle kettlebell technique.
  • People who would like a trainer who is very well-versed in science.

Who might not want to train with me?

There are many things that, while I have some knowledge about, I am certainly not a go-to expert on:

  • Physique/bodybuilding competition
  • Training for endurance events like marathons-- while I can give you strength exercises that may help you, I'm not the best resource for specific endurance event training advice.

If you are looking for a trainer who is simply seeking to exhaust you or whose sole goal is to make you sweat, puke, or something along those lines, I am not your girl.  Exhaustion, soreness, and nausea are lousy litmus tests of a good workout.  I'm much more interested in helping you move better without pain, get stronger, and meet your goals.  If your goals include feeling like garbage, I'm probably not the right trainer for you.

If you're looking for a trainer who will give you meal plans, I'm also not your girl-- meal plans tend not to work very well, and I'm not a registered dietitian.  I am, however, very well-versed in the science of eating (and have my master's degree in health psychology with a concentration on food psychology), so I have a lot of tools to help you fine-tune your diet to something that not only works for you, but that you're happy with and can stick to long-term (which is the most important thing).  

If you're thinking this is something you might want to get on board with, then yay!  I'm excited to work with you.  The first step is to fill out an online application, and we can go from there.  

Let's do this.