Have you been doing the same workout over and over again without seeing any results?
Do you been doing the same exercises for months or even years?
Has your nutrition plan recently gone completely out the window?
If you answered yes to any of these, this is the perfect time to invest a little more in your fitness.
The business of fitness is booooming right now.
More than ever before, you have tons of different options at your disposal to help you on your journey towards losing fat, gaining muscle, or getting stronger.
There are apps for everything you could imagine.
Everywhere you turn, another gym is popping up in town.
You can even get the expert advice from a highly skilled trainer online.
With all of these different options, it can be tough to choose which one is best. So here is a quick breakdown to better understand which one is the best option for you.
Apps are great because they are constantly evolving and improving to offer more and more help for a low cost.
However, technology is limited. Algorithms can’t exactly empathize with you if you are having a rough week and make the necessary changes.
Another thing to consider is if you need special changes to your program from former or current injuries. Depending on the person developing the app, there might not be any room for change which could result in you receiving, at best, a less than optimal program, or at worst, one that could result in you getting hurt.
In Person Training
This is what most people think of when it comes to outsourcing your health and fitness. It can be extremely helpful having someone in person to talk to and to help keep you accountable.
However, there are a couple downfalls to this option as well. First, you are limited to the trainers at your current gym. Unfortunately, just like in any profession, not everyone is amazing at their job. And chances are, if you are seeking out training or are offered a “free first session” it's probably not with the best trainer there whose schedule is already packed with clients. It could be with the trainer who just got their certification who really doesn’t know a ton just yet.
Now, the real kicker is cost.
Depending on what gym or what personal trainer you decide to purchase sessions with, the cost can get pretty high. Some trainers when just starting out on their own go as low as $50 a session, while some high end gyms will charge you over $100 a session. That means if you want to work out 3 times a week it would run you about $600-$1200+ a month.
If you have the means, this is a great option if you can find a quality trainer. However, if you don’t have that extra 1k to throw around this month there are other options.
With this option you get the best of both worlds. You have the services of a real personal trainer and the cost is usually pretty reasonable.
The average online trainer can be around $200-$400 a month. That could be less than a third of what you would pay in person.
On top of that, you won’t be limited to the sessions you book with them. So if you wanted to add days into your workout program, it would either be at no cost or much less than if you were to do the same with an in person trainer.
Another added benefit is the accountability. When you have someone checking in on you throughout the week, it makes it that much harder to miss workouts or fall off the wagon with your nutrition.
Along with all of this you also get flexibility. When you are in person at a gym you are limited to equipment at that facility. If you are on an app you might be told to use equipment that you don’t have access to. Or maybe all of a sudden a pandemic hits and all gyms are closed and you are stuck at home with no direction on what to do.
When you have an online trainer, the program can be adjusted no matter what your situation.
So now that you have all these options, get yourself out of that rut. Upgrade your fitness. Find an app, an in person trainer, or an online trainer and get to work!
You are now on the fast track to feeling more energized, gaining strength, and building confidence by achieving your goals.