The whole world has gone virtual…so can your training.
Working out at home certainly isn’t the same as working out at the gym, but that doesn’t mean it’s less effective. It’s certainly more effective than not working out at all, because something is always better than nothing. Keeping up some sort of exercise routine will ensure you’re that much more prepared when the gym reopens.
But it can be a tough thing to do on your own – especially when you’re used to a trainer/instructor and the energy of the gym’s environment to keep you going. That’s when virtual training can be beneficial. Reasons for working out with a trainer virtually include but aren’t limited to:
- Accountability – honestly I myself need this. I have ZERO motivation to work out in my living room, the place I’m supposed to be able to collapse onto the couch and catch up on Netflix. And during a period where there are less time constraints (e.g. “I have all day to get this done”), it’s super easy to keep delaying it until it eventually doesn’t get done at all. Having a set day and time with a trainer each week gives the same accountability as it does if you were meeting them in the gym and ensures the workout gets done.
- Creativity – no squat rack, no cables, no slam balls. So now what? Personal trainers can help create a well-balanced routine with bodyweight or unconventional weights (any textbooks lying around?) that gets the job done.
- Connection – the biggest loss we have experienced from this is connection, something that we as humans crave and need. The pandemic has isolated us from many of the people we’re used to seeing or talking to on almost daily basis, especially our gym family. Talking to someone outside of your home even just once a week can give you back a sense of connection that’s been taken.
- Mental health – one of the biggest benefits of exercise is the impact it has on our mood and mental health. It’s 100% okay that commitment to exercise has slid during this time, because this time is STRESSFUL. But it’s also all the more reason exercise is so important – taking care of mental health to alleviate the stress that has come from the pandemic and its repercussions (homeschooling your kids, unemployment, concern for loved ones, etc.) Maybe you’re not exercising at the volume you were when the club was open, but again, something is better than nothing especially when it comes to protecting mental health.
Feel free to reach out if you’re having trouble working out during a time like this – happy to chat through different options and offer some advice! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.