Over the last year, people learned to do without a lot of things that they once thought were critical to their existence. Anything capitalistic, like shopping in malls to going to cinema halls, was brought to a halt. We were stripped off superficiality and made to go back to the basics. However, there were some things which, despite being difficult to continue, couldn’t be ignored for a long time. Fitness is the perfect example. Despite gyms and other training centers shutting down, we had to find a way to work out and stay fit.
This started the trend of finding an online fitness trainer to learn anything from yoga to martial arts and zumba from the comfort of home. This was the ideal solution for those who didn’t know the correct form and technique for a particular type of physical activity, but wanted to learn it without stepping out. With that said, it isn’t easy to find a virtual fitness trainer that works for you. There’s a whole process to it. AskMen India is here to help you with that process by sharing six steps that will make your search simpler:
Choose a specialization
Today, if you set out to simply look for a ‘fitness’ trainer online, you may get lost among the endless options out there. With the emergence of new forms of workout, the industry’s scope has widened and how! You need to know exactly what you want to learn and why. If you’re low on flexibility, you could try something like yoga or gymnastics. If you want to lose weight, something like zumba, skating or skipping may work best for you. If you want to strengthen your muscles, you can go for pilates, martial arts or good ol’ weight training. Being clear about this will make your search for a virtual teacher easier. It helps you filter out what you don’t want and focus on what you do.
Decide if you want individual or group sessions
Once you’ve figured out which form of workout you exactly want to train in, you may start looking at the profiles of fitness professionals in that field on the internet. Understand what they have to offer and see if it matches your requirements. If you, for instance, would prefer learning one-on-one as opposed to taking group sessions, filter out your options according to that. This may require you to pay higher fees sometimes, but if it’s something super important to you, go for it. Do not compromise on your comfort. Remember, the environment has to be conducive for you to get the desired results.
Be clear about your budget
For a lot of people, fees are the most important consideration while selecting an online fitness trainer. It doesn’t matter to them so much if the sessions will be held individually or in a group, as long as they’re easy on their pocket. This is understandable, as everyone comes from different backgrounds and have their own budget to adhere to. Just the fact that you’re willing to invest in fitness, however small or big that amount may be, is admirable. In fact, the most important investment you can make for your health is your time. There is no shame in communicating how much money you can set aside for a certain course. Given the plethora of options out there, you will definitely find someone who fits the bill. You also have to take the cost of equipment into consideration.
Check their qualifications
Today, you can learn anything you want with the click of a button and that too, for free. There are Instagram posts and YouTube videos on every possible subject you can think of. Having said that, whether the information they provide is credible or not is a question that calls for debate. Considering you don’t need any sort of qualifications to share your advice about something on the internet, a lot of that content is misleading. This is especially dangerous when you’re dealing with health and fitness, where everyone’s body is different and generalized tips don’t work. This is why it’s important to find a trainer who’s actually certified in his field and has been practising it for at least a few years. You should also check reviews shared by their previous clients.
Don’t hesitate to ask for a trial class
You may do all the research in finding the right fitness trainer, but when it comes down to it, having a rapport with them is of utmost importance. There is no way to know this except for actually attending one of the classes and evaluating your experience. This is why it’s important to take a trial session before paying up. It helps you decide if this is what you really wanted, if it’s exactly what you were searching for. And, you always have the option of backing out. Don’t jump into any course without testing the waters. It may turn out to be a waste of your time, energy and money.
Fix a suitable timing
Sometimes, while selecting a fitness trainer online, everything else may work out except your timings. Since you’re doing this remotely, it’s difficult to match your schedule with that of your trainer and other people who are taking the same course. This is why, before you finalize a trainer, always communicate your preferred timings to him/her. If you’re someone who likes to exercise in the morning, before going to work, find a trainer who is free to teach you at that time. Try not to keep it flexible as that may hamper your consistency.
Follow these steps to find the perfect fitness trainer for you!
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