How To Set Up for an Online Personal Training Session

June 12, 2020 - 5 minutes read

If you’re just starting out with online personal training, congratulations on taking the first step toward feeling great from the comfort of your own home! To be sure you’re making the most of your time with your coach, you’ll want to get a few things organized prior to your first session.

Here are some quick tips that will help you set up your space and sort out your tech in preparation for your online workouts.

What you need to get started

The beauty of online personal training is that you really don’t need much to get started. Here’s what to consider with regards to space, equipment and technology.

Workout space

When preparing for your online sessions, seek out an area that gives you as much space as possible to move around comfortably. If you don’t already have a nice open spot in your house/apartment/office, try moving the coffee table to the side of the living room to create one. The goal is to find at least enough distance to be able to fully outstretch your arms while standing or to be able to lie flat on your back while on the floor.


There’s a big misconception out there that you can’t get in a good workout without a lot of equipment. Consider that myth debunked.

As there are so many ways to design a program that allow you to get a challenging and effective workout using nothing more than your bodyweight, don’t sweat it if you don’t have any equipment at home. If you do happen to have some workout gear lying around the house though or would like to invest in some good equipment to start a small home gym, feel free to let your coach know what you have available so they can incorporate it into your program.

Some basic technology

You don’t need a lot of expensive tech to make online sessions work for you. Simply grab a laptop, tablet, or smart phone and make sure you have access to an updated version of a live video calling platform, such as Zoom, FaceTime or Skype.

Resource: Tips for swapping household items for weights and other workout gear

Tips for setting up your tech

There are a few basic things to keep in mind when deciding how and where to get set up:

1. Be sure to leave a bit of space between you and the camera so your coach can see as much of your body as possible throughout the workout.
2. Try to set your device up in a way that allows you to easily tilt or rotate the camera as you vary your position from standing to lying down.
3. Find a location that has a good internet connection and is quiet enough to allow you to easily converse with your coach.

Using a laptop

A laptop is probably the easiest option to use due to it’s large screen size and ability to stand and tilt without support. Simply set your computer up on a table, a stool, or even on the ground and voila! Tilt the screen to face you and you’re ready to get started.

Using a tablet or smart phone

A tablet or smart phone are both great for their quick connection speed and compact nature. With a moderately-sized screen, they allow to you see and hear your coach and can be placed in lots of different spaces. A challenge you may encounter here though is figuring out a hands-free setup that will allow you to tilt and rotate these devices.

One option to remedy this is to stack a few heavy books up on a table and to lean the tablet or phone against them, placing a thinner book in front to keep the device from sliding forward. To tilt the camera, simply slide the front book forward and back.

Additionally, you can purchase a small, adjustable mount to stabilize and move your device. We recommend the following online options:

For your tablet: This tablet stand from Amazon
For your phoneThis phone tripod from Amazon