Getting Started With At-Home Workouts Using Online Personal Training

May 7, 2020 - 11 minutes read

When you think of online workouts, your mind probably goes to Facebook Live classes and follow-along YouTube videos. As valuable as these resources may be for people with no injuries and lots of free time, they can leave a little to be desired for those of us who want more personalization and accountability in our at-home workouts. That’s the thinking behind Online Personal Training, a new feature in the Alive & Well service menu.

But if this online service and the idea of working out in your living room are new to you, you probably have some questions.

As a parent at home with kids during quarantine, how can this help me carve out an hour for myself each week? As a busy professional working remotely, how can this help me offset the strain of more time spent at my computer? How do I get started, and how do I know if this approach is right for me?

Here, we’ll dive into some quick tips and best practices for putting this empowering new service to use at home.

Personal training – customized programs and support

Before we go into the details of online sessions, it’s helpful to take a look at the big picture of how we as personal trainers work with our clients through coaching and how that compares to more generic at-home fitness programs.

Even if you aren’t currently exercising regularly, chances are you know that your body feels better, stronger and more mobile when you’re working out with some consistency. You may have tried online exercise videos or set program templates. You may have tried to motivate yourself to stick to a schedule of self-directed workouts. You may have decided to take a break from exercise altogether to get settled into a new routine. Depending on how those attempts have gone, you may be perfectly content with how you feel in your body right now; but if you’re not, there are a lot of different ways that working with a personal trainer might be helpful.

Here are some common points to consider:



You’re ready for a change but you don’t know where to start. Your personal trainer assesses your movement patterns, injuries and progress throughout each session to understand your body and create a blueprint for what you need to work on right now in order to set yourself up for success.

Program Design
If you have specific goals, little to no equipment, or are limited with certain movements, chances are that generic programs don’t work for you. Using the insights gained above, your trainer designs a custom exercise plan that is tailored to your body and goals, then progresses that program to keep you moving continually forward.

Teaching Technique
It’s very likely that your body has some movement limitations and compensation patterns ingrained deeply within it. Your trainer is able to pick out these tendencies and coach you on how to fix these patterns so you can perform each exercise properly and be more effective at building strength, improving mobility and boosting your general fitness (all while reducing pain and mitigating the risk of injury).

Accountability and Support
If you’ve had a hard time creating a habit of exercise in the past, the accountability and support of a coach is indispensable. Your trainer facilitates a fitness schedule that is aimed at keeping you on track and supports you through challenges that come up along the way to keep you consistent.

As much as your program is about pushing you forward, it’s also about teaching you to take the time to rest, to breathe and to recover from stress. Your trainer makes sure you also create space for these things in your life and checks in regularly to help you maintain a healthy balance of challenge and recovery.

Inside your sessions and out, our whole team and community of clients are part of something bigger – a group of like-minded people who are here to support each other and create a space of growth and inclusivity.

A quick tour of how online personal training works

One of the best things about online personal training is that it’s a convenient and straightforward service to set up and use at home. Getting started is as simple as gaining access to either a computer with a camera, a tablet or a smartphone, and the rest of the details are taken care of by us.

Having access to equipment or a lot of space isn’t needed to be successful with your workouts when you’re working with a coach. For a lot of our clients, they have little to no workout gear at home and are working within an area no larger than the length of their body while lying down.

Once we know what you have available, we build you a program that works within those parameters and challenge you to progress during every session. All you have to do is answer the video call.

How do I know if this is right for me?

We know you probably still have a couple burning questions stowed away, so we wanted to share some of the most relevant inquiries we’ve had over the past few weeks to help ease your curiosity.

Do I really get the value of an in-person training session?

The value of working with a personal trainer lies in their expertise in performing assessments, designing personalized programs, teaching technique, providing accountability and support, promoting recovery and offering a sense of community. As each of those sections are executed to the same high level in online training as they are in person, the value of remote coaching is on par with our work in-studio.

Is this the exact same service? No. Does it work? Yes.

I’m keeping up with my regular walking or running schedule – isn’t that enough?

Amazing to hear that you’re keeping up with your activity! While this is a great first step, keep in mind that staying healthy and improving your fitness involves multiple pieces of the puzzle.

In addition to hitting your daily step goal, make sure that you’re taking part in activities that focus on building strength, improving mobility, eating well and reducing stress. We can work with you to facilitate most of those things so let us find out how we can best help you.

What if I’m not tech-savvy?

No problem! All you need is a smart phone, tablet or laptop and we’ll sort out the rest. Whether you prefer FaceTime, Skype or Zoom, we get you set up on our end so all you have to do is answer the call.

Can I really get a good workout without any equipment?

The quick answer here is a resounding YES! We’ve been training clients out of their homes for years and have a vast knowledge of progressive bodyweight exercises and clients are always shocked at how good of a workout they can get with little to no equipment and a small amount of space.

Shouldn’t I just wait until everything goes back to normal to start working toward my goals?

As there’s no way to know when “normal” is going to come around again, waiting to get started will only postpone the positive benefits of being active. Now is the perfect time to get clear on your health and fitness goals and to put the energy into starting or progressing your routine.

Giving online personal training a try

Have you been thinking about getting started with online personal training but don’t know how it’s going to work for you? Have you found that your current routine isn’t quite cutting it and would like to step things up a notch? We’d love to show you how we can help through a free trial week, which includes to three 30-minute sessions. Simply click the link below to book your free sessions and experience first-hand the benefits of working with a dedicated coach through your fitness journey.