In an ideal world, you'd hire a personal trainer and enjoy a 100% personalised and effective workout each time you hit the gym.
In reality, personal trainers can be expensive. Here are 4 PT alternatives to consider:
With the right guidance and support, you and a friend can be each other’s personal trainer. You can spot each other at the squat rack, time each other’s planks and warm up and warm down in tandem to ensure a fully effective workout.
When looking for a gym buddy, try to find someone who has the same level of commitment as you.
It is possible to buy a whole range of online training programmes. Many have subscription fees, others you can buy as a one-off programme and some personal trainers tailor who online programmes too.
Making this investment is often cheaper than full-on one-to-one personal training and you can still carry out the full range of exercises in your chosen gym.
For free resources, it doesn’t get much better than YouTube. Many well-known and recognisable trainers use YouTube to put up workouts or examples of their online programme. There is nothing to stop you using these videos at your local gym and getting a fully effective workout.
There are YouTube workout videos for whole body workouts as well as targeted to specific muscle groups.
Many independent and smaller gyms, as well as self-employed personal trainers, are more than happy to take on small groups of clients.
Get together with a friend or two and share the costs so you can enjoy the benefits of a personal trainer on a small group scale. Semi-private personal training is also sometimes offered on a place by place basis so you would not need to get the group together yourself.
Personal training is an effective way of reaching your fitness and lifestyle goals but it does come at a price. Considering some of these alternatives could be a great idea.
I agree Lucy. there's so much choice on YouTube it's overwhelming. I need some structure to my workouts so prefer to do proper classes on designated days.
Youtube has its uses, but it is far too easy just to do ten minutes and then get bored. If I can get to a gym class, that is far more fun.
I agree with Simon - a gym buddy is the best personal trainer I could get. We motivate each other, get on well and best of all, it doesn't cost a thing.
I find that most of the value of a gym buddy is in the committment. If I've made a promise to meet someone for a workout, it is much harder to drop out then if it is just me going.
I have used online personal training before and found it great. I can train from home, and although it's really weird first of all you quickly get used to it and experience the same results for less money.
Another option - become a personal trainer yourself! My friend did this because she was already so into fitness, and she's loving it. You have to pay for the course, but then you get to exercise most days and get paid for it!
YouTube is great and I use it for yoga sessions. I have never thought of using it instead of a personal trainer though., just instead of classes.