I find it way to too difficult to workout alone. I've tried but. I need some guidance, I need to be told what to do and I need accountability to actually do my home workouts and not come up with some weak excuse! .I don't like going to a gym. It all takes too long. I want to workout in under an hour and carry on with the rest of my day. And gyms are closed anyway ... and so in 2020 we saw the rise of everything online, including Online PT and doing home exercises.
But how can Online PT work? And why do I think it is better than searching YouTube for home workouts.
Here is how it worked for me when Drew asked if I'd like to try out his 60 Day Challenge:
Welcome call - Drew arranged an initial welcome chat via zoom and we discussed what exercise I had done in the past, where I feel I am at now and why I wanted to get fitter! We talked about my mindset and motivation and then set some achievable goals. And I agreed it made sense to start immediately - yes even just 3 weeks before Christmas.
Workout plan - I then downloaded the Trainerize app. This has been a game changer for me - Drew sets my workouts for me (exactly like a face to face PT), I can record my progress (measurements, weight, photos - all in one place) and I can easily see that day's workout with full instructions and an introduction, each exercise has a video to show me exactly how to do the exercise and I then record my reps and weight so I can see my progress at a glance. At the end of each workout I rate how I got on and leave any comments for Drew that way we can keep me progressing and challenged.
Workout frequency - We agreed I would do 3 workouts per week, each one no longer than about 45/50 minutes. They would be weight based strength training. I told Drew what equipment I had and he designed my workouts without me having to purchase anything new. I explained I wasn't keen on cardio! We discussed upping my step count and I have been wearing my Fitbit to see what an average day looks like for me.
Workout timing - I choose to do my workouts usually mid-morning but by 12 noon at the latest. This works really well for me. And because everything is online it reduces my time commitment with no travel. I like to get up and organise my house, my family and my to do list, I like structure and routine and when my workout is done I know I can have my lunch and get on with the rest of my day.
Accountability - Drew speaks to me regularly via zoom and we have tweaked my programme depending on how I am getting on with it. Drew is also available via text whenever I need some extra support. He doesn't accept 'excuses'! If you read my first post here, you will see what happened when I tried to get out of a workout. That said, he also realises that sometimes life happens, he's not a bully! I message Drew every week and commit to which 3 days my workouts will be done on, I write them in my diary and Drew updates my programme in Trainerize. If I have to change my plans then Drew is happy to update the app.
Nutrition - We have also discussed my nutrition and a suitable calorie deficit to work with my goals of building muscle and strength but losing some weight. For the first 3 weeks or so I kept a food diary and sent it to Drew. Now Christmas is over I am logging my food in the NutraCheck app and will discuss this with Drew as we begin to monitor my weight goals properly (Christmas for me was about being sensible, balanced and maintaining)!
I think this is the first time in so long that I have committed and stuck with it without finding an excuse. I had a really lovely PT but cost wise I could only afford to see her once a week for face to face training. The other two sessions I had to go it alone. She would help with workout ideas but inevitably I had no accountability and so made excuses. I was better when I did the body coach plan but it was quite rigid and didn't allow me to have flexibility with my diet choices. Ultimately it was not sustainable.
I really don't enjoy YouTube workouts, first of all it is difficult to find one I like, there are so many! But also they are not personalised so I end up getting lost. I tried a book but again I just gave up if I didn't understand the exercise instruction. To be honest, I've tried so much! Having an Online PT means someone is monitoring my home workouts and making sure I progress, this isn't possible if you are just making up your own programme.
Drew is offering readers of Fifty & Fab a 10% discount off his 60 Day Challenge. Sign up via this link and start a free two week trial. If at the end of your trial you'd like to carry on to do the 60 Day Challenge then Drew will deduct 10% if you mention how you found him. After the 60 days Drew has two monthly packages to choose from so you never have to go it alone. And while you are saving money on take-out coffee or lunches you are investing that money in your health!
Drew also offers a daily online fitness class -Thirty4U is at 9 am Monday to Saturday and is held via zoom!
After my free trial (a blog collaboration) I have signed up as a paying client and will be continuing my Online PT journey with Drew. I will keep you updated on progress! My first month was really about making the commitment, not making excuses, creating a routine to make time for home exercise and getting through Christmas without too much damage! I've achieved that, now for the real results.
My other posts in this series:
Exercise at home with an online personal trainer
Online personal training, my first week exercising at home (and not making excuses)
My weight loss tips and healthy eating ideas
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