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In-Person Personal Training vs Online Coaching

Updated: Apr 10

Over the last few years, the number of people hiring fitness coaches/trainers has grown exponentially. The days of having to go to the gym, ask for a trainer, and getting put through a workout are slowly coming to an end. With the help of online coaching, one could hire a fitness trainer from google within a few minutes. This is because you could simply go to google, type in "online personal trainer" and have thousands of trainers/coaches who are ready get you to your best both physically and mentally. Online coaches create and guide clients through workout programs, diet plans, mindset training, and a whole lot more to get their clients to reach their goal. In-person trainers simply cannot fit all of that into a one hour training session.

Still, the question is often asked… Which is the better option?

Let’s take a look.

In-Person Personal Training

There's no questions that in-personal personal training is effective and the most popular style of fitness coaching today. However, that does not make it the better option. When you hiring a personal trainer, the average trainer shows up, puts you through a workout, makes small talk and counts reps. One with a little more energy may give you that extra motivation to finish a set and do your best, but for the most part, they are just watching you.


Don't get me wrong, this is all some people want and need, and it definitely is beneficial. It forces the client to show up, give a lot of effort, and push themselves through the exercises. Some people just want a professional to be there with them, giving guidance through the workout, and making sure they are doing everything correctly and efficiently... and that's fine.

However, a personal training can be very expensive. In general, trainers value their service based on the their experience in the field and the length of the session. A single session may vary from $50-$300, depending on location, whether it's a commercial or private gym, length of the session, etc. Not only does this limit the amount of time you have with your fitness trainer, but you do not get nearly as much for your money as you would from an online coach! Not to mention, the majority in-person personal trainers are not going to provide any sort of nutrition plans, weekly check-ins, or written workouts. So, now ask your self, is a in-personal trainer worth it worth for you?


As I've said, in-person personal training is all some people may need, which is totally fine. However, if you are truly looking to get the most bang for your buck and maximize your results, you may want to look into online coaching.

Online Coaching

Online coaching has taken the fitness industry by storm. Many in-person trainers are taking their talents to social media...and the results are amazing. Why you may ask? With access to millions of people at the touch of a button, trainers are able to reach more potential clients and easily communicate with them whenever/wherever. Compare that to personal trainers who only having access to people in the gym.


Online coaching included a ton of value that in-person fitness trainers can't provide. Things like more 1-on-1 time, personalized workout program, diet planning, 24/7 support, and weekly check-ins are all in the realm of online coaching. Look at it as if you have your online fitness coach with you in your back pocket at all times.


Arguably the best part of the online coaching route is that it is much more affordable! Online coaches are able to efficiently help more clients reach their goals than an in-person trainer, hence the huge price difference. So clients get the added benefits at a lower cost, sounds like a bang for your buck to me.


It is every trainers job, online or in-person, to build a solid relationship with each client. However, online coaches will get to know you better than the in-person trainer who only sees out in the gym. With all the attention online trainers can give their clients, the relationship becomes much more than just fitness. This creates un unbreakable client/coach relationship, allowing for a much more in-depth coaching experience.


You may not be physically with your online trainer all the time, but you have 24/7 access to them via text message, email, social media, etc. Many more doors are open when you choose to with with an online coach versus a personal trainer.

Final Thoughts

Each person will have a preference. Some may prefer an in-person trainer, while others choose to work with a coach online. In my eyes, no matter which way you look at it, the best service to help you reach your goal is going to come from an online fitness coach.

Knowing what you know now, find what is going to work best for you!

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