Online fitness training - is it the new trend?

2016-10-13 06:00

MANY fitness freaks have chosen online fitness training over the conventional personal training.

While one may think it’s merely a trend that people follow because their aunty’s cousin and their cousin is doing it, or because everything is online nowadays, there is more to this choice than meets the eye.

“I started seven months ago. I have never been to gym or done fitness training before and decided to go the online training way,” said Fransisca Labuschagne of Margate.

She is a bikini fitness athlete who recently won the IFBB KwaZulu-Natal provincials competition six months after starting training.

“I received a diet, training plans and other information from my coach. I send my measurements and weight values every week so my coach is able to monitor my progress and make changes to my diet and training programme,” said Labuschagne.

Because she communicates with her trainer via email or social media, this choice of training requires a lot of discipline.

“This form of training has more challenges. It’s so easy to miss a session or lie on your measurement charts about the kilogram you picked up. It requires dedication and you have to motivate yourself.”

Online training works for Labuschagne because she is a stay-at-home mother of two boys.

“I can train whenever I have time, in the comfort of my own home. I am not restricted to a coach waiting for me at the gym.”

Labuschagne will represent South Africa in the IFBB competition in Poland in November.

Natasha Litkie of Trainher Fitness said she found online training was unsuccessful with her clients.

“I found that clients were not motivated and lacked discipline so I scrapped online training and have gone back to coaching at the gym.”

She coaches in groups of four, and competitions, themes and fun elements are incorporated in sessions.

“Before you know it, the hour is over, you’ve burned many calories and you didn’t even feel it because it was so much fun,” she said.

She said some of her colleagues in the fitness industry, who conduct online training, have been successful.

“It depends on the individual.”

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