Remote coaching... can you possibly get results when you don't have a trainer by your side, watching and encouraging you at the gym?
Remote coaching can be as effective as in-person coaching--- as long as you find the right program.
There are loads of program out there, though, so here are a few things you should look for:
1) Your coach should assess where you are, learn about your goals, history and previous injuries BEFORE starting you on a program.
2) Your coach should have a schedule of times they plan to touch base with you throughout your program, and should be available via email or other means throughout the program to address questions, concerns and help keep you on track.
3) Your program is clearly defined. You receive a well-defined plan of what to do and when. You get videos of the exercises recommended for you so you can see the proper form. At Urban Fitness, our coaches will review videos of you performing each exercise (when submitted) to make sure that you are doing it correctly to avoid potential injury.
4) Communication--- make sure there is a plan for how you and your coach will communicate and clearly defined expectations regarding how quickly you will receive replies, if certain days of the week are exceptions (maybe your coach doesn't work on Sundays), if there's a preferred means of communication (email, messenger, text) and if there are other resources where you can get your questions answered.
5) Focus and direction--- goals are discussed and the process explains how each step in your program is important to your goal. You understand *why* you are doing certain things and *how* they are important to your ultimate goal.
6) Your coach listens to you. They understand when you have questions or concerns and work to address them.
7) Your coach *wants* you to learn about managing your health and fitness. They offer advice, help and strategies for maintaining good health. They encourage you to expand your own knowledge.
Having your program, knowing an expert coach has designed and delivered it for you--- gives you a focus when you go to the gym, a plan to achieve your goals and the means to get there--- without having to fit into an on-site trainer's schedule, a small group of other people with different abilities, goals and strengths, or working with a trainer who just doesn't get *you*--- gives you an increased chance of success.
If you have other questions about remote coaching--- just ask! It'd be great to hear from you!