The 5 best virtual personal training services to get you in shape


Getting in shape, staying in shape, and maintaining an active lifestyle can be hard work no matter how much you enjoy doing it. The proven method is to visit a local gym, but, of course, that’s not always possible – as we’ve all learned over the past couple of years. But just because you can’t go to the gym doesn’t mean you need to stop working out. This is precisely when virtual personal training services or programs come into the picture.

Available in a few different formats, some online, some via a mobile app, Virtual Personal Training Services ensure you get the workouts you need to stay in shape. Think of them as an Alexa or Siri, uniquely fitness specific. In addition, most of the time you interact with real trainers and not with an AI-driven virtual assistant.

How are virtual personal training services different?

Of course, it depends on the program and how it’s structured, but virtual personal training is done, well, virtually. It could be done online, through streaming videos and platforms, through mobile apps, or any number of virtual experiences. Future is a great example of modern personal training in action – and it’s also on our list below. Through the program, you will be assigned and connected with a real personal trainer, who will get to know you, your preferences and your body, then help you develop a unique fitness plan. Your workout plans are delivered to your phone, every week, and they’re designed for your skill level, even for beginners. Dumbbells are always recommended, but it’s okay if you don’t have a weight, the trainers will help you design a plan that suits your setup.

Many services work the same, offering organized workout plans or virtual access to fitness and health experts. We will explain them in a little more detail below, but the most important thing to note is that whatever form they take, they are only virtual services that you can follow from the comfort of your home, or where you spend the most. of your time. No gym access is required and you don’t need to be an expert to participate.

Below are some of the best virtual personal training services:

Future

Future virtual personal trainer service used on mobile with bottle nearby.

Our top pick, and an all-time favorite, is Future, but not just because the service is phenomenal, it’s also because of what it gets. It is one of the most effective virtual training programs, designed especially for YOU. When you sign up, you’re paired with your own Future Coach and you’ll receive unlimited workouts, daily text messages with your coach, and 24/7 support.

Here’s how it works: First, you’ll answer a few questions and you will choose a coach with the help of the Future team – they won’t leave you to the wolves! Then you will connect with your coach via FaceTime who will develop a training plan according to your goals, your schedule, etc. Each week, you will receive guided workouts based on your plan, and you can train as much as you want whenever you want. Using Apple Watch, your coach will track your progress and refine your plan. Coaches will also celebrate milestones with you and speak out on accomplishments, just like any real coach should! You can get in shape whenever and wherever you want, with the full support of real coaches, virtually. Your coach will always be there to answer your questions, help you train, encourage you and more.

Flexit

Flexit connected training with mobile application user interface display.

Next on the list is Flexit, another personal virtual training service. Available online, you start by choosing a training plan, with options to take individual sessions or complete courses. You can also discover the best trainers through the service and connect with the one that matches your training style and goals. Then, when you’re ready, you can start a workout using whatever you have available: bottles of wine, pounds, milk jugs, weights, you name it!

Once you’ve all signed up, you can log in anytime through the website or mobile app – yes, there is a mobile app – then start your workout. Sessions are scheduled in advance and your trainer will walk you through each workout. There are no cookie-cutter workouts and no generalized training programs. You get individual training tailored to your strengths and goals.

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The virtual personal trainer

In-line training with resistance band on an exercise ball.

The name might be on the nose, but The Virtual Personal Trainer combines training, training, and science to create an effective program. Certified virtual trainers stay on top of the latest peer-reviewed fitness and health research, incorporating the information into regular workouts. You get one-on-one, self-guided, weekly personal training after being paired with a trainer.

Like most virtual training programs, there is no set schedule and you have the flexibility to train when you want, where you want. If you prefer to train with a group, as you see in the exercise videos, you can train live with your assigned group, or wait or follow the recording later. A 15-minute consultation is free, and during the meeting you can see if the schedule is right for you and ask questions. When you’re ready, there are follow-up assessments and initial training sessions, before you dive in head first.

The perfect workout

Perfect Workout virtual training with a woman doing leg exercises on a machine.

Designed to help you get in and stay in shape, in smaller sessions, The Perfect Workout requires two workouts per week, at just 20 minutes per session. The program uses slow motion strength training to keep your body fit and strong. To get started, you’ll need to book some practice time, which you can do in the company’s studio or virtually online. There are studios located in various locations around the country, but you need to check online to see if there is one in your area.

For your workouts, you will be paired with a certified personal trainer and they will work with you one on one to complete your exercise. Of course, this doesn’t work like most other services, you have to book your session in advance – it’s not really your time.

iBodyFit

Woman working out with trainer during iBodyFit virtual workout program.

Aptly named Franklin’s iBodyFit, this online program offers several plans to choose from, such as a fat burning plan, a bundle plan, and more. After selecting the package you want and signing up, you will have access to a multitude of virtual content. You’ll get daily workouts tailored to your schedule, a personal training schedule, weight loss or diet programs, and access to a certified personal trainer. Your assigned trainer will be there to answer questions and provide support whenever you want, and you can contact them as often as needed.

You can also access a thematic workout library with detailed explanations of all the exercises, so that you never wonder how to do something, even if you are a novice. Just sign up, pay for the plan you want and go, it’s that easy.

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