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Where can I find personal training advice online?

Tyler Spraul is the director of UX and the head trainer for Exercise.com. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medicine and is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is a former All-American soccer player and still coaches soccer today. In his free time, he enjoys reading, learning, and living the dad life. He has been featured in Shape, Healthline, HuffPost, Women's...

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UPDATED: Aug 25, 2020

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  • The internet presents a multitude of articles and video resources filled with personal training advice
  • Check out as many advice resources possible to increase your knowledge about personal training
  • Always double-check on the credibility of the source of advice

Back in the day, the only sources of information about weightlifting, fat loss, and physical culture were magazines. Anyone with an interest in personal training turned to the detailed pages in the magazines.

In time, books, television shows, home videos, and more added to the flow of the informational. Today, the internet now serves as the biggest venue for information about personal training.

Regularly reading and viewing a number of online resources featuring personal training discussions should increase your knowledge about the topic.

Additionally, our PRO plan can help! By signing up for our PRO plan, you will have access to online certified personal trainers that can answer your questions. Go PRO now.

The Top Online Sources for Personal Trainer Information

People struggle to get in shape, which is why they turn to personal trainers. Finding these fitness pros becomes easy when looking online. Personal trainers do want to connect with as many clients as they can.

Other personal trainers maintain such a strong love for the profession they enjoy sharing information with fellow online travelers.

With so much activity going on online about personal training, visiting the following resources should prove helpful:

Personal Trainer Websites

Why not go directly to the source? Personal trainers with marketing on the mind know about the value of publishing a detailed website.

Simply putting pricing and contact information on the website won’t be enough, which is why the site usually contains basic information about personal training, its benefits, what to expect from sessions, and more.

While a trainer’s website may be promotional in nature, a lot of good insight may be found on one.

Video Sharing Sites

Personal trainers and fitness experts seemingly put enormous effort into producing online videos for YouTube and Instagram.

The potential for becoming a celebrity exists when producing informational content on a video sharing site.

Others just find it easier to land clients when they can point towards examples of videos. And those videos can be a great source of insight, advice, and opinion about personal training.

Subscribing to several different channels creates a consistently updated portal of information about personal training. Better yet, the information comes in loud and clear through strong video images.

Online Health and Fitness Magazines

Publishing an online health and fitness magazine loaded with incredible articles written by experts is cheaper than producing a print magazine.

Finding those articles online becomes easier and also less expensive for the reader than buying a magazine at a supermarket.

Tons of awesome articles cover the topic of personal training, which can be beneficial to someone looking for recent articles dealing with current topics.

The sheer volume of different article topics brings additional benefits to the reader. A sports-specific article such as personal training for baseball or special topics such as personal training for elderly clients could likely be found in the virtual pages of excellent online magazines.

Livestrong ranks as one of the top online fitness magazines on the internet.

Health and Fitness Blogs

Blogging serves as a great way for people to muse about fitness topics while also sharing information with others.

Personal trainers know blogging helps establish them as experts and provides an excellent method of marketing. So, good personal training bloggers craft excellent blog entries. They are not alone.

People who exercise with a personal trainer like to blog, too. Their insights might prove very beneficial to a would-be client. Who better to discuss subjects of importance to someone looking for a personal trainer than a fellow client.

The subjects written by a client may cover territory a personal trainer might not. Client blog articles could include topics such as how to squeeze in training sessions during a busy week or what traits describe the best personal trainer for you.

Social Media Groups

Billions of people maintain profiles on top social media sites. Personal trainers are among them. In addition to publishing a personal site, personal trainers and fitness experts create social media groups.

Facebook is loaded with untold numbers of groups designed to stimulate interaction and conversation among members of the community. As a place for information, active groups present a lot of it.

In addition to conversations, groups allow for the sharing of videos, articles, images, and more. The sharing increases the free flow of info and also generates discussions.

Discussions lead to more learning. Online friendships can develop leading that can further help with learning even more about personal training.

The Facebook group Hardcore Bodybuilding & Fitness Freaks boasts thousands of members. Such a huge membership makes asking questions and getting answers easier.

Forums and Message Boards

Forums and message boards may seem like “old-time dinosaurs” in a modern era known for the growth of social media, but scores of health and fitness websites and online magazines publish these Q&A and conversational venues.

Message boards definitely help with promotional strategies for the supporting website/magazine. They also serve as excellent sources of information about personal training.

Even though message boards may seem outdated, people don’t change habits easily.

Members of popular message boards won’t stop providing answers and insights if a forum remains active. The expertise and experience of the message board contributors can be vast.

Visiting and participating in forums and message boards might reveal a lot of beneficial knowledge. Nerd Fitness runs a pretty active forum.

Distance Learning Programs

Online personal training sessions have become wildly popular over the past few years. Subscription-based online personal training is the logical extension of all the free options out there. Paying a fee to an online trainer does make it far more possible to attain results.

Online personal training courses could include one-on-one webcam sessions and/or chat and email exchanges.

As would be the case with an in-person personal training program, the trainer running the online sessions makes him/herself available for questions and giving advice.

More committed would be required on the part of the person signing up, but this is the “real deal” and takes personal training to the next technological level.

The vastness of online sources of advice makes learning about personal training a lot easier. Reviewing online information and advice also makes it less difficult to choose a trainer or even decide on what area of training to focus on.

A little bit of diligence, however, is still necessary when reviewing online advice.

Make Sure Online Advice Comes With Credibility

No real filter exists regarding the presentation of advice online. Folks may try to be helpful by offering up advice, but they might not possess the necessary expertise to answer questions thoroughly and correctly.

Always take steps to be sure the source of the advice knows what they are talking about.

On a social media site, check out the person’s profile. Follow any links that reveal background info. And double-check the advice itself through other sources to make sure you aren’t steered wrong.

Generally, someone with a personal training certificate from a credible organization such as ACE, NASM, or ACSM probably has reliable advice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I find a personal trainer?

You can either search directly online, ask your local gym, or use our PRO membership to access online personal trainers.

Can personal trainers come to your house?

Yes! Some personal trainers do train clients in their own homes.

What if I don’t like my personal trainer?

That’s completely okay! Finding a personal trainer that you connect with is important. If you do not like your personal trainer, make sure that you cancel any upcoming appointments to avoid being charged and either ask your gym for a new trainer or ask friends or family if they have any recommendations.

For access to certified personal trainers that can help you reach your goals, go PRO today.

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