Shopping for a Workout Subscription
For years, people have been going to gyms and hiring personal trainers in their search for fitness of confidence in their bodies. It is common to spend $50-$75 per session on a personal trainer, with discounts coming when packages are bought in advance. On average, a personal training client will spend $400 to $500 per month on their personal trainer. Is this warranted? Probably not, as you can now find affordable training options when you consider an online workout subscription.
Judging by the fact that anybody can go out and get "certified" nowadays, it would be prudent to analyze the cost-benefit analysis of hiring a personal trainer. Simply because someone promotes themselves as a trainer does not mean that their knowledge or experience is worth the hourly rate they intend to charge. Even worse, people promote themselves as a "speed coach," yet they don't even understand what a propulsive impulse is or why technique actually matters.
While personal trainers and in-person coaches provide many tangible benefits, the fact of the matter is that most athletes can't afford what it costs to have their own coach. Thanks to the internet, there is now a new option when it comes to getting workout programs for yourself or your athletes - online workout subscriptions.
What to look for in an Online Workout Subscription
1. Research the provider
First and foremost, you want to be sure that the person you are paying for the workout subscription is worth their weight in salt. For example, taking a look at my Instagram account, one could quickly see how I approach and carry out my training, and it would be safe to assume that the workout subscriptions I sell are going to be similar to my posts.
Now, if you check out Joe Schmo Trainer's page and you see a bunch of single leg bosu squats for "strength training" and some choppy-step ladder drills for "speed training", it might be wise to dig a little deeper or research some alternative options. If someone offers cleanses and detoxes and claims that their homeopathic raccoon juice tincture will cure all of your ailments, you might be best served to move on to the next option. If half of the time they talk about some multilevel marketing scheme supplement company and want you to buy in, run away.
While no coach is 100% right all the time, you need to make sure that their approach makes sense to you and that the justifications they provide have sound logical reasoning. The training doesn't need to be the same as what you've always done, nor should it be, but it should make senses as to what they do and why they advocate doing it.
2. Compare the prices
If you're looking for a workout subscription, especially an online workout subscription, then you probably aren't looking to spend a bunch of money. With that in mind, don't jump to sign up for something that is $100 per month if you can only afford $30. Fancy marketing and creative advertising can be enticing, but that is not indicative of the quality of the program you will receive with your workout subscription.
I don't advocate simply choosing the cheapest option because it is the cheapest, but start there and work your way up to find the right balance between affordability and richness of features. For example, I charge only $5 per week for a fully-built workout programs, but also offer higher priced options for those with more demanding needs. Soon I will be offering a plan which includes video's and other downloadable content, but will have to charge higher than $5 per week because of the work it takes to set up something of this sort. You may find that workouts are enough, and you can research the exercises on your own, therefore making the $5 program worthwhile. Someone else may want more content, and would be fine paying $10 or $15 per week.
Ultimately, figure out what your price limit is and work up to it. You can always find a more expensive program, so start at the bottom of the pricing scale and see what is out there.
3. Check for free programs
Depending on the coach, they may or may not offer some free training programs as a sample. I offer a couple weeks of free training programs, which are accessible when you share the page or subscribe to my mailing list. Other coaches might offer free programs you can download without doing anything. Either way, look to see if the coach or company offers some free samples, that way you can see what you're getting yourself into before spending any money.
Also, once you find these workouts, I suggest you give them a try so you can see what it actually feels like to execute the workout. Something may look good on paper, but is wholly unsuited for your needs or current physical state.
4. Reach out to the coach or company
If you have questions, reach out to the person or organization who is offering the workout subscriptions. Ask them questions such as:
- How are the workouts delivered?
- How many workouts do you receive per week?
- Is the program for beginners, athletes, or the general population?
- Are the workouts targeting a specific quality or general fitness?
You can ask any number of questions, but whatever you do, ensure that you have a clear idea of what you are buying before you sign up. For all you know, someone could be offering a workout subscription which only gives you 1 week of workouts which you are supposed to repeat every week. Another might offer programs targeting strength, when you are looking for a fitness training program. Whatever the case, be sure to ask any burning questions so you don't get burned by signing up for something you shouldn't have.
When looking into an online workout subscription for training programs, be sure to do the following:
- Research the workout subscription provider
- Compare the prices of various options
- Check for free sample programs
- Ask questions to the workout subscription provider
By doing your homework, you can make a decision you feel good about, allowing you to focus all of your energy on putting plans into action. For some affordable online workout subscriptions, please check out my training packages:
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