5 Ways to Know If a Digital Trainer Is Right for You

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1. Cost

A personal trainer, either at a gym or not, is expensive. But if you’ve done your research and asked for recommendations, the old adage usually stands — you get what you pay for.

2. Accountability

There’s no shame in needing some kind of extrinsic motivation to exercise. So, if you find that regular workouts are difficult without an appointment with a personal trainer who will praise you for each and every one of your magnificent squats, then an app might not be enough to keep you going.

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3. Injury

If you’re new to exercising, pregnant, or recovering from or prone to injury, a real-life trainer might be a better choice for you. Many of the fitness apps I’ve tried are great about showing or explaining what good form looks like, but they won’t be able to tell you if your plow pose is about to give you a permanent neck injury.

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4. Variety

My husband eats the same breakfast that he’s eaten nearly every day since I met him over twenty years ago. I would eat something different every day if I could. If you crave variety like me, a digital trainer might be right for you.

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5. Time

I’m not a new mom anymore, but I haven’t forgotten those days when you’re lucky if you have time to brush your teeth twice a day, let alone meet with a personal trainer. And when you do have some free time, it’s difficult to plan around it. New mom or otherwise, if you work long hours or go to school, classes at your gym or trainer hours might not fit into your schedule.

Is a Digital Trainer Right for You?

I have had some amazing trainers in my life, specifically when I was pregnant with my first child and then getting back into shape afterward. That trainer’s name was Holly and she had two grown kids and was around the age I am now. At the time, I remember being so inspired by her strength and stamina. We lifted weights together and ran together and she taught me techniques I still use sixteen years later.

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