Skip to main content

React

Cornell Student Articles on Topical Affairs

David Michigan on personal development

David Michigan

We live in a time where health and fitness have become a priority. As demand increases, choices also increase. With some dedication, you should be able to find a method that works according to your schedule, fitness goals, and location.

Most gyms and health clinics do not have the capacity to offer fitness coaches, nutritionists and personal growth consultants. So where do patrons seek personal coaches? Online. In the past year, online trainers have gained a huge following. More and more qualified trainers are appearing online every day, offering personal classes and consultations at your convenience. This allows clients to choose someone according to their personal goals, schedule and location.

Online self-help and personal development has also provided fame and success to many people. One example is David Michigan, who’s mission is to help as many people as possible with their own personal growth. Michigan focuses heavily on building relationships and facilitating fitness and life coaching sessions. But even he admits, it doesn’t come easy.

“As far as I remember, staying healthy and personal development doesn’t come easy or cheap. In the past couple of years, the self-help industry has decreased its prices and increased options. One of the main factors contributing to lower prices is the rise of competition and low-cost alternatives.”

Michigan’s success is testament to the increasing popularity of online self-help services. But few truly understand their benefit.

What is Online Coaching?

Online coaching has been on the rise in 2018, and I am sure it will only increase this year. Online coaching services vary between providers. It is nothing complex, it is as simple as it sounds. Customers can choose a program that is suitable for their needs. They can then use their coaches in the comfort of their home, hotel, office or gym.

What makes Online Personal training so attractive?

Convenience, low prices and comfort are the main reasons why online personal training has become so popular. Scheduling with a real life personal trainer can become quite frustrating at times, mainly because they might not be available for your schedule. Online personal training is also great for those who are not comfortable working out at local gyms. Online trainers allow clients to exercise wherever they want.

Another reason why online personal training is rising is the low price point. Online trainers can offer much lower rates for their services than in-person trainers. They can afford to charge their clients less, simply because online training has lower overhead costs. This works out for both parties: the client and the trainer. Many personal trainers still have to have to attend their full-time duties in person, this way they can cover both online and in-person training.

The Internet has allowed many aspiring trainers to pursue their dreams of training through the web at their own convenience. Many respectable fitness programs offer various online certification courses, which enable the personal trainer to attain the necessary credentials to start their own venture.

Many people question whether the results from online person training are as good as real life training? David Michigan is convinced it does.

“The effectiveness relies a lot on how motivated the client is to achieve his or her goals—and that would still be a factor when working in-person. Online training can have some additional benefits on motivation because coaches are just an email away for support and will regularly check in with clients or drop them a line with a motivating thought or quote for their day.”

Everything we do today is online, and online personal development training is here to stay. This does not mean in-person fitness coaching will die out, many people still prefer to have a personal in-person connection with their fitness coach or personal trainer. There are many pros to having a conventional personal trainer, particularly physical contact. An online personal trainer may not be able to provide that motivation or prevent an injury that an in-person can. Since online personal training and low-cost gyms have introduced lower prices, bigger gyms and in-person trainers must lower their prices to compete. Both have their own advantages; it inevitably comes down to personal preference and convenience.

If you would like to contribute an article to Cornell React, please email us.
Skip to toolbar