There are several reasons I'm not big on personal trainers: First, they're expensive. For example, trainers at my gym start at $60/hour--and that's on top of my membership fee. Second, they're inconvenient. I'm a night owl by nature, and nobody is offering personal trainer services at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. (At least not that I've been able to find). Lastly, as a self-motivated gym rat who's been lifting for years, I'm somewhat skeptical about whether personal training is really worth it.
Naturally, this all means that I jumped at the chance to review Wello, a personal training web service that offers affordable one-on-one sessions in the privacy of your home (or hotel room, or conference room, or wherever). The twist here is that Wello's services are all offered online--via a two-way live video feed.
Getting started is pretty simple. The website is easy to navigate, with large icons and short, to-the-point explanations. There are two workout options: One-on-one training or group sessions. A one-on-one workout is a traditional personal training session, with just you and the trainer on your respective webcams; while a group workout is like a small private class. One-on-one sessions cost between $35 - $199 an hour, while group workouts run between $10 - $50 an hour.
To start using Wello, you'll first need to find a trainer. Wello's trainer search is as simple or as comprehensive as you want to make it. You must fill in at least two of three blank fields: What type of workout you want to do (yoga, general training, Pilates, sports, martial arts, therapy, or aerobics), when you want to work out, and what your goal is ("get toned," "lose weight," etc). Once you've filled in two (or all) of these fields, you can further narrow down your search by specific activity, trainer style, trainer gender, trainer specialty, price, and rating.
Trainers come in four different tiers: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and "Celebrity." Tiers 1 -- 3 vary in pricing based on trainer experience, while Celebrity trainers are trainers to the stars. The first three tiers are more reasonably priced ($35 - $59 an hour), while Celebrity trainers cost $199 an hour. I see no need for celeb trainers myself, but if you've ever wanted to workout with the yoga instructor who trained Harvey Keitel and Jessica Seinfeld, now's your chance.
I told Wello I wanted to do a "general training" workout "on Monday at 2 a.m.," and that my goal was "not sure." I ended up with Willie Moore, a personal trainer with 5-6 years of experience (and a pretty inspiring story). After I chose my trainer, Wello prompted me to create an account to schedule the appointment and pay for the session.
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