Online Personal Training vs YouTube workout videos

With so many of us stuck at home without access to our usual gyms, bootcamps and sports many people are looking into online fitness options and weighing up what might work for them. We’re going to have a look at a couple of different options to help you decide which one might be best for you.

Online Personal Training

Online Personal Training can involve a variety of methods of communication including voice calls, videos calls, video PT sessions, custom made sessions plans sent to you which are monitored via your fitness tracker. You will have each session custom made for you and your Trainer can help ensure you’re performing each exercise correctly and safely. This is going to be a good fit for you if you need additional support, accountability, instruction and motivation, or if you have any illness or injury you need to work around, as long as you can fit it in your budget. Find out more about online Personal Training.

online personal training


  • Lots of face to face video/voice support
  • Customised programs just for your unique goals and needs
  • Can work around injury and illness
  • Monitoring and tracking your exercise to keep you accountable


  • Higher cost


YouTube has a wealth of free workout videos for every category you can imagine. As long as you have lots of data and a good connection speed you can stream a video and follow along at home. This is a good choice for you if you are relatively fit and healthy, with good self motivation and good technique, or if you’re on a tight budget.

dumbbell drills


  • No cost
  • Huge selection of different Trainers and session styles


  • No support or assistance
  • No accountability
  • No one to check you are performing safely/correctly
  • Does not always accommodate injury/illness


Depending on how your current level of fitness is, your self-motivation and your ability to perform exercises safely and correctly without support, you can decide which option is the best fit for your needs!

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