With so many online personal trainers to choose from, picking the right one can be tricky business. So, to help you out here is Fitness Savvy’s top picks for 2018.
1. Scott Laidler
Working with Oscar-winning actors, Paralympic athletes, and military personnel alike, there is no question that Scott Laidler is at the top of his game. Not through luck, or chance; Scott is where he is today from hard work, dedication and above all – knowing what he’s talking about. Building a reputation as a trainer capable of rapid body transformations, Scott’s services grew in demand.
However, for Scott, it’s not just about quick-win transformations – it’s about creating a new, healthy lifestyle. While an attention-grabbing transformation is all well and good, it should come as no surprise that all the hard work can be reversed just as quickly. Clients need a long-term plan. This is why Scott produces a totally bespoke health coaching service. This means he prepares everything from scratch, making everyone’s training and nutritional plan unique to them.
But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what Owain Yeoman, from CBS’s The Mentalist had to say about Scott:
“I have worked with a number of personal trainers during my 8 years in Los Angeles and none have proved more effective or knowledgeable than Scott – I have lost weight and gained lean muscle mass”
Other notable quotes include Men’s Fitness, who describe Scott as the “Best online trainer for fast results”, and Women’s Health who regard Scott as “The leading online personal trainer”.
In addition to Scott’s global work as a personal trainer, he also writes for many top-level publications including Men’s Health, The Huffington Post & The Telegraph – further supporting this man’s already exceptional credentials. With all that said, we believe that the very least you should do today is read Scott’s awe-inspiring bio. It touches on the everyday struggles we all face when looking to better ourselves – be that in fitness or other life situations.
We believe that the story behind the personal trainer is of significant importance, and for that reason, we feature Scott as our top-pick for 2018.
2. Ultimate Performance
Not everyone can say that they earned the title of London’s Best Personal Trainer. However, Ultimate Performance Founder Nick Mitchell has been named just that by Time Out magazine.
Ultimate Performance (or UP Fitness as they are otherwise known) have professional personal trainers all over the country. These guys know their business and are at the very highest level, as hundreds of online testimonials support. However, while UP fitness has some of the best facilities in the country, if they are not local to you – don’t worry. You can hire an online coach who can deliver the results you’re after.
At the time of writing this piece, UP Fitness has a score of 4.9/5 from 233 Google reviews. These are real clients who have seen real results. We had a look through the reviews – as you do – to try and find the negative ones. We didn’t find any! Here is what Ultimate Performance Clients had to say:
“Quite simply the best experience of personal training I have ever had”
You’ll learn how to make healthy food choices and exercise part of your everyday life. Definitely not a one size fits all programme, this is world class, one to one online coaching, that fits in with your lifestyle.
Since 2006, iBodyFit has helped thousands of people all over the world achieve their health and fitness goals. Developed by Franklin Antoian (named in the top 50 American trainers by SHAPE magazine), iBodyFit continues to move from strength to strength. Franklin has featured in countless publications including Men’s Fitness, WebMD, and Muscle & Fitness, sharing his valuable insight and providing workout advice. With an approachable persona, Franklin is always happy to take questions via email.
iBodyFit is ranked number 1 on Top10Reviews, garnering the highest level of praise for its well-rounded fitness service.
“iBodyFit offers excellent customer support and a varied selection of services and fitness programs, making this the best and most well-rounded online fitness service.”
Over at iBodyFit, you will find three ludicrously priced plans. Each online workout plan was designed by Franklin to help you achieve maximum results in the shortest time. Alternatively, if you prefer, or need, a PT gearing you up, then go for the online personal training. You’ll receive a highly personalised workout and diet plan and get priceless feedback and support directly from Franklin.
Franklin Antoian, founder of iBodyFit
4. Hitch Fit
With over 375,000 lbs of fat loss across 73 countries (and counting!) and 35 years’ combined experience, Hitch Fit offer one of the biggest ranges of custom workout and meal plans on the web. Working with people ranging from beginners to pro fitness models, Micah and Diana are experienced in all forms of fitness and weight loss. From losing weight as a couple to getting ripped, to post pregnancy and bridal boot camp plans, you are sure to find something that fits your exact needs.
Unlike other online training sites, every programme is created by Micah and Diana personally – not by software programme generators. Communication with clients takes place throughout the journey – 7 days a week. This high level of accountability and customisation is what separates Hitch Fit from others, and why the success rate is so high.
Once you’ve chosen your plan, spend some time filling in their comprehensive online questionnaire. Then, within a few days, your highly customised plan will appear in your inbox. You’ll then get a weekly check-in with either Micah or Diana from Hitch Fit.
Contact Micah and Diana- [email protected]
5. Dai Manuel
Dai Manuel is an award-winning digital thought leader and author, executive performance coach and certified lifestyle mentor who empowers people to lead a FUN-ctionally fit life through education, encouragement, and community. Dai models his work based on 5 F’s: Fitness, Family, Finances, Faith with an overarching roof of FUN, built on a rock-solid foundation of Health.
Dai is a super dad, dating his wife, a founding partner and former COO of Fitness Town Inc, keynote speaker, professional blogger, spokesperson and brand ambassador at DaiManuel.com, freelance writer, podcaster, CrossFit athlete and coach, a BC Children’s Hospital Ambassador, and published author of the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto.
Appearances and contributions include The Province, Shape, North Shore News, Edmonton Sun, CTV Vancouver, CTV Edmonton, CTV Winnipeg, BT Vancouver, CKNW News 980 Vancouver, Vancouver 24, LiveStrong.com, Forbes.com, Huffington Post, CanFitPro, Impact Magazine, STAND magazine, Vista Magazine, appearances on 60+ Podcasts and Summits…
6. Ross Training
If your goal is high-performance conditioning, strength, and athletic development, we highly recommend checking out RossTraining.com. Trainer and boxing coach, Ross Enamait, has dedicated his life to the development and improvement of athletes. With over 15 years in the business, he has helped many athletes succeed at world-class level. Ross understands how each athlete is different – what works for one, won’t necessarily work for another. To use his words, each athlete has a unique engine with unique needs. His philosophy is to help you “find your way” by providing research supported, real-world tested advice.
On the RossTraining website, you will find an open forum with thousands of members, detailed articles, video and community-updated resources, and a regularly updated blog. In addition, Ross is always happy to chat, saying:
“I encourage all customers to email me with any questions about training or programming. I am happy to assist at any time.”
7. Roman Fitness Systems
There’s no messing about with Roman Fitness Systems. Choose to either get hot or get huge. Roman promises to get you the body you’ve always wanted. But he makes no bones about it, it takes hard work and dedication. Month to month, Roman will prepare diet and training programmes specifically for you – personalised programming that you can take to the gym, designed to lead you down a straight path to fitness. Diet-wise, you’ll know exactly what you should be eating and when. You’ll be so committed day to day that you’ll be able to enjoy parties, dates and holidays without the guilt.
8. The Body Coach
Perhaps one of the most well-known personal trainers, Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach now has celebrity status. And quite rightly so. His 90-day Shift, Shape and Sustain plan has helped transform the lives, and the bodies, of over 100,000 people. Joe has five years’ experience as a PT and three years as an online nutrition coach. He doesn’t believe in meal replacement shakes or hours slogging it out in the gym. Instead, he’s devised short HIIT style workouts and resistance training that can be done with or without a gym. He’s also devised over 100 easy-to-cook recipes. You’ll be burning fat and building lean muscle in no time, with fantastic support and encouragement from his huge social media following.
9. Jillian Michaels
Jillian Michaels has created a true community with her approach to fitness. Her website is packed with informational blog posts, lifestyle advice and success stories. And that’s before you’ve even signed up. Sign up and you’ll have access to an amazing array of personalised interactive workouts and complete programmes that you can access online anywhere. You also get tailored meal plans, which include vegan and paleo options. Plus, you’ll be able to easily track your progress and join the Jillian tribe where you can make friends and find excellent support and motivation. Jillian also offers a free seven-day trial, and you won’t be tied into a contract if you do sign up.
10. Daily Burn
The expert trainers at Daily Burn focus on having fun to get fit. They know that if you’re not enjoying your workout, you won’t get the most from it. They have over 600 workouts that you can stream; choose your workout depending on your level of fitness and how much time you have. With so many to choose from, you’ll never get bored or be forced into exercise you just don’t like. These guys also offer a brilliant free 30-day trial. Your perfect workout can be accessed on your phone, tablet, computer or smart TV, anytime, any place. Get super motivated with their online community and live chat function too.