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Questions Answered: A Comprehensive Guide to Online Personal Training for 40+

by Emma Mattison – NASM, CPT, CNC, and Functional Aging Specialist

Confident older adult embracing online training, committed to their health and fitness journey.

Are you considering online personal training? As a Functional Aging Specialist, NASM-certified trainer, and nutrition coach, I'm here to address your questions and provide insights on this growing trend. Let's explore the critical aspects of online training to help you make an informed decision.


Is online training safe for me? Safety is a top concern regarding online training, especially regarding joint-related pain or potential exacerbation of existing conditions. With a skilled and thorough trainer, online training can be as safe as in-person training. A good trainer will inquire about your health conditions, experiences, and concerns, ensuring your exercises are tailored to your needs.


Will I see results at my age? Absolutely! Effective online training relies on proper assessments and a progressive program designed for your specific starting point. A knowledgeable trainer will identify your balance, cardiovascular fitness, and strength levels to create a customized plan that prevents overtraining and ensures steady progress.


Can an online training program meet my needs? The adaptability of an online program depends on its structure. While canned programs may lack flexibility, one-on-one training, whether in-person or online, offers better adaptability. Look for a trainer willing to modify workouts based on your feedback and concerns to ensure a personalized experience.

Health Benefits:

What can online training offer someone my age? Online training provides various health benefits, including improved cardiovascular fitness, weight management, and reduced rates of anxiety and depression. Strength and balance training can enhance bone density, prevent falls, and contribute to overall well-being. Flexibility, mobility, and cognitive training can be incorporated for holistic health improvements.

Nutritional Guidance:

Can online training include nutrition coaching? Yes, but choose a certified nutrition coach to guide you through proper eating suggestions and healthy dietary patterns. Working with someone who understands the aging process and specific requirements for age-related changes can be particularly beneficial.

Nutritious and Delicious Food for Adults 40+: A Plateful of Vibrant, Healthy Options for a Balanced Diet

Introduction: The Role of Nutrition in Midlife

As we transition into our 40s and beyond, our nutritional needs evolve. Navigating midlife nutrition can seem complex, but it doesn't have to be. With the right guidance, you can easily meet your body's changing needs (Ritchie, 2012).

Essential Nutrients for Midlife Health

Time Commitment:

How much time per day is required for online training? The time commitment varies, but more frequent sessions throughout the week are often more beneficial than cramming workouts into a few days. Sessions can be as short as 15 minutes, focusing on different aspects like balance, strength, and active rest. Your trainer should adapt to your schedule while ensuring adequate frequency for optimal results.

Technology Requirements:

What technology do I need for online training? The technology required depends on the program. Most online training can be accessed with a smartphone, tablet, or desktop. Basic equipment like elastic resistance bands or tubing is often sufficient, making it convenient for home workouts. However, having access to gym equipment is also an option, depending on the trainer's recommendations.

Ready to embark on your online fitness journey? Read on to schedule a 15-minute call with me, or explore the options for an online trainer that aligns with your needs and goals. Best wishes on your quest for a healthier and happier lifestyle!

Book Your Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation with Emma Mattison!

If you're ready to take your fitness to the next level, schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with me, Emma Mattison. During this consultation, we can discuss your fitness goals, assess your current fitness level, and create a personalized plan to help you improve your fitness and functional health.

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But that's not all! As a special offer, I'm providing a free functional fitness course to jumpstart your journey. This course will introduce you to various exercises and training techniques to enhance your overall functional fitness and complement your aerobic base training.

Invest in yourself today and experience the transformative power of improving your aerobic base. Take the first step by scheduling your free consultation and claiming your free functional fitness course. Let's work together to achieve your fitness goals and unlock your full potential!

An older woman joyfully participating in an online fitness class from her living room. She is in mid-movement, following the instructions on her tablet screen, and her face is lit up with enthusiasm and determination, embodying the spirit of joyful movement and active aging.

Please note: The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and does not substitute professional medical advice. Consult with your healthcare provider or a certified fitness professional before starting any new exercise program.

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About the Author

Image of Emma Mattison, a highly qualified online personal trainer, functional aging specialist, certified trainer and nutrition coach through NASM and FAI, and a skilled Tai Chi and Dance instructor.

Hi! I'm Emma Mattison. I'm a NASM certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, stretch & flexibility coach, pranayama breathwork guide, holistic nerd, and lover of birds & music! I specialize in functional fitness for older adults, and those with conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Scientific literature is fun to me, and my goal is to make it understandable and fun for you!

I am driven to share knowledge I find fascinating & transformative with my clients, and the world. Everyone has the power to take their health into their own hands!

My love for fitness and true discovery of health started with helping my best friend – who I can now call my husband! Today, I couldn't do any of this as smoothly and enjoyably as I do now without him! Check out our YouTube, MyZeniverse! He literally edits and films everything. He's editing the next YouTube video next to me right now, as we speak! Check it out, and give it a like if it's helpful! 😊😊

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