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For those that would like a challenge in their workout regimen or simply require some direction and guidance there is a multitude of programs available online that range in price and duration.
While I have personally looked into all these options I thrive in the gym environment as opposed to jumping around in my living room performing routines in a limited space environment.
Outdoor exercise is a fun venue in open scenic spaces that I partake in on a daily basis covering hiking and stair climbing. Some of the virtual programs also have adventures where you meet at a specific location or might even have a photo shoot for all participants at the end of the scheduled program.
Jamie Eason’s Live-Fit program that is available through bodybuilding.com is an extensive twelve week program that is FREE. I went through all three phases when it first launched in August of 2011. Participants can view video demonstrations on the site of all the exercises, as well as see them by a male or female. This may only be an option if you are signed into the site through your bodyspace page.
The plan includes shopping lists for men and women, a supplement guide, printable workout logs, a work at home guide and groups to join on their site that are dedicated to the Live-Fit trainer. There are a number of facebook groups for members doing the program and Jamie has notes and transformation pics on her fanpage at facebook.
I gained lots of insight from viewing the videos and having the visual workouts with me while at the gym. You will learn about carb cycling, active rests, circuit training, macronutrients, plyometrics, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), super-sets, stretching and counting calories plus the importance of stretching. The main issue with many following this program is the no cardio rule for the first phase, which is known as the building muscle stage.
Scott Colby is known as the Abs Expert and can be found on Facebook. In recent years he has posted sugar challenges on his fanpage that turn into a learning experience. These consist of a two-week period with sugar intake at fifteen grams or less each day. Each participant posts their daily sugar stats on the wall for accountability and dialogue.
Scott created the fit for photos program that has two options available at different times throughout the year. They seem to alternate between the 35 day express and 63 day challenge. The 35 day program is for regular women who want to look hot for a photo shoot and only need to lose 15 pounds or less. These programs are specific to just men or women at various times and announced on his fanpages on facebook.
This is an online coaching program for a set number of participants. There is a featured photographer and photos are used for marketing purposes. Members submit their pictures on a weekly basis with workouts being intense and can include twice in one day towards the end of the program to get ready for the photo shoot. The cost for these programs is not revealed on site or his fanpage. When they open up interested parties need to send email and follow directions he posts on his page. I have followed Scott on social media for a number of years, listened in on some conference calls and read some of his ebooks. The transformational pictures show the end results of the participants.
Scott also created Fitness Adventures USA. These are customized fitness adventures that go to various destinations across the country that consist of hiking, camping, tours, cooking classes, yoga and kayaking.
Stefan Pinto has created a program that utilizes facebook for participants to email their meal photos throughout the day stating whether their specified food choice was based on calories, convenience or cost. The Stefan Pinto C Diet lasts for three months. This online care coaching program helps you lose weight with a cell phone camera.
I believe those interested can get on a waiting list by contacting Stefan on one of his facebook pages. There are over 25,000 photos of meals in the weekly albums found on his page. Also this program is supported by a variety of brands like Kefir, Chobani, Nordic Naturals, Tilvee and many more. Each three month period is categorized as a round. Currently round 5 is taking place.
There are contests in each round plus a private facebook group for members. The price does not appear to be listed anywhere but I recall seeing it once in a comment and it seemed very reasonable.
James Wilson, Faith Family & Fitness has a program via his facebook fanpage. I first knew of James because he was in charge of Jamie Eason’s fanpage on facebook. He has a twelve-week online coaching program with payment made through paypal. Cost is $55 for the home version and $50 for the gym version. There is a private facebook group where you get the workouts.
There is nutrition guidance, recommended supplements and support. James is very helpful on his fanpage, responding to all questions whether you take part in his program or just like his page. A lot of people in the Live Fit trainer group on facebook went on to do his program once they finished the third phase. James does not recommend carb cycling. His program does incorporate active rests and cardio. He states the workouts can be done in an hour time period starting with four days a week and then moving onto five days.
You no longer need to be in the same city, state or country to benefit from fitness expertise, coaching or workout guidance. As long as you have access to the internet you can learn through private groups, skype consults and conference calls.