The virtual trainer who is just around the corner
Need a personal trainer but having trouble finding the one that fits into your exercise schedule?
Jeremy Smith might just be the answer to your needs.
His online fitness mentoring and coaching programme JS Health Consulting is cheaper than one-on-one instruction and more convenient for the client, he believes.
“I have just recently kicked off the online programme because I think that it is a lot more affordable,” he said. “It also has a few other elements to it. I provide personalised home workouts, and online consultation through e-mail or instant online messenger programmes, such as Skype, for $150.”
Mr Smith also sets up a healthy eating plan for clients as part of the programme.
“With today’s living pace it is hard to be in the kitchen and cooking all the time,” he said. “Every two weeks we work on starting a good nutritional habit or getting rid of a bad one.”
For example, he might encourage the client to work on increasing their water intake during the day, or tell them to include vegetables with every meal, or cut down on carbohydrates.
“When the client parts ways with me, they will still have the skills to continue improving their health and fitness,” he said.
Mr Smith, the son of former Police Commissioner Jonathan Smith, has always had a passion for health and fitness. When he was a child, he enjoyed running and playing sports like basketball and football. He studied health and physical education at Queen’s University in Canada and then certified as a personal trainer at Bath University in England.
“I feel like the fitness and health industry [here] needs a lot of work. I am trying to improve the standard a bit. I want to reach a wider audience.”
He said online health and fitness mentoring was becoming quite popular in England, but was a relatively new thing to Bermuda.
“This is an option for those clients who feel nervous about going to the gym,” he said. “I think of it as me taking your hand and walking you through the steps to getting fit.”
He continued: “I am very creative in my workouts. I am not requesting that they buy dumbbells, or other stuff like that. A lot of my workouts use things that you wouldn’t imagine. For example, some of the equipment I recommend are furniture sliders used to move heavy pieces of furniture. If you buy them in the furniture store they are very inexpensive.”
While the stereotypical trainer might be an angry instructor howling orders at some poor client, to “move it, move it, move it” Mr Smith said this was not his manner at all.
“I do not have that drill instructor style,” he said. “I know that some people might need that boot camp style but I am pretty good at reading people and can see when they are getting tired or need to be pushed a bit more. You have constant support from me. I am very passionate about what I do. I am a people person. I like interacting with people even if it is not face-to-face. I experience a lot of gratitude helping people out. Even the rare e-mail I get thanking me, drives me to continue.”
E-mail consultation does have its limits, he admitted.
“Obviously, four or five e-mails a day is fine,” he said. “I don’t want to put limits on it, but if you are lighting up my inbox with 40 messages a day that might be different. If I spent all day answering 40 e-mails from one person I wouldn’t have the time to help my other clients, so within reason.”
For more information about the service that Mr Smith offers, see his website www.jeremysmith89.com. Mr Smith also provides personal training at Positive Results Fitness on Woodlands Road in Pembroke and at 24 Hour Fitness in Hamilton Parish.