By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife
I have a little “inside scoop” here… I learned about the terrific Wello.co service through my sister while it is still in beta mode. The sister in question, the über-talented Liza Kovacs, is a fitness trainer with the new company and, when she told me about Wello, I knew I had to find out more and try it out. So, with an advance introduction – thanks sis! – I got to try the service. FYI, Wello.co is due to launch to the public next week.
In a word, Wello.co is a service that connects you, LIVE, with personal fitness trainers from all over the world (Liza is actually in Panama!) through a video-enabled private training session. Fill out a fitness profile, buy some credits, select your personal trainer and book your personal training session. The session in question takes place live, through the Wello video system, a proprietary Skype-like interface.
My review: Ah-May-ZING! I booked two sessions with two different trainers for different types of training. First, with Jill Buchert for upper body and core toning and then with Cheyana van Dender for a brush-up on Pilates training. Both were energetic, well-prepared (they had read my profile and my expectations for the session), knowledgeable, professional and just excited as I was to be on Wello (which, btw, is a great way for talented trainers in remote locations (Liza in Panama) to expand their customer base and continue doing what they love).
I was amazed at how perspicacious both trainers were in observing my form. Any slight deviation from proper form was spotted immediately from their computer screen. And so, they were able to correct, nudge and recommend variations. All concerns with the concept of remote training were set aside when I saw what these pros were able to detect from their respective 13 inch screens. Will the trainer be able to see if I’m doing it wrong? That I’m struggling with the weight? Struggling with this exercise? … Yes! They see it all.
Wello.co might not be a substitute for in-person personal training, but it’s a great complement! First and most obvious are the fees which are quite approachable. Sessions can be booked in 25, 40 or 55 minute sessions with fees ranging from $20 to $30 for a 25 minute session and $40 to $60 for a 55 minute session. Overall, these are quite a bit less expensive than in-person personal training sessions.
Other benefits? At my age, I’m certainly not into going to the gym for any social reasons, so much of my workout equipment is in my home. Since I also work-work from home and have a hectic schedule, I would MUCH rather fit in a 40 online workout Wello session than to trek to a gym somewhere. Especially in winter! This is also a great service for frequent travelers who can fit in an excellent training session no matter where they are. Or, it’s perfect for the public gym-shy person, and I know quite a few of those folks!
My current fitness objective? I’m planning on getting my Michelle Obama arms with the help of Wello my trainers.
P.S.: As Wello knew I wanted to share their service with our readers, they offered a coupon code: enter code WelloSW to get 25% off. NOTE: while they are still in beta mode you can use sign-up code is bewello to create your account. This company is tip top in more ways than one!