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Remote / Virtual Personal Training

How does remote (virtual) personal training work?


Remote (virtual) training encompasses all of the strength or mobility themed training that is offered at North Shore Spine and Sport but is done via an app or streaming style video platform.  Mobility training in particular can be completed virtually with an almost identical experience to in-person.  The remote training process is exactly the same as other training options (*with one important distinction noted below):

  • Discuss health and fitness history
  • Discuss fitness goals
  • Complete a movement evaluation
  • *Discuss fitness equipment available to you at your home or office
  • Design a comprehensive fitness program specific to your needs and goals with a mind toward equipment available to you
  • Workouts delivered to you via email or app daily with videos demonstrating every exercise
  • Option for 1 in-person or live video training session per month
  • Support and communication with Dr. Melander available 7 days per week
Illustration of a man doing a planking exercise at home while watching laptop (virtual training)

Illustration of a man doing a planking exercise at home while watching laptop (virtual training)

Why choose remote training with North Shore Spine and Sport?


The big reason in 2020 and beyond is to avoid any unnecessary close contact related to COVID-19. Having said that, many people may struggle to find time between their personal and professional lives to make it to our facility, so remote training is an excellent way of ensuring you get the individualized attention you desire on a schedule that works best for you.

Dr. Melander took advantage of remote programming for a few years prior to moving to Newburyport and it was one of the most rewarding fitness experiences he has had.  There is an enormous benefit to having someone write your exercise program knowing that the entirety of the program is specific to your needs.

No matter how much or how little equipment is available to you, a comprehensive program can still be implemented that will get you results.

    illustration of woman lifting heavy dumbbells from dumbbell weight rack in gym

    Illustration of woman lifting heavy black dumbbells from dumbbell weight rack (weight training)

    Benefits of remote training


    • You get a resource in your trainer/coach who has dedicated his professional life to getting people out of pain and moving better 
    • You can get stronger 
    • You can lose weight 
    • You can improve range of motion (flexibility) 
    • You can improve mobility (strength + flexibility) 
    • You will reach goals and boost your self-esteem 
    • You will have fun 
    • You will learn new things 
    • You will become more resilient 
    • Exercise has been proven to improve the health of the brain, heart, lungs, joints, muscles, and connective tissues

    Questions to ask your trainer: 


    1. How do I know what my workout is on any given day?  Dr. Melander will add you to his TrueCoach App that allows for a seamless delivery of your program, seamless communication regarding your results, progress, and any questions, and finally a seamless delivery of videos demonstrating every exercise. 
    2. What if I have to travel or miss a few days of the program?  No worries, with enough heads up Dr. Melander will alter your program to reflect what is or is not available to you. 
    3. What if I want in-person and remote training?  That’d be great!  Every remote training client has an option for 1 in-person session per month or 1 live video session per month. 
        Illustration of a man finishing exercise and folding yoga mat on floor

        Illustration of a man finishing exercise and folding yoga mat on floor (kinstretch mobility training)

        Remote Personal Training Services at North Shore Spine and Sport


        i. What’s included with remote training at North Shore Spine and Sport?

        Absolutely everything that is included with either in-person personal training or in-person mobility training can and will be realized with remote training.

        Built in to the cost of remote training is the app needed for the seamless delivery of your program as well as the one live in-person or video session per month.

        ii. What’s the program design like for remote training?

        Hopefully the only difference between a session at North Shore Spine and Sport versus a session at home is the equipment available to you.  So long as Dr. Melander knows what kind of fitness equipment you have at home he can design a challenging program that will help you reach your goals. 

        Just a heads up, if you don’t have any equipment at home then be ready for a lot of mobility training…..its not easy, but you will see and feel the results! 

        iii. What to expect during remote training?

        You can expect the same commitment to excellence and the same undivided attention you get with any service from North Shore Spine and Sport. 

        iv. How to get the most out of your remote training?

        Complete your workouts as often as you possibly can, communicate daily, and have fun!

        v. How much does remote training cost at North Shore Spine and Sport?

        $150 per month

        Illustration of a man exercising with a heavy black kettlebell (fitness / weight training with kettlebell)

        Illustration of a man exercising with a heavy black kettlebell (fitness / weight training with kettlebell)

        our Personal Training Approach


        At North Shore Spine and Sport, our personal training and mobility training services are geared toward people who have been injured or are in pain. The research on pain and injury overwhelmingly supports movement and exercise as essential to short and long-term improvement.  

        Unfortunately, countless healthcare providers advocate for a decrease in activity and exercise which often coincides with an increase in the fear, doubt, and fragility many people associate with pain and injury. At NSSS, we aim to break that cycle by first helping you RECOVER from your pain, and then help you ADAPT to a stronger, more mobile, more resilient human. 

        If you have been the unfortunate victim of misinformation about your pain or injury, if you have been made to feel weak or vulnerable because of pain or injury, or if you just don’t know how to approach movement and fitness again, please reach out to us, we can’t wait to show you just how capable you are.

        Recover and Adapt


        Dr. Melander believes one of his greatest responsibilities is to remind people just how resilient and adaptable they are.  Arguably no matter what the injury is, and no matter how severe a person’s pain is, there is a “trainable menu” available to them.

        That is to say, there are modifications of practically every exercise concept imaginable that can be utilized to determine what the hardest things are that person can do well. Big picture, when training an injured person or a person suffering with pain, that person is far better served by learning about the many physical tasks they can accomplish favorably than they are by being told all of the things they can not do.

        At North Shore Spine and Sport, we aim to empower people using strength, conditioning, and mobility.  Our goal is to boost self-efficacy such that in the unfortunate event their pain or symptoms return someday, they know exactly what to do to round the proverbial corner and stay in control of their good health.

        Home Or On The Road?

        Your training program will be catered to your available equipment

        Private

        No distractions…except maybe your kids who are probably a huge distraction 😉

        Individualized

        Nothing cookie cutter, program is built based on your needs and goals

        Mobility or Strength Training

        As long as you have an open area on a floor, we can write you a comprehensive home program

        Seamless Communication

        We use an app that allows for effortless delivery of your program and easy communication

        Accessible Technology

        Zoom or FaceTime workouts are always a possibility

        Common Personal Training / Trainer Questions


        We've compiled a list of common personal training / personal trainers questions to help you get all the answers you are looking for. If you have additional questions if our personal training services in North Shore would be a good fit for you, please contact our team.

        How much does a personal trainer cost near me?

        How much does a personal trainer cost near me? At North Shore Spine and Sport our personal training and mobility training sessions are 60 minutes long and cost $75.

        How often should you see a personal trainer?

        There is no correct answer to this question.  The answer entirely depends on a person’s goals and motivation.  Some people want 3 training sessions per week whereas some people can only accommodate 1 training session per month.  At North Shore Spine and Sport we will always provide you with off-day workouts so you can keep up your progress and fitness gains even when you aren’t training in our facility.

        How can I find a trainer (How do I choose a personal trainer)?

        Perhaps the first and arguably most important step in finding a trainer is to identify what your goals are and whether that trainer has a background that is relevant to your goals.  Frankly, if your goal is to be an elite athlete then Dr. Melander will refer you to a coach who trains elite athletes.  Conversely, if you are injured or in pain and nervous about exercise, chances are Dr. Melander has worked with countless people with the same issue and can help you out.

        Is it worth getting a personal trainer?

        We’re biased so our answer is a resounding yes.  Personal trainers keep you accountable, motivated, and serve as a support system to help realize your health and fitness goals.  Even the best athletes, best coaches, and best trainers….use trainers!

        What does a personal trainer do?

        A personal trainer will meet with you to learn what your goals are, IE: get stronger, lose weight, move better, and then craft an exercise program that is completely individualized based on your current fitness capacity and is intended to help you realize your goals.

        How many times a week should I train with a personal trainer?

        This completely depends on your goals and motivation.  Some people meet with their trainer multiple times per week whereas others might only meet with their trainer once per month.

        How fast can you see results with a personal trainer?

        The speed you earn results will depend somewhat on the frequency of your training/exercise, what your goals are, and your starting level of fitness.  That being said, most people will start feeling better within just a few weeks, and more than likely will have noticeable, measurable improvements within 8-12 weeks.

        Is one personal training session a week enough?

        Yes, depending on your goals.  Ideally there are other instances of physical activity occurring outside of one training session per week, but even just one session with a trainer per week can make big changes for a person long-term.

        Is a 30 minute personal training session enough?

        There is a lot that can be accomplished in 30 minutes.  At North Shore Spine and Sport our training sessions default to 60 minutes, but we can certainly get you working hard if you can only spare 30 minutes!

        What are the qualities of a good personal trainer?

        The questions you may want to ask regarding a good personal trainer include:

        • What is the trainer’s background?
        • Have they trained people like me?
        • Are they authentic?
        • What kind of exercise do they like to program for their clients (dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, pilates, yoga, etc.)?
        • Do I like this person (sounds silly, but you will be spending a lot of 1-on-1 time with your trainer)? 

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        At NSSS our approach to health, fitness, movement, and pain is unique. We can’t wait to show you how much better you can feel. Call, email, or stop by today!

        Opening Hours

        Mon:  7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
        Tue:   7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
        Wed:  7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
        Thu:   7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
        Fri:    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
        Sat:   8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
        Sun: Closed

        ***We don’t want to turn anyone away.  If you can’t make it during these hours, please reach out and we will do our best to accommodate you!

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