Wello delivers live personal training using video chat. From 1-on-1 training to group classes, you’re working out in front of your computer with a real trainer who gives you instructions and sees what you’re doing via webcam.
My experience with Wello
Since Wello is an American company, Wello trainers mostly live across the United States. To try it out, I first set my timezone in my profile so I could see all the available times in Central European Time. Although some of the classes took place at 2 or 3 am CET, I still had a broad choice of classes.
I booked a power yoga class. I was a bit nervous before the beginning of the class, especially because I installed the Wello-plugin and did the computer’s camera & volume tests at the very last minute before the class. Don’t follow my example and do this beforehand! Also make sure your screensaver is set to a time longer than your session… My computer’s energy saving mode started off 4 times during the class!
The trainer was very knowledgeable and gave a lot of extra verbal cues compared to a normal ‘offline’ class. The class went well, I pushed myself (especially when the trainer told me “Elise, get lower on your warrior II”). We also did some back bends where I pushed myself a bit too far in order to not disappoint the trainer (that’s just my ‘people pleaser’ mentality). Compared to a workout video, having the trainer say your name and correct you directly according to what you’re doing in the moment does make a big difference, even if she can’t touch you to put yourself in the right place.
My opinion about Wello
|■ Selected, knowledgeable trainers who know how to cue well. Wello selects all the trainers and makes them pass tests on webcam. Even if English isn’t my native language, the trainer’s explanations all sounded crystal clear to me.
■ Trainer’s profile pages and reviews are very detailed: you know exactly what to expect before hiring someone. You can watch their introduction video and directly make up your mind if you like them or not :)
■ Anytime anywhere, convenient for busy professionals, ultimate no-excuse solution.
■ Having the attention of a trainer for yourself (or sharing it with a very small group of other people) makes you feel like you matter. I think that’s a thing wealthy people are used to, but it’s kind of a new thing if you’re not used to get personal training.
|■ A training on Wello is really verbal. You need to listen to the cues non-stop. If you’re an audio and/or visual learner, Wello is a great. But I’m afraid that kinetic people may struggle with this class format. No matter which language you speak, there’re always going to be some people who don’t get the form right until they’re manually corrected.
■ I see video chat training as way better than following a workout video, but still, it can’t be exactly the same thing as a ‘real’ offline training.
■ If you live outside the US, you may not find your favorite times to workout in your timezone (for example, for me it would be in the morning European time. At that time, everybody’s sleeping in the US.) But you’ll still have many options.
The giveaway: open to everybody, no matter where you live
Wello.com offers one of my readers a 3-month membership. This represents 12 group sessions or 6 one-on-one sessions, as you prefer. All you have to do is leave a comment below (if you don’t know what to write, just tell me which country you live in!). It doesn’t matter where you live, this giveaway is open to everybody worldwide. We’ll pick a winner on Friday 6th December. Good luck!
[Update] Giveaway winner: Jenny won the giveaway! Congratulations!