This is related to this question related to finding a personal online trainer.

In the past, questions like these have been considered to be off topic (See this meta as an example), as they are very opinion based and personal recommendation, and there is no real question to be answered.

I would like to see how the community feels about these questions.

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I vote to close, even though I consider the question completely valid, and something that should be asked. I just don't know that it fits with our current guidelines.

It's a very contemporary question, in the sense that online personal trainers is a concept that might be newer than a large portion of our rule set. Perhaps we ought to give them an overhaul.

However, I interpret it as asking for a purchase recommendation of sorts, which is directly off-topic.

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    I'm giving this my +1. I'm a bit on the fence since we have "what's a good resource for XYZ" questions but they're about exercise and this is about resources for hiring a professional.
    – C. Lange
    Mar 17, 2020 at 17:11
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    In the same vein of thought, if someone asked: "what are some things to look out for when hiring an online personal trainer?" would that be on-topic or off-topic? That's a perfectly valid question to me but I'm not certain where it lies in our list of approved questions.
    – C. Lange
    Mar 17, 2020 at 17:13
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    @C.Lange - That's something I'd argue is on-topic. We already have a lot of answers that indicate how to spot faults in a program or regimen. They'd be very similar to how we'd spot faults in a trainer, be it online or otherwise.
    – Alec
    Mar 17, 2020 at 17:17
  • @C.Lange - I won't close your question yet, so if you want to edit it to reflect that emphasis, I imagine a really good answer would include at least one example of a "good" online trainer.
    – JohnP Mod
    Mar 18, 2020 at 14:53
  • @JohnP - not my question, I think you're looking for Olav? I was just participating in the discussion.
    – C. Lange
    Mar 18, 2020 at 15:07
  • @C.Lange - oops.
    – JohnP Mod
    Mar 18, 2020 at 20:30

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