Why You Should Use Online Personal Training Software

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Online personal training software is designed to make both you and your client’s lives easier. Whether it’s tracking progress, building workouts, creating meal plans or managing your schedule, personal trainer software makes managing your fitness business effortless. That’s why more & more fitness professionals are ditching paper forms and making the switch to personal training software. Here are a few ways that software can make running your personal training business easier.

Online Personal Training Software Makes You Look Professional

Online personal training software not only helps you manage your clients more efficiently, but it makes your fitness business look more professional. When your clients log in to their accounts, they can see all of the events you created for them in seconds. Your clients won’t have to lug around a bunch of papers or remember everything you tell them. They’ll have a comprehensive fitness plan in the palm of their hands. It also makes your business more organized, which makes clients feel like they have more structure.

Increases Client Retention & Motivation

A personal trainer app will help you increase both client retention & motivation, as you can keep better tabs on your clients. By assigning them tasks and monitoring their events, you have the ability to hold them more accountable for their actions.

Your clients will also receive notifications every time you create a new event. Also, you can choose what events they get notified about! You can also get notifications when they complete (or don’t) one of their events. This makes it easier to track their progress and hold them accountable during their fitness journey.

Online Personal Training Software Saves You Time

Whether you are building workout programs, tracking your client’s progress, scheduling appointments, or anything else, online personal training software will save you a great deal of time. You can save your favorite workouts, diets, tasks, and paste them directly to your clients. Also, you won’t have to spend hours on end filling out paper forms or entering data into an excel spreadsheet. Saving time makes running your personal training business. Additionally, you’ll have more time to focus on your clients.

Available On All Platforms

Personal trainer software is available on every platform, so you never have to worry about a client having one device or another. Better yet, all of your data will transfer from one operating system to the next. This makes it easy to manage all of your clients wherever you are, regardless if you are on iOS, Android, or on your computer!

Custom Branded Fitness Apps

Personal trainer software, such as FitSW, offer fitness coaches custom-branded iOS & Android apps, as well as fully customized website applications. This makes it appear as if you have created your own personal trainer software, without having to actually create one. Better yet, your app will have all of your companies logos and colors, increasing your brand recognition. This also ties in with making your business appear more professional. If you have your own custom app, it shows your clients how seriously you take personal training.

Come try out FitSW for 30 days completely free! Sign up today and see how we can help you manage & grow your fitness business.

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How To Hold Clients Accountable – Personal Training

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There are so many reasons that personal training clients hire fitness professionals to help them on their fitness journey. Whether it is to have personalized workouts, meal plans, enhanced progress tracking, or to motivate them, personal trainers offer so many advantages compared to working out alone. Additionally, a personal trainer who knows how to hold clients accountable can have a lot of success in the personal training industry.

Give Your Clients Homework

Giving your clients homework is a tremendously powerful tool when you are trying to hold them accountable. After your sessions, your client still has more than 20 hours to do whatever they please. Giving them homework will ensure that they are staying on-track outside of the gym. Additionally, this will add more value to your clients, as you are making their fitness journey even more personalized. You should give your clients homework that aligns with their goals and what they hope to achieve. Homework such as running up a flight of stairs 2 times, doing 20 seconds of step-ups, or even just doing some modified pull-ups can add a lot of value to your training and will help you hold your clients accountable.

Motivate Your Clients

Motivating your clients can help you in many different ways, especially if you are trying to hold them accountable. If they are motivated, they will want to stay on-track more than an unmotivated individual. Additionally, there are many different ways to motivate your personal training clients. Each one of your clients is different, but finding a way to motivate them is a great way to ensure they stay on-track when they are not with you.

Keep Logs Of Workouts & Nutrition

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Keeping track of what your clients are eating and how their workouts are going is a vital tool for holding them accountable. If you do not know how they are progressing or what they are eating, then you cannot hold them accountable when they are straying away from their fitness plan. FitSW offers you the ability to see Complete, Not Met, or Not Met for every workout, task, diet, and event that you create. This makes it easy to keep track of your clients progress and whether or not they are performing up to their standards. Furthermore, FitSW shows percentages for each of these categories so it’s even easier to keep track of your clients data.

Be Consistent & Organized

Consistency can greatly help you to hold clients accountable, as it is easy to see differences from week to week. For example, training at the same time every session will make it clear when your clients miss a session. Having paper forms can make it hard to be organized, so we would recommend investing in a personal trainer software. Both you and your clients can use these softwares and they make organizing your fitness business easier than ever.

FitSW Can Help You Hold Clients Accountable

FitSW Can Help You Hold Clients Accountable

FitSW offers you all of the tools that you need to hold your clients accountable. You have the ability to:

  • Progress Tracking Graphs – FitSW has graphs for both assessment data and exercise history. This enables you to track your clients’ progress comprehensively. Additionally, these graphs will show you the complete history of your client’s data, meaning you can dive deep into the data and how your clients accountable if they aren’t performing up to their previous sessions.
  • Workout Builder / Programs – Not only does FitSW have a detailed workout builder, but we also recently released a brand new workout program feature! You can create detailed fitness plans for your clients for up to 365 days! Plus, you can edit them at any time and see the results as soon as your client enters it!
  • Nutrition & Diet Planning – If you want to hold clients accountable, it is important to monitor and guide their nutrition. FitSW offers a comprehensive and detailed nutrition planner. Additionally, you can add your nutrition plan to their workout program. This makes it easy to stay organized when created your fitness plans!

Feedback On How To Hold Clients Accountable!

We want to help you grow your personal training business and hold your clients accountable! From the day FitSW was founded, our goal has been to help personal trainers grow their client base. We offer a “Trainer of the Month” promotion in which we select one trainer a month and share their stories with the world! All you need to do is email support@fitsw.com and answer the questions they provide you! It’s that simple! Once you are chosen, we will post all of your information to our blog and social media accounts. If you would like an example, please check out this featured personal trainer article! Additionally, if you have any other feedback, we would love to hear your thoughts! Reach out to us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, or on our support page!

Instantly Improve Client Retention with PT Software

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If you’re a personal trainer, there are two major areas you need to focus on to build a thriving business:

  1. Getting new clients
  2. Keeping clients

Number 1 is harder than number 2, but only if you deliver a fantastic service that gets results, keeps clients happy, and makes them feel valued.

In this post, we’re going to look at how you can quickly improve your client’s experience when training with you, boost their results and make yourself look premium by using a professional personal training app.

That’ll make point 2 above easier, so you can focus more on point 1.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Why a professional app makes you look premium
  • Help clients stay on track with reminders and workouts they can complete by themselves at home or in the gym
  • Build once, use often: Create amazing workouts you can share with multiple clients
  • Track progress: Use the software to allow clients to track their weight, how many workouts they’ve done and inspire them to keep going
  • Ensure you reach out to your clients so they don’t feel left out
  • Use it as a free, value-add service that puts you one level up on your competition

OK, let’s get started…

A Professional App Makes You Look Premium

In today’s world, people have very high expectations when it comes to mobile apps and technology.  That is why we strive to make our FitSW iOS app and FitSW Android App as feature-packed as we can to make sure that it is as useful as possible for our users.  We also offer custom apps that allow you to combine all the useful features of the FitSW app with your logo and brand.

If you are able to deliver bespoke training plans to your clients in an app that is up to standard, that reflects very positively on you.

Your clients will feel better about you and your services, they will tell and show their friends your app and word will get around that you’re a cut above the rest in your area.

That’s a sure-fire way to get and maintain more clients.

Help Your Clients Stay On Track

A big challenge when working with clients is helping them change their behaviors when they are by themselves.

From eating better to getting more exercise in when at home or away on business.

An app can help you do all of that. And best of all, it can be done automatically. You can set up reminders to notify your clients that they need to complete a workout or make their healthy meals for the next day.

This means less time having to spend manually chasing clients through messages and a more reliable means of the client being held accountable.

It’s a win-win for all involved. And if it helps your clients stay on track, they will get better results.

Build Once, Use Often…Amazing, Reusable Workouts

Although you want to offer bespoke training plans to your clients, there might be some who are of a similar level and can complete very similar workouts.

With a training app where you can create and save workouts, this means you could use the same workout for multiple clients without having to re-create it for each person.

It can also be very handy if a client needs a workout to complete while away on business or at home over the weekend.

This saves you time, effort and delivers value to your clients. You can also easily build killer workouts which you put a lot of thought into, then share them anytime.

Tracking Progress With Your Clients

Every client will benefit from knowing how far they have come.

It’s quite easy to get stuck in the trap of chasing the horizon…meaning to always be looking forward towards our next goal.

However, it’s incredibly important to also take a look back from time-to-time. Looking at how far you’ve come can give a big boost to your mood and help motivate you to keep moving forward.

Tracking is one such way of quantifying what progress your client has made. Whether that’s using weight, body fat composition, waist circumference or photos.

What you use will be dependent upon the client, what they value and are comfortable with.

You can keep track of all these important measurements and points within the training app to ensure nothing is left to memory.

Photos are probably one of the best options because a visual reminder of how things used to be can be very motivating to your client.

Maintaining Contact With Clients & Improve Client Retention

You may reach out to your clients from time to time with WhatsApp messages or emails, which is great. But when life and work get busy, it can often be a tedious and time-consuming task that gets pushed way down the priority order.

Using software, you no longer have to worry about when you last contacted them because everything can be done from within the app.

You can direct message all of your clients from one place, see when you last spoke to them and ensure it hasn’t been too long.

Even just a quick, “Hi, I can see you’re working hard towards your targets this week. Keep up the good work” kind of message will work wonders.

Your clients will appreciate your thoughts and they’ll work harder knowing that you are keeping track of them from within the app.

A Perfect Value-Add For Your Clients

As pointed out already, using a professional and slick app will separate you apart from most other trainers.

You could offer all of your client’s free use of the app while they train with you. Then, if a client decides that they want to stop training 1 to 1 or take a break you could offer them a price for using the app only.

You can easily deliver training plans and meal guides with the app, so you’re effectively doing online training but with former clients who you know well.

This is a great way to maintain a larger client base without having to see every client in person. It’s a good option for those who are budget conscious, too.

You could even set-up a referral program where when a client refers a friend they get a free gift.  To help with this you can use things like business cards.

The options are endless in terms of promotional ideas to help expand your training business when you have software which helps you scale and remove a lot of the admin work.

To Summarize How To Improve Client Retention

Using a training app to help manage, motivate help your clients is essential to any personal trainer nowadays. It’s almost expected that you will use some kind of app to support people.

If you aren’t using one already, now is the time. Check out the feature-rich personal training app which you can start using today. It will help you improve client retention and grow your fitness business.

Author Bio

Robert Jakson is the owner of PT Pod, a personal training and massage studio in Canary Wharf London. He is also the owner of Minimal FiT, a personal training business helping time-restricted office workers get back in shape.

We Want Your Feedback On How To Improve Client Retention Using FitSW!

We are very excited to have released this new article on how to improve client retention and would love your thoughts! Therefore, if you have any feedback or comments on this, contact us! You can do this by connecting with us on our FacebookInstagramTwitter, or support page! Additionally, you can leave a comment on this blog article! After that, we typically reply within a day or so!


Server Upgrades & Scheduled Downtime

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We will be working with our hosting provider on September 3rd from 6:00 PM PDT – 10:00 PM PDT. The reasoning for this is to have some server upgrades and improve the speed of our site. During this time, FitSW’s servers will be down. Or, in other words, our web software and mobile applications will not be functional during this time frame. Additionally, the servers should only be down for around 2 hours, though we have allotted 4 hours so all intents and purposes.

Though you will not be able to use FitSW during this downtime, you can print out your workouts/diets/tasks or email them to your clients using our website. This is only if you will need access to them during this time. To print out your workouts/diets/tasks, please refer to the following instructions:

How To Email/Print Events

How To Print Workouts, Tasks, Diets, & Progress Tracking Graphs

  1. Navigate to the workout, diet, task, progress graphs, etc that you would like to print.
  2. Next, click the Print button located on the event you wish (see image below).
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3. If you need to print our progress tracking graphs or our exercise progress graphs, the process is slightly different. There will be a green Print button in the top right portion of the screen (see image below).

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How To Email Workouts, Tasks, Diets, & Progress Tracking Graphs

If you prefer to email your events to your clients, this would be just as effective as printing them! To email your workouts/diets/tasks to your clients, please refer to the instructions below:

  1. Navigate to the event you wish to email to your client(s).
  2. Next, click the Email button (see image below).
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To recap, we will be working with our hosting software to upgrade our servers. Additionally, our software will be unavailable for use during this time. Please refer to the information below about the specifics on our server upgrades:
Date of upgrade: September 3rd
Maintenance Window: 6:00pm PDT – 10:00pm PDT
Expected Downtime: 2 hours

Contact Us About Our Server Upgrades!

We are very excited about having server upgrades and would love your thoughts! If you have any feedback or comments on this, contact us! You can connect with us on our FacebookInstagramTwitter, or support page! Additionally, you can leave a comment on this blog article! We typically reply within a day or so! Furthermore, for more information on all of our new features and personal training tips, check out the rest of our blog!

Personal Trainer Insurance Information

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The purpose of insurance is to protect you from unforeseen or large risks. Paying a small price per month/year could save you thousands of dollars down the line. This is why it is so important for personal trainers and fitness professionals. With physical activity and exercise, there are many potential situations in which the fitness professional could be liable. This is why personal trainer insurance is so vital to protecting your assets.

Do You Need Insurance?

While it is not required for personal trainers to have insurance, it is strongly recommended. Not having insurance puts you and your business at risk for a substantial loss. Even if you work at a gym, having your own liability insurance is crucial to protecting your assets.

Below you will find the different types of insurance that will protect you and your fitness business. Insurance can be inexpensive and will ensure that you are not at risk for a substantial loss. Additionally, personal training clients’ can file claims a week, a month, or even a year after an incident occurs, so you should secure insurance as soon as possible.

Types Of Personal Trainer Insurance

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General Liability Insurance

General Liability Insurance provides coverage for your personal training business against claims of bodily injury, damage to property, personal injury, and associated medical costs. Below you will find some examples on how general liability insurance will help you protect your personal training business:

  • Bodily Injury: A personal training client trips over some weights on the ground and blames the personal trainer. General liability insurance protects you against third-party claims for bodily injury. Also, it may limit the extent for which you are liable, up to your policy’s limits and related medical costs.
  • Property Damage: You are putting away weights after a workout with a client and it accidentally drops on your client’s gym bag. Furthermore, it contained your client’s tablet and is now heavily damaged. A general liability policy will cover this and ensure that your clients’ tablet is replaced or restored.

Commercial Property Insurance

Commercial property insurance will protect your fitness business’s physical assets. Additionally, it protects your business from fire, explosions, burst pipes, storms, theft, and vandalism. These types of events are inevitable and can happen with seemingly no notice, so it’s important to have coverage. Also, it will save you a lot of money, as gym equipment can become very costly to replace.

It is highly recommended for fitness professionals, who own and manage their own studios, to have commercial property insurance. Replacing physical assets such as machines and weights can become very costly.

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance, often called errors & omission insurance, protects your business from claims directly affected by your personal training.

  • Claims of Negligence: A fitness instructor tells a new personal training client to perform an exercise that involves heavier weight than what they are used to. Following this, the client feels extreme pain in their chest and takes a trip to the hospital. The client files a claim stating that the personal trainer is what caused this hospital trip. Having professional liability insurance will protect you in instances like this.
  • Loss of Personal Information: A client’s files, which contain very sensitive personal information, is misplaced and cannot be found. In this instance, a client may file a lawsuit. Professional liability insurance will cover you in instances like this.

Personal Trainer Insurance Providers

There are a handful of companies that offer personal trainer insurance. Each has different price points and offers fitness professionals with a wide range of coverage. For this reason, it can be difficult to find the right insurance company to fit your needs.

NASM (National Academy Of Sports Medicine)

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NASM is one of the biggest names in the personal training industry. They offer a wide range of services, personal trainer insurance being one of them. They partner with Next-Insurance and offer you comprehensive insurance that starts as low as $11 dollars a month. Whether you are certified through NASM or not, their insurance should be highly considered.

ACE (American Council On Exercise)

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ACE is a staple in the personal training industry. Not only are they a leader in supplying personal trainer certifications, but they also offer comprehensive personal trainer insurance. Additionally, their insurance is solely provided by them and covers everything your business needs. ACE’s plans start as low as $172 dollars annually.

Hiscox Personal Trainer Insurance

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Hiscox personal trainer insurance is one of the leaders in the personal training insurance industry. They have some of the highest reviews out of every insurance company on the market. This is because they offer fitness professionals with excellent customer service and an easy process to procure insurance. You can secure insurance from Hiscox for as low as $22.50 per month.

Insurance Canopy

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Insurance Canopy may not be the most well-known insurance provider, but they offer excellent coverage for personal trainers. They are partnered with NPTI (National Personal Training Institute), a very accredited program to secure a personal trainer certification. Insurance Canopy offers insurance for personal trainers for as little as $129 a year.

Nationwide

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Nationwide is most well known for their insurance, but not for their personal trainer insurance. However, they offer some of the best and affordable options on the market. They also offer packages, so you can bundle multiple types of insurance together and save even more. When thinking about personal trainer insurance, Nationwide should be at the top of your list.

Choosing The Right Personal Trainer Insurance

Choosing the right insurance for your personal training business can be a difficult decision. However, consider what you want to protect and what your budget is. Cheaper options will offer less protection. But, some protection is better than no protection.

Though it may not be the law to have insurance for personal training, it should be. It is vital to protecting your business and assets from substantial loss. Additionally, it can bring you peace of mind as you never know what client or circumstance is going to happen.

Feedback On Our Personal Trainer Insurance Article!

We are very excited to have this blog article on personal trainer insurance and would love your thoughts! If you have any feedback or comments on this, contact us! You can do this by connecting with us on our FacebookInstagramTwitter, or support page! Additionally, you can leave a comment on this blog article! We typically reply within a day or so! Furthermore, for more information on all of our new features and personal training tips, check out the rest of our blog!

Fitness Coach Notes – Updates And Usability Improvements

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We here at FitSW have been working hard on updating our software. Recently, we have updated our workout program feature, made improvements to our exercise list, and released multiple new blog articles giving you personal training tips and other useful information. Now, we have more updates to inform you about! These updates include the ability to add multiple lines to your notes section, new “Assign To Client” feature, and minor bug & usability improvements. We are very excited about these fitness coach notes update and would love your thoughts!

Fitness Coach Notes Update

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As you can see in the picture above, there are multiple lines of notes on this exercise. Beforehand, you did not have the ability to add multiple lines. Instead, you would separate your notes with commas. However, you can now add as many lines of notes as wish! There is no limit to the number of notes you can add.

In addition to adding multiple lines of notes, we added this feature to every note section in FitSW! Whether this is your notes for workouts, tasks, diets, exercises, or anything else, you can add multiple lines of notes anywhere! This feature has been optimized for both our web and mobile applications. In addition, it is live right now, so you can go test it for yourself!

Assigning Workouts To Clients – Improvements

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Another feature we have added is improvements to our drop-down menu when assigning workouts, tasks, and diets to your clients. We have made this screen similar to our exercise list, which we recently updated with many improvements, and made it easier to assign your fitness plans to your clients.

FitSW Wants Your Feedback On Our Fitness Coach Notes!

We are very excited to have released these new features and would love your thoughts! If you have any feedback or comments on these fitness coach notes update or anything else, contact us! You can do this by connecting with us on our FacebookInstagramTwitter, or support page! Additionally, you can leave a comment on this blog article! We typically reply within a day or so! For more information on all of our new features, check out the rest of our blog!

Personal Trainer Workout Program Updates

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We recently released a brand new workout program feature. While this feature is still in beta, you have provided us with great feedback! Along with our recent update to our personal trainer workout program, we have added more features to our workout program feature! If you have any other feedback or additional comments on this feature, please contact us!

What is the Personal Trainer Workout Program Feature?

For those who are unfamiliar, FitSW’s workout program feature enables fitness professionals to create full workout programs and assign them to clients with the click of a button. Therefore, if you have a similar workout program that you assign to multiple clients, you can make a workout program and then easily assign it to multiple clients. Also, you can always edit your programs. This means you never have to worry about sending the client programs that will not help them reach their goals.

New Features & Updates

The first new feature we added to our personal trainer workout program is the ability to edit and update workouts directly from the Programs screen. You can do so by selecting the new “View Selected Workout” option when adding a new workout to your program (see image below).

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Adding this feature allows you to view exactly what exercises are in the workout you are adding and will summarize the entire workout into an easy-to-read table. Additionally, this table will show you the sets, reps, and weight for each workout. This makes it easy to quickly view what exercises the workout contains and make the necessary changes (see image below).

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You can hide this view at any time by clicking the “Hide Workout” button. If you would like to edit the exercises in the workout you are viewing, a new option will appear (after selecting “View Selected Workout”) labeled “Go to Workout Editor”. This will bring you to the standard workout editor and you can add, delete, or update your workout for your personal training clients. In addition, this feature will work for your workouts, diets, and tasks.

Deleting All Reoccuring Workouts

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We also added the ability to delete all reoccurring workouts in your personal trainer workout programs. This means if you accidentally set the wrong workout or recently updated it, you do not have to manually delete each workout. Please note, that the “Delete All” button will not appear if your workout is only on one day. This will not delete the workout from our database. It will only delete the workout from this specific workout program you are working on.

View Workouts, Tasks, & Diets After Assigning Program

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After you assign your workout program to your client(s), a green bar will appear at the top of your page. This ensures you, the personal trainer, that your program has successfully been assigned to your client(s). Additionally, it gives you the option to view your client’s workouts, tasks, and diets after assigning the program.

FitSW Wants Your Feedback On Our Workout Program Update!

We are very excited to have released this new personal trainer workout program feature and would love your thoughts! Therefore, if you have any feedback or comments on this new feature, contact us! You can do this by connecting with us on our FacebookInstagramTwitter, or support page! Additionally, you can leave a comment on this blog article! After that, we typically reply within a day or so!

Personal Training Careers With FitSW

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We are looking for fitness professionals and fitness enthusiasts to join our team! FitSW has experienced rapid growth recently, which means there are many available positions we need to be filled! These personal training careers range anywhere from software developers to marketing professionals. Additionally, you can visit our career page to view all of the open positions that we currently have.

What Is FitSW?

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FitSW is a personal trainer software that helps fitness professionals manage both their fitness businesses and their personal training clients. We offer comprehensive software that gives personal trainers the ability to build workouts, meal plans, track progress, accept payments, and more. For more information on everything that FitSW offers, you can either visit our website or check out the rest of our blog. We actively update our blog, so it will give you a great idea of exactly what FitSW is!

With so many current features, as well as the number of features we add frequently, you will gain valuable experience if you are a developer. Also, we are actively growing our social media channels and need passionate professionals to help us grow them even more.

FitSW’s Mission

Our mission is to provide exceptional and simple software that empowers fitness professionals worldwide to grow their businesses and make the world a healthier place.

If you share a similar mission to FitSW and want to make the world a healthier place, then we want you on our team!

Why Should You Work At FitSW?

FitSW not only offers competitive pay, but we will work with you based on your situation. We have a variety of part-time and full-time positions. In addition, we offer both on-site and remote positions and are willing to work with you if you are the right fit for us!

You will work closely will other employees of FitSW to ensure everyone in the company is on the same page. In addition, seasoned employees will assist you in your transition and can help train you for your position.

Connect With Us About Our Personal Training Careers!

We are very excited to have open positions and would love you to connect with us! Visit https://www.fitsw.com/careers/ for a full list of personal training careers and send your resume to jobs@fitsw.com! You can also connect with us by reaching out to us on our FacebookInstagramTwitter, or support page! Additionally, you can leave a comment on this blog article! After that, we typically reply within a day or so!

Exercise List Improvements & New Features

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You have always had the ability to search through our exercise list. Additionally, we recently added the ability to use filters to refine our extensive exercise list. Now, we have added a few new updates that will improve your personal training experience. We have released new features that we are very excited about! While we will go into more detail later in the article, these features include an exercise list improvements, new features when viewing all client’s workouts, updates when adding exercises to workouts, and minor bug fixes.

Exercise List Updates

FitSW’s exercise list has been updated with brand new features that make it even easier to find the perfect exercise to your workout. You now have the ability to filter for multiple categories at once. For example, if you want to find exercises that focus on your abs and hamstrings that use barbells, you can now multi-select these categories and get a refined list of exercises. For a walkthrough on how to use this feature, please refer to the guide below.

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In the picture above, you can see there are three categories you can use to refine our exercise list. This is often necessary as our exercise list has nearly 1000 different exercises for you to choose from! Start out by choosing either what muscle group, difficulty level, equipment needed, or a mix of the 3 that you would like to search for.

Exercise List Improvements view after filtering has been added

Once you enter the information you wish to filter for, our system will automatically pull up all of the exercises that match your search criteria. This feature makes it easier than ever to find the perfect exercise to help your personal training clients reach their fitness goals. In addition, there is no limit to the number of categories you can filter by. You can add as many filters as you want!

FitSW Updates To All Clients Workouts

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We have also added new features to the workouts sections for “All Clients”. You now have the ability to search directly for a client’s name and choose a date. This is a great update for finding upcoming workouts for clients you have that day. Additionally, its a great feature if you are trying to find workouts multiple clients but don’t want to continually load new pages or change screens.

We Want Your Feedback FitSW Updates & Features!

We are very excited to have released these new features and would love your thoughts! Therefore, if you have any feedback or comments on our exercise list improvements and other updates, contact us! You can do this by connecting with us on our FacebookInstagramTwitter, or support page! Additionally, you can leave a comment on this blog article! After that, we typically reply within a day or so!

How Sleep Improves Lean Muscle Mass

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As research suggests, getting at least seven hours of quality sleep every night comes with a long list of benefits. Quality sleep helps to process and store your memories and thoughts. Additionally, it balances your emotions by regulating hormones and chemical processes in your body. Sleep also improves your skin health, hair, weight control, and mental stability. But what many people don’t realize is that sleep can also improve your lean muscle mass and is considered by experts to be the most essential part of your training program.

Muscle recovery

During your workout, the burn that’s felt is your muscle tissue breaking down. As you sleep, your energy consumption is lowered in order for your body to begin the process of repairing damaged muscle tissue and joints. Your body will go through multiple cycles of sleep known as REM and non-REM. It is during the non-REM phase, while you are in deep sleep, that your blood pressure drops and your brain is resting. Due to the lack of activity, there is more blood supply available which can deliver oxygen and nutrients to your muscle tissues which facilitate healing and growth.

Since non-REM sleep accounts for about 40% of your sleep during multiple cycles at night, it is important for you to get a full night’s rest to achieve full muscle recovery and improve your lean muscle mass.

Keeps You Lean

Staying lean isn’t just about eating healthy. We know that quality sleep results in hormone regulation and contributes to weight loss. However, if you are sleep deprived, your body produces higher levels of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone because it notifies the brain that there is something wrong in your body. As additional cortisol is produced, your body feels as if it is starving, resulting in additional fat being stored to counter starvation.

Similarly, sleep deprivation produces catabolic hormones which break down muscles and instead of using up those additional fat stores around your belly, the breakdown occurs in your muscle’s protein.

Improved Brain Function

Some of the symptoms for sleep deprivation include brain fog, lack of motivation, mood swings, and memory lapses. However, if you sleep seven or more hours each night, your brain is able to process memory, thought, and emotions. This improves your ability to think, focus, and stay motivated throughout the day.

As you sleep, the REM stage helps to improve your creativity by improving your learning capacity and memory formation. But, research has shown that by losing non-REM sleep your memory function can also drop by as much as 40%. So, it is important that your mind utilizes both sleep cycles to fully organize your thoughts. Or, essentially process what should be retained for use and what can be stored away or forgotten. This improved brain function is not only important to maintain a good memory, but it is also essential for promoting creativity, focus, and motivation. Additionally, it will drive you to achieve higher production and stay on target while working out.

Sleep is one of the best ways to ensure that your work at the gym is really paying off for you. Quality sleep helps to grow lean muscle through recovery, manage hormones that breakdown fats, and improve your ability to focus which provides motivation to hit the gym.

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