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Online Personal Training – Why You Should Offer It

With the recent progression of technology, personal training is no longer completed with clipboards and paper forms. Instead, it usually conducted with software that allows trainers to create workouts, meal plans, tasks, schedule appointments, and accept payments, all from their mobile device or computer. This is the reason why online personal training is becoming more and more prevalent. It is not only convenient for the client, it is also very convenient for the fitness coach. Some personal trainers offer only in person training, some offer only online personal training, though it is wise to offer both for your clients.

Benefits Of Online Personal Training

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There are countless benefits to offering online personal training. It offers both the fitness coach and client the freedom to train where they want, when they want. No more driving to the gym or having a gym find a personal trainer for the client. This is only one benefit of online personal training. There are countless benefits for both the personal trainer and the fitness client.

Work When You Want

Offering online personal training gives the fitness coach the freedom to train when they want. They do not have to schedule appointments at a gym, drive to that gym, and spend countless hours working with clients in a physical location. Trainers can simply create a fitness plan for their clients and check in on a weekly basis. This means that you could train clients from anywhere in the world, regardless of where they are located.

Get Clients Based On Your Expertise

If you only offer in-person training, then it is much harder to find clients that have a specific goal. For example, say your expertise is high intensity workouts for weight loss. Unless you live in a big city, you may be training clients in a field you are not an expert on. However, if you are offering online personal training, clients from all over that are looking for high intensity weight loss are potential clients. This means you can train the clients you want in your specific niche.

Communication Is Easy

Keeping up with your clients is extremely easy when online personal training. With personal training software like FitSW, you can message your clients directly in the app. Additionally, you can call, text, or email them with a click of a button. You can also add notes to everything you create, from workouts to tasks, so your clients always fully understand what to do.

Cost Effective

Training in a gym can come with some pretty expensive fees. If you are an online personal trainer, you do not have to worry! This also benefits your clients, so it is a win-win for everyone. You also will not have to spend money traveling to the gym to train your clients. Online personal training severely reduces the costs of normal training sessions for everyone involved. This will make the clients and trainers happier because who doesn’t like saving money?

Less Competition

There are far more in-person fitness coaches than online personal trainers. Coaches who offer training online have much less competition because of this. Additionally, you can find clients anywhere so it can be much easier to acquire clients. If your clients can choose a much more affordable, easy, and convenient way to reach their fitness goals, why would they not do it?

Personalized Fitness Plans

Some in-person trainers still use clipboards and paper forms. However, that is not possible if you offer online personal training. Using a personal trainer software is essential to being successful. You can guarantee your clients personalized and comprehensive workouts, meal plans, and tasks. They will be able to see the number of sets, reps, rest time, and even a demo of the exercise in their workouts. You can make meal plans based on your clients goals, easily, in just a few minutes. Online personal training offers coaches the ability to create comprehensive fitness plans for their clients.

How To Start Online Personal Training

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Becoming an online personal trainer has never been easier. With technology like FitSW, managing your clients & business takes less time than ever before. You can build workouts, track fitness progress, create meal plans, and more from anywhere. If you would like some tips to help grow your client base, check out our article Personal Trainer Marketing Tips To Help Your Business Grow.

To get started, a personal trainer and client usually have an initial consultation. Traditionally, this is done in person, though it is quite easy to conduct over a phone or video call. This talk goes over the clients fitness goals, a background of the clients exercise history, likes, dislikes, and similar information. After this, personal trainers build a fitness plan based on what was talked about in the initial consultation. This includes the workouts, meal plans, appointments, tasks, and everything else the fitness plan needs. The final step is to help guide the client through their fitness journey. Weekly check-ins with the client, via in-app messaging/notes, phone, or video calls are important to keep clients on-track and motivated.

What App/Software Should I Use For Online Personal Training?

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FitSW offers the most comprehensive features for the lowest cost. You can easily manage your online fitness business in just minutes per week. Create detailed workouts, diet plans, tasks, accept payments, and so much more.

Workout Builder

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FitSW Personal Trainer Software has a state-of-the-art workout builder. Choose from our exercise library, which has nearly 1000 exercises, or create your own exercises to build personalized workouts for your clients. You can easily email, print, favorite, copy, edit, or delete workouts with a single click. 

Easily track your client’s workouts. You can view the workouts that your clients are currently working on, have not met, or ones they have completed: once you enter the data, you can visually view their progress with our innovative progress tracking graphs.

Exercise Library

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Our exercise database has nearly 1000 exercises for you to choose from. Each one of our exercises come with demo videos, so your clients will always know how to perform a specific exercise. If you want to create your own video demos, you can replace FitSW’s videos by simply uploading your own exercise YouTube video’s URL.

You can also create your own exercises, to build even more personalized workouts for your clients. Custom exercises simply need to contain information on the muscle group targeted, what equipment will be used, the name of the workout, and what is the difficulty of the exercise.

Nutrition & Diet Planning

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FitSW Personal Trainer Software has a comprehensive Food List to create your Diet Plans from. With nearly 5000 foods for you to choose from, creating a meal plan has never been easier. All of our foods contain detailed nutrition information (calories, protein, carbs, and fat) so you will never wonder if this food will fit into your diet plan.

You can effortlessly add your own foods and create personalized meal plans for your personal training clients. After you have chosen the foods you want your meal plan to contain, you can personalize your plans even further by simply setting how often you want your meal plan to occur (daily or weekly) and which clients you want it to apply to.

Client Management

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Client Management has never been simpler. From the convenience of your smartphone, personal trainers can manage client’s workouts, tasks, meal plans, schedule, payments, and more. Fitness coaches and gyms can also see whether their clients completed their workouts, stayed on track with their goals, and countless other aspects that are so vital to running fitness businesses. Whether you are at home or on the go, you can access FitSW from anywhere via our app or web software.

Client Files & Forms

online personal training par-q

Say goodbye to the third-party applications or paper forms. With FitSW, your clients can take forms like the PAR-Q from the convenience of their smartphone or laptop.

Fitness coaches and personal trainers can easily edit the PAR-Q as well. Our database has the standard PAR-Q, though we understand that many personal trainers prefer to create their own custom PAR-Q.

Scheduling & Calendar

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Easily schedule and manage appointments from anywhere. You can set recurring appointments, if your clients booked multiple appointments at once; or, you can simply schedule a single personal training session with a click of a button.

Clients can also easily request appointments with their personal trainers. They can see a personal trainers available time slots and request an appointment. However, the fitness coach must approve the appointment, so there’s no need to worry about over booking.

Progress Tracking Graphs

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Both clients and personal trainers can view progress tracking graphs. Once you enter your workout data, our software will create beautiful looking graphs that will show your clients progress.

Share these graphs easily and quickly with the click of a button. Tracking Graphs improve your client’s engagement and motivation by showing their progress over time.

Progress Photos

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Progress Photos are a great way to keep your clients both motivated and engaged. Easily upload photos that show the progress of your clients. Personal trainers and clients can also create comparison photos. This shows the progress that clients have made from when they started, to when they took the picture.

Goal & Task Tracking

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One of the most important aspects of personal training is creating goals and tasks for clients. This keeps them on track and helps them stay motivated on a day-to-day basis. Create goals such as taking the stairs, no junk food, or anything that helps your clients stay on track for their fitness journey.

Custom Branding

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Custom Branding is an awesome feature that enables personal trainers and gyms to have their own custom app. Your logo and colors will appear when your clients open the app, but it will still offer all the features that FitSW has. This creates a more personalized and in-depth experience for your clients while promotes your brand.

Blog & Content Management

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With an account with FitSW, you have access to your own customizable blog. This blog can be seen by all of your clients. A fitness blog connected to our software enables clients to easily stay updated and informed on everything that your personal training business has going on.

Studio / Team Accounts

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FitSW Personal Trainer Software has customized plans to meet the need of every size personal trainer. This also includes gyms and studios. We offer all the comprehensive and innovative features to both personal trainers and gyms.

With a Studio / Team account, your business will be able to easily manage both clients and trainers from anywhere. You can even log in as a trainer to see all the workouts, meal plans, appointments, tasks, etc. that they have created.

Real-Time Messaging

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By using FitSW, you can easily message your clients within the app. You no longer have to use our messaging system. You can now message your client by clicking them, it’s that easy. Additionally, call, text, or email your clients with the click of a button.

Automated Emails

Automated Personal Training Emails

Send automated emails to remind your clients about upcoming workouts, new meal plans, task reminders, and so much more. This enables your clients to stay updated on everything that your personal training business is offering. It also keeps your clients engaged and motivated as they are always updated into what is going on with their fitness journey.


payment processing for fitness coaches

Payments can be received directly through the FitSW software. Accept client payments from anywhere. All your clients need to do is click a button and the trainer will receive their payment. Receiving client payments has never been easier than with FitSW.

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5 thoughts on “Online Personal Training – Why You Should Offer It

  • I found it interesting how you mentioned how online personal training can help you easily track your progress because all your data is stored in the cloud and accessed by your trainer when they need it. My wife has told me that she wants to get healthier and have more energy so she can run around with our grandchildren without getting worn out or hurt. Because I want her to live her healthiest life, I will keep this in mind as we search for an online personal fitness coach that can work with her schedule!

  • One of the advantages of being a personal trainer is that you can arrange your schedule to how you want it and entertain clients who have equally flexible schedules like you do. The reason for this is that you would want to offer your services to those who are easily reachable and at the same time would also readily recommend your services to anyone else who would ask. If I had the chance to work as a personal trainer then I would advertise the heck out of everything online so I can find a steady stream of clients to rely on.

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  • I truly appreciate the insights shared on this site about online personal training. The article on why offering it is really helpful is clear and helpful. It gave me a better understanding of the advantages, and the easy language made it easy to follow. Thanks for providing treasured information.


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