Featured Personal Trainer LaRita Laktonen-Ward

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Featured Personal Trainer LaRita Laktonen-Ward

This week’s Featured Personal Trainer LaRita Laktonen-Ward has done amazing work helping her clients achieve their goals both onstage and in their personal lives. LaRita develops nutrition and training plans for amateur and professional male and female clients that compete in everything from bikini to bodybuilding. Prior to her natural bodybuilding career, she has been nationally qualified in NPC bikini. She has been a professional figure competitor since 2015 and holds a PNBA Pro Figure Universe champion title, 3rd and 4th in Natural Olympia Pro figure, 2nd at PNBA Team USAs, as well as most recently the OCB Pro Bowl overall figure title.

Online Personal Training Business

LaRita’s business, Tru Life Fitness, provides online:

  • Contest prep coaching
  • Individualized weight management or performance based nutrition plans
  • Goal focused training that include individualized strength and cardio plans
Featured Personal Trainer LaRita Ward's Business TruLife Online Personal Training and Coaching
Featured Personal Trainer LaRita’s Business TruLife Online Personal Training and Coaching

Q & A with Featured Personal Trainer LaRita Laktonen-Ward

What do you like about online training and what are your clients favorite things about it?

As I’m learning more about the capabilities of an online trainer, I am liking it more and more and utilizing more features. With my online coaching, I do weekly check-in’s for accountability, but I absolutely love that I receive an email when a client completes a work out, which increases the accountability to another level. My clients love the convenience of the app and the links to video tutorials.

What’s been the most effective method of finding new clients to work with and why?

Most of my clients come from word-of-mouth and I never worry too much about recruiting new clients. There will always be individuals who want to better themselves, gain muscle, cut fat, or set new goals and they are out there looking for someone to give them guidance, motivation, and assistance. When you treat your clients with respect, are attentive to them, and they get results, they are your best advertisement.

What do you think are some of your most valuable skills that lead clients to enjoy working with you?

I would say the most valuable skill I have is leading by example. In order to be successful in the field, you must continuously learn, be professional, admit your mistakes, and practice what you preach. Skills that are important when working with clients are motivational interviewing, patience, understanding, goal setting, and follow through.
Featured Personal Trainer LaRita can help you Achieve Your Goals.
Featured Personal Trainer LaRita’s online coaching and goal based training.

LaRita’s Personal Training Social Media

Featured Personal Trainer LaRita's TruLife Fitness and Personal Training Business
Featured Personal Trainer LaRita’s TruLife Fitness and Personal Training Business

About Personal Trainer of the Week

Once a week, FitSW highlights one Personal Trainer worldwide that stands out – someone who keeps their clients on track & motivated, and consistently gets results.  We let them share their story and hold a quick Q & A to understand what works for them and what has made them successful.  We feel this gives you a chance to see what is working for these personal trainers.  It also allows us to recognize the personal trainers who are getting real results.

New Version of FitSW iOS App Released: 1.34

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New Version of FitSW iOS App Released: 1.34

We have released a new version of our FitSW iOS App that can now be downloaded on the app store here,  This version adds improvements for Diets, made certain buttons more clear, fixed a few bugs, and removes the instabug “shake to report problems” pop-up that some of our users felt was intrusive.  Since we have removed the “shake to report problems”, please contact us directly at admin@fitsw.com.   We are hard at work on more improvements for our 1.35 release with many of the features and improvements that you have suggested to us.  Please keep those suggestions coming.   Summary of updates in the FitSW iOS App 1.34 revision include:

FitSW iOS App version 1.34 Updates

  • Remove Instabug “shake to report problems” pop-ups
  • On the Diets tab, enabling correct counting of calories for foods based on the specific quantities entered by user.
  • In Diets tab, we now require the quantity entered to be a number which we then use to calculate the calories of the foods in the diet.
  • Within the Workouts tab, fixing issue where when editing workout demo link would sometimes be incorrect.
  • On iPhone 5s, we fixed the issue where the notes section, when editing a workout’s exercise, was not displaying properly.
  • In Clients, Workouts, Diets, and Assessments tabs, updated Done buttons to make it more clear as to what is being done (Adding a new instance or Updating an existing one).
FitSW iOS App 1.34 New Version Released
Screen shots of FitSW iOS App

Future FitSW Fitness Software Improvements

We are still on track to release our brand new Android App at the end of this month.  Our testers and some users are currently testing a beta version.  If you would like to be a beta tester please email us or leave a comment.  We also have many updates on the web version of the app coming to that we will keep you updated on.  Please keep sending your suggestions on this as well.

Featured Personal Trainer Sylvia Smith

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Featured Personal Trainer Sylvia Smith

This week’s Featured Personal Trainer Sylvia Smith is a versatile trainer who has worked with clients of all ages.  Below are some quick facts about Sylvia and her business.  Check it out to find out which volcano she has climbed to the top of and how old her oldest client has been!

Education / Certifications

Bachelor of Science, Public Health
ACE-Certified Professional: Profile

Featured Personal Trainer Sylvia Smith Profile Image
Featured Personal Trainer Sylvia Smith

Personal Training Strengths, Experience and Specialties

  • Life coaching
  • Preparation for fitness adventures (for example: running events, backpacking excursions etc.)
  • Weight loss/weight management
  • Strength/Stability improvement
  • Wellness for individuals diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Geriatric Fitness

Personal Training Philosophy

  • You must love yourself before you will be able to change yourself.
  • Weight loss isn’t easy, it’s really, really tough.
  • Lift heavy. Always.

Personal Interests

  • Backpacking/Hiking/Camping
  • Volleyball
  • Going on adventures with my dogs
  • Yoga/Meditation
Featured Personal Trainer Sylvia Hiking In Alaska
Featured Personal Trainer Sylvia Hiking In Alaska

Fun Facts

  • I’ve climbed to the top of Mount Vesuvius
  • I’ve backpacked in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ozarks, Red River Gorge and plan to add another trip this year!

Q & A with Featured Personal Trainer Sylvia Smith

What do you think are some of your most valuable skills that lead clients to enjoy working with you?

I am a versatile trainer with experience working with individuals from 12 years-102 years (that’s right, I said 102!) I am well trained in behavior change, and my goal is to help clients move through the stages of change at their own pace in their own time.

How do you keep things fresh with your clients?

I love to switch things up with my clients; from using different types of cardio, to throwing in some kickboxing or yoga into their weekly routines. Exercises are always targeted, but you never know what we’ll do next!

What are some of your favorite resources to use as a trainer and why?

I love using the Exercise List / Library (and adding to it!) page of the FitSW website. It really allows my clients to see what I mean when I’m using exercise jargon; and it allows me to customize the exercises I’m trying to demonstrate. It helps keep my workouts versatile!

About Personal Trainer of the Week

Once a week, FitSW highlights one Personal Trainer worldwide that stands out – someone who keeps their clients on track & motivated, and consistently gets results.  We let them share their story and hold a quick Q & A to understand what works for them and what has made them successful.  We feel this gives you a chance to see what is working for these personal trainers.  It also allows us to recognize the personal trainers who are getting real results.

New Exercise Demo Videos in our Exercise Database

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New Exercise Demo Videos in our Exercise Database

We have recently began releasing new exercise demo videos in our exercise database.  We wanted to update our videos to have them get straight to the point without ads or long introduction.  Simply a quick demonstration of the exercise to help users see the exercise in action with proper form.    With nearly 500 exercises in our database it will take some time to update them all.  We are expecting to have all the initial updates within the next few weeks.  You can check out the latest additions to our demo videos on the FitSW YouTube Channel and we will be adding a lot more in the coming weeks.

Keeping Exercise Demo’s Updated and Fresh

We will continuously add and update new & improved video demo’s.  We are excited to have a couple of our users provide us with even more high-quality video demo’s to keep our library fresh and updated.  Stay tuned for these videos shortly.

Adding Your Own Videos

Want to add your own exercise with your own custom video demo? FitSW has the flexibility to enable you to do this.  You can do this in the Exercise List page by clicking Add Exercise.  You will be able to enter the exercise name and then create a link to your video.  This video demo you link to can be on youtube, facebook, or any other website.  Then when your clients look at their workout and click the “Demo” button for a specific exercise, they will see the video you linked to.

Exercise List can be found in your menu right next to Client List
Exercise List can be found in your menu right next to Client List

You can also edit our exercise list to just change the video for an already existing exercise.  So if you want to add a personalized touch with your own demo video instead of ours, just click on the specific exercise on the Exercise List page and you will be able to change the video link to what ever link your video is at.

Exercise List allows you to add new exercises with exercise demo videos by just clicking Add Exercise or lets you edit existing ones by clicking on their name.
Exercise List allows you to add new exercises with exercise demo videos by just clicking Add Exercise or lets you edit existing ones by clicking on their name.

We want to make sure we provide all the resources you need to help your clients while at the same time offering you the flexibility to customize our system as you would like.  Let us know if you have any feedback!

Featured Personal Trainer Channell Holmgren

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Featured Personal Trainer Channéll Holmgren

Featured Personal Trainer Channéll Holmgren is an Entrepreneur, Personal Trainer & Nutritionist who enjoys travel, the outdoors, writing and learning about other cultures. She believes in training mind, body and spirit. The philosophy of helping individuals achieve their personal/performance goals (developed through her Clinical Nutrition Experience and experience training athletes as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for club volleyball). She found her heart and passion centered on helping everyday people who wanted to become healthier and more fit.
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Channéll performing an exercise demonstration.
Channéll is a Nutrifitt sponsored Trainer/Athlete and partnered with her local city, City of Reno to provide FREE fitness classes to her local community to encourage healthy living for all. She has her hands in everything from speaking, mentoring, fitness, nutrition and authorship.

Question and Answer with Featured Personal Trainer Channéll Holmgren

What is your favorite activity with clients to break up monotony?

I offer a variety of different fitness classes with fun music, ever changing progressions and styles of training. This gives my clients the opportunity to meet new people, develop a sense community and not skip out on training days!
Personal Trainer of the Week Outdoors

What are some of your favorite resources to use as a trainer and why?

I’ve been using FITSW for a year or more, as a gym and as a trainer. It’s a great way for me to plan and keep my clients accountable, as well as my staff. I love the new app and all the new features! It makes communication with my clients accessible in one place – especially goal and progress monitoring! I recommend it to everyone.
In addition, I love being able to track the entire workout and the option for my clients to view a demo video in case they forget what an exercise is.
Personal Trainer of the Week Channell Holmgren

What was the single most important thing you did in your first 6 months for your business and why?

The single most important thing I did was put myself, vision and ideas out there in organic conversations. I turned down no opportunity and agreed to every engagement I was invited to. I also consulted with my mentor, attending entrepreneurial mentoring and made sure I was the first in and last out every single day. Work ethic and passion speaks for itself.
Personal Trainer of The Week Entrepreneur

Channéll’s Social Media & Websites

Instagram/Snap/Twitter: @channellnicole, @inspirememommym @inspiredbypurpose
Websites: www.beinspiredbypurpose.com, www.inspirememommy.com
Links: www.nutrifitt.net  USE CODE CHANNELL10 for 10% off
Personal Trainer of the Week Channell's Logo

About Personal Trainer of the Week

Once a week, FitSW highlights one Personal Trainer worldwide that stands out – someone who keeps their clients on track & motivated, and consistently gets results.  We let them share their story and hold a quick Q & A to understand what works for them and what has made them successful.  We feel this gives you a chance to see what is working for these personal trainers.  It also allows us to recognize the personal trainers who are getting real results.

Personal Trainer Page on FitSW.com

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Personal Trainer Page Feature For Trainers

We recently added the option for personal trainers using FitSW Fitness Software to easily create their own custom Personal Trainer Page on FitSW.com and to choose their own page address at fitsw.com/PageName.  So if your business is called FitnessFirst, you can create your own page at fitsw.com/FitnessFirst.  This allows you to quickly create a simple professional page that features general information on you, the types of services you offer, your specialties, your certifications, and your contact information.  You can then share this page with potential and existing clients that are looking for more information on you.  This page also can be shared across multiple social media platforms – there are Facebook, Twitter, and Google plus share links at the top of the Personal Trainer Page for people to share.

Use Your Personal Trainer Page to Grow your Business

Not only can you share your Personal Trainer Page yourself, we have also partnered with one of the existing personal trainer search sites to create a portal helping people searching for personal trainers online.  You will soon have the option to list your Trainer Page on that portal for clients searching for trainers.

How to Set Up Your Personal Trainer Page

Entering your information to My Page is extremely simple.  While logged in, click on My Page in your menu bar.

My Page can be found on the FitSW Menu Bar right next to "Account"
Click My Page on the FitSW Menu Bar right next to “Account” in order to set up your personal trainer page.

On My Page, you will see the following:

This is the Personal Trainer Page Layout on FItSW. Simply click on the fields you would like to update to create your page.
This is the Personal Trainer Page Layout on FItSW. Simply click on the fields you would like to update to create your page.

Click on the “Enter Value Here” next to “My Page Address” and input your page name.  Then click on the fields you would like to update, enter your information, and your  Trainer Page will be ready.

Let us know if you have any questions or feature requests for this page.

Share Fitness Progress Graphs on Social Media

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Share Fitness Progress Graphs on Social Media – New Feature

Today’s recently added feature is the ability to quickly Share Fitness Progress Graphs on social media at the click of a button.  You are already tracking your client’s progress for any metric you would like (weight, body fat %, waist size, number of push-ups in a minute) using FitSW and both you and the client can log in and see these graphs to stay motivated.  Now why would you as a trainer want to post it to social media?  Three key reasons:

  • Increase your clients motivation by showing all their friends how far they have come.  If the client is feeling proud of the progress they have achieved with you so, allowing all their friends to see it and react to it every once in a while is a great way to pump up your clients motivation and help them feel good about all that hard work.
  • Gain new clients from your current client’s network.  Sharing your client’s progress on social media lets your client’s friends connect your client’s self-improvement to you.  They recognize the real results of their friend and are able to see a post from the person who is helping their friend on this fitness journey.  If they want the same results, this posting is the perfect opportunity for them to reach out to you.
  • Show your social media followers the types of impacts you are making.  Your followers will recognize the types of positive impacts you are making on peoples health when you are posting amazing results in your progress graphs for multiple people,

Very Simple to Share Fitness Progress

You and your client have done all the hard work in making their amazing progress, so now how do you share?  Simple.

  1. From your home client list click “Progress Graphs” for the client in question.
  2. You will now be on the Progress page and see their list of graphs.
  3. At the top of each graph will be a blue button that says “Share on Social Media” like below. Click that button.

    Share Fitness Progress Graphs
    Share Fitness Progress Graph. This is a client’s graph through pregnancy – she was able to get back to her goal!  Perfect type of graph to share – “Jane you did it!  Way to go in getting back to your before pregnancy goals!”
  4. You will then have the option to share on Facebook, Twitter, or Google plus.  Click one and then a box will pop up for you to fill in comments if you would like.  That is it, you are done!  You can even choose to do another social media platform as well after that.

    Share Fitness Progress Graphs on social media.
    Sharing Fitness Progress Graphs on social media.

Let us know how you like this feature and any suggested improvements.

Personal Trainer of the Week – Bill Dunn

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Personal Trainer of the Week

Once a week, FitSW highlights one Personal Trainer worldwide that stands out – someone who keeps their clients on track & motivated, and consistently gets results.  We let them share their story and hold a quick Q & A to understand what works for them and what has made them successful.  We feel this gives you a chance to see what is working for these personal trainers.  It also allows us to recognize the personal trainers that are getting real results.

This weeks Personal Trainer of the Week is Bill Dunn.

Bill & His Business

Bill wanted to share this video, as something that really encompasses what our business is all about.

He also shared this story as an example of the type of client he works with and helps succeed.

A very good friend of mine was a great athlete that always stayed active by playing basketball, softball, and lifting weights on a consistent basis. Then his life style changed – he started supporting a family, and everything else was put on hold.

Fast forward 10 years, and I no longer recognized this person from before. 50 pounds overweight, sluggish, not active in anything other than traveling every Spring and Summer for his Son’s baseball team, but nothing cardio or fitness related.

Not sleeping well at night, high cholesterol, bouts with bladder and prostate cancer, nothing like the person I grew up with. What happened I asked?! He said, “I got out of my groove, every dime I make goes towards my family and I do not have enough time to join a gym nor would I know what to do if I was there anyways!”.

I introduced him to the Bushido Fitness program, and everything changed.  If you are over the age of 30, you have to go to our Facebook page, and click the LEARN MORE and/or the MESSAGE button to hear more about this fascinating story.

Question and Answer with Bill

What type of training do you provide?

Within a 6’x6’ square foot area, teach how to perform resistance band and/or bodyweight and/or kettlebell routines within the comfort on one’s home, and within 30 mins or less.  In addition,  instruction on how to eat clean foods.  This a 6-month program that with teach you how to be consistent in both areas.

What type of clientele do you like to work with most and why?

Over the age of 35, married with children.  When you have some many family responsibilities on your plate, wellness is the last thing on your list, when it should be the first.

We educate individuals on how to be the exception, to set an example.  Our belief is – we cannot change the world overnight, but it can be changed one person at a time.  Coaching and encouraging each one so they can eventually pay-it-forward.

What are your clients favorite things about your training style?

We empower our clients on how to stay fit, and eat clean on a consistent basis.  In addition, each plan is tailored to meet their needs.  We do all the thinking and planning, all they have to do is follow what is given to them.  Consistent movement will produce positive results over a period of time.

How do you keep things fresh with your clients?

This is what makes our business so much fun!  By no means is this a perfect science, but there is a process that everyone needs to go through.  98% of our clients are overweight, and extremely out of shape so they are very limited on what they can do initially.  The #1 factor that each client has to have is – determination and the drive to “keep at it.  Our area of expertise is understanding what type variety the individual needs at their current fitness stage, which keeps things fresh and exciting for the client.

What are some of your favorite resources to use as a trainer and why?

FitSW of course!  As well as, videos and monthly face-to-face (or FaceTime) meetings.  People who have a family and/or limited in their time, do not want to think or study what they need to do, but be shown.  Having an app that links directly to our website has been a game changer!

What are your must do’s for your initial consultation with clients?

Understanding their likes and dislikes, as well as, their fitness level.  If someone hates spinach, we cannot add spinach to their meal plan.  If someone hates to run, we cannot add jogging to their fitness plan.  There will be times when our clients will need to eat and/or do something they are not excited about, but this is will be the exception not the norm.

What is your favorite activity with clients to break up monotony?

Monthly face-to-face meetings – these are essential not only for progress measurements, and hands on training, but also to form bonds with the other members – it keeps things “fresh”.

More Info

You can find more info on Bill and the awesome work he is doing here:

Bushido Wellness - Bill Dunn Personal Trainer
Bushido Wellness – Bill Dunn Personal Trainer

He also has a FitSW page: https://www.fitsw.com/bushidofhm/

FitSW Android App Coming This Month

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New FitSW Android App

Blog Post Update: The FitSW Android App is now on the Google Play Store here.  See more details here in this newer blog post.

This month, we will be releasing a new FitSW Android app to complement our FitSW website app and our FitSW iOS App. The app will have the same functionality of the FitSW iOS App to start. Going forward we will continue to upgrade both iOS and Android with new features. Please let us know the features you find most important. We will take that into account while deciding what to add first. You can let us know via email at admin@fitsw.com or in the comments section below.

FitSW Android App Beta Testers Wanted

Are you eager to try out the app?  We are looking for beta testers for the FitSW Android App.  As a beta test you would get the first look and be able to try it while providing us feedback to improve.  Let us know if you are interested in becoming a beta tester by emailing admin@fitsw.com or leaving a comment below.

New FitSW Android App coming soon.
New FitSW Android App coming soon.

Copy Workouts & Use Favorites To Improve Efficiency

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Copy Workouts

I have a workout that I saved from one client that I want to use for another client.  How do I copy workouts?

This is a question we have seen a few times this week on our Instagram, so we will be adding it to our FAQ.  I also wanted to address it here since this feature is very easy to use and can really improve a personal trainer’s efficiency.  It also gives trainers the option to slightly tweak these copied workouts for different clients.

Copying Workouts from one Client to Another

On your Workouts page every workout will have a Copy button in the Options column:

Copy Workouts button is in the Options Column
View of a workout in a Client’s workout list
  1. Click that Copy Button
  2. You will then see a page that looks a lot like the normal page you create workouts on, except at the top will be a field that says “Copy Workout From (original client) to:” with a field for you to choose one of your other clients.  Select the client you want to copy the workout to.

    Copy Workouts Screen.
    Copy Workout Screen. Top field allows you to select which client to copy to.
  3. Modify the workout as needed on the above Copy Workout Screen.
  4. Click the Copy Workout button at the bottom to successfully copy your workout!

So as you can see copying workouts is easy and adds flexibility for trainers to modify the new workout.  None of this will affect the workout that the trainer is copying from.

Favorite Workouts and Copying

Another very helpful feature a lot of trainers use is the “Favorite” feature which allows Trainers to “Favorite” a workout on the Workouts Page.  The Favorite Button is located a few buttons over from the Copy button in the 1st image above.  This will add the specific workout to a special list called Favorites which can be seen at the bottom of the Client List.

The Favorite list makes it very easy for trainers to copy their Favorite workouts to any clients at any time.  It makes it much easier for personal trainers to store all their frequently copied workouts in the same location without having to click through multiple client’s workout lists to find them.  The Copying process for Favorite workouts is the same as outlined above for copying a workout from one client to another.  Super simple!  Let us know if you have any feedback.

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