Online Personal Trainer App – New FitSW iOS Features

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With the new year, comes new features to our online personal trainer app! We know you’ve been working hard with all of your new year resolution clients, so we wanted to improve our app to make it even easier for you to train more clients! This most recent iOS update includes autosaving, the ability to update all events in a series, drafting your events, and many usability improvements.

Online Personal Trainer App - Updates & New Features

Autosaving

Our software will now automatically save your events, so you never lose any progress! If something happens to your internet, or your FitSW app closes for any reason, you do not have to worry! All of your data will be automatically saved as a draft and you can pick up where you left off. This autosaving feature applies to your workouts, meal plans, and tasks.

Saving as Drafts

You can now save all of your workouts, meal plans, and tasks as drafts! This way, if you’re working on perfecting that new workout or nutrition plan, you can save it as a draft and continue at a later time. Furthermore, if something happens and you exit the app, you’re event will automatically save as a draft.

Editing, Saving, Publishing To All Events In A Series

With the updates above, we also added the ability to edit all events in a series. Or, in other words, if you create a repeating event (workout/meal plan/task) you can edit, save them as a draft, or publish them all with the click of a button! This way, if you create a lot of drafts as you perfect your event, you can publish them all at once.

Apply Your Events To Additional Clients

Our iOS online personal trainer app now has a great new feature that allows you to apply your events to additional clients as well! You can apply all of your workouts, diets, and tasks to multiple clients with the click of a button. This will save you a lot of time if you have a program that applies to multiple clients.

FitSW Wants Your Feedback On Updates To Our Online Personal Trainer App!

We highly value our community and take your feedback seriously. So, if you have any feedback or comments on this article, update, or anything else, reach out to 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 or on any other article on our blog! After that, we typically reply within a day or so!

Personal Trainer Alex Portee – FitSW’s Trainer Of The Month

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We are excited to announce that nutritionist and personal trainer Alex Portee is FitSW’s featured personal trainer of the month! Alexandar is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. He started his company one year ago in the necessity of something different, so his main focus is his online personal training and mobile fitness.

“I bring the gym to you. My experience is in football strength and conditioning, muscle growth, HIIT, and cross-training. I’ve played football for almost my whole life. Additionally, I am a former semi-pro football player of the “ Florida Veterans” from Port Charlotte Florida.”

Featured Personal Trainer Alexander Portee

I got into this business because of all the questions people kept asking me in terms of getting in shape. People constantly asked me for help so I took it as a sign that this is something I should be doing so I saved up no less than half my paychecks while working for the USPS and took action the first chance I got and never looked back. My dream and mission with my company are to reach the people who have a hard time getting to the gym or just being pointed in the right direction with getting in shape. Everybody needs help in some form or fashion and I want to build a team that reaches the people who just need that little push to get started. I see my company in every state and city making a dramatic impact on the fitness industry 

What’s your favorite thing about being a trainer?

Hearing your clients say how much they hate you and love you once the workout is over. Seeing them get results faster than expected. Seeing clients have a bigger spark in life and want to do and create more value around them because they got in shape. 

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

Being in my business full time and not letting fear hold me back. Why? I’m the type to stress about not being able to save a lot. I’m really frugal but I understood if I wanted something different out of life I had to make different choices and actions in my life to be able to earn the value I seek in life. If I didn’t go full time I would have been forced to lose potential clients because I didn’t have the right amount of time required to give them my services and that defeats the purpose of what I’m trying to do with my company. Just taking that leap of faith made a huge impact on my life and my family’s life. 

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

Give them a workout that I’ll do with them that is pretty hard but makes me suffer in front of them so they have a reason to focus on how much I’m struggling and they can make jokes of me while not realizing how much better they are doing. Being creative to help them build confidence in themselves makes it fun for my clients and myself.

About Off The Grid Performance

Off The Grid Performance is a mobile fitness unit. OTGP is focused on giving people a unique experience with fitness. We provide the equipment, all you have to do is bring your commitment, water, and towel and we will have fun!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OTGPerformance/

Website: https://www.offthegridtrainer.com/

About Personal Trainer of the Week

Once a month, 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.

If you would like to learn more about becoming FitSW’s Featured Personal Trainer, contact support@fitsw.com! Also, reach out to our featured personal trainer Alex Portee for some awesome training.

We highly value our community and take your feedback seriously. So, if you have any feedback or comments on this article or anything else, reach out to 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 or on any other article on our blog! After that, we typically reply within a day or so!

 

Continuing Education As A Personal Trainer

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Getting certified as a personal trainer requires countless hours of studying and effort. Once you become certified, you should feel accomplished, as you worked extremely hard for it. However, every 2 years you’ll need to renew your certification by taking a wide variety of courses (of your choosing). Getting recertified is a lot less intensive than your initial certification, though you’ll still need to put in around 20 hours of course work. Additionally, gaining new knowledge and continuing your education is important to growing as a fitness professional. Below, we’ll go over why continuing education as a personal trainer is important and how to do so.

Continuing Education As A Personal Trainer

How You Can Continue Your Education

There a few ways and reasons to continue your education as a personal trainer. For starters, you’ll need to become recertified every 2 years to remain certified with your institution. While the time frame is the same for each institution that provides personal trainer certifications, the requirements to maintain it varies from company to company.

Also, below we mention CEUs. CEUs (can also be called CECs). These are “Continuing Education Units” and each education program offered will give you a specific amount that you need to complete to maintain your certification.

Recertification Requirements For Popular Certification Institutions

  • NASM: Two years, 20 hours (2.0 CEUs)
  • ACE: Two years, 20 hours (2.0 CEUs)
  • ISSA: Two years, 20 hours (2.0 CEUs)

These are the most popular institutions that offer certifications for personal trainers, though if your institution is not there, do not worry! You can find all of the CEU courses they offer by going to their website!

Why You Should Continue Your Education

Aside from having to get recertified every 2 years, continuing education as a personal trainer can have a lot of positive effects. For instance, getting a specialization in a different area can help you stand out from the crowd. It also cannot hurt to have more knowledge about fitness and/or nutrition.

You will never know everything about fitness or nutrition, as new studies and research come out frequently. Staying up to date on the latest trends, fads, myths, and all things fitness is a great way to prove yourself as the fitness authority. Your personal training clients come to you for your fitness expertise, so make sure you know what you’re talking about.

FitSW Wants Your Feedback On Continuing Education As A Personal Trainer!

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Why the Internet Growth is Good for the Fitness Industry

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The Growth of the Fitness Industry

The internet was created in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. Shortly after its public debut in 1991, it mounted an aggressive expansion on the world. Every minute of 2019, Americans alone generated 4.4 billion GB’s of internet data. This isn’t surprising given roughly 90% of all internet data has been produced in the past 2 years. There’s no surprise in saying this has massive implications for the global economy. The internet increasingly empowers communities and industries, giving way to new business models never seen before. Of all the industries that have benefited from the internet, the fitness industry is one that has benefited and continues to benefit every year. The growth of the internet seems to be synonymous with the growth of the fitness industry.

The Growth of the Fitness Industry

Global Expansion of the Internet

At its current rate, the fitness business is growing at 8% annually. 2020 is projected to hit $109 billion dollars globally. This is an 11% increase from 2019. That’s excluding other industries that complement fitness, such as, the rise of athletic clothing and wearable tech.

Before the internet, the fitness industry saw a boom in the 70s and 80s with growing popularity in yoga, jazzercise classes, and jogging. This was mainly due to the development of modern-day gym memberships. People had more access to more gyms that aren’t scary to go into and don’t come with a side of tetanus. That aside, exercising regularly provides other benefits, namely, a healthier lifestyle, and personal therapy. This all gave way to a larger market for a fitness professional to grow their businesses.

With the rise of the internet, now over half of the world has immediate access to the web. The same variables remain the same, they have just transcended to new levels never seen before. Now, fitness professionals can gain access to free and paid resources offering rewarding career paths. In 8-10 weeks, would-be fitness professionals can get certification online and start training clients. In addition to this, existing fitness professionals can continue their education while training clients. Specialization is no longer a matter of going to college and taking time off work. Now, you can take classes online and continue to build your client portfolio.

For those that aren’t fitness professionals, finding information on fitness is now easier than ever. With a couple of google searches, you can now transform your lifestyle for the better. This is just the first of many reasons on why the internet is good for the growth of the fitness industry.

The Birth and Growth of Digital Communities

Since the dawn of modern humans, we have organized and formed societies. In essence, human beings are extraordinarily social creatures and have used this to advance society. As we enter the modern digital age, humans continue to form new innovative social experiences. Thus, continuing to empower communities and individuals in these communities. 

If there’s one thing that remains consistent between human beings and the fitness industry, that’s the desire to be social. With increased advancements in digital technologies, people are flocking to the web to form new communities dedicated to fitness.

Now, you don’t have to go to the library and rent a book(s) to find more information on a yoga pose you’re interested in. Just go find a social media page on the topic you’re interested in, write a comment and get your answer quickly, sometimes in minutes.

Advancements in Apps and Mobile Technology

What if I told you that I could give you a mini super-computer that was capable of getting mankind to the moon? Many people wouldn’t bat an eyelash at this deal. Honestly, it sounds too good to be true! Here’s where it gets interesting. Now, what if I told you, you’d be taking a downgrade from the phone in your pocket every day? You heard that right, the average modern smartphone has 1 million times the RAM of the computer system for the Apollo programs and 7 million times the standard memory.

Since the first iPhone, the possibilities for smartphone capabilities have only continued to rise. Now, there’s a popular saying that has gone around: “there’s an app for that”. Which is completely true, especially for fitness professionals. Now, through apps like FitSW, you can virtually run your business from your smartphone (no pun intended). Features like custom in-app branding and managing payments are care aspects of running a business. That isn’t getting anyone to the moon, but it might seem like your bank account is heading there.

All jokes aside, there has never been a better time to be a fitness professional. The only real overhead for getting started is getting certified. Just skip your Starbucks frappe for three morning’s and you’re halfway there! Seriously, those things are starting to get ridiculous. Anyway, many programs offering accredited personal training certification also offer extra options that guarantee you employment within 90 days of finishing or you get your money back. The only caveat to that is this feature costs a little bit extra and you have to pass the program (duh). 

Free-to-use Platforms and Social Media

One of the greatest gifts the web has given the fitness industry is social media and other platforms that are free to use. While these platforms are a great place for people to learn, it’s also a great place to advertise your services for free. Some of the most common fitness household names got huge because they continued to use social media to their benefit. 

The idea of content marketing can be daunting. In-fact, a lot of people will say it’s “dead” because now social media is saturated with a bunch of “influencers”. 

Two things, the first, content marketing is not “dead”. The people who say so probably posted a bunch of selfies, poor quality posts, or irrelevant content on Instagram. Then they quit and complained about how it wasn’t working. What’s that saying about repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results? Eh, beats me. This leads me to the second point, you may have realized this – social media has evolved. Now, you have to push out content regularly, that’s consistent and up to par with your audience’s standards. In short, you need to be providing value to their lives. 

This takes time, which is why it’s important to research your posts ahead of time and develop a long term content framework. Once you’ve done the research, you can use one of many free social media scheduling tools.

In addition to social media, you can start blogging/vlogging about your business. In short, there are loads of strategies for gaining more followers and eventual customers by organically growing your social media following and learning the skills you need to know through the free resources and communities on the internet. That’s how I got this job, shhh don’t tell my boss.

Conclusion:

The internet is big and the internet is confusing. But, if you’re a fitness professional it doesn’t have to be. In fact, you can use it to scale your business like never before. 

This article should come as good news, there’s no better time to take advantage of the growth of the fitness industry and leverage digital strategies to grow your business, learn, and better yourself. There are loads of tools out there and if you use them right, you can pretty much run your business from your phone (with the help of FitSW of course).

FitSW Wants Your Feedback!

We highly value our community and take your feedback seriously. So, if you have any feedback or comments on how the internet is good for the growth of the fitness industry or anything else, reach out to 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 or on any other article on our blog! After that, we typically reply within a day or so!

How to Launch a Successful Fitness Membership Site

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Fitness Membership Site

It’s 2020 and it’s time to turn your business into a more lucrative and well-oiled machine. How? With a fitness membership site.

Before you dismiss the idea, because it seems “too big and demanding”, think again. 

Today, the technology you need to build a site, launch your own mobile app, take payments and market your brand is more accessible and user-friendly than ever before. And the demand for quality online fitness education has been growing steadily since 2004.

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So, if you’re serious about making 2020 the year you level-up, keep reading. You’ll learn how to pick your niche, plan your course, create your site, and market it effectively.

Why You Should Start an Online Fitness Membership Site

Over the last 15 years, the web has become a busy and lucrative place. It has opened more doors for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses faster. 

Take the average Uscreen fitness membership site. It uses over-the-top applications that deliver video content and has around 343 monthly subscribers and earns an average of $7,503 per month. 

Beyond online search demand, there’s more evidence to support the creation of your very own fitness membership site. Here are three good reasons: 

More Reach and Income Opportunity

Creating an online fitness program places your business on a global stage. You’re able to reach more eager customers with content to help achieve their fitness goals. And because it’s all online, you effectively scale your business without putting in any additional man-hours.

People are Consuming More Content Today

Content has taken on a new life. Today, people are consuming more video at a rapid rate. For example, Facebook gets over 8 billion video views per day and around 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute.

And it makes sense. Video is easier to digest and just as accessible as text-based content. 

What’s more, people use their mobile devices to view content on the go. This means more opportunity to reach an audience hungry for your content.

People will pay for premium content

Will people really pay for your content? 

It’s a common question, especially because there’s a lot of free content on almost every topic online. 

It all comes down to convenience. People want quality, ease-of-access, and structure. Creating a fitness membership site that meets this criterion is no different than paying for a monthly subscription to the New York Times.

Creating Your Fitness Membership Site

Building a fitness membership website is less complex than you think. It takes planning and execution, much like researching and committing to a workout routine. And as you’ve seen, it is possible to generate results in build healthy online business.

Here’s how:

Pick Your Niche

To get started, you’ll need to identify your niche. A niche is a product, service, or interest that appeals to a small, specialized group of people. 

For example, Naturally Sassy is a fitness membership site with a twist. Founder Saskia Gregson-Williams is a professionally trained ballerina and qualified personal trainer. She developed her programs by combining classical ballet with strength and cardio.

Fitness Membership Site

How do you find yours?

Here are four questions to help you establish your niche:

What Are Your Interests?

As a fitness professional, this a good chance you zeroed in on a particular interest you have. It could be helping people lose weight and build more muscle. Or you may have an affinity for bodybuilding or strength training.

Identify exactly what you most interested in. If you have more and more interest, list them on a piece of paper and then prioritize them in order.

The idea is to establish what resonates most with you.

How Much Knowledge Do You Have?

Creating your fitness membership site means producing content the positions you as an authority. You need to have a fair amount of knowledge about fitness education you’ll share.

As you move down your list of interests, indicate which you know most about. It’s also a good idea to identify knowledge gaps should you wish to learn more before establishing your fitness membership site.

How Large is Your Audience?

Audience size is just as important as the quality content. You need to know that people are looking for a site like yours to increase the probability of launching and running a successful membership site.

How do you establish your audience size?

Keyword research.

Go to Ubersuggest and run a search for terms related to the niche ideas you’re considering. For example, if one of your interests is strength training, you’ll see that the search term “strength training exercises” gets approximately 2900 searches per month on Google.

strength training exercises

This means that people are looking for education on strength training. To get a better picture of how large the market is, run additional searches for other related terms.

Who is Your Ideal Customer?

Knowing what people are searching for, it’s time to establish who your ideal customer is.

Creating a persona is a critical aspect of building your site. The content you produce and the marketing material you promote will target a specific customer. Knowing what their fitness goals are and challenges experience on their journey towards achieving the goals is, therefore, important.

If you’ve never created a persona before, use this template from DigitalMarketer. It will help you identify basic demographic information along with other important details you can use to get a clear picture of who your ideal customers and how you can help them.

customer avatar worksheet

Plan Your Course

Once you’ve established your niche, it’s time to plan your course. Planning a course involves arranging ideas in an orderly fashion. But to arrange ideas, you need to know the scope of your content.

Get Ideas Onto Paper

The best way to determine the scope of your content is to get all of your ideas onto paper. Brainstorm all of the topics you’d like to cover and within order them.

At this stage, you should also start thinking about the format of your content. Will you use text, video, or both?

While the choice is yours, we’ve seen fitness brands thrive by creating video websites. As a medium of instruction, video is easier for members to follow along and repeat exercises they can see. It also helps members practice the right techniques and develop confidence because it’s a more engaging medium than text.

Structure Your Lessons

Next, break those ideas into chapters or lessons. Each lesson should also be broken down into subtopics or ideas you’d like to include or cover. 

Supporting Content

With an idea of the structure of course and lessons, start to identify and collect supporting documentation. These can be worksheets, fitness tips, planners or guides members can use as part of your course.

Remember Your Welcome Message

While we’ve covered the meat of your course, it’s essential to kick things off the right way. Include a welcome message for your members. Make it one that reaffirms the value will receive by being a member and also motivational to inspire them to do the work to get the results they want.

Create Your Site

Building a website today is far from the technical challenge it was five years ago. In fact, much of the functionality previously out of reach for online entrepreneurs is now easily accessible. 

Today, you can build your membership website using an all-in-one platform like Uscreen, along with all the features and functionality you need to give your members a world-class experience.

Fitness Membership Site

While the list of features can be much longer, here are important features to consider adding to your site:

User Profiles

Membership sites all about personal experience. Give your members the opportunity to create profiles and customize them with avatars and information like bios to make them feel for.

Forums and Commenting

No community would be complete without the ability to engage. Ensure that your membership site offers your community the chance to start conversations around topics, ask questions, and share feedback and results.

A Smooth Video Player

There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for a video to buffer. If you plan to produce video content, ensure your video is distributed across a reliable content delivery network.

Process Payments

This is non-negotiable. If you plan to grow your business online, you need to be able to efficiently and securely process payments from members. You’ll need to build to do this on a recurring basis and have control of the process (manually cancel memberships or process refunds). Personal trainer software gives you the ability to process payments from the palm of your hand.

Promote

Having created your course and build your website, It’s time to get the word out about your site. When promoting your business, think of it as a long-term commitment. You’ve done the research and know there is a demand for what you’re offering, all you need to is to position your service in front of your audience.

Get started by identifying the places where your audience is. These can include YouTube, social media websites and niche fitness sites.

You want to produce content that grabs your ideal customer’s attention and drives traffic to your membership site to sell your fitness program(s).

Your content can be in the form of:

  • video ads for social media
  • blog posts (including guest posting)
  • social media posts
  • free downloadable guides and content to help build an email list

In addition to using content to drive traffic to your site, you can also run promotions, competitions and create challenges.

Take yoga with Adriene. Adriene offers a free 30-day yoga challenge on YouTube. It’s a smart way to introduce new people to her brand. 

Wrapping This up

Fitness is a high-growth industry and you can make more money in fitness in 2020. Getting started is also easier than you think. Identify your niche, produce quality course content, build a site and promote your content to reach your audience. 

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Author: PJ Taei

Bio: PJ is the founder and president of Uscreen, an all-in-one video monetization and OTT platform that empowers video entrepreneurs and creators to monetize their content and build thriving businesses around their videos.

How To Create A Meal Plan For Clients

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When running a personal training business, there a multitude of things you have to do in order to be successful. It can difficult to manage all of the marketing, consultations, workout building, and meal planning. Even with the use of personal trainer software, running a fitness business is no easy task. A big part of many trainers’ fitness programs is meal plans. Nutrition plans can help your clients reach their goals faster, as you won’t have to worry about them losing their progress once they go to a restaurant. We’ll go over how to create a meal plan for clients and how it can help your clients further their progress.

Initial Assessment For Your New Clients

If you are working with a new client, you’ll want to get to know their food preferences, any allergies they have, and take into account their overall goals before creating a meal plan for them. You want to ensure that the meal plan you create for them is going to contribute to the success of their fitness journey. Sit down with them and go over their nutrition history. This will enable you to create the best meal plan for your clients possible.

Help Them Understand The Importance of Meal Prepping

If your clients are just beginning to eat healthier or are struggling to stick to their nutrition programs, meal prepping could be your answer. Meal prepping makes eating healthy a whole lot easier. Your clients won’t have to continuously make meals throughout the week. They’ll spend a few hours one day per week (we recommend on Sunday) creating healthy and portioned meals. To start out, give them a simple and cheap meal plan ideas.

Create Realistic Meal Plans

Creating over-complicated nutrition plans can make everyone’s life harder. Not only will they be harder to program, but they also will be much harder for your clients to adhere to. Start with a simple meal plan, something short such as 7 days. After this, you can begin to program more complicated meal plans based on your client’s fitness goals, though make it simple at the start.

Adjust Them Over Time

Following up with your clients to see how the meal plans are working for them is crucial to the longevity of both their meal plans and fitness programs. See what they like about the meal plans, what they dislike, and everything in between. Also, remind them that roadblocks are normal for everyone. If they are really struggling to stay on-track, try something different. Making sure your client’s meal plans fit them as closely as possible, which adjusting them over time will help, will ensure they are getting the best experience possible.

Example Meal Plan For Clients

Example Meal Plans For Clients

Below you can find some examples of meal plans! Remember that your meal plans should be specifically made for your client’s fitness goals, though we hope this can be a good start/inspiration for you!

FitSW Wants Your Feedback!

We highly value our community and take your feedback seriously. So, if you have any feedback or comments on this article or anything else, reach out to 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 or on any other article on our blog! After that, we typically reply within a day or so!

FitSW iOS App For Personal Trainers – Purchasing Update

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We have just released a big update to our iOS app for personal trainers. This update includes the ability to purchase directly in your FitSW iOS app! While not all of our top tier plans are available through our iOS app, we still have plenty of options for you to choose from! If you would like to have one of our top tier plans (over 120 clients), these are still available on our website on our upgrade page!

Benefits of Upgrading Your Account

You can add up to 2 clients into our software and use it free, forever! However, there are many benefits to upgrading your FitSW subscription. For starters, you can add a minimum of 15 clients to our software. All of your clients can use FitSW for free and can log in to the app with a username and password that you create. Additionally, you’ll be able to add more workouts, diets, tasks, and save more progress pictures than you can with our free version. For more information on everything you can do with an upgraded subscription, check our Upgrade page!

How To Upgrade Directly In The-App

To upgrade directly through the FitSW iOS app, it only takes 3 simple steps! First, you need to click the “More” text in the bottom right portion of your screen. Next, scroll down and find the “Upgrade” tab. Once you are successfully on the upgrade screen, select the plan you want and follow the instructions on your screen. It’s that easy!

FitSW iOS App For Personal Trainers - Purchasing Update

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We highly value our community and take your feedback seriously. So, if you have any feedback or comments on this article or anything else, reach out to 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 or on any other article on our blog! After that, we typically reply within a day or so!

Turn New Year Resolution Clients Into Long-Term Clients

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New Year Resolution Clients

With the new year right around the corner, many individuals will vow to get in shape as their new year resolutions. This makes it one of the best times to be a personal trainer. Prospective clients are looking for someone to help them keep their resolutions. However, these clients can be different than clients that you obtain from other times from the year. This is because they may not be as committed to their long term fitness plans as other individuals. So, how do you turn your new year resolution clients into long term clients and ensure that they stick to their new year resolutions longer than just a few weeks?

Help Them Set Realistic Goals

Many of new year resolution clients will set unrealistic goals. Then, once they aren’t seeing these results in the first few weeks, they’ll get discouraged and discontinue using your services. Setting realistic goals can help with this tremendously.

If your client wants to lose 50 pounds, set intermittent goals over a 10 month period of losing 5 pounds per month. This is much more achievable and will help your clients realize the timeframe they need to achieve their goals.

Educate Your Clients

The clients you obtain around new years are most likely not well educated when it comes to fitness. This is why it’s imperative to educate your clients on all things fitness. If they understand nutrition, the effects of proper hygiene, how much they need to sleep, hydration, and of course exercise, they’ll be much better off.

Stay In-Touch Often

These clients may need extra motivation to stay on track than others. Thus, reaching out to them is a great way to keep them engaged and motivated. See if they were able to stick to their nutrition plan, how their soreness level is, or anything else related to your training with them. This will not only show them that you are committed to their long-term success but can build a healthy trainer-client relationship with them. Better yet, they’ll be more motivated to achieve the goals you set for them if you keep reminding them of their fitness plan.

FitSW Wants Your Feedback On Turning New Year Resolution Clients into Long-Term Clients!

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Peripheral Heart Action Training For Weight Loss

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Peripheral Heart Action Training For Weight Loss

Peripheral heart action training for weight loss is one of the best training systems out there to effectively lose body fat. The training not only helps you lose weight but also helps you improve overall cardiovascular fitness and improve the size and tone of your muscles.

The creator of this forgotten system was Arthur Steinhaus, Ph. D. Created in the 1940s, this system became popular in the 1960s by Bob Gajda.

Why Did This Training System Disappear?

With the reintroduction of recently popular training methods like Yoga, HIIT, Pilates, and Kettlebell training it is not surprising that PHA is an old training system that has been long forgotten.

The training methods mentioned above are old, yet they have successfully been able to make a comeback and become popular again.

About Bob Gajda

Bob Gajda, Ph.D. was a well-known bodybuilder in the 1960s. In 1966 Bob Gajda had managed to win the FICH Mr. Universe competition. He had always been on the lookout for a training system that could improve his physical condition while building muscle and improving his definition.

The PHA training system condenses a huge volume of work into one session and this made Bob Gajda turn to PHA. This training system requires you to perform an intense exercise for your upper body before performing another hard intense exercise for your lower body.

While he was exercising his upper body, the lower half of his body would rest and while he trained his lower body the upper half of his body would rest. Other than that, he refused to take breaks in between these exercises.

Because of these continuous actions, the heart would be pumping blood to the working muscles continuously. The change in training from the upper body to the lower body made the heart work harder and continuously.

A good amount of lactic acid was produced in his body due to the heavy load that his body lifted. This build-up of lactic acid is essential to improve aerobic conditioning.

Know More About The PHA

In a general weight training session, the lifter usually will complete a certain number of sets per exercise before they switch to the next set of exercises. For instance, you can complete 2 sets of 6 repetitions while doing the front squat.

PHA is not the same as this. PHA is kind of a combination of weight training & circuit training. In PHA once you finish one exercise you continue to do the next one. You will perform a set amount of exercises per circuit. Here is an idea of what it normally includes:

  • 5-8 separate exercises
  • 3-4 circuits
  • 3-4 sequences (one sequence is made up of 3-4 circuits)
  • 8-10 repetitions
  • Hypertrophy – 60-80% 1RM (This kind of load is used for the building of muscles)
  • No rest between exercises
  • You will rest for a total of 90 seconds after completing one circuit.
  • Accordingly, with your maximum heart rate, your heart rate must be maintained at 80%.

Example of a sequence in PHA

  • Hip thrusts
  • Shoulder Press
  • Hamstring curl
  • Close-grip pull-ups
  • Lunges
  • Bicep curls

What Are The Results?

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improvement in stamina
  • A gain in muscle mass
  • Loss of body fat

Do You Recommend PHA?

I recommend PHA for those looking to lose weight, build muscle, improve definition and physical condition. It would be great if this training method gained popularity again as it would prove to be of great benefit to individuals on the lookout for the best training system. The results achieved with this system have been jaw-dropping.

One of my clients was able to lose 10 kg in 12 weeks and had toned muscle mass making him look bigger and healthier, another client of mine was excited because she had could fit into her favorite dress she had bought during her college years, that was a drop in 2 dress size from what she wore, the best thing was her body was toned but her weight remained the same.

You can achieve such amazing results by implementing PHA into your training routine as well.

Author bio

Gerald Smith is a personal trainer and fitness blogger from London. He has his own personal training business in London and writes a fitness blog covering personal training, weight loss and running.

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Keep Personal Training Clients On Track This Holiday

When your client’s fitness plans are thrown off, this can reflect poorly on the personal trainer. This is why it’s important to keep your clients on track. The holiday season brings lots of sugary alcohol, fatty foods, and busy schedules. This can make it hard to train and your clients fitness plans could suffer because of this. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to keep your personal training clients on track this holiday season.

Short, More Intense Sessions

The holidays are a very hectic time for most people. With family, shopping, and everything else, they’ll have less time to focus on their fitness plans. Creating workouts that are shorter but more intense is a great way to make sure your clients have time. If you’re unsure how to create faster workouts, check out NASM’s guide 30-minute workout programs for busy clients.

Being more flexible over the holidays is also a great way to keep your personal training clients on track. Working around your client’s schedule can ensure you keep your revenues up while keeping your client’s retention high.

Reach Out To Your Clients

To make sure your clients are staying on track in the off time, it’s important to reach out to them. Whether this is a text message, an email, over social media, or over the phone, check in on them on see how they are doing. Not only will this show them that you care about their fitness success, but it’ll help them stay on track. Ensure their sticking to their nutrition regime. Also, you can talk about their goals or an upcoming session you have with them. You’d be surprised what a little motivation can do for your clients!

Tips To Give Your Clients

Your clients will have a lot of time away from you during the holidays, so giving them tips on how to stay on track on their own could really benefit both parties. While each client is different, here are a couple of tips you can give to your clients when you aren’t with them:

Eat Before Social Gatherings

We all know that parties are filled with delicious but unhealthy foods. Eating before social gatherings can help cure the cravings of all the nutrition wrecking foods. While it’s fine to eat desserts and foods alike in moderation, if you’re hungry, you’re more likely to indulge a little too much.

Choose Healthy Options First

Choosing healthier options at the party you’re at, before getting that slice of cake, can really help stay true to your nutrition plan. Often times, parties will have some healthy options, so eating these before unhealthier options can help you stay within your daily caloric intake.

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