Drafting Workouts For Clients and Other Updates

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We recently released a fully redesigned Android app and are excited to announce that we have released new features to our web application. These features include the ability to draft workouts for clients, status updates for your workouts, and a new easier to use format for our workout creation screen. Our workout drafting feature also extends to both diets and tasks as well! While this feature is only on the web software right now, it will be coming to our mobile apps very soon.

Drafting Workouts For Clients

drafting workouts for clients - example workout in workouts screen

You now have the ability to save drafts of your workouts, diets, and tasks! Additionally, if an unexpected event happens, like your internet going out, your event will automatically be saved as a draft. This means you never have to worry about losing all of the hard work you put into creating a workout if your FitSW session ends abruptly! Additionally, your clients will not see any drafted events you are working on. You will be the only one that can see and access these workouts, diets, and tasks!

In addition to this, we have also added a “Status” section to the workouts, diets, and task screen. This new section will show the status of your event. Or in other words, this message will show you if your workout, diet, or task has been saved or not. Our software automatically saves your data, though this makes it easy to ensure that your event has been saved! Please refer to the image below for an example of what it looks like.

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Design and Layout Improvements

Using the great feedback that many of our users provided, we have redesigned the layout of our workouts, diets, and task creation pages. You now have 3 main sections when creating an event:

  • General information: Add the date, name of the event, and any notes you wish to add.
  • Exercises/Foods: Add the exercises/foods for your event.
  • Additional: Choose whether you want the event to repeat, any additional clients you wish to apply it to, and whether you want to add it to your schedule. This is also where you have the ability to delete, save as a draft, or publish the event.
additional section associated with drafting workouts for clients

We Want Your Feedback On Drafting Workouts For Clients & Other Updates!

We are very excited to have released both our new drafting workouts for clients and other updates and would love your thoughts! If you have any feedback or comments on this 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! After that, we typically reply within a day or so!

Personal Trainer Android App – Design Updates

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We are excited to announce that we have just released a newly designed personal trainer Android app! A few months ago, we released a freshly designed iOS app. After getting some positive feedback, we have been working hard on updating our Android app as well. The entirety of this app has been redesigned and we are very happy with the result! We just released this new version, though it will take around 3 hours to go live. Thus, if you are reading this within the first few hours that it is published, you will not see the changes until around 8:00 or 9:00 PM MST on 10/5/2019.

We’ve updated and redesigned almost every aspect of our Android app. However, do not worry! This will not affect any of your data. In fact, this will make FitSW and the events your clients see appear more professional than ever before.

Old FitSW Android Design

We’ve updated every screen of our Android design, so it may be hard to remember what our old design was! So you can see how much has been improved, here is an example of our old Android app:

old personal trainer android app design - fitsw

New Personal Trainer Android App Design Examples

Workout Screen

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Client List

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Exercise List

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Exercise Progress Tracking Graphs

exercise progress tracking graphs for personal training clients

We Want Your Feedback On Our New Personal Trainer Android App Design Changes!

We are very excited to have released our new and improved Android app and would love your thoughts! If you have any feedback or comments on these new design changes, 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 Trainer Payments – Now Supported In 30 Countries

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We are excited to announce that our personal trainer payments feature has gotten a massive update! Previously, you could only use Stripe to accept payments if you lived in the United States or Canada. You could accept payments from all over the world (and still can), though you needed to live in the US or Canada to begin accepting payments. Now, we are excited to announce that our system allows you to accept payments even if you are not in the US or Canada. As long as you are based in one of the following countries, you can now accept payments through our platform:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong SAR China
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

For a picture view of all the supported countries, please refer to the image below.

personal trainer payments update - country locations

To learn how to set up your payment profile and start accepting your client’s payments, visit our blog article on accepting payments from personal training clients! It will give you all of the information you need to start getting paid! Better yet, we have a full payment dashboard that you can use to see what clients have made a payment, when they did so, and we give you a payment ID to keep your financials organized. Furthermore, your clients also have a full payment dashboard to see if they have paid you or not! Go to https://www.fitsw.com/payments/ to get started or view your payments dashboard!

We Want Your Feedback On Our Personal Trainer Payments Update!

We are very excited to have this new capability for our personal trainer payments feature and would love your thoughts! Therefore, if you have any feedback or comments on this or anything else, please 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!

8 Reasons Why You Should Use Online Personal Training Software

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When it comes to managing your personal training business there many variables you need to manage. The largest variable by far is managing your clients in an effective way. Typically, using software to manage clients was seen as a tool in the online personal training space. However, trends in the industry show this isn’t true, in fact, if you’re an in-person personal trainer, you should use online personal training software.

As of right now, the standard for client management as a personal trainer is using an abundance of software to manage everything from client communication to building and delivering fitness and nutrition programs.

Often times this involves building programs in Excel or Word and delivering them over email or printing them out. Some trainers still use paper and clip boards for this. Tracking client progress is often times done by hand and entered into excel to generate graphs. This paired with viewing past programs in order to build new programs is a recipe of major time management challenges.

Many trainers don’t know that you can use an online personal training software that does all of this for you for the price of your Microsoft Office subscription each month. Or cheaper if you use the business version of Microsoft Office.

Software dedicated to personal trainers is a new industry, as such, many are unaware of the benefits. So here are our top 8 reasons why you should be using an online personal training software:

1. Client Management Simplified

When it comes to client management, there are many variables that come into play. For many, the primary variables seem to be:

  1. Storing client information necessary for building truly personalized programs. Client information comes in the form of:
    • Assessments, PAR-Q forms, client goals, client preferences, client progress data, and liability waivers.
  2. Creation and Delivery of fitness and nutrition programs
  3. Communication with clients
  4. General Scheduling
  5. Managing client payments
  6. The client purchases experience
  7. Client engagement and retention

When using traditional workflows, often times that would entail creating a folder on your desktop under the clients name. Then you’d house all of the paper work, pictures, and data for that client all in that folder.

Then the longer you train with the same client, the more paperwork you create and store, the more organized you have to be, and the more information you have to view.

An online personal training software takes care of all of that for you. From scheduling, to billing and payment management, creating workouts, and tracking client progress, it’s all done in the app.

2. Streamlined Creation and Delivery of Fitness/Nutrition Programs

When it comes to creating and delivering programs in Microsoft Word or Excel, there are many issues that can come up. To really get to the bottom of it, you have to ask yourself questions from the clients perspective.

Delivering Programs for Online Trainers

When you create a fitness program and deliver it over email, what is the client experience as a result? Let’s analyze this situation assuming there’s no trainer there with the client like most online and hybrid trainers.

Think, most people go to workout with two or three things in hand: their phone, headphones, a water bottle, and maybe a jacket depending on the season.

Issues with Excel and Word

When you deliver a program through email that’s made in Excel or Word, most people will download that to their phone. No big deal right? Ehh, maybe. Excel and Word typically aren’t the most mobile friendly. Most of the time Excel or Google Sheets don’t want to download to your phone and when they do they are finicky and not the best.

Since people know this already or experience it first hand, they might just print it out and take it with them to the gym or take a picture of it.

If they print it out, then they now have their phone, headphones, a water bottle, and now a piece of paper. They might even have a pen they use to take notes. So they have all of these things to worry about, but what if they aren’t exactly the most experienced with fitness?

Now they are having to keep track of all of these things while learning their way around the gym. Keep in mind some people might even be uncomfortable with their first experiences in the gym.

Not only that, but if they want to document their progress throughout the workout, they don’t really have very many options to do so besides using a notes app. Then if you want access to their workout progress you have to ask them to enter it into another excel sheet while at home on the desktop, email you their results, or screenshot the results in their notes app and then send you the screenshot. That’s TEDIOUS.

Delivering Programs with an Online Training Software

This is where online personal training software comes in.

In FitSW for example, you have client profiles you can create. Depending on your preferences you can create a client account in the software. Upon creation of their account, they get an email notifying them of the account creation and are invited to download the app(iOS or Android) and login.

Once they have logged in, they will see the workouts they have been assigned in an easy-to-use format all ready to go on their phone. They also are given the ability to enter the results of the workout while working out. Not to mention you can include demo videos for exercises in the FitSW app as well, so there’s another level added of convenience.

This is all nice and all, but the main point is online training software helps eliminate variables and distractions for clients so they can focus more on working out and offers options for them to automatically track progress.

Delivering Programs for In-Person Trainers

Much of the same logic applies here as well. Although some trainers might prefer clients don’t download the app since they (the trainer) will be with the client anyway.

However, when using an app that documents workouts effectively, it reduces distraction for the trainer as well. Not just while they are training clients but also while creating workouts.

Using a workout builder to build workouts can you help you more efficiently build fitness programs. Especially since is tracks progress data for you which gives you more power to make data based decisions.

3. Communication With Clients

Most of the time, trainers will rely on email and text messaging to communicate with clients. Sounds simple enough. But what about sending reminders for upcoming events or updates?

That, again, is a manual process. You’d have to review all of the workouts you have with your clients and schedule emails to be sent out completely manually. Either that or you use an email management service such as Mailchimp to get it done but you would have to use a paid version for it to be worth it.

Personal training software gives you the chance to automate client reminders which has been seen as effective when it comes to increasing client compliance to fitness programs.

4. General Scheduling

When it comes to scheduling, having a clear schedule is a must for personal trainers. But often times clients will go different routes when it comes to requesting time on a trainers schedule. Some clients will text and ask, some will email you to schedule a session, and some will go through the gym you work at to schedule time with you.

Most online personal training software will come with a scheduler option where clients can go and request time giving trainers the ability to approve and deny requests. This also gives trainers the ability to block time off so clients know when they can request time.

5. Managing Client Payments & Client Purchase Experience

Most trainers resort to using payment services such as PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, or accepting checks. Honestly, these are all pretty good options and the qualm here doesn’t really involve the usability of those apps.

Really it has everything to do with the client purchase experience. If clients are making payments in a different platform then they are receiving their services, then it can make the whole process feel “disconnected”.

Let’s put this in perspective.

Let’s say you want some Taco Bell so you go on over to your local Taco Bell, look through the menu, and purchase a couple cheesy burritos and a Baja Blast. But then they tell you have to walk across the street to pick up your burritos. So you walk across the street to get your burritos and you’re walking back to your car which is in the other parking lot because you didn’t anticipate having to work for your burritos and a dog jumps out from behind a dumpster and steals all of your burritos. Then as your chasing the dog, you step in a pothole, fall, and spill your Baja Blast.

Okay, I got a little carried away there but there are some lessons we can pull away from the Taco Bell example. One, there’s no reason to make things harder then they need to be. Using an online personal training software can help you offer payments in the same platform you offer your services. Creating a more cohesive experience.

But, lets go back to the burrito stealing dog for a second. Although we don’t expect dogs to be stealing payments, there are scams that happen on the internet and people do worry about them. Using a disconnected process like having people pay you through Venmo before delivering their program can leave them feeling skeptical. Offering a streamlined purchasing experience removes the skepticism.

Providing clients the quick ability to make a secure payment and see the service provided in the same platform creates a more connected feeling and might even lead to more sales. Especially since you can create “packages” and “subscriptions” clients can purchase in FitSW with an automated and secure billing process.

6. Client Engagement and Retention

As mentioned before, using a software for personal training gives you the ability to send automated messages. These messages help keep clients engaged with the workouts you give them. Not only that, but because it also provides a streamlined process, it helps improve the overall experience for clients.

Not to mention, since the app displays client progress in graphs and charts, it adds a very real aspect that clients can reference to stay motivated. As with anything, we know that fitness change can take time and since we spend everyday in our bodies (at least I hope so) it’s hard for us to observe small changes over time. Using graphs to show clients how far they have come truly can keep them motivated.

7. Client Forms

Aside from fitness programs, there are other forms you will have to manage as well, such as, liability wavers, PAR-Q forms, and other forms you might find necessary.

Sure you can load all of those to a file on your computer but mistakes happen sometimes and it’s easy to load a file to the wrong folder, delete it, or lose it somehow.

With client profiles, you can upload your contract with the client and a liability waiver if needed. No need to upload a PAR-Q form as that’s a built in feature of FitSW.

8. Modern Tech Trends Support Online Personal Training Software

With modern trends in tech, a lot of people are using wearable tech that tracks fitness activity, such as, Apple watches and Fitbits. One thing that online personal training software lets you do is provide integrations with the apps offered through Apple watches and Fitbits.

If there’s one thing we know about technology trends, it’s that technology is becoming an evermore present aspect of our daily lives. With that being said, there are loads of studies that show we can use emerging tech to support our lifestyles.

Many people use free and cheap apps to help do things like get their steps in throughout the day and eat healthier meals.

Offering your personal training services through a software helps you create a more personal experience, especially if they use wearable tech.

As more tech trends emerge, it will help if you get ahead of the curve now through offering your service on a software as our daily lives will more likely start to revolve more around tech as time goes on.

Feedback on 8 Reasons Why You Should Use Online Personal Training Software?

Have a piece of feedback? Feel free to reach out to support@fitsw.com or reach out to us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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

workout logs to increase client accountability and motivation

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).
Server Upgrades

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).

print button

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).
Server Upgrades

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.

ProSight Direct

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ProSight Direct offers personal trainers a simple way to buy liability insurance. Their truly digital experience gives customers the ability to obtain a quote within 60 seconds. Instantly access certificates of insurance, make changes to their policy and submit a claim – anytime, anywhere. ProSight is a fully – integrated insurance company and broker, which allows them to provide a different level of service to customers than most other insurance providers.

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 circumstance is going to happen.

Feedback On Our Personal Trainer Insurance Article!

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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!

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