Rising Star Award & Premium Usability Award For FitSW!

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FitSW receives premium usability title for club management software from directory for business software!

We are very happy to annouce that FitSW has received 2 awards! These awards include the Rising Star Award & Premium Usability Award! These are both amazing accomplishments and validates all of our hard work! If you would like more information on these awards, see below! You can also visit Finances Online and see the review/awards!

Rising Star Award for 2019

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With a user satisfaction rating of 100%, FitSW received the Rising Star Award of 2019! This is because of the increasing number of industry professionals who have been putting their trust in FitSW. The Rising Star Award is given to new SaaS products that recently got popular on the market. In addition, products that get very good traction with the customers. The final criteria is products that are viewed as a service that’s really efficient for solving problems users face now.

Their software experts said that our workout management system/diet planning systems are great for trainers. Specifically coaches who want to proactively help their clients reach their fitness goals. Moreover, with its progress tracking tool, it is easier to help keep their clients more motivated. They also lauded its mobile-ready features and real-time messaging function that simplifies how trainers connect with their clients. Lastly, they also commended the FitSW pricing for its value for money.

2019 Premium Usability Award

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FitSW goal his to help personal trainers help their clients stay motivated. We want to provide a simple way for them to manage health and fitness routines & track progress. This is why we are over the moon when we received the 2019 Premium Usability Award from FinancesOnline. The Premium Usability Award is given to products that offer an especially good user experience. Other criteria is how easy it is to start using the product and the design of the interface. They also look at how easy the features are to facilitate the work process.

If you’d like to learn more about the process of choosing club management software visit the FinancesOnline website. This is where you will learn why FitSW is one of the best options on the market! Don’t forget to leave a user review of your own if you have tried out our platform. We would love to hear your thoughts!

We are very excited to have given these awards and would love your thoughts! If you have any feedback or comments on the these awards, contact us! You can do this by connecting with us on our Website, FacebookInstagramTwitter, or support page! Additionally, you can leave a comment on this blog article! We typically reply within a day or so!

Personal Trainer iOS Feature Update

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We recently released a new feature for the web software of FitSW. This update added the ability for fitness coaches to both edit the date of assessments and add notes for a specific assessment. We are happy to announce this feature is now also on iOS! However, this personal trainer iOS feature is slightly different on an iPhone or iPad. That exact specifics of that will be talked about later in the article.

There are multiple new features that this update brings to the table. The first feature is that the date of assessments can now be edited. Beforehand, only the value entered for an assessment could be changed. Secondly, you can now add notes to any assessment. This is a feature that both trainers and clients can use! This feature enables both personal trainers and clients to stay on the same page about why a specific assessment value may be that way. Finally, a modal window will now appear, giving the user more freedom to choose what they want to edit. In addition to the main features in the update, there are a couple of minor changes that we will speak about as well.

Personal Trainer iOS Feature Update – Changing The Date

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New View Of Editing Dates On The “Edit Data Table” Screen

Editing the date of an assessment has never been easier. Simply click on the date category and scroll though the months, days, and years at the bottom. Once you are finished entering the new date, click Update. Now you can easily edit the date without having to delete your previous data and re-entering it.

New Notes Section

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New Notes Section

In the previous version of FitSW, there was no place to put notes in the progress section. However, we listened to the feature requests trainers gave us and a new notes section has been added! Now you can give your clients real time comments on their progress! This will help increase both client engagement and motivation! You can also add notes in almost every other section of our app! Add notes to workouts, diets, tasks, and almost everything you create!

We are very excited to have released this new feature and would love your thoughts! If you have any feedback or comments on the new personal trainer assessment list 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! We typically reply within a day or so!

Featured Personal Trainer Luke James

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Congratulations to Luke James for being selected as our Featured Personal Trainer! Luke is a Marine veteran who believes that he is on this planet to better lives. Luke also enjoys playing rugby and is a great musician. He trains anybody from high school athletes to elderly men and women. Additionally, he trains any style from high intensity interval training (HIIT), to rehabilitation/mobility training & sustainment of life! Luke loves to face new challenges and believes that it’s never too late to start. Let him prove it to you!


“There is no obstacle too great that would stop you from achieving your goals!”

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Q & A with Featured Personal Trainer Luke James

1.) What is your favorite thing about being a trainer?

I love being able to connect with people on a different level, creating a relationship that is life changing. As a personal trainer, someone is trusting you with their health and body. That is HUGE! A lot of personal trainers underestimate their role. Its not just someone who is there an hour a week for someone to give guidance. You have someones future in your hands, their lifestyle change, how they think, act, & train. You could either be the personal trainer that makes someone never want to train again, or you can change their entire life. I love that role of what I do.

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

The most important thing I think ANY trainer could do whether you’re starting out, or you’re a veteran trainer is to shadow other trainers. This it very important because every trainer has a different style. If you truly want to become a great trainer, surround yourself with other trainers so you can “get more tools for your toolbox”. This is what I started with and CURRENTLY do and it has completely changed my outlook and has been a vital part in the way I train today.

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

I have avoided monotony from the very start just by making things interesting for my clients. I think of them as more than just clients. They’re my friends. I find what interests them and I make workouts that will both benefit them and also achieve the goal. Lastly, humor. I try to constantly be making my clients laugh, because that makes for a relaxed environment!

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

My most valuable skills are my ability to pull people out of their “shells” and also my well rounded training techniques. I’m always trying to make the sessions fun and as valuable as possible. I want people leaving with no doubt that they received the best training possible and had a phenomenal time doing so. I also am constantly studying the human body while I’m not training clients. I’m learning from other trainers, figuring out how different muscles work, so I can figure out the best way to optimize those muscles. Additionally, I put reason behind the workouts so they are not meaningless. I don’t just want my clients to become fit, I want them to understand how their body works.

Links:

https://www.instagram.com/luke_james_fitness/
You can also contact him via email at Lukejamesfitness@gmail.com
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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 more about becoming FitSW’s Featured Personal Trainer, contact support@fitsw.com!

Personal Trainer Assessment List Update – Web Software

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FitSW’s assessment list has always been an important part of our software. It enables trainers to show progress tracking graphs to their clients. Additionally, assessments are crucial to tracking clients overall fitness progress. This is why we have been working on an awesome new feature for the personal trainer assessment list for the past few weeks. We are happy to announce that the feature is finally live and ready for the public to use! If you would like to see it for yourself, go to your Client List and click on graphs (on a specific client). After this, click on “Table Format” and then click on an assessment number entry!

There are multiple new features that this update brings to the table. The first feature is that the date of assessments can now be edited. Beforehand, only the value entered for an assessment could be changed. Secondly, you can now add notes to any assessment. This is a feature that both trainers and clients can use! This feature enables both personal trainers and clients to stay on the same page about why a specific assessment value may be that way. Finally, a modal window will now appear, giving the user more freedom to choose what they want to edit. In addition to the main features in the update, there are a couple of minor changes that we will speak about as well.

Personal Trainer Assessment List – Editing Dates

Personal Trainer Assessment List - Editing Dates
Date column circled

In the previous version of the software, there was no way to edit the date of an assessment. If you accidentally entered an incorrect date, there was no way to change it without deleting it. However, we realized this and users now have the ability to change the date! So, if you accidentally entered the wrong date, or put the wrong date in for any reason, you now have the ability to change it!

Adding Notes

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Notes column circled

After many feature requests, we have added a notes section to the assessment list! Both trainers and clients have the ability to write notes on any assessment that they wish. The reason for doing this is that it can be hard to remember why a specific assessment value is the way it is. With the ability to add notes, you can always remember why the assessment value was the way it was.

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Assessments with notes will have this icon

If you see the symbol above this paragraph next to an assessment, it means it has a note associated with it. To see exactly what the note says, scroll over this icon. A box will appear showing the message of the note (see the image below for an example).

View when scrolling over notes icon

Modal Window Now Appears

In the previous version of FitSW, when editing an assessment, the only thing that could be changed was the assessment value. However, now that you have the ability to change the date, assessment value, and add notes, a new window will appear when you click on an assessment. You may have noticed this new window in the pictures above. However if you did not, please refer to the picture directly below this paragraph for another view of the modal window that pops up. This allows for the user to edit any one of the categories!

personal trainer assessment modal window

We are very excited to have released this new feature and would love your thoughts! If you have any feedback or comments on the new personal trainer assessment list 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! We typically reply within a day or so!

Personal Trainer Exercise Filtering

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Recently, FitSW announced its new Personal Trainer Exercise Demonstration Improvements. This added the ability to specify the difficulty level of an exercise. In addition to selecting the difficulty, you are now able to choose what equipment is needed for an exercise. This addition was fantastic for creating even more personalized workouts. However, it could sometimes be hard to find specific exercises because our database has nearly 1000 different exercises!

This is why we have just added a brand new personal trainer exercise filtering feature to our exercise list! You can now search for an exercise by muscle group, exercise name, level, or equipment! This makes is easier than even to find the perfect exercise for a workout! For example, if you want to find a workout that uses foam rollers, you now have that ability. Additionally, this feature is available on our web software, iOS app, and Android app!

Personal Trainer Exercise Filtering – Website

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Filtering For Cable – Website

In the picture above, we searched the word “Cable”. After this, all of the workouts that use cables will appear. You have the ability to do this with any type of equipment, muscle group, difficulty level, or exercise name. To see all of the equipment you can choose from, check out:Personal Trainer Exercise Demonstration Improvements. It has a the list of the equipment you can filter for! You can also find a few examples of the equipment we use in the picture in the following section.

Personal Trainer Exercise Filtering – Phone

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Filtering For Cable – Phone

In the picture above is an example of how a user can filter exercises on both iOS and Android devices. All you need to do is click on Equipment and select the equipment that is used in a specific exercise! Once you click, “Done“, you will instantly get a comprehensive list of the exercises that use that piece of equipment. Contact us if you think we missed a piece of gym equipment and we will add it to the list!

When using the FitSW iOS or Android apps, you can search for multiple criteria at one time. Simply click on all the options you want to filter. If you wanted to find chest exercises that use dumbbells and are beginner level exercises, just click those options. It is that easy! Finding the perfect exercise for your workouts has never been easier. This enables the personal trainer to save even more time than before. No more scrolling through thousands of exercises. Just filter by what type of exercise, the equipment, the difficulty level and find the perfect exercise for your workout!

Filter For Nearly Anything!

With the new personal trainer exercise filtering update, the user can filter exercises based on nearly anything! If you wanted to filter for beginner workouts, you could! If you wanted to filter for difficult exercises that work the abs and use cables, you could do that too! The possibilities are endless! Go try it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

FitSW always appreciates feedback and comments on our software. So, if you have any feedback you would like to share, contact us. We are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and have our own support page. You can also send us message at support@fitsw.com. Your feedback is vital to improving our software, so do not hesitate. We are always looking for ways to improve the amount of features and quality of our software! You can also comment on this blog article and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

iOS Personal Trainer App Design Updates

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FitSW is happy to announce that our iOS app has been redesigned with a brand new look! We wanted to update both the look and feel of the iOS app. We also improved other aspects of the user experience. With this new iOS personal trainer app design update, we have updated every screen with new fonts and colors. With these new design updates, the app has a great new feel to it! If you would like to provide us with feedback on the new design, please contact us at our support email! Additionally, we are actively working with our designer to add even more iOS app design updates in the near future!

iOS Personal Trainer App Old Design

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Old Design of the iOS app

The picture above this text is what the app looked like previously. We decided it was time to improve the overall look and feel of the iOS app. If you would like to view more pictures on how the app previously looked, you can refer to the following articles (they include screenshots of the old app design): Personal Trainer Exercise Demo Video Updates & Tracking Personal Training Clients’ Workouts.


iOS App New Design

iOS Personal Trainer App New Design
iOS Personal Trainer App New Design

The new iOS app update includes updates to the font and colors on every screen. This is just the first of many new iOS updates that will be coming soon! We wanted to push a new look to the app and then implement more and more design updates as time goes on. If you have any suggestions on the design of FitSW’s iOS app, please do not hesitate to contact us! You can do this by connecting with us on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or support page! Additionally, you can leave a comment on this blog article! We will reply within a day or so!

Personal Trainer Exercise Instructions – Website

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FitSW has always allowed personal trainers to add notes to their exercises. We have just taken this a step further. We have implemented a new feature that allows the trainer to add a note directly to the exercise, not just when they are creating a workout. Or, in other words, exercises have a default note that will appear every time it is added to a workout. This new Personal Trainer Exercise Instructions feature is in the web software and in our mobile apps.

Old Way To Add Personal Trainer Exercise Instructions To A Workout / Exercise

Personal Trainer Exercise Instructions When Building A Workout Screen
Personal Trainer Exercise Instructions when building a workout

Previously, one could only enter notes when creating a workout. The personal trainer would have to enter the note every time they were creating a workout. Though they can easily copy workouts, when adding a new exercise to a workout, they would need re-add the notes.

New Personal Trainer Exercise Instructions Feature

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exercise note example

When adding or editing an exercise, you can now enter a permanent note that will appear every time you add that exercise. In the pictures above, we added “Keep your head up” to the Bird Dog exercise. As you can see, the text is now located underneath the exercise.

When the personal trainer adds this exercise to a workout, the note will automatically be entered. If a personal trainer constantly added the same comment to an exercise, they no longer need to. Simply add it one time on the Exercise List page and it will forever appear for that exercise. You can also add onto it when adding an exercise to a workout. For example, if you want to personalize the note for a client, you can easily add more sentences to make it specific for a client.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact our support email or view our help page.

Personal Trainer Exercise Demonstration Improvements

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FitSW has always had Personal Trainer Exercise Demonstration videos. Now, we have added 2 new features to our exercise list. The first feature we added is that you can see the level of difficulty for a particular exercise. We also implemented the feature that trainers and clients can see the equipment required to perform a workout. Our exercise library has nearly 1000 exercises to choose from and have added the difficulty level and equipment necessary for every exercise. However, you can easily change the difficulty and equipment for any of our exercises. Likewise, you can create exercises that specify this now. In past updates, we added a search bar to our exercise list. Now you can search for all of the exercises that are beginner or require a specific piece of equipment. If you would like to find more exercises, check out this list of exercises with descriptions.

Personal Trainer Exercise Demonstration – Exercise Level

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The difficulty or expertise level column is outlined in red.

There are 3 different workout levels that an exercise can have: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. This includes every exercise that is in our exercise library. However, if you disagree with our difficulty rating, you can easily update any exercise by simply clicking on it and changing the value. You will choose the workout level when you create a new exercise.

Personal Trainer Exercise Demonstration – Equipment ID

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The equipment needed to perform an exercise can be seen in the column outlined in red.

In addition to the workout level, personal trainers now have the ability to select the equipment needed to perform an exercise. You can also select multiple pieces of equipment if you choose to. If you do not see the equipment you want, email our support and we will implement it as soon as we can. The equipment to choose from includes:

  • Ab Wheel
  • Agility Ladder
  • Balance Ball
  • Balance Board
  • Barbell
  • Balance Disc
  • Battle Rope
  • Bench
  • Bosu
  • Box
  • Cable
  • Cone
  • Dumbbells
  • Elastic Bands
  • Foam Roller
  • Glide Disc
  • Hurdle
  • Indoboard
  • Indoboard Disc
  • Kettlebell, Machine
  • Medicine Ball
  • None
  • Olympic Plate
  • Other
  • Pullup Bar
  • PVC Pipe
  • Resistance Band
  • Slam Ball
  • Smith Machine
  • Stability Ball
  • Stick
  • TRX Rip Trainer
  • TRX Suspension
  • Wall
  • Weight Plate.

Personal Trainer Exercise Demonstration – Search Bar On Exercise List

Additionally, you can search for exercises based on the difficulty or equipment they use. For example, if you would like to see all the workouts that in the beginner category, simply type beginner in the search bar. If you would like to see all workouts that require the Ab Wheel, just type Ab Wheel. This feature makes finding workouts easier than ever.

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Example of searching Dumbbells in search bar

With this new update, your workouts and exercises are much more personalized. If you have a client that is new to working out, you can easily choose beginner exercises to ease them into it. Additionally, you can easily search for different equipment or workout level by simply typing in the search bar. Finding exercises has never been easier. Personalized workouts also just got a lot easier to create.

Personal Trainer Help Center – Android Tutorials

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This is what the Personal Trainer Help Center will look like on the Home Page

Recently, we put out blog posts letting you know about our new Personal Trainer Help Center and our iOS tutorials on the Help Center. We just added over 20 tutorials for Android devices, so if you are using your phone you can get step-by-step guides on every feature that FitSW has to offer! If you would like to see a new article be posted on our Help Center, contact us!

Android Personal Trainer Help Center Tutorials

FitSW has countless features, so understanding all of them can be difficult at times. However, we have you covered! We have added more than 20 articles on how to navigate through the Android app. We will constantly be updating and adding more articles. This means that if you do not see the tutorial you need, we will be adding it shortly. However, we can always give you personalized tutorials by email. The Personal Trainer Help Center guides for Android are for both personal trainers and clients. You can see all of the tutorials we added below:

Our Personal Trainer Help Center contains hundreds of tutorials and information about FitSW’s features. In addition, they contain walkthroughs for our computer software, iOS app, and Android app. We are constantly adding more tutorials to our Personal Trainer Help Center. If you cannot find a tutorial for a specific feature, let us know! You can contact us at anytime by emailing our support.

Personal Trainer Payment Tracker Update

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Personal Trainer Payment Tracker Update

We have updated our personal trainer payment tracker screen. FitSW has had the ability for clients to pay their personal trainers for quite some time. Tracking payments was somewhat difficult though. It was previously done by clicking Your Payment Dashboard, which is powered by Stripe (the payment processing company that we use). You would be redirected to a screen that would show the recent payouts, the last 4 digits of the credit card number, and the date of the payout. For more info, see our previous post on how to accept payments from you personal training clients.

We have recently updated our personal trainer payment tracker on both our website and mobile app. This means that you now have the ability to see all the details of your clients payments. In addition, you will be able to see the client’s name that made the payment and have a payment ID for a specific payment.

Personal Trainer Payment Tracker Update – Website View

View for Personal Trainers

Personal Trainer Payment Tracker Update
Personal Trainer View – Updated Payments Screen

Above and below you will see the new and improved personal trainer payment tracker screens. In the previous version, the personal trainer did not have a tracker – they could only see payouts by going to their Stripe page. With the new update, you can view all the information about payments right from the website or mobile app. This is includes a brand new payment ID, the date of the payment, the clients name, and the amount that the personal trainer received. However, you still have the option to go to Your Payment Dashboard, but all the information on specific payments is on our payments screen now.

Personal Trainer Payment Tracker Update

Personal Trainer View – Updated Payments Screen (no text at top)

Client’s View

Personal Trainer Payment Tracker Update
Client View – Updated Payments Screen

Above is the view for clients on the new updated personal trainer payment tracker screen. It is almost identical to the personal trainers view, except for 2 distinct differences. First of all, there is no View Payments Dashboard option for clients. Secondly, they only have 3 columns on the personal trainer payment tracker, instead of 4 like their personal trainer has since all payments are only from this client. There doesn’t need to be a “Client Column”. Clients still have an option to pay their trainers at the top of their payments screen.

Personal Trainer Payment Tracker Update – Mobile App View

View For Personal Trainers

Personal Trainer Payment Tracker Update
Personal Trainer View – Financials Screen

This is the view of the new personal trainer payment tracker screen on a mobile device for personal trainers. It has all of the same functionality and feature of the website version. Not included in the picture is the text at the top of the about the payment dashboard.

Client’s View

Personal Trainer Payment Tracker Update

Client View – Financials Screen

This is the view of the new personal trainer payment tracker screen on a mobile device for clients. Most noteworthy, it has all of the same functionality and feature of the website version. Client’s can easily pay their personal trainers from this screen. In addition, they can view all of the payments that have made in the past.

Pay From My Trainer Page

Personal Trainers can also receive payments from their My Trainer page for clients without a FitSW account. If the client has a FitSW client account they should not pay here. Instead, they should login and go to the Payments tab to make a payment. That way, clients can track their payments on that page. In contrast, the payment feature on the trainer page is for clients who don’t have an account. Furthermore, this page allows them to enter their name so their trainer will know who the payment is from.

Personal Trainer Payment Tracker Update
My Trainer Page (scrolled down to bottom) – Payments

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