Being a personal trainer is not a career. It’s a calling.
You got into this job because you want to help people live better, healthier, lives. Because you want to push others to smash their goals and do things they never thought they could. Because you want to make the world a better place, one set of toned abs at a time. You’re a saint! A wise yogi master! You’re the hero that Gotham deserves!
But while you’re out there trying to be Batman, that precarious pile of paperwork over there wants you to be a mousy administrative assistant from Birmingham who hasn’t seen sunlight in three weeks. Being a good personal trainer involves a lot of tracking, logging, charting, scheduling, and time-consuming faffing. (Technical term.)
You didn’t sign up for this – so why not sign up for something to take the pain away?
There’s a plethora of fitness apps on the market designed for people just like you. To save you from having to trawl through them all, we’ve handpicked the best of the bunch. When choosing the best apps, we considered several things:
- Does it help you be more productive?
- Does it make it easier to stay on top of your clients’ progress?
- Does it allow you to attract clients?
- Does it allow you to manage clients more simply or efficiently?
Here are the all-star apps that’ll help you banish your evil admin alter-ego forever.
Considered by many as the only fitness coaching and personal training software you’ll ever need, The Training Notebook gives you a super straightforward exercise and training workout builder so you can make fully-customized programs for each of your clients. It keeps track of the progress of individual clients, manages your emails and gives you a set of pre-made forms to make processing new clients easier. Over 10 million people trust it to take their training game to the next level.
Designed to engage your clients in a very interactive way, Trainer Fu allows your clients to download their own version of the app so you can chat in real time and track their fitness updates. You pay a monthly fee depending on the number of clients you have, and your clients download the app for free. Plus, you can change the colour and name of the client app to match your brand – super important for building a memorable image that’ll keep clients coming to you.
For the digitally-inclined personal trainer, PT Distinction is the app to have. It’s designed to help you develop your brand identity, and gives you an app for clients to download from iTunes or Google Play, plus a fully branded membership section which integrates into your website. PT Distinction also allows you to print fitness and workout programs with your brand logo and name on it. It has meal plans, questionnaires, automated email, and provides you with an education in online PT marketing, as well giving you the schedules, food diaries, adherence charts and so on that most PT apps come with. At only £12 a month at the lowest band, it’s a pretty sweet deal.
If you already have an extensive client base, you’ll need a mega-app to help you manage everything. My Best Studio is designed primarily for the personal trainer who has already a booming business. The software allows you to streamline your scheduling, facilitate online booking, improve sales transactions, and sign up new clients more efficiently. The app is also ideal for personal trainers with a substantial number of staff or the presence of several revenue streams. My Best Studio may be an expensive app but it does the job of running a dynamic and thriving health and fitness enterprise.
Web-based personal training management app Trainerize is valuable for its easy-to-use interface and frequent updates. It works essentially like Trainer Fu except that it allows you the option of adding other personal trainers to your account; plus, you only pay for your active clients, not the total number. Like many others, it has in-app communication to allow you to stay connected and motivate your clients from afar. It also allows you to integrate the best in fitness tech, such a FitBit and MyFitnessPal, for a seamless experience for you and your clients.
Although it’s still in its Beta version, FitFix promises to be an exciting app for personal trainers as it provides a diverse selection of tools and systems which can help in the training, management, and retention of fitness clients. When it launches, the app is set to come with client profile management system, interactive 3D charts, workout builder templates, meal plan templates, body stat monitoring, and your own branded app for clients to download, as well as a host of other capabilities.
While it may be limited to scheduling your fitness coaching activities, Acuity Scheduling does it so well that the app could be the robot personal assistant of your dreams. It allows your clients to check your availability in real-time and make the appropriate changes in their schedules, all on their own. It also has a huge number of ways to set your availability, number of clients per day, appointment types, and so on, and if you’ve got a complex set-up give them a call and they’ll run you through what to do. They’ll send both you and your clients notification reminders too, eliminating no-shows and saving you the embarrassment of wondering whether Jeremy was scheduled at 5 or 6… or even 7? Oh god, was it 7? It was 7, wasn’t it. *sadly cancels hot dinner plans*
In both dating and fitness, you need to stay on top of your game to get ahead. Tinder shouldn’t be the only app on your phone that makes things a little bit easier. Streamline your business with the latest fitness tech so you can spend less time organising and more time becoming the personal training superhero your clients deserve.