Want to get into online personal training? Why wouldn’t you? Think about it. Boost your income and provide you with freedom to live and travel. Online personal training has a main difference from training in person because one on training is a personal service business and creates a limit on the amount of income you can make. For instance, even if you work a full 40 hours a week with one on one clients you will never bill out more than 40 hours a week. You can increase your work hours but that has limits. You can increase your rate but that has limits as well. You could open your own center and hire trainers but the costs and time involved with that endeavor can be out of many trainers reach.
With online personal training your number of clients is almost unlimited. With online personal training you no longer have to be in the location of your clients. Online personal training gives you the freedom to live anywhere and travel anywhere, anytime and still be able to train clients. And online personal training offers you the ability to charge less but manage thousands of clients.
The first step to entering this new field is to create a website for your business. There are many companies that provide this service for little cost and often for free. The website does not have to be very fancy. It just needs to provide information about you and your services. Your website is your online business card.
The second step is to decide the type of client you want to target. Starting with only two or three types of clients in the beginning is best. Expand that as your business grows. Online personal training provides advantages for many clients, especially those who for one reason or another would prefer to train on their own time, in their own environment. For instance you may choose a target client of middle aged men who travel and can’t attend a local gym three days a week or older overweight female clients who do not feel comfortable in a gym environment or 18-25 year old males who live in rural areas with no access to a decent gym. Once you have decided these client types, you can tailor your website to those clients. Initially I think it is best to continue with your in person training and begin online personal training with just five to ten clients to begin with until you learn the ropes.
The third item to consider is if you will use an online personal training software program. This is not required but using a program designed to help you train clients can make your life much easier. Total PT Fitness for instance will maintain your client information, allow you to send the client fitness tests, assign information handouts and questionnaires, create and provide video exercise programs, and contains a communication portal.
It also provides the client with a personal website portal branded with your company logo and information where they can see all the details of their training regime. You can also set it up so the clients go to your website log on to their online personal training portal.
The fourth step is to create 3 or 4 phases of exercise programming for the various types of clients you are targeting for your online personal training. Create exercise templates appropriate for each of the client types. This will make it easy to progress them through their training, allowing you to provide fitness routines quickly. Total PT Fitness allows you to create these fitness templates which can be custom tailored to each client in terms of sets, reps and weights. You can even create testing protocols suitable for each client type.
The fifth step is to get your marketing in order. Search engines have services that will bring up your business card website when people search for online training. Set up referrals using referral services. Use social media to drive business to your website such as Facebook. Writing blogs is a great way to send traffic to your website. Email blasts and other forms of online marketing also are things to consider.
Step six is to establish a payment service. While it is possible to sign up with a credit card fulfillment company, PayPal is easy and with reasonable fees. But there are many options.
So in summary, one on one in person training will eventually limit your income since you can only provide your services for a specific number of hours per month. But online personal training can expand that the potential to train hundreds or even thousands in a month. Even training 10 clients a month at $100/month (which is an astounding great price) you gain an extra $1000/month. With the proper tools and knowledge it is possible to train hundreds of clients a month. Simply create a website, determine target clients, sign up with an online personal training software like Total PT Fitness, (sign up for a free 30 day trial on this website) then set up some basic marketing and payment processing.