People can now communicate with one another more easily than ever before, regardless of where they are in the world. That means that personal trainers may help clients increase their fitness—through diet and exercise—from any place in the globe! If you want to take your fitness business to the next level, virtual training might be a good option for you.
One key feature of this type of training is flexibility. For example, if the client travels for work or is living abroad, they can continue their workouts while traveling. And it’s easy for people who are busy with family duties to schedule sessions around their hectic schedules.
As a personal trainer, you’ll be able to work virtually with individuals and small groups. And with the right tools, you can create a custom fitness plan for each client to match their specific goals.
How to become a virtual personal trainer
1. Get your personal training certification.
Whether you have a background in fitness or not, this is a key step to becoming a virtual trainer. You can take courses online or apply for a personal training certification at a gym in your area that offers group exercise programs, such as Curves.
2. Develop your workout strategies and write them down.
Your clients will want to know what kind of exercise program they will be following. You can create one with your client or ask them for their objectives (such as losing weight, building strength, toning up). Then, think about how you will reach those goals with specific exercises.
3. Find clients by reaching out to people in your current life and on social media.
Promote yourself by talking about yourself and your business with friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, social networks like Facebook or Twitter, or even on websites that offer advice about fitness or health.
4. Market your services professionally.
Once you have found some clients to work with, create posters advertising your training sessions and send them to your clients. You can also post about your business on websites online and send emails to people you already know.
5. Offer more than just virtual training sessions.
In addition to offering one-on-one workouts, add a wellness component by sending your clients information about diets or nutrition from reputable websites or magazines. You could also provide helpful advice on how to stay motivated to achieve fitness goals once the training sessions have ended.
As a personal trainer, you can help others while working from anywhere in the world. Virtual training opens up many opportunities for people who are looking to work from home or don’t have access to a gym. When marketing yourself and your business, be creative and promote the benefits of virtual training.
Tools and softwares for an online personal trainer business
To manage your online business as an online personal trainer you need to be familiar with the following things.
1. Good CRM
Customer relationship management programs, or CRMs, help you follow up with potential and current clients. There are a number of different kinds of programs out there to choose from—you can use desktop software or a web-based app for your business.
2. Tracking program
To measure the success of your personal training sessions and fitness plan, a tracking program allows you to measure things like body measurements, weight, and workout repetitions. If you are planning on creating your own fitness plan online with the help of software, having this tool will be helpful.
3. Payment processing system or PayPal
Virtual personal training requires that you find a way to process payments for sessions. You can accept credit cards through either a payment processing system or PayPal.
Much of the work that a virtual personal trainer does will take place online, so having a professional-looking website is crucial. This allows your clients to learn about you and book sessions through your site, as well as view fitness plans created for them.
5. Communication tools
If you are working with clients over the phone or online, communication tools like Skype make it easier to talk to people. This is also helpful if you want to host fitness webinars about certain subjects (e.g., yoga, weight loss). you can also use Zoon or WhatsApp for communicating with your clients outside of business hours.
6. Business email address
You should have an email address for your business that will allow you to communicate with your clients.
7. File storage
Some websites allow you to store files online for free, like Google Drive or Dropbox. This is helpful if you want your clients to be able to access their fitness plan or workout schedule on their mobile device (e.g., an iPad) outside of the studio.
8. Social media accounts
Social media accounts, like Instagram and Twitter, are great to use to market your business.
9. Video editing software
The video takes up a lot of storage space so it is best if you use video editing software to store the videos online. Your clients can access them anytime they want with an active internet connection. There are plenty of free software programs that allow you to do this, like Windows Movie Maker.
If you have the right tools and learn how to use them, you’re on your way to creating an effective virtual personal training business. As long as you are willing to put in the work required, there is no reason why someone can’t start a successful business online with the help of these tools.