Top 5 Personal Training Tips During COVID
Updated: Jul 20
5 Tips For Moving To Online Training Learn how to move your training business online and get more clients
How to tackle online training during stay-at-home order
In this digital age, a lot of personal trainers are moving online and for the time being it’s become a requirement. We want to help you stay ahead of the curve by helping clients workout from home to the best of their ability. Your clients are sitting at home wondering how they are supposed to stay in shape and we’re here to show you how you can be their superhero during this crisis.
Of course, you can always try to make things work by stressing yourself out texting countless workouts, sending hundreds of YouTube links, randomly sending PayPal requests, etc.. But the good news is, there’s a better way! The real opportunity lies in building a system that saves you time, provides your client with an incredible experience, and can help you actually grow your business during COVID-19.
5 KEY Components of Online Training
Use all of the parts to avoid “gaps” in your training process
Now, let’s walk through all of the parts together. 👇
#1 Take some time. Get organized.
Whether you’ve trained online before or you're new to the online training world...you’re probably going to have to get re-organized to handle COVID-19.
As a trainer, you probably have years of videos, PDF’s, Excel documents, and more all over the place. We’re here to help you get organized.
A. What videos do I have? If you’re going to train clients online, they are going to need videos to reference each exercise. The last thing you want to do is spend all day sending YouTube links to your clients. Figuring out what videos you have now will save a lot of time later.
B. Do I have programs written? As a trainer, we know you’ve written hundreds (if not thousands) of programs over the years...but where are they at? With in-person training, you can just make a program on the fly, but with online, your programs need to be written out for your clients. C. Do my current clients have plans? What’s happening...gyms just closed down out of nowhere and now your clients are sitting at home...do they have plans they can follow today? If not, let’s figure out the equipment they have and get them plans ASAP.
D. Where do I put all of this info? Videos, photos, programs, client progression, etc. is a whole lot of info that can get hectic very quickly. There are platforms designed specifically to help combat this problem and we’ll dive into those soon.
#protip: With the help of WeStrive, our trainers have successfully converted all of their clientele to online clients. Yay! 🎉
#2 Utilize a client management tool
If you're hosting a couple of clients over text, a few clients getting PDF’s, and some receiving emails sounds like a nightmare, right? Try Utilizing a Client Management Tool to keep everyone organized in the same place.
Here are the 7 elements to successful client management in 2020:
- Ability to manage all clients in one place - Program creation/assignment is simple and quick - Tools are available on a website and mobile app - Capable of handling photos & videos for fitness plans
- The simple onboarding process for clientele - Progression Tracking Tools For Growth - Optional Billing System
#3 How are you going to handle billing?
Now you have clients all over town (or the world) who are forced to train from home...so how are they going to pay for training? They are a lot of methods you can use for handling payments that can replace the invoice your gym sent you or maybe the cash payments you were receiving.
We’ve worked with trainers for years now & we’ve heard dozens of ways that trainers collect payments. Honestly, a whole bunch of ways will work, just make sure you stay organized. Don’t end up using Venmo for one client, PayPal for another, and then a payment software for the rest...it will get crazy!
There are a lot of platforms, including WeStrive (through Stripe), that can help you with Billing...just please only use one system so that you keep everything organized.
#protip: The WeStrive Platform, through Stripe allows you to easily bill clients on a one- time or monthly basis. Simply name the invoice, add an amount, select one-time or monthly, and BOOM you’re about to get paid. Clients simply select ‘Pay Now’ to pay their bill.
#4 How are you creating programs?
Let’s be honest, making a million Excel documents and PDF’s sounds terrible... and texting your clients their programs isn’t exactly you bringing your ‘A Game’. And even after these text programs are sent, you’ll be flooded with dozens of messages like, "How do I do Bulgarian Split Squats?”...we’ve all been there.
Here are a few ways that using a program-builder can benefit you 👇
1. Save 5+ hours a week not having to make your own PDF’s 2. Have all your programs, all in one place 3. Access thousands of photos/videos provided by WeStrive
4. Easily create Supersets & Circuits
#protip: The WeStrive App also allows you to add your own photos and videos. You can add as many as you want and simply just type their name into the program-builder in order to use them. This will be a game changer for you and your business. #protip2: You can immediately download all plans you make off WeStrive as PDF’s
#5 How are clients following your programs?
Reading a text off of their phone isn’t a great experience, and neither is zooming in and out of an Excel document. As their trainer, you need to find the best way to provide the best overall experience for your clients.
Similar to before, here are a few ways that using a mobile app can benefit your clients 👇
1. Photos/videos they can access for each and every exercise
2. Ability to record the progress of daily workouts on demand 3. Having a program overview to see their weekly schedule 4. Beautiful interface to handle Supersets & Circuits 5. An easily accessible timer for tracking sets and rest times
#protip: When you start your free, 30-day trial of WeStrive, you’ll have instant access to start assigning clients with beautifully designed fitness plans they can follow from their phone. Train.WeStriveApp.com