TIPS FOR TRAINING CLIENTS ONLINE

HOW PERSONAL TRAINERS CAN COME OUT ON TOP

In times of uncertainty, we are stretched and we learn new things. It is the stretch that pulls us to being better than we’ve been. Together, let’s be stretched.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many trainers were already doing some level of online training; but, many others were hit with the reality that this is the only way to keep training while staying at home and social distancing. Either way, through crisis came a new level of need. The need for personal trainers to go online is real, whether it’s out of necessity or because it’s the way of the future. To some degree, you may have to plug an online option into what you are offering as a personal trainer. We’re helping you to learn how.

The following are resources for this webinar series: HOW TO COME OUT ON TOP

WEBINAR #4 6 Ways to Monetize Your Online Personal Training Services

WEBINAR #3 The Business of Online Personal Training

WEBINAR #2 Specific Fitness Program Design for the Home

WEBINAR #1 The Basics of Personal Training from Home

From this page you can:

  • Obtain all resource material for each of the webinars in this series (as they conclude)
  • Receive all special notes, links, and messages from the talk specifically
  • Get to the CEC quiz for each of the webinars for credits
  • Register to attend future webinars

WEBINAR#4:

6 WAYS TO MONETIZE YOUR ONLINE PERSONAL TRAINING SERVICES

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TOPICS INCLUDED:

  • Online Training Trends and Predictions

  • Different Types of Online Training

  • Monetizing Additional Services

  • Why you should be taking your services online

This webinar is brought to you in conjunction with our expert online training partners at Fitness Mentors. We are excited to partner with this amazing group of mentors who will help you, as a certified personal trainer, to take your business as far as you want it, and are willing to work it, to get yourself fully capable and comfortable with offering virtual training services.

SPECIAL GUEST HOST

Eddie Lester

Eddie Lester
NFPT-CPT, Founder of Fitness Mentors

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Fitness Mentors offers a course that teaches you how to become a Certified Online Personal Trainer (COPT). NFPT and Fitness Mentors have partnered up to bring you the most cutting edge step by step course to start, build and grow your virtual personal training business. Certified Personal Trainers are quickly transitioning to online training as a necessity for staying in business and keeping competitive by offering a virtual option to their training services. Don’t get left behind! As a NFPT-CPT, we encourage you to learn with us, grow with us and stay on pace with the trend that won’t be a trend for long, this is a way of doing trainer business for the future too. NFPT-CPTs receive this course at a partner discount. BUT, keep in mind, this is no hard sell, we bring partners to you because we use their services ourselves and/or because we believe wholeheartedly in what they do …so join us for the discussions on these topics, in these free webinars, and then decide for yourself that Fitness Mentors can take your game next level!

WEBINAR#4 RESOURCES

PRESENTATION SLIDES AND Q&As

WEBINAR RECORDING

In this presentation we talked specifically about identifying the type of online personal trainer that you want to be, and then how you can monetize this and other additional services. Specifically:

HOW AND WHY TO TAKE YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE

No matter where you may be in the process of this, NFPT and Fitness Mentors can help you achieve more.

Couple your CPT with a COPT …BUT WHY!?

With your CPT you demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas of anatomy, physiology, training modalities and methods to assess, design and modify goal-oriented fitness programs for your clients.

With your COPT you demonstrate your expertise for online teaching and how to make the most of virtual training for your clients. You will also learn the business of online training in a step by step way that helps you to earn and grow online.

BECOME A CERTIFIED ONLINE PERSONAL TRAINER
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This webinar was recorded for you to watch again, or for the first time – we hope you find some take-aways that assist you when adding virtual training to your core services.

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If you are NFPT certified, you can get credits (0.2 CECs) – watch the video, learn something new, then take the short quiz >>

WEBINAR SERIES HOSTS AND PARTNERS

Felix

Felix Doval
NFPT Education Director

Felix has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. With a Masters in Exercise Science and a BS in Physical Education, Felix founded and created the workshop division of the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT). He is the founder and owner of Global Fitness Educators (GFE) in south Florida. GFE provides hands-on education and continuing education in both classroom and a health club setting. Felix is an independent consultant for health club facilities and has partnered with international leaders in personal trainer certification, to include NFPT, NASM, NSCA and ACE.

Felix is a natural born teacher, he wants to help NFPT Trainers to engage with each other and share experiences that can help the whole fitness industry. He is a giver of his time and knowledge, to help people. His passion is his family and his family of trainers.

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Angie Pattengale
NFPT Certification Director

Angie Pattengale has a Business and Human Resources degree from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. She has worked with the National Federation of Professional Trainers, NFPT, since 1992 with major organizational accomplishments that include the coordination of NCCA accreditation activities and the American Council on Education college credit award program. Angie is the NFPT Certification Director and acting supervisor of certification business functions.

Angie enjoys helping people to grow and to be a light to others. She is actively seeking ways to assist her NFPT trainer family and was thrilled to play a part in coordinating these webinars and sharing her insights with the hope that she can be of help to someone. Her focus is about being positive and productive with a purpose, each new day.

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Emilie Pavey
The Wellness Warrior/LA Fitness PT Dir

Emilie Pavey is an experienced online fitness trainer, social media guru and Master Trainer. With over 10 years of experience as a personal trainer, but a lifetime of being a fit and wellness enthusiast, Emilie is a natural teacher and motivator who loves to share what she has learned along the way with other personal trainers. She is known as The Wellness Warrior and is a coach to beginners and athletes across all medias and venues. She has been virtual training for years, while also working as the Assistant PT Director for LA Fitness in Barrie Ontario. She does it all, she’s even a NFPT Workshop Instructor! She is a pleasure to work with and learn from, and she’s excited to share her insights with you!

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Etienne

Etienne Dubois
HexFit President

HexFit is a fitness program design app. You can use this to develop custom programs, even using items found around the house, to send to your clients for virtual personal training (as well as in-person training). NFPT CPTs, and on-coming trainers, get a 30 day free trial to use the app. After that, if you decide to continue using it, it will only cost $20/month (less than one training session!) We are sincere in our efforts to support you, and we feel like this could be a valuable addition to being able to continue training clients, virtually. When we develop in-home training workouts, we are using HexFit ourselves, so we wanted to bring this valuable app to you sooner than later. Please see the sample workouts from previous Webinars, feel free to use these with your clients.

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Neal Spruce

Neal Spruce
dotFIT CEO

As a NFPT-CPT you receive special discounts on dotFit products and a path to becoming a dotFit Practitioner, which allows you to sell these quality nutritional products and earn supplemental income.

Under the guidance of a diverse advisory board, dotFIT maintains the highest standards of product development while strictly adhering to current Good Manufacturing Practices. All dotFIT nutritional product formulas are based on published third-party research, not marketing hype. You can use the dotFIT platform, coupled with your NFPT Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification, to expand on your scope of practice by delivering nutrition advice, guidance and recommendations using specific nutritional products.

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Jeff Huling

Jeff Huling
CFX co-Creator

The CFX Trainer offers hands free variable resistance training with their unique wrap and cord technology. As a NFPT-CPT, you receive a special discount and opportunities for earning extra income with every purchase by your clients, friends and family. We will demonstrate the use and functionality of the CFX Training Wraps and provide you with a discount code. The CFX Trainer is a great addition to your training toolbox, whether training virtually or in-person.

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WEBINAR#3:

THE BUSINESS OF ONLINE PERSONAL TRAINING

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TOPICS INCLUDED:

  • A Recap of Platforms, Products and How-To’s:

    • Using HexFit to Design and Deliver Your Workouts: how to email them, a recap of how to use, and a look at Yoga workouts
    • Using dotFIT to make a supplementary income while legally and professionally providing nutrition recommendations
    • The difference between SBT bodyweight straps and CFX variable resistance bands: how both can be incorporated, and how to get a discount on both products!
  • Thoughts and Insights on the Re-Opening of Gyms:

    • How to balance out the work in your club versus new and potential business in virtual training: do I go back to work in the club? If yes, how do I strike a good balance?
    • How are clubs going to handle social distancing needs and safety requirements imposed by state/local guidelines, and by clients: smart and safe re-opening of gyms, clubs, studios
  • The Business in the Process:

    • How to prioritize need vs. want: what to do right now in order to be prepped for better things to come
    • Review of building out product pages, an email campaign and pricing for a crisis: a look from scratch, the Business of Personal Training 101
    • How to incorporate virtual training into a subset of your future business model: what does this look like when things are back to ‘normal’
  • Getting inventive:

    • A look at who needs you and how to reach them: schools/PE programs, assisted living centers, retirement homes, recovery centers, etc.
    • Ideas and Discussion for how to one-on-one or small group at a social distance: real-life training examples and ideas based on how we’ve been doing it and seeing it done. You got this!!

WEBINAR#3 RESOURCES

PRESENTATION SLIDES AND Q&As

WEBINAR RECORDING

In this presentation we recapped our partner platforms and products:

HexFit

HexFit: for designing and delivering exercise programs, over 8000 exercises to choose from when designing a goal-oriented fitness program. This includes resistance training using household items and yoga movements for virtual programming as well.

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DotFitDotFIT: the leader in nutritional supplements. Buy and sell, earn a side income for something you use and promote already! Get the NFPT Nutrition credential and the dotFIT Practitioner certificate to legitimize your nutrition guidance and use the dotFIT nutrition platform for designing nutrition specific programs.

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SBT LogofelixclearSBT Suspension Bodyweight Straps: use your own bodyweight to get an amazing resistance exercise, SBT has exercise programming available to create workouts around bodyweight training. NFPT-CPTs can get 60% off on the SBT Straps and 40% off for clients. This is another way to earn supplemental income, for each one that the trainer sells, a % goes to the trainer. Use the discount code NFPT-CPT

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CFX TrainerCFX Variable Resistance Bands: get a resistance workout using the hands-free bands. These naturally engage the core and allow for a resistance workout that will not constrain your hands or wrists. The CFX Trainer is a new to the market product developed by the people that brought you TRX. NFPT-CPTs get a discount of 20%! Use the discount code CFX20NFPTPARTNERS

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This webinar was recorded for you to watch again, or for the first time – we hope you find some take-aways that assist you when adding virtual training to your core services.

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If you are NFPT certified, you can get credits (0.2 CECs) – watch the video, learn something new, then take the short quiz >>

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WEBINAR#2:

SPECIFIC FITNESS PROGRAM DESIGN FOR THE HOME

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TOPICS INCLUDED:

  • A Recap of the Checklist

    • Equipment needs and household items for modifications
    • Video chatting: what platform will you use?
    • Streaming considerations: lighting, WiFi reliability, clean presentation area
  • Actual Workouts

    • WORKOUT#1: 6 Exercises Using a Suitcase and Bodyweight Straps: or modification/s/ if needed
    • WORKOUT#2: 5 Exercises Using Laundry Detergent Bottle, Staircase, Countertop: or modification/s/ if needed
  • Introduction to Nutrition and Supplementation (hosted by DotFit)

    • How to advise your clients on proper nutrition, and how staying at home affects eating habits
    • How to supplement for immune system boosting

WEBINAR#2 RESOURCES

PRESENTATION SLIDES AND Q&As

WEBINAR RECORDING

In this presentation we recapped the checklist and platforms for video streaming and provided 2 very specific workouts that your clients can do in their home with household items. We also introduced a new partner collaboration with dotFit, a nutritional supplement company that can earn you commissions on product sales. We talked about other supplemental income opportunities as well. During a time of instability, where consistent take home income may be a challenge, we want to give you ideas and avenues for earning an additional revenue stream.

Are you sure about my liability insurance policy covering me for virtual training?

Yes, if you are certified and insured with CPH & Associates (NFPT-CPT’s discounted insurance provider/partner) then we know for sure that you are covered by your policy, even your most basic trainer liability policy covers you for virtual training. If you are insured through another source, we recommend contacting them to be 100% sure, but you should be with any provider. See more about this topic and CPH & Associates >>

What about when gyms open again? Should I still do virtual personal training?

Yes! You should definitely continue doing virtual training, it can be a subset of your business that does more than just supplement your income. We predict that more trainers will do virtual training full time, after the need for it has past, because of the opportunities and benefits it provides. We plan to discuss this as it pertains to the club setting in our next webinar session.

What’s the difference between the CFX bands and SBT straps? Why did you show one and not the other this time?

We like both products, they’re different. The CFX bands are used for variable resistance whereas the SBT straps are for bodyweight suspension exercises, both serving a different purpose. We have secured a discount and even a commission based structure with SBT and plan to do the same or similar with CFX. In our next webinar, we will discuss the differences and the discounts available to you as a NFPT-CPT / NFPT webinar participant. 

What’s the deal with SBT? 

SBT already has their home version straps available to you, right now! You get a one-time 60% off discount on these for yourself and a 40% off discount for your clients. Use the code NFPT-CPT from here >> 

How do I use HexFit? Can you talk about that more too?

YES! We will discuss and review how to use the HexFit platform, going beyond building workouts. We’ll look at how to share the workouts (via email through the platform or by having your clients download the free app and receive their workouts that way). We will also look at the capabilities of HexFit beyond resistance based exercise… i.e. YOGA! You can use this platform to create and deliver your yoga sessions!

Can you explain the dotFit arrangement? Do I have to have my NFPT Fitness Nutrition Specialist certificate to be a dotFit member and re-seller?

You do not have to be a NFPT Fitness Nutrition Specialist in order to be a dotFit re-seller, but it is recommended because both, the NFPT credential and the dotFIT Practitioner title, will legitimize your position as a fitness AND nutrition professional. You will be able to legally and without question use the dotFit app and resources to offer specific nutrition planning and, with your NFPT Fitness Nutrition Specialist credential in addition to the dotFit-specific title and re-selling opportunity, you will have the education that is needed and demonstrated by the credential to offer nutrition advice, and rest assured that you can. Through the month of May 2020, get a 50% off discount on the nutrition course >>

How do I become a dotFit member? Where can I find the details of this?

The dotFit Elite Membership is free and gets you started on path that leads to better nutrition and selling better nutrition. Clients, now more than ever during stay-at-home orders, need nutritional guidance and the piece of mind that maximum nutritional needs are quickly accessible and within reach. Click here for details and a pathway to get started >>  

Do NFPT-CPTs receive CECs for participating in these webinars?

YES! After each webinar, we’ll send you an email with link to your NFPT Account that directs you right to the CEC quiz. You receive 0.2 CECs for attending the webinar and taking the short quiz (3 questions).

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This webinar was recorded for you to watch again, or for the first time – we hope you find some take-aways that assist you when adding virtual training to your core services.  If you are NFPT certified, you can get credits (0.2 CECs) for watching, learning and taking a short CEC quiz from your online NFPT Account.

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If you are NFPT certified, you can get credits (0.2 CECs) – watch the video, learn something new, then take the short quiz >>

SAMPLE WORKOUTS

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, PARTNERS and OPPORTUNITIES

SBT SUSPENSION STRAPS

Suspension Bodyweight Training. These straps are available now, in stock and priority shipped, with a 60% off discount on the home version that is easy to use for both you and your clients. Clients get a 40% off discount and you earn a commission for each SBT strap sold. Be in touch with SBT directly for product questions and purchases. In our next webinar, we will discuss other tools and home-based fitness equipment, along with more household items, that can be used for virtual training.

Use the discount code “NFPT-CPT” to get your 60% OFF

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dotFIT ELITE MEMBERSHIP AND PRACTITIONER COURSE

With this membership, you can start the doFit Practitioner program, at no cost, which allows you to discount purchase, sell and receive commissions on nutritional products sold. Get the NFPT Fitness Nutrition Specialist credential and the dotFit Practitioner course and start using the dotFit application to provide advice, guidance and specific nutritional plans to clients, and the know-how through the additional learning to tell them why it works! Get 3.0 CECs total for completion of the NFPT Nutrition and dotFit Practitioner courses.

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FITNESS PROGRAM DESIGN APP

HexFit is the software program/app that is used to put together the sample workouts for these webinars. We recommend using this platform (NOTE: there are 111 Yoga movements that you can also incorporate!) Yes, there are other applications available that work similarly to HexFit. Reminder, NFPT does NOT profit in any way (commissions or otherwise) by your use of this software! Simply stated, we’ve looked at most all the available platforms that allows you to put workouts together, and we like this one the best. We use it, and the developers at HexFit have worked hard for us to customize that application during a time of crisis, i.e. customizing fitness programs with the home in mind, when there’s no equipment available. HexFit is providing NFPT Trainers with a free 30-day trial and $20/month after that until this crisis is over. Check it out and see what you think – we think you’ll love it!

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Resources from Our Blog

In addition to the webinar and discussion, we are consistently publishing articles on our blog to help you navigate these new waters. These articles include tips for working from home, how to set up a virtual class and the impact of COVID-19 on new business owners.

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WEBINAR#1:

HOW TO DO ONLINE PERSONAL TRAINING

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TOPICS INCLUDED:

  • ABC’s of Personal Training at Home

    • Why and how it works at you and your clients need to make it work
    • What you and your clients need to make it work
  • Accessing Software for Creating Home-Based Fitness Programs for your Clients

  • Using Virtual Platforms and Live Stream Video to keep training clients

    • e.g. Zoom, Facebook, GoTo, etc.
    • streaming live versus recording for distribution
  • Considerations for the future of virtual training

WEBINAR#1 RESOURCES

PRESENTATION SLIDES AND Q&As

WEBINAR RECORDING

In this presentation we covered the basics of in-home training, to include the various platforms for video streaming and what to expect from video streaming. We discussed the power of our mindset during this time and how to overcome fear with a purpose. We looked at various tech needs and fitness programming basics for delivering a home based workout. In this presentation, we ended with the most asked questions from attendees.

How much of a workout do I participate in a virtual session with my client?

A: just enough to demonstrate the movement and to get them started. Remind them, laugh a little with them, let them know that you do this all day, so you’ll just be focusing on them and making corrections or modifications where needed.

How much should I charge? 

A: there are various opinions on this subject. Some say that charging full price is warranted given that you are offering the same service and you do not want to diminish your value. However, we say that you should charge less during this time (maybe even as little as $10 per session) because we’re ALL in bare essentials mode …it is our opinion that you aren’t devaluing what you do by charging less, you’re simply helping your clients during a hard time, when they likely have less money to spend. Invest in your clients now and they’ll invest in you later.

What about liability? Will my insurance cover in-home training? Should I get a special wavier?

A: Yes, you should be covered, but it is important to check with your insurance provider (and to consider liability insurance if you do not already have it). If you were a club trainer, you may have been already insured by your club, and there may be special protocol that you must follow in order to keep your employment secure, so check with your employer and if you are 100% self-employed, then consider getting insured (it only costs about $10 per month). We recommend CPH & Associates, they provide discounts to NFPT trainers >>

How do I get new clients? Do you recommend a way to market during this time?

A: We’ll be hosting a webinar on this subject specifically, but the short answer is … social media! Of course there are other traditional marketing avenues, email campaigning and the very powerful word-of-mouth, but social media is a necessary piece of the marketing puzzle, especially during a time when we’re all staying home.

Should I keep doing virtual training when this is over? How much should I charge for it vs. in-person?

A: YES! We think you should be doing virtual training when this is over, why not?! It will be an added income stream and you can train clients from virtually anywhere, and they can be anywhere too! Of course, there are factors to consider that may impact your decision, i.e. are you self-employed or working for a club/studio; do you enjoy virtual training, do you have time and resources for it? We will cover this topic in more detail in future webinar sessions. We will also discuss how much you should charge, now versus later. Your rate should be comparable with both in-home and in-person. We are of the opinion that you can/should charge a bit less for online services since there are fewer expenses involved, but the actual baseline service should be valued the same (when there is no pandemic!)

What about live streaming versus recording and sending videos?

A: A little of both, but mostly live streaming will be your most impactful method. Send the client’s workout ahead of time, and maybe send it along with a video of you demonstrating the movements, giving some encouragements and reminding them of your scheduled appointment; but do have scheduled and dedicated appointment/session times

Can I do this for yoga too? How about group classes?

A: YES! You can have multiple clients/group clients log in to your preferred video platform all at the same time…just remember to keep it manageable! You want to be able to see each of them and speak to them personally and directly. 

Do NFPT-CPTs receive CECs for participating in these webinars?

A: YES! After each webinar, we will send you a link to your online account that goes straight to a very short quiz (1, maybe 2 questions). The answers to these quizzes can be heard or seen in the webinar. Each quiz is worth 0.25 CECs!

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This is a recording of the webinar. NOTE: this webinar was re-recorded due to a technical error, so the actual webinar on April 10th is no longer available. This recording is a second take based on the slide presentation. We are sorry for this error; we are learning new things right along with you!

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FITNESS PROGRAM DESIGN APP

HexFit is the software program that was demonstrated in this webinar. We recommend this program, however there are others available for your use. NOTE: NFPT does NOT profit in any way (commissions or otherwise) by your use of this software! Simply stated, we like it and the developers have worked hard for us to customize during a time of crisis, i.e. customizing fitness programs with the home in mind, when there’s no equipment available. HexFit is providing NFPT Trainers with a free 30-day trial and $20/month after that until this crisis is over. Check it out and see what you think – we think you’ll love it!

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCE ARTICLES

Resources from Our Blog

In addition to the webinar and discussion, we are consistently publishing articles on our blog to help you navigate these new waters. These articles include tips for working from home, how to set up a virtual class and the impact of COVID-19 on new business owners.

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READ ARTICLES

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