Opportunities for Self-employed Personal Trainers

Opportunities for Self-employed Personal Trainers

If you are interested in a personal-training career and want to work for yourself, there are ample opportunities available. Launching your own personal-training business allows for programming creativity, scheduling flexibility and the ability to set your own rates—plus you can determine where you would like to train your clients.  

As the demand for personal training increases, along with clients’ desire for flexibility in terms of location and delivery method, exercise professionals have the opportunity to design unique and customized personal-training businesses.  

Opportunities for self-employed personal trainers can be loosely grouped into the following categories: 

Brick and Mortar 

Brick and mortar refers to operating your business out of a third-party location (not your home or your client’s home). While you may choose to open and operate your own training studio, you can also explore other options for having a dedicated training space.  

Some personal-training studios or smaller gyms may offer you the option to rent space for a flat fee each month, while others may choose to negotiate a portion of your training fees for access to the space. Either way, you would be responsible for finding your clients and negotiating agreements for your services. 

A less traditional brick-and-mortar option that has emerged in recent years exists in apartment complexes and residential communities. To stay competitive, these communities sometimes add attractive amenities, which typically include state-of-the-art fitness centers. Some of these centers may operate like personal-training studios or small gyms and allow you to rent space or pay a portion of your training fee per client to use the space. 

Many corporations and businesses offer on-site fitness centers, as well. While these facilities may choose to hire trainers as employees, some may instead engage with independent contractors. The facility may be managed through a third-party company or run internally. Find out who is in charge and inquire as to the opportunities available. 

Mobile Training 

Training may also take place outside of facilities. Consider creating a mobile business where you train clients individually or in groups at parks, playgrounds, other outdoor spaces or in their homes. With all mobile options, you’ll most likely need to make equipment available or train clients who can supply their own equipment.  

Keep in mind that outdoor training is weather dependent, which may affect when and where you can train at different times during the year. You will also need to consider the time needed to travel between locations when determining your scheduling and pricing.  

One important note: Always check local regulations before scheduling training sessions at a public park or other public space, as you may need to obtain permits and pay to have access. Click here to review ACE’s Shared Space Toolkit. 

Virtual Training  

Lastly, personal trainers can open up a digital storefront to train clients virtually. Personal trainers can provide workout sessions, assessments and consultations “live” (synchronously) or on demand (asynchronously). A wide variety of digital training tools exist to help trainers advertise, collect payment and schedule sessions.  

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NSW trainers want Racing Australia to take over welfare of Cup horses

“The NSWTA is very concerned that if this matter is left to the Victoria Racing Club and Racing Victoria to address, then the trend will continue and do further harm to our industry.

“We believe the catastrophic breakdowns and deaths of so many horses during the Melbourne Spring Carnival, and in our showcase race the Melbourne Cup, have become an existential threat to horse racing across Australia.

‘It is becoming increasingly difficult to defend our sport from those who seek to stop it.’

Letter from the NSW Trainers Association

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to defend our sport from those who seek to stop it.”

The NSWTA represents some of the leading trainers in the country, including Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse, and believes the Cup has become a national issue that threatens the industry’s existence.

“We believe, as a board Racing Australia must oversee the welfare of internationals horses coming to Australia. Horses losing their lives or being severely injured every year is unacceptable,” the letter continued.

“It causes distress for all of us within the industry and it threatens the social licence of a sport that has been part of Australian culture for over 200 years.

Melbourne Cup fancy Anthony Van Dyck was euthanised after breaking down during the race last week.Credit:Getty Images

“The Melbourne Cup attracts a huge audience locally and abroad and when a death or an injury occurs the affect on our industry is multiplied tenfold. We believe that unless addressed immediately, the perception of racing in the community will erode so badly, that the future of racing itself will be at risk.”

The NSWTA also called for international horses to have “an established period for internationals to adapt to Australian conditions before they are permitted to race”. It is understood the preferred length of time would be at least six months.

Everest peaks again to cap Melbourne carnival

The enormous shadow of The Everest continued to fall over the spring sprints with the victory of Bivouac from Nature Strip and Libertini in the Darley Sprint at Flemington on Saturday.

The massive prizemoney on offer at Randwick in October has provided a springboard further into the spring and the form holds up. The Everest is clearly the best sprint in the country and attracts the best horses in the country, which is remarkable after just four editions.

Bivouac leaves Nature Strip in his wake in the Darley Sprint Classic at Flemington on Saturday.

Bivouac leaves Nature Strip in his wake in the Darley Sprint Classic at Flemington on Saturday.Credit:Getty

The form is likely to be tested around the world in the next 12 months. The Everest’s dominant winner Classique Legend flies out to his new home, Hong Kong, this week and will run in the International Sprint there next month.

Bivouac has matured into a beast of a sprinter who will excite Australian punters into 2021. Next up is a potential trip to the July Cup and Royal Ascot, where he will revel in the straight 1200m, before almost certainly starting a career at stud.

“He’s just a very unique animal. He’s got a great demeanour, he takes everything in his stride,” jockey Glen Boss said after his three-and-a-quarter length victory on Saturday.

Arcadia Queen and Luke Currie take out the Mackinnon at Flemington on Saturday.

Arcadia Queen and Luke Currie take out the Mackinnon at Flemington on Saturday.Credit:Getty

“He’s such an athlete. You don’t see them win a Newmarket and a Darley Classic like that. They’re good horses.

“There’s a sprinter of the year [Nature Strip] right beside him and he went straight past it and said ‘see you later boys’.”

It doesn’t matter that The Everest is not a group 1 because it is the best form in the country. Remarkably, both group 1 winners from the final day at Flemington – Bivouac and Arcadia Queen – have run in The Everest.

The one thing the extended spring in Sydney has done is attract the best four-year-olds with the Golden Eagle. It has fundamentally changed which horses are seen in Melbourne, reducing the quality of the mile racing.

Arcadia Queen showed you can chase the big bucks as a four-year-old before proving you are top class at five when she stormed away with the Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday.

Not so Sneaky after Golden Gift win

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly Sneaky Five is still a $21 chance for the Golden Slipper, despite a stellar start to her career.

She has won in Melbourne and Sydney and while her Golden Gift win wasn’t flashy, it was tough. Maher and Eustace can now plan a path to the Slipper.

Whether it will be through the Inglis Millennium in February remains to be seen.

Trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace are plotting the right Golden Slipper path for Sneaky Five.

Trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace are plotting the right Golden Slipper path for Sneaky Five.Credit:Getty

“It is hard to get a two-year-old up for that race and then peak them 10 weeks later again,” Sydney stable foreman Jack Bruce said. “She is a very good filly and done a big job to achieve what she has already but we think she will be better next week. The boys will sit down and work how to get to the Slipper now.”

Maher and Eustace have the Golden Slipper favourite Enthaar, who was sent for a break after her explosive Gimcrack Stakes win.


“They are trying to get the right horses to the right races, but there are quite a few good ones there,” Bruce said.

Trumbull targets The Hunter

Kim Waugh started Trumbull’s spring with a two-part plan and hopes to keep a 100 per cent winning record with it in The Hunter at Newcastle on Saturday.

Trumbull had always promised a performance like the one he produced winning the Sydney Stakes on Everest day and has improved fitness-wise for the second goal of the spring.

“We picked out these two races and thought he would be able to show that he is ready to step up,” Waugh said. “He had another trial at Gosford on Wednesday, which Tommy Berry came up for and was very good. He was sharp in the Sydney Stakes and has taken the right amount of improvement from it for The Hunter.

“He was a horse that just did a few things wrong in past and had his share of bad luck, but now he is a lot better and will show how good he is on Saturday.”

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An earlier version of this story stated that the NSW Trainers Association wants Racing Australia to take over running the Melbourne Cup. The body has in fact suggested RA take over the welfare of horses in the race, rather than the event as a whole.

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Predictions, who will win, favourites, reaction, what trainers are saying, horses to fear, Tiger Moth

The Melbourne Cup is nearly upon us. Here’s what many of the key connections are saying ahead of the race that stops the nation.

ANTHONY VAN DYCK, TIGER MOTH — TJ Comerford (trainer Aidan O’Brien’s stable representative)

“Anthony Van Dyck has probably a better draw, Tiger Moth is drawn the one from the outside. It’s better that way around than Anthony Van Dyck being out there again. These are the draws you get but I still think that Tiger Moth still has his chance from out there. It’s not the end of the world.

“This morning they worked over 1500 metres on the sand. (Jockey) Hugh Bowman is coming in tomorrow to sit on Anthony Van Dyck to do the same.

On two live chances in the race: “It’s great. To have one runner is great, to have two in it is better again. It’s grand, it’s a great race. We’ve always run well in the race, our horses have competed well. It’d be great to win it but it’s not as simple as that.

“Hopefully we can have a good chance on Tuesday.”

Compared to previous teams they’ve brought out: “It’s hard to compare them, but we’ve always brought horses that we thought would do well here. Horses that would have done well in English St Legers. Anthony Van Dyck is an English Derby winner and Tiger Moth has run second in an Irish Derby at only his third run. At the same time his last run was an impressive win in a Group 3 at Leopardstown.

“The ground seems all in their favour as well. They’re two good chances.

“I wouldn’t like to separate them. Anthony Van Dyck is a class horse but he has to give a lot of weight away to Tiger Moth. But then Tiger Moth is drawn 23 so he’ll have to be able to negotiate from out there — I’m sure (jockey) Kerrin McEvoy will have a plan. We probably don’t know enough about the three-year-old, really, but I do know that he’s going well enough while here and he’s doing everything right and he’s enjoying himself — he’s fresh and he’s well and he’s fit.

“I just think they’re two good chances. I wouldn’t have one over the other even if you give me a free bet there I might struggle. Can I do a reverse forecast?”

Jockey Hugh Bowman (pre-barrier draw)

On Anthony Van Dyck towards Melbourne Cup: “He’s certainly one of the leading chances, there’s no doubt about that. There’s two ways of looking at it, I guess.

“You could say he’s got too much weight. If it’s not run to suit, the weight will be an issue, but if he gets the right run on a nice pace, and it’s a genuinely run race, that will suit him. I think he can win with that weight. I just hope they don’t go as slow as they did in the Derby.”

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MASTER OF REALITY, TWILIGHT PAYMENT — Mark Power (Joseph O’Brien’s stable representative)

On their pair’s work on Sunday: “They didn’t do anything too serious. Nice strong building canter. They both did it within themselves.

“Perfect. Couldn’t be any happier. Happy with the draws yesterday. We’ll probably roll forward from there. Horses outside of us, Miami Bound and Sir Dragonet, we probably couldn’t ask for a better draw.”

Do barriers play a part? Plus comments on other runners: “For Tiger Moth, Vow And Declare was drawn similarly last year so that’s not to say that they can’t be overcome. Three-year-olds from the northern hemisphere, they seem to be taking some beating lately. Rekindling, Cross Counter and Il Paradiso — I suppose, they have a great record in the race.

Horse to beat: “You’d have to think that Anthony Van Dyck would have a great chance. He’s the class horse in the race even though it is a race with plenty of depth in it. Tiger Moth being a northern hemisphere three-year-old, they’re two of them to fear.”

PRINCE OF ARRAN — Aled Beech (trainer Charlie Fellowes’ stable representative)

On Prince Of Arran’s work: “Yesterday he had a breeze, he felt good. Just asked him to stretch along the last two furlongs he rode out nicely. Felt good this morning.”

On barrier one: “Happy enough. It’s much better than drawing out wide like we have the previous few years. It just gives us more options and makes her life easier.

“He’s feeling great in himself. What he feels like at home, he feels even better here.”

What makes the horse different here: “Honestly, I’m not sure what it is. He just thrives. He loves the climate, the style of racing. It suits him down to the ground. The racecourses over here, he just loves the Australian style of racing.”

How special would winning a Melbourne Cup be after quarantine? “It’d make it so worth it. If we could win it would be incredible. You think about it (winning) over and over in your head (winning).”

ASHRUN — Trainer Andreas Wohler

Ashrun after Saturday’s win in the Lexus Hotham Stakes: “Really well. I’m surprised the way he is. Such a race takes out of it (takes something out of the horse) but he’s eaten up, looks great. Very happy.”

On the quick back-up: “Normally you don’t do that but we didn’t have any other choice but to run him on Saturday. Lucky he went really well.”

On wide barrier: “We shouldn’t have any interference for the first 1000 metres (laughing).”

On his confidence in the horse for him to come here despite COVID obstacles: “We always thought that he might get into the Cup straight away but unfortunately we didn’t so we had to run yesterday. That worked out, luckily.

“It’s a strange journey these days. I’m in awe of the Cup so much — we’ve had great success — and when you have a good runner you want to be there.

“The way he ran on Saturday then he should have a chance of being in very good money.”

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy (pre-barrier draw)

On Ashrun’s chances on Tuesday: “He’s a good stayer. Good in the wind. He didn’t have a lot of favours in the run (on Saturday). You can’t be taking him lightly on Tuesday. He’ll stay the trip and has a bit of class about him.”

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STRATUM ALBION — Dave Casey (Trainer Willie Mullins’ stable representative)

On Stratum Albion: “We’ve been delighted with him, very good. He did his last work on Saturday — delighted with him. He’s got a decent enough draw so hoping for a bit of luck with him on Tuesday.

“I think in the last week he’s come on plenty. Barrier nine is good, gives us options and there’s a couple of fancied horses around him. Anthony Van Dyck isn’t far away, so is Surprise Baby, that’ll give us options to go forward or go back.

“Anthony Van Dyck deserves to be favourite — English Derby winner and he ran so well in the Caulfield Cup. The likes of Prince Of Arran, brilliant form here. His (Stratum Albion) form doesn’t stand out for a lot of it — mixing with jumping as well. We don’t mind being the underdog.

“He’s a horse that can get quite stuffy and takes a lot of work but he’s enjoying it out there. Very happy with his work out there.”

What it would mean to win a Melbourne Cup: “It’d be unbelievable. Obviously Willie has gone very close in the past. It’d be amazing to win the race and to be associated with Willie doing that would be brilliant. Hopefully we might do it on Tuesday and if we don’t we’ll keep trying.”

Jordan Childs — how many calls did the jockey make to get the ride: “I’ll say three. But I’ve been watching him. I think it was Damian Lane who recommended him and I saw him riding Surprise Baby, who I fancied last year, who I’ve been watching him riding. Obviously with two weeks in quarantine in Sydney there wasn’t a lot to do so I’ve been watching plenty of racing.

“I thought he’s been riding well and with good confidence. He’s got the pedigree there as well. I think Stratum will give him a good ride and hopefully it’ll all work out.”

VERRY ELLEEGANT, FINCHE — Trainer Chris Waller

On Verry Elleegant’s re-handicap after Caulfield: “It’s a concern but it’s not something to dwell on, it’s probably an honour, to tell you the truth.

“We have to remember what she has won and that’s the reason she has that weight.

“She is a very good horse with a big heart but she will need that heart on the first Tuesday in November.

“I’ve always said the Caulfield Cup is traditionally the best lead-up race. It might have changed a little bit in recent years but at least we have the Caulfield Cup winner going into the Melbourne Cup.

“For the last three seasons she has won over 2400m at Group 1 level and I don’t think the distance is a problem, although we have to make sure she switches off and settles.

“We respect every runner but let’s hope there is not a superstar in the race to beat her.

“Finche hasn’t had much luck in his two Melbourne Cup runs.

“The effort told last year when he just had to do a bit too much work and, from memory, it wasn’t much better the year before.”

“If he can draw a barrier and get a nice run he will be fighting out the finish.

“I had a look at him on a video call the other day and he’s very fit.”

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Waller’s assistant trainer Charlie Duckworth on Finche

“Chris had Finche so fit for the Cup last year but if there was a race after it, he would not have been running,’’ Duckworth said.

“This spring, Chris has followed almost the same program but with one less lead-up race.

“Finche is slightly heavier than last year but is as fit as we can get him.

“He does have genuine two-mile form, too.”

(Quotes via Ray Thomas, The Daily Telegraph)

Jockey James McDonald — Finche

On Finche drawing barrier six: “Obviously drawing a good gate’s a big help for him, he can get into a rhythm pretty quickly and obviously (with) a long run down to the first corner, we can just put him where we really want to.

“He hasn’t really drawn a gate this preparation but he’s run really well, so now he’s drawn a gate, there’s no excuses.

On his work during the week: “He’s in really good form, he’s actually really fresh.

“He’s only had a couple of prep runs leading into this. Chris and the team are very happy with him, and he looks really well.

“Hopefully the big striding chestnut can salute.”

(Quotes via Channel 10)

This story first appeared on punters.com.au and was reproduced with permission

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Trainers Simon Zahra and Mathew Ellerton chasing 2020 Caulfield Cup start for Shandy via Naturalism Stakes

Shandy’s connections would love two massive slices of luck to get her into the Caulfield Cup via Saturday’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield.

Gaining a start in the Naturalism Stakes will be a tall order for Shandy as she is 30th in line for a run in the Caulfield Cup qualifier.

Only 16 runners will compete in the $160,000 race.

Shandy has done her bit with three straight wins this time in, but co-trainer Simon Zahra knows the racing gods need to intervene on her behalf.

Winning a ballot-exempt race is the only way Shandy will earn a dream start in the Caulfield Cup.

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The five-year-old is 160th in the latest ballot order for next month’s $5 million event.

“There’s a miracle every year, isn’t there?,” Zahra, who trains Shandy in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said.

“It’s 1000/1 but we can’t have her any better, so why not have a shot with her?

“She’s going enormous so it makes sense to try to get her into the Naturalism field.”

Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller could be a big help to Shandy’s chances of sneaking into the Naturalism Stakes.

Waller has 11 of the 31 nominations for the race with all above Shandy in the order of entry. Waller could decide to keep several of his team members in Sydney, which would push Shandy closer to a start.

But Zahra said the Naturalism Stakes wasn’t the only chance to get Shandy into the Caulfield Cup.

The Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) on October 10 offers a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption to the winner.

Zahra said Shandy would run in the Gold Nugget at Ballarat on Sunday and possibly the Cranbourne Cup if a miracle doesn’t eventuate on Wednesday morning.


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Get Those Trainers on for a Spot of Healthy Competition

Get Those Trainers on for a Spot of Healthy Competition

Join thousands of South African runners on a 10km virtual run. Who knows, you could even win a prize!

This post is sponsored by Nedbank |

If you haven’t yet joined the #NedbankRunified series, there is still time! There’s no denying the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all our lives. For many of us, running is what kept us sane (even if it was around our own yards during stage five) and that’s why the guys at Nedbank created the #NedbankRunified series – a unique platform designed to bring South Africans together through our shared love for running.

More than 92 000 runners took part in the first two instalments of the #NedbankRunified virtual running series in July (5km) and August (8km), the former having the largest number of participants in a South African virtual race to date.

Round 3 of #NedbankRunified

The third and penultimate challenge of the #NedbankRunified series is currently underway and will be live from 12-26 September 2020 – this time around, runners are expected to complete a 10km run.

Runners who successfully complete each monthly challenge will stand a chance to win up to R50 000 in Greenbacks, plus exclusive Nedbank Running Club hampers courtesy of the club’s sponsors: Futurelife, Nike, Bavaria, and Biogen. What’s more, there are also cash prizes up for grabs for Nedbank Running Club members who finish in the top 10 of their respective categories.

The overall series winner will walk away with the chance to compete in a major international marathon and an all-expenses-paid trip for two to get there. Because we all know there’s a good cheerleader behind every great runner.

Stay in the loop and follow Nedbank Sport on Twitter and Facebook.

Need a little more encouragement? Get inspired by the runners in this clip on YouTube.

Participate in the series by simply downloading the Strava app and then joining the verified Nedbank Running Club: https://www.strava.com/clubs/NedbankRunningClub

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This Trainer’s Home Booty Workout Is Just What We Need To Get Moving

Your booty was made for so much more than sitting on the couch. Did you know your glutes are the biggest muscles in your body? That means keeping them firm and toned doesn’t just look great in jeans, it also spikes your overall fat burn. What’s more, having strong, capable glutes will help you do pretty much everything better, from walking up stairs to running a faster 10-kay. This workout by trainer Angelique van der Linde will help you sculpt your booty and boost your mood. Sign. Us. Up.

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How It Works

The workout is divided into two stations, each comprising three strength moves and a cardio finisher. You’ll spend three rounds at each station. Do station 1 as a circuit, moving directly from one move to the next. Once you’ve done all three moves at station 1, end the round with the cardio kicker, then start at the top again. You’ll notice the number of reps decreases with each round. Once you’ve done all three rounds of station 1, move on to station 2, following the same pattern. Get ready to feel that booty burn!

You’ll need: Broom; 5l water bottle or large protein tub

Station 1

REPS: 15, 12, 10 CARDIO KICKER: 30 Mountain Climbers

1a Broom Squat

You can make this move more challenging by hanging weights off the ends of your broom, like identical water bottles. Just be sure to secure them properly!

1b Squat With Water Bottle Overhead

If 5 litres of water is too heavy, do down-downs with some of the water until your bottle reaches a comfortable weight. You know what we say in fitness: Hydration, hydration, hydration.

1c Plié Squat

You’ll need your water bottle for this one again. Make sure your feet are turned outwards and squeeze that booty!

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Station 2

REPS: 15, 12, 10 CARDIO KICKER: 30 Skips or Star Jumps

2a Broom Alternating Lunges

No need to power through these at pace. Move with control and focus on your body alignment. You’re aiming for a ninety degree angle as you sink into your lunge. Too shallow and you won’t reap the booty benefits; knee too far forward and you’ll put pressure on the joint.

 2b Single-leg Dead Lift

Keep toppling over? Tighten your tummy, squeeze your glutes and plant your standing leg. You should feel both butt cheeks switching on. This will help your balance and boost your burn as well!

2c Lateral Leg Raise

This will hit your booty from the sides to round out your results. If you experience knee pain or you struggle with squats, strengthening the muscles on your outer thighs might help.

READ MORE: Try This Fun Toilet Paper Home Workout That You Can Do With Your Kids 

Booty-Building Tips

Want to up the ante? How you structure your workout can make a difference. For an extra burn, alternate between slow weighted sets and high-tempo body-weight sets. So you’ll do one set with weights, performing the number of reps indicated slowly and focusing on creating a strong mind-muscle connection. Then, on the next set,  drop the weights, up the tempo and increase the reps, doing as many as you can with good form.

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11 Apps Personal Trainers Can Use to Improve Communication with Their Clients

Whether you’ve just started your journey to becoming a personal trainer or you’ve been a certified personal fitness trainer for a while, finding the best ways to communicate with your clients is essential.

And, in a time where there is an app for almost everything, it’s an absolute necessity to start using technology to take your personal training business to the next level.

You’ve probably noticed there are hundreds of apps and software programs that can help you grow your personal training business. The difficult part is deciding which of them will help you put your personal trainer certification to the most use.

Of course, some apps are better than others. It’s important to use ones that will allow you to focus on client progress and cut away the manual tracking and unnecessary clerical work that very few personal trainers like to do.

In this article, we’ve done the research for you and compiled a list of the top ten apps and software programs you can use to streamline your personal training business and experience growth like never before.

Practice Better 

For iOS, Android, and web.


Practice Better is a complete practice management app for health and wellness professionals. It has multiple useful features that will save you tons of time and space on your phone; the app is an all-in-one practice management tool. 

In the app, you can customize your availability and allow your clients to book appointments through either the Practice Better client portal or your personal website. Since the booking feature can be integrated into your website, any appointments made there will appear on the app, and the time will be blocked out automatically to avoid double-booking. 

Additionally, all of your professional recommendations and protocols are available for clients to refer to and download. Save time by setting up templates you can easily modify and personalize for each client. 

You can keep track of client and personal to-dos with tasks and reminders, and you can keep track of previous sessions with notes and documents. 

No need to hand out your email and phone number to your clients if you have Practice Better—you can streamline your communication with your clients to make activity and meal tracking and messaging easy. With secure messaging, clients can message you directly through the app and receive automated reminders and resources from you.

Finally, your clients can request sessions, packages, and pay for invoices—all through the Better Practice app. 

Do you have forms, waivers, or contracts you want your clients to fill out? Through Practice Better, you can create appealing forms that match your branding and send them to your clients to fill out before and after appointments.

As a plus, you can integrate multiple health and wellness services into the app—if you have a nutrition component to your practice, the app is equipped to keep track of these activities. 

True Coach

For iOS, Android, and web.

True coach

True Coach is a top-rated platform built specifically for personal trainers who want to modernize their practice. Trusted by over 20,000 personal trainers, coaches, and gym owners, True Coach is one of the most complete apps on the market. 

One of the biggest issues that many trainers have with their clients is accountability. With the app, you can improve compliance numbers and see which clients need your detailed attention. You can effortlessly track and measure individual client data, and special calendar features allow you to keep an eye on the big picture while you create new plans. 

You can either choose from a library of over 1,200 exercises or create your own videos and upload them into the app. 

The Training Notebook 

For iOS, Android, and web.

Training notebook

The Training Notebook is one of the simple, yet robust, apps out there specifically for personal trainers. It was created by an experienced personal trainer with the goal of helping personal trainers manage their business by helping them organize client information and focus on results. 

It’s one of the most affordable apps on the market, and it will help to keep all client information and progress in one place. 

The home page gives you a central hub where you can easily access each one of your client’s workout regimens, training schedule, contact information, and assessments. Clients can also schedule sessions with you through the app.

The program page allows you to start building your client’s training program in just minutes. You can then copy and paste your favorite workouts, email them to your clients, and even choose from pre-made program templates. The body assessment feature allows you to store before and after pictures of clients in one place. Additionally, the app can calculate your clients’ caliper readings for you. 

To motivate clients to use the app, it has multiple built-in features, like progress photos and interval timers. 

All of the features in The Training Notebook allow you to save time that would otherwise be used writing on paper.


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GAIN Trainer 

For iOS.

GAIN Trainer is an app designed by trainers to help you scale your personal training business. The app comes with over 1,600+ standardized exercises in their database and is developed to help you draw in a larger tech-savvy client base.

With GAIN Trainer, you can communicate with your clients, create programs, and train clients remotely.

The creators expect that ease-of-use and the variety of built-in exercises will help you retain clients longer with more consistent training and more varied exercises. The developers thrive on using the latest technologies and simple, effective design methods so you can focus more time on growing your client base and less on unnecessary client instruction.


For iOS, Android, and web.


FitSW is an excellent client fitness tracker app that helps you stay in communication with your clients. It allows you to manage multiple clients and their individual workouts, build and assign meal plans, view fitness progress graphs, and much more, all in one centralized location.

Clients use the app as their main communication with you while also having a place to log meals and workouts—so it becomes an essential tool for them as well. 

All of these features make it easier for you to manage multiple clients at once while still helping clients feel like you are on the same page as them. Goal progress tracking and fitness graphs help your clients stay motivated, which will help with client retention.

FitSW also includes a large workout database with demonstration videos so your clients know exactly how to perform each exercise you assign them.

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For iOS, Android, and web.


Vagaro is a cloud-based app and website specifically for salons, spas, and personal trainer scheduling and client management. It is a perfect solution for allowing personal trainers to capture new clients and manage client history. Using Vagaro allows you to handle client databases, client booking reminders, and even lets clients pay for sessions by credit card. 

If your personal training business is growing quickly, Vagaro is a great software to help keep up with your clients. You can list available appointment slots through Vagaro. Clients can also look at fitness facilities nearby and book appointments through the website or app.

Vagaro lets you create your own uniquely customizable web page to promote any discounts, offers, or special events you may be having. And it even includes email marketing, QuickBooks integration, and text reminders.

PTminder Software

For iOS, Android, and web.


PTminder is a cloud-based website and mobile app that helps you manage the day-to-day activities of your personal training business with ease. You can access it through your phone or any device with an internet connection.

PTminder allows personal training businesses like yours to manage administrative tasks, payment processing, and client management, all through the cloud. It is one of the simplest, most efficient personal training softwares you can implement immediately to help you become and stay organized.

PTminder can help you save a significant amount of time so you can focus more of your efforts on growing your business and helping your clients get results and less on time-consuming administrative tasks. 

It also allows you to collect payments from clients via debit and credit cards, PayPal, Stripe, Debitsuccess, and Ezidebit.

Trainerize Software

For iOS, Android, and web.


Trainerize is a cloud-based personal trainer software that helps personal trainers stay on track with their clients. If you’ve wanted to take your clients online to continue training them from a distance, this is a great option for you. 

With Trainerize, you can create individual personal training programs specific to each client, and you have the option of integrating on-demand classes to integrate all of the benefits of the gym experience as possible. The app allows you to track meal plans and exercise regimens and communicate with clients all in real-time.

It also allows you to customize template workouts using videos, photos, and workout descriptions. Trainerize then sends notifications to the personal trainer when the client checks in. This helps the client-trainer relationship stay on the same page so you can coach your clients toward reaching their goals even faster!


For iOS, Android, and web.


MINDBODY is a client-centered cloud-based management and appointment scheduling software designed for everyone from small personal trainer entrepreneurs to large fitness businesses.

With MINDBODY, you can attract new customers by listing your business in the app. This gives your business more exposure to your exact target demographic.

Furthermore, MINDBODY gives you all of the fitness management tools you could possibly ask for. You can monitor client activity with bookings and sales, and you can track offers and new clients. 

The software allows you to manage billing, class schedules, trainer rosters, and payroll. You will no longer have to worry about having any paperwork slip through the cracks thanks to MINDBODY’s ease of use. It is an all-in-one solution.

Coach’s Eye  

For iOS and Android. 


Coach’s Eye is best for coaches who are focused on providing personalized and meaningful feedback and interaction with clients so they can improve quickly on their own terms and in their own time.  

Coach’s Eye uses a decades-old tool brought into the 21st century to provide feedback—a video recording of movements. You can analyze movements with slow-motion playback and telestration, and you can compare the movements with another video side-by-side. This allows clients to see exactly what they need to do to improve form and technique. 

Use Coach’s Eye for your clients who are serious about perfecting their form and want constructive feedback so they can improve on their weaknesses.

My PT Hub 

For iOS, Android, and web.

Used by over 50,000 personal trainers globally, My PT Hub is a web-based and mobile application that helps personal trainers create customizable training programs unique to each client. You can then track their progress and achievements directly from My PT Hub. The app is described as having “everything under one roof” with workout and nutrition features; client administration features; branding, business, and finance features; and even live and chat management. 

It also has an extensive database of over 7,000 exercises with step-by-step tutorials, so your clients know exactly how to perform each exercise. Additionally, you can create workout packages to sell to new and existing clients. My PT Hub also allows you to accept payment directly from the app. 

As a plus, one of the features that iOS-using clients love about My PT Hub is its integration with Siri—clients can use over 15 commands to help them log nutrition, workouts, and open messages, among several other functions. 

Main Takeaways

It’s important to stay ahead of the curve if you want to maintain a successful personal training business. Taking advantage of online apps and software programs will help give you an edge over your competitors.

These apps will not only streamline your business—freeing up more time for yourself—but you could also benefit from increased client retention, helping you make more money.

So, whether you’re just starting out with your personal training business or you’re an experienced trainer, using just one of the apps listed above could help you make more money, stay more organized, and get more fitness clients.


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2019 and has recently been updated and revised and rewritten for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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Horse racing: Trainers adapt to COVID-19 era ahead of Saturday’s Belmont

FILE PHOTO: Jun 7, 2019; Elmont, NY, USA; A general view of Belmont Park. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

June 16, 2020

By Amy Tennery

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With a shortened distance and owners barred from the stands amid the coronavirus outbreak, the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday will bear little resemblance to previous years.

With the traditional third leg of the Triple Crown being contested first, top trainer Todd Pletcher admitted that the season will have an air of unfamiliarity about it when the race is contested without any fans in attendance due to the new protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You can put a big asterisk by the whole year – and the Triple Crown is certainly part of that,” said Pletcher, who has saddled three Belmont winners and is a trainer for contenders Farmington Road and Dr Post.

“It’s not going to be the same, it’s going to be spread out over a much different time frame. Different distances, different orders.

“I don’t think it would take away from the accomplishments of a single horse if they were able to win one, two or three legs of it… but it’s clearly not the same as trying to do all three in five weeks.”

Following on from the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont’s 1-1/2-mile endurance course has often frustrated those seeking the Triple Crown. When American Pharoah pulled off the feat in 2015, he was the first horse to do so in 37 years.

The course was cut down to 1-1/8 miles this year to accommodate three-year-old thoroughbreds in training. The Derby was rescheduled to Sept. 5 from May 2 and the Preakness to Oct. 3 from May 16.

For trainers and jockeys, the Belmont will prove a critical test after the sport was suspended for several months in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“I’ve always said training racehorses is like putting a puzzle together – this year it’s been putting a puzzle together with no edges or picture,” said Mark Casse, a Hall of Fame trainer for last year’s Belmont winner Sir Winston and this year’s contender Tap It To Win.

“I’m just happy that we’re gonna have a Belmont.”

(Reporting By Amy Tennery, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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Michael Jordan: NBA legend’s trainers sell for record $560,000

Jordan won six NBA titles and was a five-time NBA MVP

Basketball legend Michael Jordan’s autographed trainers from 1985 sold for a record $560,000 (£463,000) in an online auction.

The Nike Air Jordan 1s, worn by Jordan during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, were expected to fetch between $100,00-$150,000 at Sotheby’s.

The previous record was $437,500 for a pair of Nike’s 1972 Moon Shoes.

Jordan wore mismatched trainers, with the left a size 13 and the right a size 13.5.

The Air Jordan 1s were sold by Jordan Geller, who founded the trainer museum Shoezeum in Las Vegas.

The sale coincided with a Netflix documentary – The Last Dance – with behind-the-scenes footage of the Bulls’ hunt for a sixth NBA title in the 1997-98 season.

The trainers were sold by auctioneers Sotheby’s on Sunday

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Are your trainers vegan? The brands making cruelty-free sneakers for your daily stroll

If you’ve made the decision to avoid meat and animal products in your diet, you may well be looking for vegan alternatives in other aspects of your life.

Yet while finding a vegan face wash and moisturiser is easy, finding vegan footwear can be a little trickier. And particularly when it comes to trainers, which are typically constructed from several different materials held together with lots of glue.

So what is it that normally makes shoes non-vegan?

The most common non-vegan material used to make shoes is leather. However, even if you opt for a pair of trainers made from faux leather or a synthetic material, often they are constructed using other animal-derived materials, such as glue made from animal bones and dyes derived from animal compounds.

But, there is another way.

Times are a’changing and several major brands have added vegan footwear to their ranges. First, as ever, came Stella McCartney, who has pioneered vegan faux leathers across her accessories ranges. For a vegan take on the chunky sneaker trend you can’t go far wrong with a pair of her Eclypse raised-sole trainers (I personally like the glitter versions- £455, shop them here), or for the sneaker purists, she partnered with Adidas to remake their classic Stan Smith style in vegan leather in 2018 (these rainbow styles, £284, feel particularly of the moment. Shop them here).

And did you know that major brands like Vans and Converse have many styles that are entirely vegan? Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Stars are, for example, constructed using canvas and synthetic (thus vegan) glue, while most of the shoe styles in the Vans Classic Collection are available in styles & colourways that are vegan-friendly.

However, should you wish to jog a little off the beaten track, there are several new super cool boutique brands making amazing vegan trainers. Here are 5 of the best to know…


 Nylite sneakers, £60, Tretorn | Buy now

 Nylite sneakers, £60, Tretorn | Buy now

 Nylite sneakers, £60, Tretorn | Buy now


Esplar trainers, £120, Veja | Buy now

SDU mesh sneaker, £99, Veja | Buy now

Veja x Rick Owens recycled mesh running trainers, £225 | Buy now


Irori sneakers, £189.81, Yatay | Buy now

Neven low sneakers, £220,     Yatay | Buy now

Neven high tops, £208, Yatay | Buy now


Vegan sneakers, £195, Grenson | Buy now

Vegan sneakers, £195, Grenson | Buy now

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