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How to Build Your Personalized Exercise Library in PT Distinction

February 14, 2024
Tim Saye

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In the dynamic world of fitness coaching, having access to a robust exercise library is paramount for crafting tailored training programs that drive results. With PT Distinction's comprehensive exercise library boasting over 1200 high-quality exercise videos, novice trainers have a wealth of resources to kickstart their journey.

However, recognizing that every client is unique and may require exercises beyond the default offerings, PT Distinction allows trainers to seamlessly import new exercise videos from platforms like YouTube or Vimeo or add their own videos from their computer.

In this article, we'll explore the intricacies of building and curating a personalized exercise video library within PT Distinction, offering invaluable tips and insights for trainers seeking to enhance their clients' fitness experiences.

Step 1: Understanding Client Needs

Effective workouts begin with a deep understanding of your client's goals, preferences, and abilities. It's like fitting together puzzle pieces to create a picture-perfect plan that works for them.

Let's look at an example client named Sarah.

She's gearing up for her first marathon and wants to boost her endurance. Knowing this, you'd tailor her workouts to focus on building stamina and cardiovascular fitness.

But it doesn't stop there. Conducting thorough assessments reveals that Sarah struggles with tight hips and limited ankle mobility. Armed with this insight, you can incorporate targeted mobility drills and flexibility exercises to address her specific needs and prevent injury.

Alongside Sarah's endurance training, she will benefit from strength workouts to support her running form and prevent muscle imbalances. You can integrate compound movements like squats, lunges, and core-strengthening exercises to round out her program and keep her body strong and resilient.

Understanding your client's needs means tailoring workouts to their goals, assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and programming exercises that help them achieve their fitness and performance goals. It's all about creating a roadmap that guides them toward success, one step at a time.

Step 2: Leveraging PT Distinction's Extensive Library

PT Distinction's extensive exercise library is a goldmine of resources when designing personalized workouts. With over 1200 high-quality exercise videos at your fingertips, you have many options to suit your client's needs.Let's revisit Sarah's case. As she prepares for her marathon, her primary focus is building endurance. Drawing from the default library, you might incorporate exercises like:

  • Treadmill Running: Utilise the Treadmill Jog video to guide Sarah through a longer, steady-paced running session, helping her work on getting the miles in.
  • Cross Trainer: Incorporate the stationary bike video for low-impact cardio sessions, giving Sarah an alternative to running while still building her cardiovascular fitness
  • Skipping Rope: Introduce the Skipping with Rope video to add intensity to Sarah's workouts while working her feet and ankles to improve strength and proprioception and build muscular endurance in the calves.

If you remember, Sarah's assessment highlighted mobility limitations. Leveraging the PTD library, you could include exercises such as:

  • Lunging Hip Flexor Stretch: Guide Sarah through the hip flexor stretch video to address tightness in her hips, improving her range of motion and reducing the risk of injury during her runs.
  • Squat Mobility: Add the bodyweight Squat mobilization exercise video from the Movement Prep category to help Sarah overcome limitations in ankle mobility, enhancing her running efficiency and reducing strain on her joints.
  • Speed, Agility, Quickness (SAQ) Drills: Incorporate any of the 42 SAQ drill videos to help Sarah improve proprioception and SAQ skills so her body can quickly respond to changes in surface quality during her race.

Incorporating these exercises from PT Distinction's default library ensures that Sarah's workouts are tailored to her specific goals and supported by evidence-based techniques and demonstrations.

It's the perfect blend of customization and convenience, setting Sarah up for success as she works towards her marathon goals.

Step 3: Recognising the Need for Additional Videos

You may not find a video for a specific execution or equipment of an exercise you need, or your client needs specific movements not available in the PT Distinction library. That's when you can make the most of the powerful feature where you can add your own exercises and seamlessly integrate them into a program.

Expanding the Exercise Library

To meet the unique needs of individual clients, you can expand the exercise library by incorporating new movements, variations, or specialized exercises. For example, if a client requires rehabilitation exercises for a specific injury, you may need to source or create videos demonstrating these movements accurately.

Embracing Flexibility in Curation

Every client has distinct preferences and training objectives. Embrace the flexibility to curate diverse exercises that align with each client's needs.

Whether integrating yoga poses for a client focusing on flexibility, adding plyometric exercises for someone aiming to improve explosiveness, or providing demonstrations of exercises with specific equipment like the Palloff press on a cable machine, customization can give you everything you need.

Editing Default PTD Exercises

While PT Distinction's default exercise library is extensive, understanding that even these exercises can be customized is crucial.

You have the flexibility to edit various aspects of default exercises, including videos, descriptions, instructions, metrics, pictures, names, and categories. This enables you to tailor exercise instructions and parameters to suit client needs and preferences.

Step 4: Adding Personalised Video Content

Incorporating personalized video content into your training programs can elevate the client experience and enhance their understanding and engagement with exercises.

Utilizing PT Distinction's User-Friendly Interface

PT Distinction offers a user-friendly interface that simplifies adding personalized exercise videos.

You can import videos from external sources such as YouTube or Vimeo or upload videos directly from your computer. This flexibility allows you to curate diverse exercises tailored to your client's needs and preferences.

Showcasing Proper Form and Technique

Personalized exercise videos allow you to showcase form, technique, and execution exactly how you'd demonstrate it to an in-person client.

Demonstrating exercises with clarity and precision can help clients understand the correct way to perform each movement, reducing the risk of injury and maximizing effectiveness. Clear and concise instruction enhances client confidence and motivation, driving better results.

Elevating the Training Experience

Providing clients exclusive access to personalized exercise demonstrations enhances the training experience. Clients feel valued and supported when receiving customized content tailored to their goals and abilities.

Access to personalized videos fosters a sense of accountability and commitment, motivating clients to stay on track with their fitness journey and aiding client retention.

Step 5: Mastering Exercise Video Library Details

Maintaining a well-organized exercise library is crucial for delivering effective and efficient training programs. This applies to your videos. If you want to find them again later, it's paramount that you fill in all the details you can.

Exercise Name:

Start by giving each exercise a clear and descriptive name that accurately reflects the movement and the equipment or method used to perform it. E.g., Dumbbell Front Squat, TRX Inverted Row, etc.


Organize each exercise into appropriate categories to streamline navigation and make it easier for yourself to find specific movements in the future. You can either add exercises to existing categories or create new ones as needed.


When recording exercise videos, keep them concise and to the point. Aim for clarity and focus on demonstrating proper form and technique. If importing videos from external sources like YouTube or Vimeo, remember that PT Distinction will remove platform links and branding for a seamless integration.


Include 1-4 photos of each exercise showing the start, middle, and end positions. These photos are essential when printing workout programs into PDF files, providing visual cues for clients to reference during their workouts.


Provide written instructions on how to execute each exercise effectively. These notes can include general pointers, cues for proper form, and specific instructions tailored to the client's needs. Clear and concise instructions enhance client understanding and execution of the exercises.

Results and Metrics:

Select one or more relevant metrics to chart over time to track progress. This could include time, weight, reps, or any other measure that aligns with your client's goals. You can monitor client performance and adjust their workouts accordingly for optimal results by tracking progress.

Example Client: Sarah the Runner

So, we've discussed a handful of exercises you could use from PT Distinction's database when programming Sarah's workouts in step #2. Now, we'll aim to identify other exercises you might want to use but aren't available in PT Distinction.

We've used videos from YouTube for these, but you can add your own, either imported from your YouTube or Vimeo Account or uploaded from your computer.

Hill Sprints for Speed and Strength

When clients prepare for a Marathon distance, strengthening their leg and core muscles is crucial for injury prevention and improving their running speed.

As Sarah's coach, it is only natural that you will want to incorporate workouts that will aid that goal, and hill sprints are a great way to do that.

What do you do if you can't find a video in the library? You either go out and look for one like we did or record your own and add it to your exercise library section.

Ankle Mobility Routine

If there's a particular exercise or even multiple movements you'd like Sarah to include in her workout warm-up to improve her ankle mobility, you can add it as a sole video. When creating her workout plan, you can choose it for the warm-up section.

How many personalized exercises you add to the exercise library within PT Distinction is entirely up to you; there's no limit to the number. However, keep the video length as short as possible to ensure your clients have a smooth user experience.


The effectiveness of your online personal training programs hinges on the quality of your exercise library. By mastering the details and organization of your exercise videos within PT Distinction, you can unlock a world of possibilities for delivering personalized and impactful workouts to your clients.

From tailoring exercises to specific needs and goals to incorporating personalized video content and tracking progress over time, PT Distinction empowers trainers to elevate their coaching to new heights.

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