Useful Tools For Any Online Personal Trainer

Jul 26, 2016

By Tim Saye

You’ve decided you want to take on the world of online personal training but you have no idea what's needed to get started and to grow efficiently as your business develops.

Here we've put together a list of several great tools, which can really help you out and become a big part of your online training armoury;


This is allows you to call people all over the world at the touch of a button. All you need is a Skype account and an Internet connection. You can choose to voice call, video call and even share your screen.

Used for: Consultations, Check-ins, Coaching calls

Fat Secret or My Fitness Pal

These are food-tracking apps, which allow the user to scan and input what they eat and drink throughout the day. This is a great tool for both the trainer and the client, you can see patterns emerging, calories consumed and adjust accordingly.

Used for: Client being accountable, trainer being able to spot check, evaluation for tweaking diet

Smart Phone

Most people have these nowadays, however in case you don’t I strongly suggest you get one quick if you want to build a business online.

It's incredible how much you can do with your phone these days so you'll be able to be out and about and still be able to run your business efficiently.

Used for: Checking in with clients, checking emails, social media, taking pictures and videos

What’s app

This is ideal if you are running a group training programme and don’t want to use a Facebook group to keep in touch.

Whatsapp is a messaging service that allows you to bunch people in groups to contact simultaneously.

Used for: Accountability, Encouragement, general questions

Facebook Groups

These are a great way to keep in touch with clients and answer questions for group programs. It's cheaper and gets better engagement than using a membership site forum, however you have no control over Facebook so could lose it if Facebook decide to change things.

Use for: Check ins, accountability, general questions, encouragement


Yes this probably seems a little obvious but the more people utilise email the better you will be able to manage your time. Being ‘on call’ all the time is draining and offering email support means people have to take the time to articulate and email and think about the question they are asking.

You can also use PT Distinction or specialist email marketing softwares like Mailchimp and Aweber to deliver emails in an automated manner.

Used for: Check-ins, Building relationships, delivering content, email marketing


The recent outrage at BBC Good Food closing down their database of recipes, which was a go to website for recipes when you are lacking inspiration, shows how much people love recipes.

Providing recipes and ideas for meals isn’t necessarily essential however if you want to retain your clients longer and wow them it could be a great add on to your services.

You can use a white label company like Fit Pro Client Recipes that do all the heavy lifting for you. Or you can simply Google the type of recipes you like and download them as PDF'S. In both cases you can integrate them to your apps and website using PT Distinctions coaching sections.

Used for: Retaining clients, delivery a higher service, inspiring clients to eat better

Online Training Tools

We will always suggest PT Distinction but we do recognise there are other programmes too. PT Distinction offers a more complete solution to most of the other tools out there, is 100% branded to you and has the automation features to save you time and really help you get started and to grow your online business.

Use for: Making your life easier, a complete solution to running your online business

Next Steps

Now you need to workout who you’re going to serve and how you are going to get yourself some clients.

Here are some great blogs that will help you get started.

5 Steps to Being a Successful Online Trainer

The Simple Ways to get your first 5-10 Clients without spending a $ >>

If you use any other online tools as a PT please let us know and we will take a look.