September 15, 2015
Last updated: December 21, 2022
If you’re planning a career as a personal trainer, or you’re looking for ways to make your work more efficient, then technology is here to help. There are countless apps for personal trainers available on every mobile platform, helping make your life easier, and helping you deliver better service than ever to your clients.
At a time when the personal training market is more competitive than ever, using the right app can make the difference in attracting and retaining clients, and maximising your profitability. This guide highlights some of the best personal trainer apps around.
Personal training apps are useful for a number of reasons, the main one being that they can do most of the data and analysis legwork that many PTs find difficult and time-consuming. From minutes spent on the treadmill and calories burned, to progress over time and achievement towards goals, they can help you get meaningful insights to the performance of your clients quickly and easily. This can help better inform the PT plans you put together for them, and ensure your sessions are better aligned to their goals.
But personal training apps don’t have to be about training directly. There are also many excellent apps available that assist with the business side of things, from organising appointment schedules to processing payments, and everything in between. Back-end business operations is an area that PTs often overlook when they’re starting out, so these can be a great help.
In some cases, personal training apps can also enable you to run sessions online, as well as in person, opening up a potential new revenue stream for your business.
A brief look in your app store will tell you that the amount of personal trainer apps to choose from is virtually limitless. What is trickier, however, is understanding which are the best to use, and which will add the most value to your business. Here are five of our favourites:
Trainerize is an excellent multi-functional app for personal trainers who want to try a bit of everything. It’s handy for organising face-to-face sessions, bringing groups together for communal training, and for holding sessions virtually. It features a high level of customisation, meaning that you can integrate your own personal branding and content into the app, and make it look like a true part of your business. And with the ability to input measurements, track workouts and use a pre-loaded exercise library, it’s full of resources that can save you time and give you new ideas.
MyFitnessPal is perhaps one of the most well-known personal training apps around, in no small part thanks to its close links with the fitness apparel manufacturer Under Armour. It’s especially useful for helping clients whose primary aim is weight loss, as it includes integrated calorie counting and diet planning tools, so that you can help your clients stay on track towards their target weight. What really makes it stand out is the huge library of food items uploaded into the system, including their nutritional details, so users can quickly understand the implications of what they are (or aren’t!) eating.
PT Minder is one of the most popular apps around for personal trainers who are looking for help with the business side of things. Bookings, payments and client progress can all be handled and managed from a single platform, whether sessions take place in person or online. There’s also the possibility to integrate PT Minder with other platforms, such as Facebook, Google Calendar, Mailchimp marketing software, and even your website; that way. you can streamline your communications and client-facing processes.
Halo Fitness Cloud
Similar to PT Minder, Halo Fitness Cloud is an excellent personal training app for those PTs who want a platform for managing business as well as training sessions. However, Halo Fitness Cloud comes with a difference: it can be connected to specific pieces of compatible gym equipment so that results from client use can appear directly in the app. This makes it much easier to understand how well clients are progressing, and to highlight any areas where they’re struggling and where your expertise is best focused.
If you’ve already got a PT business up and running and you’re looking for the best personal training app to fit in with them, then PT Distinction should be your first port of call. That’s because it’s practically unrivalled in the scale of potential integration it offers: FitBit, MyZone, MyFitnessPal (as mentioned above), Paypal, and your website are just some of the areas it can help you take care of. And with a library of over 1000 videos you can access, there are also plenty of resources you can use to add some variety to your sessions.
As this article demonstrates, there are plenty of choices when it comes to personal trainer apps that can help you with your business. But another choice that you really shouldn’t underestimate is insurance, so that you’re covered if something happens to you, a client or your equipment.
Protectivity has years of experience in covering personal trainers just like you, whether you’re highly qualified or you’re just starting out. Our policies include Public Liability, Professional Indemnity and £250 of free equipment cover, and you can customise your insurance to suit the specific characteristics of your business. Take a more detailed look at our personal trainer insurance options here.