Are you a new personal trainer in needing help getting started in your career? Here are my favorite helpful websites for personal trainers.
Hey there – are you a personal trainer just getting started? My name is Chantal and I’m the owner of this site. I am also a mom of two and certified personal trainer.
However, my journey to becoming a personal trainer wasn’t exactly easy.
I didn’t grow up playing sports, and my family wasn’t exactly what I would call healthy. Basically, when I decided to become a personal trainer, I had real no experience with it. I had no background in exercise science – only a passion for working out.
The first thing I did was hire my own personal trainer so that I could begin to get some hands on experience. Later, when I became a personal trainer, I quickly realized that it wasn’t going to be a good fit for my family if I were to do things traditionally.
That’s because personal trainers have crazy schedules, trading time for dollars. It’s really hard on you if you have a family with young kids. Personal trainers are really limited to the time in the day, unless of course, they can get creative with how they are earning money.
And unless you have your own studio or gym, you’re probably going to get short changed by the gym you work for. (The aren’t making all that much, either.) So, to be a successful personal trainer, it’s important to get creative with your income.
I had been dabbling in blogging for some time while also getting my personal trainer certification when I had a lightbulb moment.
What if I could help other personal trainers take their businesses online, or at least diversify their income by offering digital products or online training?(This was before a lot of personal trainers were going online like they are now.)
I already knew how to start websites but I didn’t know how to sell personal training packages or other fitness products online. So naturally, I started my research.
Come to find out they were actually other trainers are already working online, but they were really the pioneers of it all. However, I did find a few really helpful websites for personal trainers just getting started, or those who are trying to take their businesses online. I found tons of tools and resources that could be applied to personal trainers.
I also found tools and apps to help trainers do all of their business independently, online and without time constraints and contracts with gyms. So today I want to share my favorite websites for personal trainers, as well as personal trainer blogs that I find helpful as a newish personal trainer.
Because of the timing that I had when I got my personal trainer certification, I have yet to work in a gym contracted under somebody else. I have operated 100% online, and have maintained my certification with that in mind. My life has changed a lot and I’m not sure I’m ever going to work for a big box gym, so I’m glad that I have figured out other ways to earn money as a personal trainer.
Today I’m going to share those resources with you, including my fave websites for personal trainers.
That is, in case you’re here to diversify your income or figure out other ways stop trading your time for money.
Some of these resources are going to help you figure out how to take your training online. But some of them are just going to help you figure out how to set a website up, or to make digital products. They might also help you figure out how to use social media for your fitness business. I have experience with a few different apps but I’m also making money with my blog alone, so I want to to be able to explore that option too.
To begin, you should know that I feel that my blog has been the most important asset to me as a fitness trainer. I think that any legitimate business needs to have a website and it gives you authority and it helps build trust.
So, although my training in person is limited to family and friends, I use my website to make money in other ways. I have a lot of posts about how to start a fitness blog. I highly recommend that you do that as soon as you know exactly how you want to run your fitness business. If your goal is to be independent of gyms and their hours, then you definitely want to have a website.
I am using mine to monetize with digital products including fitness programs as well as with the ads on my site. I also sell affiliate products through Amazon. Diversification is important.
Here are a few articles just for people in the fitness business:
- 141+ Fitness Blog Post Ideas (No More Writer’s Block!)
- How To Start A Fitness Blog | Step By Step Guide
- How to Make Money Online As A Personal Trainer
The beauty of having your own website is that you can sell whatever you want or nothing at all. I know that a lot of personal trainers use theirs for leads for in-person training, but a lot of them use apps deliver training programs digitally. So as I get into my favorite personal trainer websites, keep that in mind. You will ultimately have to decide what kind of products you want to sell. Now onto my favorite websites for personal trainers.
My Favorite Websites For Personal Trainers
Girls Gone Strong
This website isn’t just for a female trainers. It’s also a wealth of knowledge for anyone who wants to train prenatal or postpartum women. It has a huge focus on pelvic rehab as well as weight training for women in general. They also have a couple of certifications that are great for people who want to work with moms. You definitely need to check it out.
The Personal Trainer Development Center
One of my favorite websites for personal trainers – ever. This website is a wealth of information for anyone who wants to take their personal training business online. It’s also for people who want to become personal trainers. There’s a ton of articles on the business of training, as well as exercise science itself. This guy (the founder) will help you with so much, including apps that would work for delivering digital training programs, and more. He even has courses aimed at helping existing personal trainers take it online.
This app/website will help you design and deliver workout programs online – whether they are custom or pre-built. It has a spot for your liability waivers and assessments, plus a huge workout library including exercises and instructions. You can either upload programs in PDF form or you can build custom programs for clients of all kinds.
It’s highly customizable and you can use it to video chat with your clients and check in. It has calendars, reminders, legal help, and you can even turn your own business into a customized app. So if your goal is to do personal training online/remotely, this is a great app for you. What I love the most about it is that you can build a basic program that will work for many of your clients and copy and paste it then tweak it based on the goals of each client. That means that you don’t have to build everything from scratch every single time.
The National Academy of Sports Medicine
I may be a little biased because my certification is through NASM, but this website still has a lot of information for new trainers or aspiring personal trainers. There’s actually a lot of free information if you visit their blog. (In fact many gyms prefer this certification so you know it can be trusted.) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this certification is no joke for people who are new to exercise science. Check out their website for free resources.
This site is legitimate, even though their site is in serious need of an update. If you are a personal trainer looking for your continuing education, you need to check it out. You can keep your certification for way cheaper by taking some of these self-paced courses or reading some of these texts. I got one on nutrition and another on high-intensity interval training for way less than taking any other course. Don’t forget your CPR and AED training though!
Are you here just because you want to start your own personal trainer website?
I can help you with that. Here are a bunch of articles I’ve written just for personal trainers who are looking to take their businesses online. If you just want to get started, I have it tutorial for you too:
- How To Start A Fitness Blog | Step By Step Guide
- How I Made Over $900 Fitness Blogging This Month
- 10 Free Blogging Tools to Try Today
It’s not hard to start a website, but it can feel a little bit overwhelming at first. But if you are looking to compete with other personal trainers and you want time freedom, this is my biggest piece of advice. Just start a website. Join the ranks of websites for personal trainers. Otherwise you run the risk of getting lost in a sea of personal trainers who aren’t keeping up with the times.