Hi, I’m a newly certified personal trainer and I’m certified through ACE. I’ve considered starting a personal training “business” online, although a would like to offer my services at no charge so that I can gain experience. I would like to do this for two primary reasons: one, I have a lot of friends and coworkers who have asked me to help them reach their fitness goals and two, I would like to help my friends/coworkers but I have a very tight schedule and do not have a gym or other practical location where I could train clients. Does anyone have any experience with this? I’m sure that I would need everything that is usually required for a business, such as liability insurance, advice from a local attorney, business contracts, liability waivers, etc.
Is it possible to have an online nonprofit personal training business and is it a wise career decision? Are there any possible negative outcomes that I should be aware of?
I do not want to discourage you from growing professionally. But…
Your clients will be exercising some where. I recommend that you go to that place and train them. Online personal training is not personal training. You are not there in “person”. If you are connecting via video like skype, you cannot see the client in all planes of motion. And as you are new to training, I would recommend against this even more strongly. Even some of the best and brightest cannot provide this service properly, effectively, and in my opinion ethically.
The boom in online businesses such as personal training is very disturbing to me. Next there will be online haircuts giving instruction on how to cut your own hair without the need to go to a stylist/barber. This is personal training, in person. You can use the internet to help support your clients’ efforts to stay motiviated and track activity. But I am against actually directing exercise sessions when you, the instructor, are not present.
Even for professionals who are experienced, online education (CECs) is often a challenge. How could anyone possible feel that inexperienced exercisers should be trying to follow instructions solely from a video or pictoral format. These types of “businesses” are really just profit sources. If they truly were only trying to help people improve, they would recommend finding an instructor in their community. To keep their fitness dollars in their community where it can benefit their community. Not “send your fitness dollars to me and good luck with doing the exercises correctly on your own”.
Can you tell that I am strongly against the prepackaged program marketing? Maybe just a little.