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?
Hi everyone, thank you for your responses.
Martin, what you said about the “boom in online training businesses” makes sense. I hadn’t thought of online personal training in that light before. I think that what I am looking for is not so much an online personal training “business” but a free website or blog that I can use to share exercise tips and healthy recipes, and also to communicate with and encourage clients and friends, much like what I already have with my Idea profile. I am just curious about the extent that I should use pictures or videos to explain a type of exercise. Today, books and videos about exercise are everywhere, so it’s really good to hear the opinions of experienced fitness experts concerning them and their helpfulness and safety. To me, being able to help others in a safe and ethical way is paramount.