If we personal trainer’s were to ask ourselves what we do in our downtime the answer is generally pretty simple, sleep, eat, train or write programs. All of which are critical elements in the life of a personal trainer, however it has to be said that over the past 20 odd years I’ve been working with and around personal trainers it’s fair to say they I’ve seen some pretty exceptional procrastinators. If there was ever a world championships for time wasting my money would be on personal trainers to win! I’ve seen it all, lounging on foam rollers, talking at length about nothing to the reception staff, scrolling through social media feeds until their thumbs start to ache and the list goes on.
Personal trainers have a lot of downtime period. In fact it’s one of the key headaches that drive many personal trainers back to a nine to five, they struggle to find clients to fill the dead times during off peak periods and if they aren’t lateral thinkers or entrepreneurial in nature then they realise their financial capacity is limited.
Well all that is about to change; let me introduce you to Flive. Flive is a social media platform designed to let personal trainers charge their social media followers for a workout that is live streamed around the world. It gives personal trainers the opportunity to add an additional income stream during off-peak times. Gone will be the days of needing to become an Isagenix supplier, or online programmer just to add an additional revenue stream.
Once the personal trainer has created an account with Flive they have the ability to schedule a session at whatever time suits them. Sessions can be anywhere between 15min and 60min long and charge rates are set at either $0.99US, $1.99US or $5.99US per viewer. This allows the viewer to participate in the live session. The session is then recorded and held on the app for 30 days so it doesn’t matter if the follower missed the live stream and the followers will have access to multiple sessions at the one time.
Trainers can take anywhere between 35%-50% of total profits home with the pulling power of unlimited attendees being the major drawcard.
Imagine being in the gym at 10.30am which is dead and you go live with 100 followers around the world participating in your session at $1.99US and taking home a cool $80-$100US for a 45min session. Not bad for what would have otherwise been dead time!
Live streaming is still in its infancy, however early statistics don’t lie; Facebook has already reported that people are watching live videos 3x longer than videos that are not. While in 2016 the streaming industry was worth $30.2 billion and by 2021 the worth is estimated to be at $70.1 billion. It’s fair to say this technology is not only here to stay, but with the ever growing need for instant access to information it will ensure that this technology will thrive.
Flive is a classic example of an opportunity I wish was around when I was a whipper snapper personal trainer; I certainly would have spent less time lounging on a foam roller that’s for sure!
As an ambassador for Flive I believe it will change the way workouts are presented, especially given the continued growth rates of social media. Keep at eye out as I will soon be utilising this app in time to continue my own crusade in getting personal trainers the education that many desperately need in order to make genuine change with their clients and bettering society as a whole!
The question is if you’re a personal trainer what is your passion and what service do you want to live stream straight in to the houses of your 1000’s of your social media followers?
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Software for Personal Trainers – We Uncover the Top 5 Most Useful Options
Looking for software to help you run your Personal Training business smoothly? With over a decade in the industry we've found the best options. Read our guide to the top 5.
For as little as $30 a month, Personal Trainers can now have a ‘virtual BFF’ in business; PT software just makes life easy. If only this software was around when I first started out in the industry; it would have saved me hours of work on the weekend sending confirmation text’s, re-writing programs and updating my database!
There are four key components that make up a great software program for Personal Trainers. If you are considering investing in one of the hundreds of products on the market, then you need to assess how the following features could reduce your workload and add value to your clients at the same time:
Not too many companies provide all four components, so be sure to think about what gaps you are looking to fill in your business, what would make life easier and what can bring value to your clients. The last thing you want is something ‘fancy’ that you either don’t use to it’s full potential or means double-handling in terms of paperwork and data entry.
Here are my recommendations for software that ticks most of the boxes. These five provide a number of stand-out value-adds and are a reasonable price.
But these five won’t be the best fit for everyone – do your research. What do you think: are you using software to improve your business? What do you recommend? Leave us a comment!
Tristan Hill, Masters of Sports Coaching, author of Lifting the Bar and mentor to Personal Trainers.