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5 Free Fitness Coaching Tools

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Many personal trainers, especially those who are training as a side hustle or are just starting out, may be short on cash to invest in their business.

Luckily, there are numerous free tools out there that will help you streamline and improve how you interact with people — be them your clients, potential clients, or the public in general.

Below are five free services and tools that I use on a regular basis!

#1 – SignRequest

You have your clients sign a waiver and PAR-Q, right? In the past, I would email them the files, and they would have to digitally sign them themselves or print, scan, and email them back to me. What a hassle!

With the free plan from SignRequest, all I have to do is upload my two blank forms, click where my new client needs to sign and check, and email it to them. They can easily sign digitally and send it right back to my email inbox. Two clicks later and I’ve moved the signed document into their Google Docs folder.

If you want to upgrade your SignRequest, it will let you customize logos and colors, use templates, and store more documents.

#2 – Calendly

We should always be improving. Sometimes I look back at how I used to do things and think, “I can’t believe I did it like that!” but that’s just how progress works.

Calendly is how I now schedule check-ins with athletes and consultations/interviews with potential clients. It integrates with my calendar’s availability hours and detects local time zones, and even the free version is highly versatile. All you have to do is send them your personal Calendly URL, and they’re good to go!

Upgrading your Calendly lets you have more than one event type (mine is simply “Meeting”) and more customization.

#3 – InShot

I post a lot of Youtube videos. Most of these videos are done in one take and require very little editing, if any. In the past, I would film on my iPhone, upload to my computer, and edit it there. For a 1-minute video, I’d film a few takes and cut/paste the best down to a minute. It was time consuming and more stressful with all the takes and editing!

Now that I’ve gotten more comfortable with the videos through practice, I simply do a single take. With InShot, I combine the intro and extro I have saved on my iPhone with the video, add some text, maybe edit a tiny bit, and then upload it straight to Youtube and Facebook from my phone. InShot actually lets you remove their logo in two presses of your thumb.

I don’t know if there’s a paid version because I’ve never needed it!

#4 – IFTTT

If This, Then That is a handy tool that connects services with various applets to make things happen. For example, I have an applet that will post my Instagram photos as native photos to Twitter if I include the #twitter hashtag in my Instagram post. They also post to my Facebook page as native images if I put #runningcoach in the original Instagram post.

There’s an incredible number of applets — from emailing you posts from your favorite Subreddit and alerting you of rain in the forecast, to connecting your IOS Calendar to your Google Calendar.

Just about every service you could think of is included: from the EPA . . . to Chicago Transit Authority . . . to home security services!

#5 – Canva

Canva has been a super handy tool for photo editing. I primarily use it to create my Youtube cover images quickly. However, you can use it to easily select sizes for just about every social media site, make templates for ebooks and marketing materials, and even create event invitations.

You may search for free photos to use; find a great variety of fonts, templates, and shapes; save brand colors, etc. Upgrading offers you more features, but I’ve tried this and found that the free version has plenty of horse power!

What other free tools and services do you find indispensable for your training needs?

Train Anyone, Anywhere in the World.

Kyle Kranz is a running coach who specializes in helping runners learn good training practices so they can run sustainably and injury-free on their own. Kyle works remotely with busy individuals all over the world who are looking to improve at distances ranging from the 5k to ultra-marathon. He has lost 80 pounds, obtained a degree in Dietetics, and earned a certification through the Online Trainer Academy. Since he primarily works online with clients, he and his wife enjoy spending the summer house-sitting in different locations around the world.

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5 Free Fitness Coaching Tools was originally posted at https://www.exercise.com/blog/5-free-fitness-coaching-tools/ by Kyle Kranz

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Daily Deliberate Practice

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Anders Ericsson has written an excellent book PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. Ericsson’s research contributed to the common recited 10,000 rule.

If you’re not familiar with it, Malcolm Gladwell interpreted Ericsson’s research and suggested people need to accumulate 10,000 hours to become an expert.

Ericsson, however, says,

“[T]he key thing that people have misinterpreted is that it’s not just a matter of accumulating hours. If you’re doing your job, and you’re just doing more and more of the same, you’re not actually going to get better.” (source)

Ericsson instead says the missed element is something he calls “deliberate practice.” As fitness experts, this idea should resonate with you.

Imagine a client who wanted to get healthy and strong, but they kept repeating the same exercises done incorrectly. If they reached 10,000 hours without hurting themselves, would they really have improved? They may even be in a worse position long term.

Ericsson says, “Purposeful practice is all about putting a bunch of baby steps together to reach a longer-term goal” (p. 15).

An Interview with Anders Ericsson

Check out this interview with Ericsson below:

6 Tips for Incorporating Deliberate Practice Into Your Business

As you think about how deliberate practice might apply to your business, we wanted to share a few tips:

Incorporate practice into daily work life – The first step in applying deliberate practice into your business is to schedule it into your daily work life. You’ll never make progress if you don’t set aside regular time. Get out of your comfort zone – If you only practice what you’ve always practiced, you’ll never grow. That’s true when you exercise and it’s true in your business. If one of your clients only wanted to exercise their biceps, you’d firmly explain that’s not a smart way to exercise. Seek immediate feedback – A core component of deliberate practice is seeking immediate feedback. That might mean seeking out a business mentor or taking an online course where you have access to an expert for a new business tactic. Don’t keep practice something that you can’t get feedback on and don’t know if you’re doing correctly. Learn from others, particularly experts – The best way to become an expert is to learn from one. That might mean reading a book like PEAK: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, taking a seminar, going to a conference, or seeking a new certification. Our digital world provides us hundreds of ways we can learn from experts. Build mental representations – “A mental representation is a mental structure that corresponds to an object, an idea, a collection of information, or anything else, concrete or abstract, that the brain is thinking about.” (source). Many people use this form of learning in school but stopped using it as they transitioned into the business world. It can be a tremendous tool in your deliberate practice. Focus – Deliberate practice requires your full attention, so set aside a specific amount of time and remove distractions. If you’re new to this idea, read more about the Pomodoro Technique.

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Daily Deliberate Practice was originally posted at https://www.exercise.com/blog/daily-deliberate-practice/ by Exercise.com Staff

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