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Complete Training System Launches

Full tool set for Personal Trainers to take their business to the next level. Web based system helps trainers work with clients and add additonal revenue streams like nutrition services, calorie tracking and online training.

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Personal Training Software

Hi, I am opening a personal training studio and are looking for software that can help me track my clients progress and give them a great visual tool.

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Personal Trainer Development Center Reviews - PTDC

I was checking out the Personal Trainer Development Center and was hoping to hear any experiences working with their online trainer exam program. I want

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Gym Refuses To Put Agreement in Writing

I'll try to keep this as concise as possible but its complicated. I was laid off from a good paying construction project management job in 2009. After

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ACSM Pass First Attempt

I'm sorry this turned out so long- but hopefully you will find something useful in it! I studied for 3 and a half months and passed on my first attempt!

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As a trainer going through peri menopause I am not as lean as I used to be. My waist isn't as small and I am not as firm. I am not So obviously fit. I'm

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business proposal generator

how many times/plans can you make with the business proposal generator.

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Insurance/Legalities for a garage gym

I'm finishing up my certification and am trying to get a head start on my business plan. I want to be online mostly but I have a personal garage gym that

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Certificate vs. Certification

Certificate versus certification I graduated this past December with a Career Studies Certificate in Personal Training. I do not have a Certification

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Requirements to Launch Global Online Fitness Training Program

What certification(s) do you need to be covered for legal and insurance purposes to launch a global online fitness training program? Each country has its

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Nutrition Coach

Has anyone taken the certification for Nutrition Coach with AFAA ? I am very interested in nutrition but would like to see the course content before hand

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Speaking for ISSA

I took the course because I am not good at taking tests. Because they are timed, so I end up trying to go fast and don't do well. Even when I know the

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Is a NASM CPT Certification valid in all states?

Is a NASM CPT Certification valid in all states? I plan to take my test in Oregon on my vacation, but I live in Arizona. If I get my cert in Oregon will

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NASM-CPT in 1 week!!!

Ok, firstly I have to say that I DO NOT recommend doing it this in the slightest but, I had an opportunity to become a personal trainer at a private gym

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What Courses have the best Visual Learning Materials.

I have read multiple learning materials especially baking books and have acknowledge some of the strength and weaknesses in explaining the ideas, the thoughts

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NPTI MN don't hate the player, hate your game

I am a graduate of NPTI MN (April to October 2018) and I appreciate the value in education I received. I do not believe this school is for everyone.

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Legal, Ethical, Security and Trust Issues

hi, im wanting to start up an online personal training business and was wondering what are the Legal, ethical, security and trust issues that i have to

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New Trainer with a few questions

Where would you place the client primary goal in the exercise regimen? How many exercises would you allocate to the client's primary goal? How many exercises

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Some clients always late paying for sessions.

How do you handle if clients, once they run out of sessions keep forgetting to pay. They are with me for years. I do not have to worry getting paid,

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Is this site still supported?

Is this site still supported? I am interested so I can pass NSCA - CPT and CSCS later on. Thanks!

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Up to date?

Is this test prep up to date? Thanks so much!

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I was wondering which certification to get. I asked three gyms and they gave me three different answers. I was searching online for a solid answer and

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NPTI in Minnesota is a scam

This school is absolute scam! If you ever come across any positive reviews about NPTI in Minnesota, please be aware these reviews were written before the

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Cost to acquire a client?

Has anybody ever worked out their average marketing cost to acquire one new client? I'm thinking about becoming independent and am trying to think of all

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Personal Trainers - What are the advantages/disadvantages of being independent?

I'm just curious what all of you think or thought about when you were considering moving from working for a gym (chain or studio) to working as an independent

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What clients want Vs. that I believe they need

I have been a trainer for about 8 years and one of my biggest struggles still lingers. I'm sure we all have clients that come in and want you to just really

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Looking to pass the NSCA - CPT test. Does this course cover that? I show many others but this one is not shown under “covers all major certifications.”

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Client broke contract

I have a client that has signed a legal contract with me. On her first day to start, she has broken the contract and does not wish to pay. on the contract

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Nutrition exam questions

Training at gym

Can personal trainer assess and plan a meal plan for a client under his certification.

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NFPT exam is very hard

I just went in to take the exam. It was extremely difficult and absolutely nothing on the study guide was mentioned anywhere on the exam. It was all about

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New Pilates Instructor

I am beginning to teach in NYC as an independent contractor (will be using various spaces) and want to make sure that I have all the proper waiver forms

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Training a friend for free

I am a certified personal trainer through NASM. I do not have liability insurance any more as the company I worked for decided to close down. THey had

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Laws for Personal Trainers

What laws do personal trainers need to be aware of for example, Trade Descriptions Act, Data Protection Act, Consumer Protection Act, Health & Safety Act,

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Great First Cert!

I got signed up with ACTION before the NCCA accreditation. I waited until that was attained and then proceeded. I passed my CPT test in 2014. I didn't

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Not Satisfied with AFAA/NASM

I purchased the AFAA group fitness certification last year and tried to sign up to take the test through (their chosen exam proctoring service)

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lawsuit Examples

Hello, I am a Kisiosology Student at a University, and I am taking a required Business law class. I need to do a presentation for law class that has

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I need to hire a couple of trainers full time.

I am having trouble finding a source for4 finding Trainers. I have exhausted my client base to find what I want. Anyone with Ideas will be very graciously

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Want to open a small personal training gym in NYC

I heard about a permit called the Physical Culture Establishment Permit needed if you open an exercise studio in NY. It sounds like it is impossible for

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ace certifiction personal trainer

I ordered the premium package which included the ebooks and on line videos as well as quizzes. I prepared for the test with four months of study 5-6 hours

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Trying to figure out how up-to-date this is 3/15/17

All these posts are great and very inspiring but, very few if any posts have dates on them. I have seen a few posts in other sections with dates as far

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Great product POOR customer service

I would love to give a 5 star because it is a great program and I have learned a lot .However, the unclear and miscommunication is a BIG problem and expensive

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Use "PT" in your name if you are a Personal Trainer

Hi I'm Eric from Chicago. I just started a business using an LLC and have PT next to my last name because I used it a lot when I was in the Marine Corps.

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I am thinking about taking the NASM certification. I was wondering which is the best package to purchase. How has NASM helped you with your career or hasn't.

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Failed twice

Hello, I scored 90% percent on the exam that came with the study material and needless to say I failed. I studied harder and missed it by 3 points the

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the essentials of science book is the best bet.

when i first started studying for this test i thought i was gonna pass it with flying colors but when i got there i had absolutely no clue about half the

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New Personal Trainers

I am an experienced Fitness Coach. I am currently looking for new Fitness Trainers who may be struggling to establish themselves in the industry. I am

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Independent Trainer Agreements

We run a studio in California with a number of independent contractor personal trainers. We are interested in putting together agreements that meet all

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Get The Money

In the 16 years I have been a personal trainer, I am often taken aback by how many other trainers struggle. On their websites and brochures they proudly

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Being Self Employed

I really shouldn't complain. I have been a personal trainer for about 16 years now. I have my own private studio. I have about 30-35 training hours per

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up to date?

How up to date is your test prep? I have the ACE 5th edition and curious if its based on this latest edition.

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