Online Trainer Academy Review - Stephen Box
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Online Trainer Academy (OTA) Review - How Stephen Box stopped giving nearly half his paycheck to the gym.

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HAS THE ONLINE TRAINER ACADEMY HELPED GROW MY BUSINESS?

The OTA has really helped me grow my business in 3 ways:

  • The OTA helped me get a clear focus on who I wanted to serve and how to serve them.
  • The OTA gave me the tools I needed to get my business organized.
  • The OTA has given me the ability to stand-out as a certified online trainer.

When I first graduated, I used online training as a way to keep clients happy when I had to travel or they missed sessions.  That way I could keep getting paid.  Something funny happened though - as clients stopped training in-person with me for various reasons, they asked to still work with me online.  In January 2018, I made the decision to make the transition to a full-time online trainer so that I didn't have to give the studio 40% of my check anymore.

Today, my online training business is doing something that my in-person business never did - giving me a solid, reliable income without adding stress to my life.

"Today, my online training business is doing something that my in-person business never did - giving me a solid, reliable income without adding stress to my life."

But let's back up to where it all began...

In 2015, I was celebrating my 5th year as a "full-time" certified fitness trainer.  I put full-time in quotation marks because my hours said full-time but my paychecks said part-time.  At the time, I was working inside a Workout Anytime and spent more time doing free consults than actual training sessions.  I decided it was time to go out on my own.

It didn't take long for reality to hit me in the face.  Despite a background in sales and management plus a business degree with a focus on marketing - I was ill-prepared to run my own business.

Realizing that I needed help, I dropped $2k for coaching with a well know fitness business education company.  Turns out it was a total waste of money, they spent more time up-selling me than giving me any real value - you'll understand why I mention this later. 

Over the next year, I read every marketing article I could, spent money on certifications to boost my credibility, and attended a weekly networking meeting.

Despite the increased effort, I had only a small handful of clients and the studio where I rented space took 40% of what I earned.  It was honestly depressing and I was ready to quit.

Enter Jon Goodman

When I was looking up those marketing articles I came across the Personal Training Development Center (PTDC) and it's founder, Jon Goodman.  

Out of all the sites I visited, the things I learned on the PTDC were most responsible for the little bit of success I did have.  As a result of that success, Jon earned some of my trust and I decided to invest in his 1K Extra Facebook marketing program.

Truthfully, I never got much out of 1K Extra but something unique happened.  Unlike the previous company who wanted me to pay another $2k to get the updated version, Jon gave us free lifetime updates.

After 3 or 4 updates, Jon decided the program wasn't delivering the value he wanted and he closed it down.  I'm sharing this because what happened next is why I own pretty much every book Jon has written and am so willing to promote his programs.  He gave everyone who purchased 1k Extra free enrollment in the Online Trainer Academy. 

WHAT IS THE ONLINE TRAINER ACADEMY?

“The Online Trainer Academy is a comprehensive certification program designed to show fitness professionals like you how to build and grow an online training business for more income and freedom in a smart and strategic way.”

Jon Goodman

Jon Goodman, founder of the Online Trainer Academy (OTA), describes it this way “The Online Trainer Academy is a comprehensive certification program designed to show fitness professionals like you how to build and grow an online training business for more income and freedom in a smart and strategic way.”

I would describe it as the kick in the pants I needed to get my business organized and gain the time freedom that comes with training online.

IS THE ONLINE TRAINER ACADEMY THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU?

Pros

  • Easy to follow step-by-step instructions that help you build a solid foundation for your online training business. 
  • Created with multiple learning styles in mind. Includes textbook, workbook, online videos, and coaching calls
  • Self-paced to fit your schedule
  • Free life-time updates
  • Unlimited 1-on-1 coaching at no additional cost
  • CEU credits with most certification companies 
  • Iron-clad 10-YEAR, $1,000/MONTH EXTRA GUARANTEE

Cons

  • Not ideal for trainers with less than 1 year of in-person experience.
  • Lacks advanced level strategies for trainers already earning 6-figure incomes.

PRICING

Pay In Full

One Time Payment 


$

1,999

Pay Monthly

12 Monthly Payments


$

199

/mo

Conclusion:

The Online Trainer Academy (OTA) is absolutely the best thing that ever happened to my business.  I definitely recommend it to any trainers who:

  • are burned out from trading hours for dollars
  • want more time freedom to do the things they want to do
  • are tired of insta-fit trainers and fitness marketers who don't take care of their clients properly. 

A Note On Time Freedom

One of the biggest benefits to online training is the flexibility it gives you to travel since you don't have to see clients face to face.   I've really seen this benefit firsthand the last year as my wife and I had to travel home to care for family several times.  My clients didn't even know that I was gone because I was able to run my entire business in just a couple of hours a day from my phone while traveling.

READY TO JOIN THE ONLINE TRAINER ACADEMY?

You can view my original post-graduation  video below.  Be sure to drop a comment below and let me know if you found this review helpful or to ask any additional questions you may have about the OTA or online training in general.

Update

In the video, I mention a pre-sale list.  Please note that the Online Trainer Academy is now being offered year round vs a semi-annual launch.  That means no more pre-sale but you can sign up anytime and there is a 12-month payment plan.

There is also an iron-clad 10-year money back guarantee.  They also guarantee that you will be making an additional 1k per month within the first 90 days!

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Stephen Box

Stephen Box is a Certified Fitness Trainer through the ISSA, Precision Nutrition Level 2 ProCoach, and a graduate of the Online Trainer Academy.  He has served as an expert media contributor for Men's Fitness, Men's Journal, Exercise.com, and The Huffington Post to name a few.  When he's not serving his clients, Stephen enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife of 20+ years and going to football games. 

*Disclaimer: I benefited so much from the OTA that I decided to become an affiliate of the program.  My recommendations are based solely on my experience with the program and are not influenced by a commission. However, you are under no obligation to use the affiliate links contained in this article.

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