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The OTA has really helped me grow my business in 3 ways:
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."
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.
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.
“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, 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.
One Time Payment
12 Monthly Payments
The Online Trainer Academy (OTA) is absolutely the best thing that ever happened to my business. I definitely recommend it to any trainers who:
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.
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.
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!
No, there are no requirements for OTA although I do suggest at least 1 year of in-person training.
It depends on how much time you invest and your goals. My business is set up to only take on 10-15 clients at a time. However, there are some grads earning over 6-figures.
Remember, they guarantee that you'll earn an extra 1k per month within your first 90 days or you can get a full refund.
Pay in Full = $1999 or pay $199/mo for 12 months
This will depend on how well you have done to create a reputation and demand for your product already. However, as mentioned earlier - they guarantee that you'll make an extra 1k per month within 90 days. That means that you should be able to pay off your full investment within 4 months.
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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