Tips to Become a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist Online 2019

So you want to become a personal trainer & online nutritionist? The #1 piece of advice I have for you to consistently generate over 10K in revenue, have raving clients around the globe and live the life you dream comes down to YOUR STORY. That’s right. The key to your success is in your unique story. Sure, certifications and experience will help but when you can harness what truly makes you different from the rest the clients will be lining up knocking down doors to work with you.

In the past couple of years, I fought with my own life challenges. Losing over 65lbs, overcoming an eating disorder, and quitting an extremely comfortable 9-5 to build a business from the ground up. So becoming a personal trainer & online nutritionist is a topic I know a few things about. To become a successful online personal trainer I would like to share a few tips which will work great if you choose to follow them.

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Become a Fitness Instructor

Before jumping in and getting your Personal Trainer certification, test out the industry and become a fitness instructor first. Generally speaking, to become a fitness instructor at a studio you do not have to go through the same certifications as what you will need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. To become a fitness instructor:

  • You must be aged above 18.

  • Speak less, coach more.

  • Ensure your mind is focused on helping your clients.

  • Be physical & mentally fit.

  • Inspire others with creative & motivated stories, Try your best to have strong communication skills.

  • Start a blog or social platform so you can share your fitness tips.


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What You Need To Be a Personal Trainer

While it may be easier to become a fitness instructor if you are serious about making it in this career getting certified as a Personal trainer will be important. To become a personal trainer, there are a number of different ways you can learn what you need to know to become a great trainer for your clients. Here are a few tips of mine, before we dive into the nitty-gritty certifications. If you want to become an online personal trainer, you should keep in mind the following tips:

  • Remember that your clients are REAL humans, with REAL feelings and emotions.

  • Focus on training people in your area of expertise and interests. If you like to work with women over the age of 55, don’t try and design your business and programs for 25-year-old fitness competitors.

  • You will need to train your courage muscle. To be a successful online personal trainer,  you will need to lead by example and be courageous

  • Get clear on what your goals are for the next 1-3 years (financially, personally, etc.)

  • Embrace technology to make your life easy!

Personal Trainer Requirements

Being an online personal trainer means you still need to be a certified personal trainer; I am sharing a few requirements which you must have in place to run a successful business. 

Why? Without legitimate certifications, you do not have the experience, expertise or safety coverage to be able to successfully train your future clients.

  • Sign up for a respected accredited Personal Training certification. Keep your certifications current!

  • Keep, and maintain CPR, first aid and annual liability insurance.

  • Commit to at least one continued education certification every 6 months so you can stay on top of the game when it comes to health and wellness.


Think outside the box - make playlists and things your clients ACTUALLY want!

Think outside the box - make playlists and things your clients ACTUALLY want!

How to Start Personal Training Business Online

Listen up guys, if you want to help more people, make more money and have more freedom the above are the first things to do to become a successful online personal trainer. However, after becoming a personal trainer, you will most likely have questions in your mind about how to start a personal training business online. I hear you loud and clear, getting certified and making one social media post isn’t enough. I postponed my business plan, website launch, and marketing efforts because of many internal & external reasons. But finally, I took the leap and made the decision to start my personal training business online; I struggled in the beginning with things like money, time, family, friends, comfort zone, etc. 

Here are the tips:

  • You have to create your own social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

  • A website about personal training with relevant content & case studies will be an important point to trig your business to the next level.

  • Join a number of popular social groups, where professionals & pre-added are discussing business.

  • If you’re not familiar with things I mentioned above, then you have to get in touch with a professional company or freelancer who wants to help you (coach/mentor)

  • Contribute to personal trainer forums and discussion; join a few FAQ sites like Quora & Yahoo Answers to get in touch with the community.

  • If you’re offering services in your local areas, then create your Google Business Account, submit & verify the appropriate Google Places to get in touch with clients near you.

  • Start submission on local listing sites to get in front of your target market.

  • Offer your weight loss program & personal training coach programs in 4-8-12-16 weeks packages to make it easy for people to work with you.

  • Engage your community. Allow them to help you build your programs and be attentive to their needs.

  • Get your clients amazing results. Referrals.

  • Offer to coach at a discounted rate to family and friends in the beginning.

If you or someone you know is looking for a successful online personal trainer, get in touch with Lucy Dunne.

There you have it guys. Some great tips on how to become an online personal trainer. This industry isn’t for everyone. You may not love it and some of you will prefer the hands-on feel involved in the traditional styles of training. The purpose of this article wasn’t to convince you that being an online trainer is the only way, but for the trainers out there wanting to transition to online, I wanted to provide a few of my lessons learned and tips.