Online Trainer Academy Review – How To Become An Online Fitness Coach
The fitness industry is not the most beautiful of places.
You get people on steroids, photoshoppers, fake weights and gyms that drain you out mentally.
Early mornings, late nights and never being in control of your schedule.
But luckily there’s another option : Being an online trainer, where you can be more proactive and gain back your freedom.
The online trainer academy helps you becoming that and today I want to give you a review about it.
For those that don’t know me, I’m managing 5 fitness centers with over 10.000 regular members and I can call myself a certified online trainer for more than one year.
I used the online trainer academy to 1. supplement my income so I can travel a little bit more and two, to have a system to train awesome clients from all over the world that I understand best, plant-based professionals looking to get into their best shape.
Not only did the academy improve my side hustle, but also increased my competency in my job as a manager, which I also truly appreciate. Here’s what changed since the course.
Now, I want to make this clear : There’s no such thing as easy money.
This isn’t a review of a get-rich-quick course, so if you’re looking for one, this isn’t the right thing for you.
This isn’t an advanced online marketing course, if you’re looking for secret hacks, this isn’t the right thing for you.
This isn’t a fitness certification course. If you don’t got the basic certification, this isn’t the right thing for you.
The academy is a legit course based on proven principles from sensei Jonathan Goodman.
Jonathan Goodman is the founder of the Personal Trainer Development Center and a best-selling author of a couple amazing books.
Such as Ignite The Fire, Personal Trainer Pocketbook and the Highly Wealthy Online Trainer.
Which I all own.
What made the academy stand out?
First of all is that it’s founder is a person that actually was in the trenches. A person that walks the walk and talks the talk.
Second that over the whole course, Jonathan pays attention to details.
I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on my personal development.
And never did I got such a detailed workbook and handbook, sent after completing the course.
I also never got an advanced calculation that shows you exactly how much you should charge depending on your dream lifestyle.
The online trainer academy does one job extremely well, standing out.
What I really liked about the academy was one of it’s core messages : What would this look like if it was easy ?
I had an Instagram account with over 10.000 people following me. How much money did I earn from that account ? Little to nothing.
One of the first clients that I got on my online training service was through an old colleague.
Yet here I was hustling my butt off posting daily on social media, getting little to no return.
This simple question of : What would this look like if it was easy, made me ask myself, what would I do if it needed to work :
Would I create an online sales funnel or would I speak to more people ? Keep it simple.
Now here’s what I didn’t like about the course :
Everything has two sides and nothing is perfect.
Here’s two things that I would like to improve on the Online Trainer Academy :
In the beginning Jonathan asks you for a leap of faith, to randomly talk to 5 new people (in a non-intrusive way obviously) on social media every day. Only in the end he reveals how to do it properly, and his strategy may actually work.
But until then I probably left thousands of dollars on my table, because I did it wrong.
Jonathan doesn’t explain it in the beginning, because I think he wants to prove a point that you actually got your network and don’t need to invest in fancy marketing funnels.
But if I were Jon I would simply explain it in the beginning.
2nd : I didn’t see much success with his Facebook strategy of posting one post on a daily basis.
My advice never really got huge traction, I usually got one to three likes, even if I was interacting with multiple people. It made my feed turn into an awkward mess.
Only in the end one person told me that he noticed my service due to my posts.
This might be because I’m living in a foreign country and most of my friends on Facebook don’t speak English that well.
But the bottom line is, with this strategy I didn’t see much results.
But the positives overshadow the negative sides.
1. I did get some clients and I feel like I have more control of my destiny.
And I think online training is truly the way to go, but right now I enjoy the mix of managing a center and training cool people online.
2. I also enjoy having an unfair advantage to challenge the disgusting online fitness world and distance myself from the uninformed insta-trainer. I believe in being the change that I want to see in the world.
3. It’s about the freedom. I’m planning a cool trip this december to Australia and I’d like to finance it entirely from my online income. Right now I’m on track.
How the Online Trainer Academy works :
Within a few moments of enrolling you got the email with login information.
Depending on where you live, I live in Switzerland, you get the textbook sooner or later.
Needless to say, I got it later, in about 2 weeks.
Once the two books arrived you go through the course step-by-step, finishing each module with a quick exam.
Once you’ve finished a module the next one opens.
Notice how Module 4 is the last one called « How To Get Clients » .
I didn’t understand it first but it’s important that you know how to structure your business and how to get your clients results, before getting clients.
Makes sense yet a lot of people don’t understand it.
In the end you finish an exam, after that you get to call yourself a certificed online trainer.
The exam is not too easy, so it’s better to prepare for it well.
That’s also what you see on my website.
Jonathan Goodman is someone that is known to overdeliver.
From sending you two secret gifts throughout the course to paying attention to small details like the font.
Just order the book combination “Highly Wealthy Online Trainers”, it’s a pleasure to read.
I truly think people like that exist pretty rarely.
If you’re a certified trainer and interested in the Online Trainer Academy and want to gain your freedom back.