Still on the looking for that perfect personal trainer business management software? Check out our review of GymCatch, the new kid on the block.
As a personal trainer, your passion is bringing your skills, knowledge and expertise to improve the lives of your clients, allowing them to achieve their goals and lead healthier, happier lives. But while you may be a virtuoso in the ways of fitness and nutrition, the minutiae of running a small business can sometimes surprise you.
Whether you run your PT operation remotely from home or using your local gym, it can be tricky managing your clientele, juggling their needs and goals, keeping them motivated and organising your practice without the right tools.
Fortunately, recent years have seen a rise in software specifically designed to aid personal trainers in the business aspects of their operation so that they can focus on what they do best; bringing their knowledge of health and fitness to their clients. GymCatch is one of the personal trainer tools you can employ to help managing clients and your business. Let’s take a look at what it can do for you.
On the face of it GymCatch looks like just another organisational tool; but really it’s so much more than that. While it allows you to make client bookings, schedule classes and events and send notifications to your clients, this is really just the tip of the iceberg.
GymCatch has a robust range of features that can aid your marketing strategy to reach a broad range of clients while also incentivising your existing clients to stay with you, book more sessions and keep on striving to meet their goals.
GymCatch has a range of features which could potentially make managing your PT business much easier and less time consuming. Needless to say, it’s developed to be used on the go by you and your clientele at any time.
The app is available on a range of devices so that you, your customers and your prospects can use it on laptop or desktop devices as well as smartphones and tablets.
The app’s connectivity means that you’re always in touch with your clients so that your risk of no-shows due to miscommunications or forgotten sessions is reduced.
Not only can you schedule classes and 1:1 sessions through the app, you can also take payments securely through the app in advance of your sessions as well as “on the door”. This can be invaluable in managing your cash flow.
Of course, even with the comprehensive planning that the app affords you, sometimes circumstance gets in the way, which is why the app makes it easy to manage cancellations and distribute refunds.
GymCatch is also a great CRM tool, enabling you easy access to your client’s data so that you can track their fitness journey with you. With a few taps of a touchscreen you can have access to your clients’ progress and track how far the have already come or they still need to go. This will allow you to tweak their program when needed.
Many PTs face frustration when their clients lose motivation or give up on their goals. Fortunately, the app gives you everything you need to keep your clients accountable so they want to come back for more. This means you can improve your client retention rates so your business can continue to thrive and your clients will keep on smashing their goals.
Some of the other cool features include;
If you’re not flying solo, the app even allows you to create your own teams with the ability to invite and manage unlimited team members with completely customizable permissions.
Gymcatch’s strengths is without a doubt the unlimited everything that comes with a very reasonable price tag. I feel like it gives a lot of the brand new personal trainers a cheaper way to manage their business from the get go so business organisation doesn't have to be an afterthought.
It’s an extremely comprehensive app that’s clearly been built with the needs of PTs in mind, yet is easy and enjoyable for customers to use too.
In-app messages and push notifications make it easy to communicate with clients and keep them on-track. In the meantime the rewards system can gamify the fitness journey for your clients and give them the pride in their accomplishments that they deserve.
They really have thought of everything!
The biggest flaw in the GymCatch system is the extra charge they have for website integration code. Website integration is a standard feature that all businesses expect because it help them to manage their clients more effectively.
Plus, the website integration, provided it looks good, would be a marketing asset to the GymCatch brand, helping them to spread the word on their otherwise great software.
It’s also worth noting that some of its features are not yet available which may be a source of frustration to some personal trainers. The ability to create bespoke course or membership packages for clients is not yet available, nor is the ability to generate exclusive discount codes.
While the price is fairly reasonable, some services come at an extra cost, including website integration code and the ability to generate auto-refunds in-line with your cancellation policy.
Who It’s Ideal For
Gymcatch is ideal for virtually any personal trainer, fitness workshop leader or fitness fanatic looking to dip their toe in the world of personal training and fitness coaching.
It is fairly easy and intuitive to use from a range of devices from desktop PCs to tablets and smartphones but nonetheless if you’re a hardcore technophobe you may find it all a bit bamboozling at first.
Still, once you get to grips with it, you may find it's an extremely useful tool. Not only can it make the operational and organisational aspects of running a PT business quicker and easier, it can ensure that you enjoy a healthy influx of new clients while retaining your dedicated disciples of fitness.
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Since GymCatch currently offers a month’s free trial to all new customers, you need a seriously good reason not to at least give it a go. Even if you’re not yet ready to go live, it’s worth checking it out, just to get to grips with the range of features and think about how you could apply them to your business. You have nothing to lose and potentially a great deal to gain.
Good luck and if you have any questions about this GymCatch review, ask in the comments or get in touch.
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