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Top 5 Tools to Help Master Your Indy Business

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Top 5 Tools to Help Master Your Indy Business

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Whether you are an accomplished trainer with your own studio or making the transition to become an independent trainer, running your business brings challenges of all kinds. Don’t get too stressed though, we have put together 5 great tools to help you manage your personal training business and become more independent! Get better results out of your work, increase your bottom line, and have the ability to teach the practice that you desire. From programming to accounting, client management to anatomical references, these tools have been tested, tried and DIAKADI approved!  

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This easy to use multiplatform application is great for programming, organizing clients, storing  notes and forms, and sharing resources and information directly with your client. Evernote allows you to easily create notebooks for each client and share their workouts, meal plans, programming, and goals through email or the app. Store files, forms and photos within individual notes or a notebook, and be able to access them on any device. Encourage your clients to reference their past workouts, and keep progressing even on their off days! One of the best qualities of Evernote for trainers is the loose structure that gives you flexibility to organize your notes however you want, wherever you want on any platform you work with.

 


 

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The maker of this one of a kind anatomy app, 3D4 Medical, specializes in medical, health, fitness, and educational programs and applications for just about anyone who wants to learn. Essential Anatomy 4 is a total body, easy to use, detailed anatomical reference app that is the perfect tool to have in any healthcare professional’s pocket. This brilliant app includes detailed 3D images of 11 of the body's systems and 4,800 anatomical structures, the ability to see them in isolation from any angle, and detailed descriptions of each structure. The graphics are stunning, the layout is clean and polished, and the navigation is seamless. I highly recommend this reference tool not just for trainers and healthcare professionals, but for clients and patients as well.

 


 

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Google has come a long way since its first debut as a search engine. With intuitive platforms and industry leading cloud infrastructure, Google’s Apps for Work is an all-in-one productivity suite for businesses of any size. Most of us already use google in one way or another and it’s free, so, why pay? The premium feature allows you to create your personalized website, and host your professional email through Gmail. It also features a higher level of synchronicity, larger storage capacity across Gmail and Drive, and 24/7 phone support. Google’s immaculate cloud proficiency enables hassle free storage of all of your files, always accessible on any device and synced wonderfully. From building your website to scheduling clients, creating spreadsheets and updating them across platforms, Google Apps for Work makes work is our most well-rounded tool for becoming an independent  trainer. It feels great to have all of your stuff in one place everywhere you go.

 


 

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For those of us who balk at having to write with a pen and paper (so old school), there is this wonderful website called Typeform for all of your trainer forms. Typeform's goal: make forms awesome!  Easily create any type of form in a number of beautiful layouts customizable with your business logo and information. Creating your par q, client intake forms, liability waivers, surveys and client questionnaires have never been this easy. Typeform also walks you through attaching your forms to your website and provides you with the paid options of collecting payments, personalized automatic responses, logic jumps calculations for those par q’s! No more paper or bulky notebooks required, Typeform just made your life digital. 

 


 

As trainers, one of the aspects of business we commonly struggle with is finance and accounting management. The ideal accounting tool for a trainer would include cash flow sheets, expense reports, the ability to invoice and create receipts, and whatever the accountant needs to do our taxes. Depending on the size of your business, we have come up with three tools to assist you in the complex world of money management.

 

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As mentioned above Google Apps for Work allows you to create spreadsheets that work with all popular file types. Create a cash flow and have the ability to sync it with Microsoft Outlook. For trainers just getting your business started this is the ideal tool. It involves a little more hands on work, but is simple and easy without too many options that you can’t afford.

 

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For the more established business owner seeking a little more synchronicity there is Xero.This cloud based accounting software comes with many features relevant to our business including: detailed cash flow analysis, bank reconciliation, invoicing and client management. It also includes add ons for payroll, expense reports, inventory, and more. Running from 9$ - 70$ monthly (depending on features) Xero can be your full time  financial assistant.

 

 

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Our third and most inclusive suite for accounting and finances is MindBody, but it doesn’t stop at accounting. Mindbody is a completely customizable scheduling and online booking platform, POS station, accounting hub, and multi faceted client management and marketing tool. With packages from $85 - $150 monthly, Mindbody is catered toward the well established fitness entrepreneur, fitness studio, or multi practice professional.

 


 

With these 5 tools, you will be able to overcome the challenges of growing a successful business and flourish to new heights. By utilizing one or all of these tools, you can stay organized, clean up your financials, digitize your business, and bring relevant knowledge into the hands of both you and your clients.

 

 

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3 Health Apps on the Market that We Dig

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3 Health Apps on the Market that We Dig

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Guest writer Jared Hill is an eclectic, Chicago based blogger. His articles mostly focus on fitness and NBA team reviews and have been featured on NewHope360, Los That Sports Blog, & Dr. Premm's Global Community.  Have you been seeing people intently studying their smartphones at the gym, track, and court?

While they might be ordering takeout, or furiously swiping left on Tinder, it’s slightly more probable that they've been using a health app. These miraculous “health monitors” are widely used today; within the fitness community, most obviously, but increasingly among the general population as well.In this article, you'll find details on the best of the best in the fitness app trend.

With this advantage in mind, we begin with one of the top apps favored by both health seekers and their doctors.

 

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As BusinessInsider.com explains, Apple's HealthKit isn’t “an app, exactly. It’s more of a hub where you can monitor daily health stats, and see them over longer periods of time,” making HealthKit something of an all-around organizer. It collects data from medical devices, fitness trackers, and other health apps and stores them in an organized format. Additionally, it translates data into medical metrics, ensuring accuracy.

HealthKit will track calories, blood sugar, cholesterol, weight, and heart rate. In its "Medical ID" format, you can document medical conditions, allergies, medications, doctors, and emergency contacts. By having all your health data in one location, you can see the relationship between your diet, exercise, weight, stress, and sleep. Seeing "cause and effect" in this way can guide you in achieving your fitness goals. A "Dashboard" enables you to decide which data you want to share or keep private. HealthKit works with apps of health care institutions, such as Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, and Mount Sinai. HealthKit operates on a closed platform, and Apple restricts access by unapproved developers and apps.

 

Bottom Line - Apple HealthKit scores as a data store.

 

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Google Fit has taken a bite out of Apple's profits as a competitor with HealthKit. Fit tracks the same fitness elements as HealthKit, but it interfaces with other Android devices and apps. Fit has various partnerships with device manufacturers, such as Adidas, RunKeeper, Withings, Polar, and Nike Fuel. With Fit, you access information by opening individual apps separately. Fit operates on an open platform, and users have unrestricted access to other apps.

 

Bottom Line - Google Fit is an app that rivals Apple and is compatible with Android devices.

 

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MyFitnessPal is an app designed to help you achieve a weight loss goal. You establish a calorie goal and input your daily exercise and food intake. The app tracks calories consumed and burned, and its database is the largest among calorie counters, with nutritional information on thousands of brand-name, generic, and chain restaurant foods. You can also calculate calories from a recipe. A "Food Search" feature enables you to call up information by name.

 

Do you want the scoop on that Häagen-Dazs chocolate ice cream? MyFitnessPal will give you the nutritional breakdown in calories, fat, carbs, and protein for a specific serving size. As USA Today notes, “the great thing about [this app] is that [it] learns your tastes,” making it easy to track your favorite foods and restaurants you frequently visit. MyFitnessPal is compatible with numerous other apps and fitness-tracking devices.

 

Bottom Line - MyFitnessPal is a great weight loss buddy that enables you to accurately track calories as part of a weight reduction program.

 


One word of caution: there are some health apps on the market that may cause more harm than good. “Health apps are expanding at a rapid rate, so quickly that the FDA, despite its best intentions and efforts, has been unable to regulate each new app before it hits the market,” says Tim Cannon of HealthITJobs.com. It’s generally a good idea to check on the app you’re interested in using before you install it to make sure it’s got a good reputation, and a large enough base of users to generate meaningful reviews. If you can’t find any reviews for a specific app on the internet, steer clear.

That said, with the above three apps at your disposal, better health is just a download away!

 

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A Gift Guide for Your Clients

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A Gift Guide for Your Clients

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Holiday season is here! We came up with 5 gift giving ideas to get the creative juices flowing so you can start brainstorming how to say 'Happy Holidays + Thank You' to your clients.

They're the gluten free bread and low sodium butter of your business! Show them some love with a personalized gift.

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Get creative and zen out. Few things are more therapeutic than giving life. This is not only a unique and thoughtful gift for your clients and their homes, but a great way to relax and explore your creativity while making them.

Check out Flora Grubb and Succulence for some inspiration. Prices start at $22.


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You be the artist! Creating your very own artisanal gift bag full of delicious and healthy treats is a thoughtful and welcome change of pace from the endless junk food tempting your clients.

Here are a few of our favorite DIY gifts: Granola // Frozen Steaks + Spices  //  Infused Olive Oils.


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For those of us with little time, but good intentions, order a sample box of juices delivered to your clients home.

Just $35-$45 for yummy sampler boxes.


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If shopping is your thing, then join us for an endless array of stylish sports and outdoor gear at our Sports Basement Holiday Party. From beautiful water bottles to expressive socks, find something stylish for anyone on your list. Trainers, clients and guests of DIAKADI receive a 20% discount on all items purchased!

Join the Party! When: December 13th // Time: 11a-1p // Where: Sports Basement Potrero Hill


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For those clients near and dear to your heart, a personal handwritten letter can trump any physical gift. A few words of inspiration and praise for their hard work will help solidify a lasting relationship, and show that you truly care.

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