Does anyone even use SMS messaging anymore? When I first started looking at PTminder, I was surprised to see that it used SMS reminders. PTminder is another Fitness Training Software with the entire gamut of standard features and a few additional nifty tricks.
With over 600,000 clients, almost 14 million bookings, and more than $300 million in-app payments, PTminder can be considered one of the most popular fitness training apps. It integrates with many video conferencing apps to schedule virtual training sessions with your clients.
PTminder Personal Training Software
PTminder is another entry in our lineup of Personal Training software reviews. It is a versatile platform for personal trainers, gym owners, and clients with a range of apps for the web, Android, and iOS. One thing I like about PTminder is that it optimizes its mobile apps for tablets and iPads. They don’t just give you the same app that looks bigger on bigger screens.
The maker of this app, Software Minder Limited is a company based in Auckland, New Zealand. It has a broad spectrum of fitness training apps for both Android and iOS that cater to many different types of needs.
Some of the more salient features of PTminder are:
- Online Training: Build Workouts, Nutrition plans, and train your clients online while tracking their progress.
- Client Management: Track client profiles, payments, and progress.
Online Bookings: Your clients will be able to view your Calendar and book their next session directly from their mobile phone.
- Accept Payments: Manage your Payments while accepting payments through some of the most popular payment platforms.
Let’s get into the details about PTminder to understand how its features can benefit you.
PTminder Personal Training Software Review
Features and Benefits
PTminder gives you many options to access it with web and mobile apps with support for both Android and iOS. Signing up with PTminder is not too complicated, but there are a few additional fields that you will need to fill in. Some of them (Country, Timezone, and Currency) are detected automatically based on your location.
One thing I did notice is that PTminder only offers a 14-day trial in contrast to the usual 30-days provided by many other platforms. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it does help to have a longer period to test out all its features.
Once you have signed up and filled in the few other details required, you’ll be greeted by the dashboard. I’m sharing a demo screen from PTminder’s website to show you how much data it contains once you have your clients and payments setup. It is especially convenient to track your payments and compare performance against the last month.
PTminder pays a lot of attention to all the important aspects of personal training. You can start off by defining your workouts. Make sure to leverage the comprehensive library of more than 5,000 exercise videos and supplement them with your own videos where applicable.
A detailed Nutrition plan is something you don’t find on a lot of fitness training platforms. PTminder has this part covered better than most of its competitors. It allows you to set up comprehensive Nutrition plans with detailed meal plans for each day, going down to the level of assigning the amount of food along with the calorie intake and other nutrients.
You can set up a calendar based booking system for your clients so that they can book sessions with you at their convenience, directly from their mobile phones. This takes a heavy load off, in my opinion, because it helps you to focus on your sessions without being disturbed with calls and texts from clients trying to book a session. The app will also remind your clients about their sessions, in addition to the SMS reminders mentioned above.
PTminder’s client mobile apps are quite comprehensive and user-friendly. They allow your clients to keep track of their planned sessions. In addition, they can also view the calendars of their personal trainers and make bookings with just a few clicks.
They can also view Nutrition plan and workout details as well as watch exercise videos from within the app. PTminder makes things even simpler by integrating payments. More about this in a bit.
Another feature I really like about PTminder is that in addition to tracking my clients’ progress, it also allows me to do assessments directly through the app. So my clients have all the data they need and can see the progress they’re making as well as the value I add.
Payment integrations, managing packages, and tracking payments are must-have features for me. They allow me to set up my packages, and then rest is taken care of by PTminder. Something I haven’t seen in many of the other apps is the number of payment platforms that PTminder supports. Having payment capabilities is one thing, but giving clients the option to pay through the service they are familiar with is going the extra mile. PTminder supports payments through Stripe, Debitsuccess, GoCardless, ezidebit, PayPal, and PaySmart.
What Clients Say About PTminder
It’s normal for companies to put up the most positive user reviews on their websites. So it a good idea to check on a neutral review site like Capterra. PTminder has a little over 200 reviews with an overall rating of 4.6, which is quite good. But the shortage of reviews, which is even more evident on the mobile app stores, makes PTminder somewhat premature. But I have to say that it does offer a lot of useful features in a comprehensive manner.
I dug into some of the reviews that have ratings with 3-stars or lower. They are all from 2018 or earlier. I also observed that many of the newer reviews gave PTminder much better reviews. The example below sums up most of the recent reviews quite well:
I didn’t have much of a problem with the Calendar, and the cons mentioned in the reviews are mainly related to missing features. So we can’t really consider that a flaw. PTminder has a negligible number of reviews on the Apple App Store, and a little under 100 on the Android Play Store and both have less than 4-stars. I won’t get into the details on that, but in my opinion, the app has improved quite a bit since its inception and offers quite a good user experience at the time of this review.
To Buy Or Not To Buy
PTminder offers many of the features that I look for in a personal training platform. Personally, I think it has good potential even for more experienced trainers that have a considerable client base.
Let’s look at the pricing plans offered by PTminder. I would like to remind you again that there is only a 14-day trial in contrast to the 30-days offered by many other platforms. Other than that, the pricing plans offered are quite straight forward. They are priced by blocks of 50 clients. Starting at $36 a month for 50 clients, plans go all the way up to $123 for unlimited clients. There is a 10% discount that applies to annual billing.
The comparison of features is as follows:
50 Client Plan
100 Client Plan
150 Client Plan
200 Client Plan
Monthly Pricing (Annual Billing)
All Other Features
Available On All Plans
Just looking at the pricing plans, it’s evident that PTminder is offering a lot of value for money. Most other platforms start with around five clients and much higher cost per client rations. But with PTminder, you start with 50 clients, and that’s a pretty good number. I recommend that you switch to annual billing once you are confident about the platform so that you can make additional savings. Having all other features common across the pricing plans make selecting one even easier, all you need to consider is the number of clients, which you can easily increase as your business grows.
Just one more thing about pricing, the SMS reminders, and the self-branded mobile app comes at an additional cost. SMS credits start at $7 for 100 texts but become a lot more economical when you buy a higher number. The branded mobile app is available at $36 a month with additional discounts for annual billing.
Overall, I can say that PTminder is pretty good, and you should try it out. Make sure to add a review if you like it.