A challenge for trainers today is to set themselves apart and find ways to provide added value, and eFitnessTracker gives easy ways to do this in a fast and efficient way. eFitnessTracker keeps the trainer’s schedule organized with an easy way to set clients up with workouts and food plans. And for branding, trainers will get a personalized site set up for them with easy ways to update on their own and represent themselves online.Robert D. Krzyspiak
That’s how Robert D. Krzyspiak of eFitnessTracker would present their product in a nutshell.
As a certified personal trainer, I know first-hand that keeping up with all your clients can be a daunting task, especially when the business starts to grow. You always want to know what routine they are on, what their meal plan looks like, how they are progressing, stay on top of your own schedule once the business grows.”
Efitnesstracker.com is a web-based app which allows you to keep track of all your clients in one place. Everything’s online so you can access it from any laptop or desktop by using your credentials. I have been looking at the application for the past couple of weeks now and I decided to do a little review on it.
So in case you guys are looking into investing in a tool to help you manage your clients effortlessly in a really organized manner, you may want to check this out.
Layout & Design
Layout & Design
Getting started with eFitnessTracker is really easy and simple. There’s a left sidebar which basically lets you navigate quickly through the rather thick and complex application. There are numerous subsections for each of the 5 different sections (6 if you count the “Help” section), each and every one of them with a lot of options, menus, and sub-menus.
There wasn’t one thing I couldn’t find that I would’ve wanted. So that’s a huge plus right off the bat. They literally have thought of everything you could possibly need and put it all within this program.
The downside is that it can be a little bit overwhelming and intimidating at first. Even though you can easily navigate through all the different options, it still took me a while to get used to it and learn where everything is. That can be expected with any new expansive program such as eFitnessTracker
As far as the design goes, it feels a bit old school to me, but I like that. Nothing fancy, just practical and concise.
Looking at different sections here’s what you’ll find.
This is where you are able to complete your profile and set your preferences, such as if you want to share your workout plans or diet plans with your friends or what information you would like to get by email each morning. It could be your schedule or maybe the list of clients that don’t have any workouts on their schedule.
Here’s how the Locker Room sub-menu looks like.
But most importantly, this is where you have the option to add clients and notes to your personal calendar and look at exercise and nutrition progress reports.
I really liked how powerful and in-depth the reporting tool is. There are tons of different types of reports you can run just by clicking a button and you can select from different workout plans or even have it broken down by muscle group and exercise.
With eFitnessTracker you get access to a pretty powerful reporting tool that will save you a lot of time in managing clients and allow you to analyze and make decisions to adjust the workouts or nutrition in a timely manner.
I didn’t really look that much at this section since I didn’t build a website from scratch by using eFitnessTracker, so don’t really have any hands-on experience with using the Admin back end.
But this is where you integrate the application with your personal trainer website. From the looks of it, you can choose between a few different templates and layouts, add your social media buttons and even advertisements if you’re interested in doing that.
This is where you get to actually view and manage your clients. You can activate or deactivate them, or you can set a client’s membership level. A membership level determines what features the client has access to.
There are two default membership levels called Power User and Basic User, but you can create your own custom membership level links. Power User shows all features. Basic User shows less advanced features and concentrates the client to enter their information into the Calendar.
When you create different membership levels, you can select what features your client will be able to access. For example, you can turn off the client’s ability to edit scheduled workouts, remove the Food Menus or even make the entire Nutrition section invisible.
This is a great feature as the depth of services I provide on a client to client basis vary and this allows me to make those adjustments within the system so the client sees the appropriate information and nothing more.
Next, you can easily setup your client’s profile by adding workouts, fitness plans, meals and menus that you have already created in the back end of eFitnessTracker. You do that by simply copying the specific info to their profile and then switch to their profile to make the tweaks you need to make the profile more customized to their needs.
I found the “Copy Data to Client” sub-section to be very easy to use, very intuitive and fast. Love this feature!
Another sub-section that I really like is the one called “Client Preferences”. Here you can view the people you are training and what kind of schedule and hourly rate you have for them.
Next, you have a bunch of different options to communicate with your clients, via notifications or emails that you can send manually or automatically through eFitnessTracker.
I was blown away by how thorough this section is. I mean, there are exercises in there that I didn’t even know about. This exercise database is absolutely huge. Each and every exercise comes with detailed instructions, as well as photos and video clips that show how to perform the movement.
You can create customized exercise workouts that are designed for specific goals and needs. Workouts are divided into two categories: weight or cardio programs.
Once you have selected the category, you can add the specific exercises to your workout. You can also select an exercise at the bottom, enter in the information pertaining to Sets, Reps, Weight, etc. (or Time, Calories, Distance etc. for Cardio) and click ‘Add’.
Now the cool thing about this section is that once you have set up your fitness goals (from the Locker Room menu), your personal metabolic rate is set automatically. This is then used to automatically calculate the calories burned when performing an exercise.
You can set a “weight” workout to be ‘Performed as a Circuit‘ and when you select this option and add this workout to the Calendar, the first exercise set will be followed by the next exercise set, followed by the next exercise set and so on until the last exercise in the workout and then the next available exercise set from the top will be started.
So, for example, if you have a workout that has two sets each of chest press, incline press and then decline press, then the circuit workout will be set up as chest press set 1, incline press set 1, decline press set 1, chest press set 2, incline press set 2, decline press set 2. Typically such circuits have at most 30 seconds rest between exercises to keep the intensity level higher.
So basically you can get really in depth with designing new workout plans without too much tinkering.
Lastly, but not least, you have the option to print or email the workouts you have developed, under the “Printable Workout Wizard” sub-section in case you or your client prefer paper over digital.
Next, there’s a section where you can manage your foods.
You have the option of creating a variety of different types of meals made up of various foods. By entering in typical meals that you eat, this will help you to quickly add your daily nutrition to your food diary.
Under My Menus sub-section, you will find a quick way to add a typical day of food for your client’s Food Diary. You can set up a menu for 2 or 3 days and your client can rotate those days by applying them to their Food Diary, under their own account. Or you can create a lunch menu that they can eat every weekday. Menus are used to add many food items quickly by applying an already created menu to the Food Diary.
It took me a while to figure this whole process out, but if you want to keep track of your diet you will need to go the Calendar, under the Locker Room sections and click on the ‘add’ icon to see the menu options for adding data to the Food Diary.
Once I figured out how everything works, it’s a pretty useful feature.
So that’s pretty much what eFitnessTracker does, in a nutshell. I know I’ve probably just scratched the surface of the full capabilities of this tool, but that should serve the purpose of this review to get you a better idea of whether this tool could be helpful to you.
Personally I think it’s a vary quick and economical way of adding value to your clients. I love the reporting capabilities and the Exercise section in particular. The user interface is basic but practical and the options provided to integrate the program within an existing website seem sufficient. Overall, this program provides great value for a reasonable cost. As a personal trainer, this program will save you a lot of time and headaches, especially if you don’t have a flawless client management system already in place. Having this program can definitely be a differentiator that can set you apart from other personal trainers which will ultimately grow your business both in number of clients as well as ability to charge a higher rate.
Be sure to check them out at eFitnessTracker.com!
Tyler Read has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Tyler is also a certified personal trainer with NASM, ACE and CSCS. Tyler’s main goal is to help people get started in the personal training industry and to become successful personal trainers. Tyler is the owner of Personal Training Pioneer which helps people get started in the personal training industry and become successful.