Want to Contribute?
Read this first to start becoming a The PTDC contributor.
The PTDC is a collaborative blog that has grown so much thanks in large part to contributors like you.
Have an idea and think you have the writing chops to share it with the premier resource for personal trainers everywhere? We’d love to see your contributions, but be sure to read these guidelines first.
The Quick (And Important) Details
- The Good Stuff: We offer $100 compensation to contributors upon acceptance and publication of materials. We also have a bonus structure, so if your piece does really well, we’ll pay you more. It seems only fair.
- The Great Stuff: We’re happy to include 1-2 outbound links either within the text or in your bio, in addition to a link to a social media account. All other links within text will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will not allow any affiliate or commission links within guest posts. Remember, we’re here to share ideas with each other!
- The Okay Stuff: Not every submission or pitch will be accepted, but if it is, we reserve the right to edit it as we see fit to be on the site. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure the heart of your piece stays true and is something that you’d be proud to feature in your portfolio.
What We’re Looking For
Let’s get one thing out of the way: The PTDC is a how-to blog for fitness professionals, not a textbook or certification. As such, we want the hard-hitting and raw experiences that you can’t learn about from attending a weekend certification class. (Chances are, we’ve written about it already anyway.)
At the same time, we don’t want to put people to sleep. We’re looking for engaging and actionable pieces. For example, an article that talks about motivation doesn’t do anyone any good if there’s no actionable system for said motivation.
Remember, it’s the “problem” versus the “problem + an actionable solution”.
The PTDC loves:
- Radical ideas: If you have radical ideas, great, just make sure the reader leaves the article thinking, “Wow, I really learned something from this article” as opposed to just “Okay, that was kind of interesting.” That said, it’s better to flesh out one main idea rather than try to jam-pack an article full of different ideas.
- Solutions: As trainers, we’re all about offering solutions to the clients. The article must outline a problem and give a detailed, actionable solution to be considered. For example, if you tell someone to be more approachable to clients, you should be able to exactly outline how one can do so.
- A fun voice: Have some fun with your writing, add in jokes, anecdotes, and, most of all, be yourself. If there is an opportunity to provide scripts, worksheets, or checklists, please attach them.
- New and old contributors: We believe that no matter where a trainer is in his or her career, that trainer always has something to add to the conversation. We’re happy to publish material from both seasoned and relatively new trainers as long as it offers sufficient value. We don’t care about the letters behind your name. We’re more interested in what you can offer others to help them grow personally or professionally.
- A broad range of topics: It’s wide open. We’d be happy to consider articles on any aspect of Personal Training, except exercise prescription. Some examples (that we’ve already written about) include: How To Talk To Clients, How To Use Body Language and “Soft Skills”, Overcoming Training Obstacles, Time Management and Scheduling Techniques, Creating Passive Income, Finding the Best Resources, Marketing Ideas, Systems to get new clients, and Sales / Creatively dealing with objections.
- Focus: We know you have a lot to say on a particular topic, but your contribution has a higher likelihood of being accepted if you zero in on a particular angle and focus. For example, you want to talk about training female clients. Rather than just an overview and why, offer something more focused, like programming for a female client.
The PTDC will dismiss:
- Negativity: The industry isn’t perfect, and we’ve all had our fair share of grumblings toward certain aspects of it, but an article teeming with negativity and vitriol doesn’t help anyone. If there’s a problem, present it in a productive manner and offer a solution.
- Ideas that beat a dead horse: We don’t shy away from repeating the same topics, as long as it gives a fresh take and angle. Not sure if we’ve already written about it? Do a quick search on Google on your topic and add “PTDC” at the end of your query to check.
Bottom-line: Every article must make the reader walk away, thinking “I didn’t realize I could do something like that. I now know what to do.”
We are not interested in rants, put-downs of particular training methodologies, or unfocused ‘thought’ pieces. The PTDC is in the business of helping trainers. It’s all about getting better. And helping clients get better.
Important Guidelines You Need to Know
- Length: Between 800 – 1500 words is great, but these aren’t iron-clad rules. If you need more, then by all means, write more, but be ruthless with trimming unnecessary words. Communicate your point in the shortest number of words possible.
- Pictures: Pictures in the article are fine, but send them as separate email attachments, NOT in the body of the article. Instead, include notes on where you want the pictures included, using square brackets in the text (i.e. [PICTURE 1 GOES HERE]). If you do include pictures, provide attribution (proper credit) or show ownership of the photos, or they will not be included. If the pictures are you own, please include the following line in your submission email: “I own all rights to this photo and give a representative of J. Goodman consulting inc. full permission to use it on theptdc.com at his or her discretion.”
- Style: We will be professionally editing your piece, but it may reflect better on you if you do us the courtesy of doing a spellcheck and a quick proofread. Please also avoid daunting walls of words. Break up your thoughts into paragraphs of 3-4 sentences.
- Edits: If we’re interested in your article, expect to get feedback and requests to make additional changes so that it could be run on the site. Sometimes there may be back and forth multiple times before it is ready for our final edit. We have very high standards, but we encourage you to keep trying.
Ready to Submit Your Contribution? Here’s What We Need
We receive a lot of submissions, and in order to streamline the process and give your contribution the full attention it deserves, we request that in addition to your fully written manuscript you include the following in the body of the article (NOT as a separate attachment):
- ARTICLE IDEA (IN ONE SENTENCE)
- ARTICLE SUMMARY: Give us a quick elevator pitch on what your article is mainly about. Without us reading the whole article, what do you expect us to take away from the article?
When you’re ready, please send all submissions to PTDCeditorial@gmail.com in a Microsoft Word .doc file or Google Drive doc. Please also include the title of your article in the subject line to help us get to your submission more quickly. No submissions in any other form will be accepted.
We may not have time to respond to all submissions, but we appreciate your time. If you don’t hear back within a week or two, a kind reminder wouldn’t hurt. Thank you for helping make The PTDC what it is today!