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Hi, I’m Jonathan Goodman, founder of the Online Trainer Academy, and I’ll tell you why it matters so much to me.
I started training clients in 2005.
It didn’t take long before I got frustrated, burned out, and beaten down by the industry.
I only got paid for the hours I worked. Many of those hours were the ones no one wants to work.
My days started before most people are awake, and ended after they’ve gone home from work. Those were some long days.
Worst of all, no matter how well I did with my client—and I was really good at my job—my pay was limited. I got paid for the hours I worked, and there was only so much I could charge for each of those hours.
Back then, I couldn’t see any other options.
I wanted to make more money, have a bigger impact on more people, and also work more reasonable hours, with more time for my own projects and, eventually, my own family.
I guess you could say that I wanted it all. That’s why I wrote my first book and started what’s now the largest independent community of trainers in the world. And once I did, I very quickly learned that I wasn’t alone.
I also saw the biggest stumbling block for fitness and nutrition pros and gym owners who crave independence: Without strong business-development and marketing skills, even the most skilled fitness professionals falter, flounder, and ultimately fail.
At the same time, I saw the ones who took the time to acquire those skills could build thriving, profitable businesses with satisfied clients, many of whom were happy to pay a premium price for excellent results.
That’s when I realized that adding in an online training component is the path to a better career, a higher income, and a more satisfying life.
In order for that to happen, the online fitness industry needed a mark of distinction allowing those actually qualified to stand out amidst the noise. And that’s why I created the Online Trainer Academy Certification.
I really do hope you decide to join us, and I can’t wait to meet you when you do.”
Jonathan Goodman is the founder of the Online Trainer Academy (the only Online Trainer Certification in the world) and sold tens of thousands of copies of his books. He’s an advisor to the world’s top online coaches in the fitness and nutrition industry.
Alex Cartmill began working for the PTDC in 2014 as an intern while he was still personal training. In 2016 he began working alongside Jonathan Goodman to develop the OTA. He’s been overseeing the operation and development of the program ever since, including the team of coaches. Alex resides in Portland, Oregon with his dog Charlie.
Amber is the owner and operator of Glow Mama Fitness, an online coaching service that helps women regain a healthy relationship with their bodies. Residing in Beaufort, South Carolina with her son Nate and three rescue dogs, Amber enrolled to the Academy in May, 2017 and has been an OTA mentor since November, 2017, and continues to grow on both sides of the aisle.
Brad Overstreet is an online coaching ninja with no business name or website. He has been coaching for 2 plus decades and has owned and managed several gyms. He joined OTA in November of 2017 and, a few months later, moved from Texas to Roatan, Honduras with his wife Misty and 16-year-old daughter. There he uses the freedom of online coaching to allow him time to pursue other passions such as free diving, underwater photography, and of course helping other coaches realize and achieve their freedom.
Brent Thompson is the owner and founder of Sanuk Movement, an online fitness coaching business aimed at helping men transform their bodies without having to devote their lives to fitness. Brent joined OTA in January 2019 and at the time was a full-time Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher, and Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner living in Toronto. Fast-forward 7 months, Brent had transitioned his business fully online and was able to move out of the city to enjoy a quieter life and more freedom with his husband Guillermo and their dog Rex.
Chloe Shovein is the owner and operator of Coaching W/ Chloe, an online coaching service that helps women regain their confidence through customizable coaching. Residing in Minneapolis, MN with her dog Kiwi, Chloe enrolled to the Academy in September 2018 with the goal of escaping the burnout the traditional gym environment was creating for her.
Jasneet Jhinger is a mechanical engineer turned Fitness Coach, and the owner and operator of Livfit Lifestyle Personal Training & Online Coaching where she specializes in empowering women with physical & mental strength through strength training and mindset coaching. Born in India but residing in Sydney, Australia, Jasneet enrolled into the Academy in November, 2017. Since graduating from the Academy, Jasneet has been able to move a percentage of her business online, regaining her sanity, and the ability to actually enjoy the work she does both online and in-person.
Kaye Otis is the owner of Titanium Fitness, an online coaching service that works exclusively with women. After years of long, exhausting days and nights she decided she wanted her life back. She enrolled in the OTA in February of 2017 and never looked back. After 20 years of supporting her husband during his military career and moving often they have recently returned to the Pacific Northwest where they both grew up. She now uses her free time to explore the outdoors as often as possible.
Ren Jones is the owner of Fitness Jones Training, an online coaching business where he specializes in coaching overworked moms by giving them simple, short workouts and uncomplicated nutrition strategies. After leaving the sales/finance side of corporate America in 2014, Ren started a career as a personal trainer. He enrolled in the very first class of OTA students in 2016 and never looked back. Ren resides in North Carolina and now only leaves his home for snacks, fun, and sunshine.
Rob Yontz co-owns and operates Stress Made Simple and True North Fitness & Health along with his wife and business partner, Shannon. They recently relocated to their new home in Olympia, WA. Rob joined the Academy in September, 2016 with the goal of transitioning their in-person training studio business in Ventura, CA into a location independent international online health coaching business by 2020 (they got there 18 months early).
Marc-Andre Seers, OTA-2, PN-2, CanFit Pro CPT
Quebec | CANADA
I’ve been traveling the world with my girlfriend for years (California, Honolulu, etc.). Business is booming. I just had my first $35,000 month.
Yusra Es-haq, OTA-1, NASM CPT, GGS-1, CPPC, PN-1
LONDON | UNITED KINGDOM
I didn’t want to leave them hanging when I went on maternity with my fourth … this is where the online training idea evolved.
This is not just convenient and affordable for our clients but also it allows for trainers like me to still be able to do what we love whilst raising a family at the same time.
I work around my kids, what more could I ask for!
Malcolm Wilson, OTA-1, NASM-CPT, TRX
CONNECTICUT | USA
I thought, instead of opening up the gym, first I should have a successful online business.
That would let me be more flexible with my time, give me more time with my son. And there were fewer barriers to entry. Less was required to start up.
My credit’s better now, I have some money saved up, and my wife and I bought a house. The Online Trainer Academy has really helped me build confidence. If you’re someone who wants to run your own business, it helps you realize, you can do this.
Malcolm’s now opened up his gym. It’s called Level Up Fitness.
Gil Mesina, OTA-2, B.Eng, PN-1
ONTARIO | CANADA
I have no formal background in personal training.
I am an Electrical Engineer by formal education. I always want to learn ways to become more efficient and optimize my time for the effort I am putting in. I was attracted to OTA because of all the great reviews.
When I started back in 2016, I trained 4 friends for FREE.
Today I have trained almost 340 people (paid, of course) in 19 countries.
Molly Galbraith, OTA-1, CSCS, GGS-1, CPPC
KENTUCKY | USA
If we didn’t incorporate online training into Girls Gone Strong (GGS), we wouldn’t have grown and hired a team as we have. It takes money to increase overall impact. I’m proud that we’re able to provide work and income for a team of 40+ strong women.
GGS has evolved into an international training, education, and empowerment organization that serves a community of more than a million women from 80+ countries around the world.
Kristy-Lee Wilson, OTA-1, PN-1, CPT, CES, PES
AUSTRALIA / USA
I was burnt out and frustrated and almost quit the fitness industry for a corporate job.
OTA gave me the clarity and confidence to penetrate the noise and simplify my approach. My husband and I now own and operate a studio and I work with 30-50 online clients.
Incredibly, this past year we exceeded our year-end revenue goal in July!”
A large-scale survey reveals trainers’ frustrations and goals—response #62 sets our course.
The 1K Extra program (OTA’s precursor) launches with 250 enrollments.
Forbes calls Jonathan Goodman “one of the [fitness] industry’s best examples of trainer/social media crossover.”
The 1,000th student enrolls in 1K Extra, now serving trainers in 30 countries.
OTA is born!
The Online Trainer Academy is launched, and with it The Fundamentals of Online Training, the world’s first textbook for remote coaching.
Enrollment tops 3,000 trainers in 75 countries.
After thousands of hours and more than a million dollars in labor, consulting, and R&D, plus two robust independent analyses by distance learning experts, V2.0 of the course and textbook is born.
The Better Business Bureau awards OTA its coveted A+ rating, and OTA appears in Never Lose a Customer Again, the WSJ bestseller, as a model for trustworthy business practices and exemplary customer experience.
Online Trainer Academy introduces Personal Breakthrough Coaching as an add on service.
We’ve now helped more than 30,000 trainers in 85+ countries go online. And we’re adding more every day.