100 Terrific Web Tools for Personal Trainers and Nutritionists

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Personal trainer and nutritionists are often working in the field, visiting clients, going to gyms, and learning about new trends and workouts at conferences. That’s why it’s so important for them to be able to access their materials and resources remotely. With these 100 terrific web tools, personal trainers and nutritionists can stay organized and cater to clients wherever they are.

Goal Setting

Here you’ll find tools to help your clients set and meet goals.

  1. Life Tango: This community site lets you share goals with other users for added motivation.
  2. Goalmigo: Goalmigo helps you set, track, share and achieve your goals by sending your reminders and keeping you organized.
  3. We Endure: This social goal-setting site is for endurance athletes who want to track their progress in cycling, running and swimming.
  4. 43 Things: List short-term and long-term goals and share them with other users on this site.
  5. My Goal Manager: My Goal Manager features group accounts, too.
  6. Joe’s Goals: Joe’s Goals is a popular but very simple tools that lets you track exercise and eating habits throughout the week.
  7. Basecamp: Organize large weight-loss plans on this collaboration site, or use it to manage your business goals.
  8. Remember the Milk: This tool may look like a simple to-do list, but its web-based format and automatic reminders help keep you and your clients on track all day every day.
  9. Cool Running: Personal trainers who work with runners can use the Cool Running Log for free goal tracking, mile records, and more.
  10. 8goals.com: This tool lets you set goals and track your progress.

Tracking

Use these tools to track your clients’ progress in weight loss, running, fitness and more.

  1. Good Habits: Use Good Habits to track your daily food intake, fitness, mood, and more.
  2. Nutridiary: Keep a food and exercise diary online with Nutridiary.
  3. StartYourDiet.com: This site has loads of free tools, including a planning and tracking calendar, a daily task list, meal intake chart, diet blogger, goal tracking chart, and more.
  4. My Food Diary: With My Food Diary, you can keep an exercise log, record what you ate each day, read up on healthy eating and dieting, get meal plans and nutrition facts, and more.
  5. MyPyramid Tracker: Use this tool from the USDA to track how much of each food group you’re taking in.
  6. The Daily Plate: Track the foods you eat each day, plus the number of calories you consume.
  7. Calorie Count: If you and your clients are only worried about calories, use this tool to track the number of calories you eat and burn each day.
  8. Gyminee: On Gyminee, you can track workouts and diet progress while meeting others on a similar journey.
  9. MyStart! Online: This tool from the American Heart Association helps your clients track daily physical activity, food intake, overall progress, and goals.
  10. Tweet What You Eat: This food diary lets you track what you eat by tweeting it via a cell phone or online connection. The calorie counter is powered by CrowdCal.

Food Planners

Organize meal plans, research new healthy recipes, and compare nutrition information with these tools.

  1. Sparkpeople: Sparkpeople has free diet plans plus other resources for healthy living.
  2. My Recipes: Here you can save healthy recipes, develop menus for large gatherings, and help your clients learn about healthy eating.
  3. WeightWatchers: If you’re a member, you can access loads of tools, food charts, recipes and more on WeightWatchers.
  4. Cron-O-Meter: This open source tool features a sharable recipe editor, food editor, nutrition reports, biometrics tracking, and more.
  5. MealsMatter: Here you’ll find tools for healthy meal planning, testing your knowledge about nutrition and calories, and more.
  6. Food Network Healthy Eating: The Food Network’s Healthy Eating section features lots of menu planners and recipe ideas for all types of dieters.
  7. Meatless Monday: If some of your clients are vegetarians or are trying to cut out extra fat and cholesterol, consider using this plan.
  8. Cyberdiet Meal Plans: Here you’ll find the 12-Week Meal Plans that are already designed for you, as well as mix-and-match options for clients who want more control over what they eat.
  9. eDiets.com: This site is all about planning out menus and recipe guides.
  10. WHFoods Recipes: Use this tool when working with clients on customizable meal plans. You can include certain foods, exclude foods and choose nutrients that you need to have in your meal.

Calculators

These calculators help you and your clients come up with safe, healthy plans for eating right, reducing calories, working out the appropriate amount of time, and making progress.

  1. CaloriesPerHour.com: Find out how many calories you burn during different activities.
  2. The Calorie Control Council: This site has calculators for BMI, total calories consumed, calories burned, weight maintenance, and more.
  3. Fitness Calculators: Bodybuilders will find helpful calculators for figuring out strength deficit, rep maximum and more.
  4. MarathonGuide.com: Calculators on this site include a Race Result Predictor, Pace Chart, Pace/Time/Distance Calculator, Age Equivalent Results, and others.
  5. Diet and Fitness Calculators: iVillage’s tools help you calculate the nutritional content of your meals, your ideal weight, and more.
  6. Daily Calorie Needs: Use this calculator to figure out the daily caloric needs of each of your clients.
  7. BMI and Daily Needs Calculator: NutritionData’s tool estimates how much of each nutrient you need to consume each day.
  8. Workouts for Women: This site features a calculator for figuring out your nutritional needs.
  9. YourHealthYourWay: Here you can use tools to calculate clients’ BMI, nutrition, and more.
  10. Active.com Fitness Calculators: Turn your clients on to these calculators, which figure out pace, BMI, body fat index, caloric needs, and more.

Marketing

If you’re self-employed, use these tools to attract more clients.

  1. Twitter: Use Twitter to post pictures and weight loss tips. If you become a respected Tweet-er, others will want to use you for your services.
  2. Facebook: Facebook is full of marketing opportunities for your business, from actual advertising to setting up groups and posting photos.
  3. Flickr: Flickr is a social photo sharing site that you can use to prove how effective your training and coaching is.
  4. YouTube: Share healthy eating tips and workout demos via YouTube.
  5. Craigslist: Put up postings for workshops or special sessions to attract customers.
  6. Retaggr: Keep your online presence cohesive and clean when you use this tool to manage online profiles and create an interactive business card.
  7. Digg.com: Build up a reputation as an authoritative resource on fitness and weight loss by sharing articles on Digg.
  8. FeedBurner: With FeedBurner, you can distribute your blogs and online material so that it reaches more people.

Organization and Business

Become a more organized, efficient business when you use these tools for communicating, filing, chatting and invoicing.

  1. Backpack: This tool from 37 Signals lets you save and share correspondence, calendars and documents.
  2. Hourly Rate Calculator: Use this tool to figure out how much you should charge your clients.
  3. MyClientSpot: Organize all of your client information and projects in one spot with this tool.
  4. Client Analyser: Use this tool to figure out which clients deserve more attention.
  5. Blinksale: Cut down on postage when you manage multiple invoicing accounts online.
  6. Timeloc: This desktop widget tracks time spent on different projects, helping you charge appropriately and work more efficiently.
  7. Evernote: Use Evernote to save web pages and notes online. You can even share them with clients via your cell phone and record audio.
  8. Jott: When you’re at the gym or with a client, you don’t always have access to a computer or notepad. Use Jott to record voice-to-text messages to yourself.
  9. Google Calendar: With Google Calendar, you can add events from your mobile phone, get reminders sent to your phone, and more.
  10. Ta-da lists: Create all kinds of lists for tasks and assignments, workout routines, new business ideas to try out, gifts, shopping, and more.
  11. Orchestrate: Use Orchestrate to prioritize and organize to-do lists.
  12. Plaxo: This social media site lets you network while syncing up and organizing an address book.

Communities

Turn your clients on to these communities, or join them yourself, to find motivation, support and advice from others who are trying to lose weight and eat right.

  1. Traineo: Traineo is a healthy eating and fitness community that offers support, goal tracking and plenty of tools.
  2. BodyTrace: BodyTrace members are dedicated to tracking weight loss and supporting each other’s goals.
  3. DietWatch: Get diet and fitness plans while networking with others on this site.
  4. Ning: Create your own social group for clients on a similar program using Ning.
  5. FatSecret: This community site lets members journal, look up recipes, research diets, and more.
  6. Weight Loss Buddy: Encourage clients to use this site to pair up with virtual buddies who will hold them accountable when you’re not around.
  7. The Biggest Loser Club: Your clients can join the online club for the NBC TV show to get motivated and proactive about losing even more weight.
  8. Gimme20: This health and fitness community has resources for learning about nutrition, workouts, injuries, and more.
  9. FitLink: This network has examples of workouts, groups, forums, and a place for people to post real-life events and workouts.
  10. Weigh-Ins: Here, your clients can keep a diet journal, count calories, and compare weight loss with friends online.

Reference Guides

Visit these sites to get ideas on how to make your clients more motivated, lose more weight, and train harder and more safely.

  1. Fit Watch: Fit Watch is an excellent resource for trainers, dietitians and nutritionists who want access to calorie counters, calculators, diet plans, and more.
  2. Nutri.info: With Nutri.info, you can use the BMI calculator and learn about dieting, bodybuilding, health science, weight loss, and more.
  3. The Fast Food Explorer: Use this tool to help your clients understand how unhealthy fast food really is.
  4. Shape Up America!: Use this campaign as a guide for future programs for your clients.
  5. Ask the Dietitian: Access calculators and reference guides for everything from amino acids to cholesterol to colds and flu.
  6. Self.com: The website for Self magazine has loads of ideas for making work-outs fun and more effective. Plus, you can get recipe ideas and more.
  7. The Kinesiology Network: Learn about applied kinesiology, muscle testing and more from this resource.
  8. How Nutrients Work: Find out how Vitamins A, B, C, and D–as well as carbohydrates, proteins and fats–help the body.
  9. NEDA Educator Toolkit: The National Eating Disorders Association has put together this toolkit to help educators and others learn about eating disorders.
  10. Human Gross Anatomy: Understand how the human body works and what it is capable of by using these tools.

Nutrition Tools

Look up nutrition information using these tools.

  1. CalorieKing Portion Watch: Use this guide to look up calorie counts for alcoholic drinks, candy bars, cheese, fruits and vegetables, and more.
  2. dietfacts.com: Look up nutrition information for restaurant chains and popular meals.
  3. CalorieKing Food Database: CalorieKing also provides this food database that lets you look up nutrition information for everyday food items, like tomatoes and butter.
  4. KFC Nutrition Calculator: Look up nutrition information for KFC meals here.
  5. Nutrient Data Laboratory: The USDA database has information and official reports on nutrients.
  6. Nutrients in Foods: Get information on sodium, thiamin, unsaturated fats, fiber, folic acid and more from the University of Massachusetts.
  7. NutritionData: Here you can look up all kinds of nutrient and food information, analyze recipes, keep a food journal, and more.
  8. Calcium Assessment: Give this quiz to your clients to assess how much they know about calcium intake.
  9. American Dietetic Association: This website is full of information, tools, resources and more for dietetics and anyone else who wants to learn about nutrition and healthy eating.
  10. Nutrition.gov: Here you can get resources to help your clients grocery shop better, plan nutritious meals, understand dietary supplements, and more.

Fitness Tools

Here you can design workout programs, discover new exercises, learn how to train seniors, and more.

  1. ExRx: Look up different exercises to work different parts of the body.
  2. PEERTrainer: Users on this site join groups and teams to stay motivated to keep training.
  3. Diet.com: This site has a toolset for creating your own workout program and diet program.
  4. Shape Fitness Tools: Shape magazine’s fitness tools include calculators, a workout finder, videos and more.
  5. Fitness.gov: Join the President’s challenge to be more active by finding resources and information here.
  6. Healthier US Physical Activity: Share the Adult Fitness Test with your clients and get ideas for adult physical activity here.
  7. Senior Fitness Quiz: Learn more about the fitness needs of seniors by taking this quiz.
  8. MSN Fitness: Get workout ideas, learn about fitness news, access calculators and more.
  9. Workout Routines and New Ideas: Help your clients understand the importance of fitness by utilizing the resources on this site.
  10. National Council on Strength and Fitness: Learn about NCSF certification here.