What are the platforms where I can conduct wellness and fitness classes online for my students?

If you are looking to manage your wellness or fitness studio online, you will need help with a lot of functions like hosting course module or content, scheduling classes for your students and most importantly collecting payment from your students. This thread is intended to help understand the online softwares and products available in the market to help wellness and fitness studios who want to move online.


P.S. We’ve prepared an exhaustive list of FAQs that might be useful for yoga, wellness, dance and fitness studios trying to move online. You can find it here:

As a result of the pandemic, a variety of digital offerings have sprung up to ensure people can continue exercise while social distancing, states Mobihealthnews. In case you are finding it difficult to make a choice between what’s the best tool to switch to an online studio then, here’s a listicle of some virtual platforms to move your offline studio online.

The platforms are categorized as

  • Exclusive virtual platforms for fitness/wellness industry
  • Video hosting platforms

Virtual Platforms exclusively for fitness/wellness studio owners and instructors.

  1. Namastream

“Namastream is a comprehensive, virtual studio platform that allows studios, boutique gyms, and independent teachers to teach, train, coach, and serve their clients online. Namastream offers monthly and annual plans for individual instructors and studios as well. You can check out each plan in detail here.

Namastream allows you to upload pre-recorded videos and also live stream videos through their own broadcasting software or they also allow Zoom integrations.

The platform also enables a way for studios and instructors to track their revenue through sales reports. The platform is recommended for all types of fitness studios. Namastream is also integrated with MailChimp and Convertkit giving studios and instructors the means to update their clients with any updates if needed.

  1. True Coach

True Coach is an online personalized coaching platform that helps fitness/wellness studios to grow their online business. The platform has three different pricing plans to choose from; Starter, Standard and Pro. True Coach offers a 30-day trial which is a great way to get started and understand the platform. The tool offers an overview into your client’s training habits and also helps you discover trends that are potentially slowing their training progress. The platform is best suited for personal trainers.

  1. Mindbody

Mindbody is a SaaS company that provides cloud-based online scheduling and other business management software for the wellness services industry. They also have four different pricing plans to choose from. With their Ultimate Plus Plan a studio can also get a customized mobile app. The app is most recommended for Yoga, Gym, Personal Training, Yoga, Martial Arts, Dance Studio and Sports Facility.

  1. Wellness Living

WellnessLiving is a one-stop solution for your online Fitness Studio. Their features include scheduling, email marketing, robust reporting, rewards programs, client progress logs, reputation management, merchant processing and payroll among others. Wellness Living also has 4 well drafted pricing plans to choose from. Based on your needs you can make the choice. Based on their current clientele, Wellness Living is most suitable for Yoga, Fitness, Gym and Dance studios.

  1. Teachable

Though an e-learning platform, we find Teachable a great option to take your offline classes online. With Teachable, you can start your own free domain, host under your own domain name or even link teachable to your subdomain. Teachable’s Drip feature allows you to release (i.e. drip) your online classes/sessions on a specific date or a specific amount of days after a student enrolls. This means that your client will not be able to access the session until it has been “dripped” to them. When a lecture is released to students, they automatically receive an email notification.

  1. Glofox

Glofox is a gym and studio management software that lets instructors and studio owners drive revenue in the online space. The software is designed to cater to the needs of gyms and studios, to help them grow and have a smooth online processing. With Glofox, a studio or instructor can have their own customized website. Apart from this Glofox also enables using pre-recorded videos and conducting live sessions. The software is recommended for all types of fitness and wellness studios along with personal training.

Video Hosting Platforms

The above mentioned tools are exclusive tools for the fitness industry. Few other tools that we would like to list down are;

  • YouTube
  • Facebook &
  • Instagram

These social media platforms are also largely used as video hosting platforms which also allow live streaming. Some of the best examples of fitness instructors and YouTubers who widely use these platforms are Madfit and Chloe Ting.

@nisha and I reached out to platforms that can help you move your offline studio online with a questionnaire that would help understand the tools better. We jotted down a set of questions that will help a fitness studio/instructor make the perfect choice when moving their offline studio online.

Namastream for Yoga, Wellness and Fitness Studios

This thread is aimed at helping you find the best platform to move online and we would like to start with Namastream. Namastream allows you to create, package, and sell courses (with dripped out lessons), memberships, and live-stream programs (including virtual private sessions, small group collaborative sessions, and broadcasts). In addition to videos, you can include PDF handouts, audio-based lessons, and sell video-based packages that also include interactive live-stream coaching or teaching components.

1. Does Namastream offer a customized website or app that can be used by the fitness/wellness studio and shared with members?

Namastream does not have a dedicated app as of now. The software is highly mobile responsive on both Safari and Google Chrome. She suggest using Namastream on an iPad or laptop for the best user experience.

2. Can Namastream help the client in scheduling classes?

Namastream has a calendar integrated within the platform that helps them organize all events.

3. Does Namastream provide the ability to conduct personal training?

If you’re looking for a tool that can help you with personal training, Namastream is a perfect choice. They’ve the option to conduct one-on-one sessions with users.

4. How to use Namastream to set up private live-streams?

We recommend you check out this How to use Namastream to set up private live-streams article.

5. What are the pricing options for studios who want to adopt Namastrem?

Namastream offers plans for individual teachers and studios.

Namastream Pricing for Individual Teachers

Namastream Pricing for Studios

6. Can a studio/instructor conduct live sessions for members on Namastream?

Namastream lets you conduct live sessions for your members. You can choose between their own in-built live streaming technology or Zoom integration. Check out this article that clearly explains everything about their live streaming feature, Live-streaming with Namastream.

7. Can a studio/instructor conduct scheduled sessions with pre-recorded videos on Namastream?

Namastream allows you to conduct sessions/classes by uploading pre-recorded videos.

8. Does Namastream offer any form of analytics for the fitness studio/independent instructor?

Namastream offers sales reports enabling instructors and studios to keep a track of their revenue.

9. What are the types of payments that can be accepted from members using Namastream? Do they support one time payments (eg. payment for a class / workshop) and monthly memberships?

Namastream enables daily, weekly, monthly, and annual subscriptions. Their purchase features is a great to re-purpose your content and sell the same product multiple times if needed. I suggest you check out this article to understand that purchase options better, here.

10. Does Namastream provide a way to chat with members via the software? Do they provide support for having an online community with all the members?

Currently, Namastream does not have a feature to support chatting with the members.

11. Does Namastream provide the capability to communicate with members using email and SMS?

Namastream is integrated with Mailchimp and Convertkit that enables instructors and studios to reach out to their members via email.

12. Does Namastream help the studio with the ability to post useful content / articles in the form of a blog?

This feature isn’t available on Namastream as of now.

13. Who is Namastream best recommended for? Among Yoga / Wellness / Fitness / Gym / Martial Arts and Dance studios?

Namastream is not targeted at a particular group but everything that falls under the umbrella of fitness and wellness.

If you’ve any more queries about Namastream, reach out to them on team@namastream.com

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This thread is aimed at helping you find the best platform to move online and we would be talking about True Coach

1. Does TrueCoach offer a customized website or app that can be used by the studio and shared with members?

TrueCoach offers custom branding options within the app. The platform also offers a custom app icon as part of their premium onboarding package. You can learn more about their custom branding options here.

2. Can TrueCoach help a fitness studio/independent instructor in scheduling classes?

As of now TrueCoach does not offer scheduling options.

3. Does TrueCoach provide the ability to conduct personal training?

TrueCoach lets you conduct personal training classes/sessions. You can sign up for their free 30-day trial to see how TrueCoach can work most efficiently for you

4. What are the pricing options for studios who want to adopt TrueCoach?

TrueCoach has three pricing plans to choose from.

5. Can a fitness studio/instructor conduct scheduled sessions with pre-recorded videos on TrueCoach?

TrueCoach does not have any scheduling integrations built into the app as of now.

6. Can a studio/instructor conduct live sessions for members on TrueCoach?

Currently, TrueCoach does not have the ability to conduct live sessions.

7. Does TrueCoach offer any form of analytics for the fitness studio/independent instructor?

TrueCoach offers a quick overview into the client’s training habits, or help them discover trends that are potentially slowing their progress. Apart from this information for each individual client, they also show overall compliance rate for each client on your dashboard.

8. What are the types of payments that can be accepted from members using TrueCoach? Do they support one time payments (eg. payment for a class / workshop) and monthly memberships?

TrueCoach does not have a payment processing built into the app quite yet, but they have a small group of users going through an initial beta test, which is to be later polished for a full release.

9. Does TrueCoach provide a way to chat with members via the software? Do they provide support for having an online community with all the members (where they can have discussions)?

TrueCoach has a messaging feature that enables direct messaging between the coach and their client.

10. Does TrueCoach provide the capability to communicate with members using email and SMS?

On TrueCoach one can configure email settings for the studio/instructor and their clients.

11. Does TrueCoach help the studio with the ability to post useful content / articles in the form of a blog?

There is no feature of this kind on TrueCoach as of now.

12. Who is TrueCoach best recommend for? Among Yoga / Wellness / Fitness / Gym / Martial Arts and Dance studios?

TrueCoach is most suitable for personal trainers and personal training studios.

If you’ve any more queries about TrueCoach, reach out to them on support@truecoach.co
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Amazing research @anki_tha and @nisha! :raised_hands: :sunglasses:
I think this would be super useful for fitness studios. Let me also figure out if there’s a better format to layout this information.

This thread is aimed at helping you find the best platform to move online and we would be talking about Glofox

1. Does Glofox offer a customized website or app that can be used by the studio and shared with members?

Glofox is a gym and studio management software for owners who want to save time, drive revenue and keep members coming through the door. Glofox offers a customized website or app for the studio and can be shared with all its members.

2. Can Glofox help the client in scheduling classes?

Yes, Glofox provides several scheduling capabilities. Glofox lets you quickly set up and easily manage your class schedule and memberships.

3. Does Glofox provide the ability to conduct personal training?

Glofox is a great choice if you want to conduct personal training classes/sessions. You can check out this article by Glofox on How to Set up Personal Training Appointments

4. What are the pricing options for studios who want to adopt Glofox?

To know more about Glofox’s pricing options, we suggest you reach out to them on support@glofox.com. Here’s a glimpse at all the features they offer;

Depending on the studio’s business needs and other factors you can directly discuss with their team.

5. Can a studio/instructor conduct live sessions for members on Glofox?

Glofox lets users conduct live sessions for their members. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to conduct live sessions on Glofox.

6. Can a studio/instructor conduct scheduled sessions with pre-recorded videos on Glofox?

On Glofox, fitness studios can organise class schedules, memberships, and can process payments through their Gyms can design customised calendars based on their studios’ needs.

7. What are the types of payments that can be accepted from members using Glofox? Do they support one time payments (eg. payment for a class / workshop) and monthly memberships?

Glofox provides both one time and subscription payments to choose from. Payments are supported with credit and debit card payments.

8. Does Glofox provide a way to chat with members via the software? Do they provide support for having an online community with all the members (where they can have discussion)?

Glofox lets you send push notifications in the app, however, this is a one-way service wherein studios can send to their members.

9. Does Glofox provide the capability to communicate with members using email and SMS?

You can send SMS messages directly from the Glofox Platform to your members and leads.
You can check out this article to understand better on How to to Send an SMS to Your Clients on Glofox

10. Who is Glofox best recommended for? Among Yoga / Wellness / Fitness / Gym / Martial Arts and Dance studios?

All of the above are a good match for Glofox.

If you have any further questions regarding the software, please reach out at support@glofox.com

This thread is aimed at helping you find the best platform to move online and we would here’s all you need to know about Teachable.

1. Does Teachable offer a customized website or app that can be used by the studio and shared with members?

Teachable allows you to build your own personalized schools and courses. You can add your own content such as text, files, videos, and more with the option to make them downloadable.

2. Does Teachable provide the ability to conduct personal training? & Does Teachable provide the ability to conduct live sessions for members?

Teachable offers the option to add webinars or other live streaming and also lets you add any external application to your online course. Specifically, if you want to add a live stream or video webinar to your course hosted by a video service such as YouTube, Vimeo, Live Stream, etc., then you can copy/paste the HTML embed code snippet provided by your video host and embed it directly into a lecture in the Add Code tab.

3. Can Teachable help the client in scheduling classes? & Can a studio/instructor conduct scheduled sessions with pre-recorded videos on Teachable?

Teachable’s Drip feature allows you to release your online sessions/lectures at a specific date or a specific time after a student/client enrols. This means that a student will not be able to access a lecture section until it has been “dripped” to them. When a lecture is released to students, they automatically receive an email notification. Teachable supports adding pre-recorded videos in their online lectures/courses. Know more about their Drip feature here:

4. What are the pricing options for studios who want to adopt your software?

Teachable has a few options to choose from for pricing. Depending on which specific features you need, you can select a plan that best fits your needs. You can choose between monthly or annual payment plans.

There are 4 pricing plans on Teachable: Free, One-Time Purchase, Subscriptions, and Payment Plans.

Your course can have as many pricing plans as you’d like.

Free - Students can fully access your course by signing up for an account. There is no price.

One-Time Purchases - Students can fully access your course by paying a singular amount.

Subscriptions - Students will have access to your course as long as they continue to pay their fee. You can set your subscription to charge a user every week, two weeks, month, three months, six months, or yearly.

Payment Plans - Students will pay a set amount of monthly fees for indefinite full access to your course.

5. Does Teachable offer any form of analytics for the fitness studio/independent instructor?

Teachable offers analytics to measure the progress students are making by using your course. The Teachable team recommend using the Quizzes feature to measure and evaluate the students’ learning progress and achievement. On Teachable, you can conduct two types of quizzes; graded and non-graded. You can even add quizzes to your videos to engage with your viewers, and make sure that they are paying attention to the content of the video. Refer to this article on Adding Quizzes to Your Video;

6. What are the types of payments that can be accepted from members using Teachable? Does it support one time payments (eg. payment for a class / workshop) and monthly memberships?

Students have multiple payment options when it comes to purchasing courses on Teachable: credit/debit cards, PayPal, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

By default, students can pay with a credit/debit card—either by entering their card information, or using Apple Pay or Google Pay—on all gateways.

Please refer to this article by Teachable to get more insights

7. Does Teachable provide a way to chat with members via the software? Does it provide support for having an online community with all the members (where they can have discussions)?

At this time, Teachable does not have a native live chat function for school/studio owners to speak with students. However, studio owners can enable comments on course content for interaction with students.

8. Does Teachable help the studio with the ability to post useful content / articles in the form of a blog?

Teachable has a built-in blog feature that you can enable on your studio site that allows you to create and edit blog posts. Visitors to your school can access your blog by clicking the Blog tab in your school’s navigation bar.

The Knowledge Base article below has more information about their available blog features:

9. Who is Teachable best recommended for? Among Yoga / Wellness / Fitness / Gym / Martial Arts and Dance studios?

Teachable is recommended for anyone with a wealth of knowledge on a subject, and a passion for sharing their expertise with others.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out : support@teachable.com