PT Distinction (Comparison, Pricing, and Features)

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Fitness SoftwareExercise.comPT Distinction
Workout
Creator / Logger
Client / Class
Scheduling
Assessments
Exercise
Library
Gym / Facility
Management
Payment
Processing
Sell Products
Online
Training
iOS & Android
Apps
Custom Branded
Marketing Integrations
Websites
Custom Exercises
1-1 Training
Group Training
Sell Workout Plans
Run Workout Challenges
Offer Online Workout Memberships
TV Workouts
Performance & Measurement Reports
Client Automation
Dedicated Zapier Support
Dedicated Account Manager
Nutrition

The online training segment of the fitness industry has grown at an incredible rate in the last five years and shows no signs of slowing. Though many in the coaching world once looked upon online training as a here today, gone tomorrow trend, even those who doubted its longevity and impact can now be found on the web extending their reach far beyond the walls of a gym.

With this comes parallel growth of personal training software which has made online training scalable, efficient, and more legitimate compared to the days of spreadsheets, emails, and sketchy payment practices.

Like any type of product on the market, there is a broad spectrum of quality and value in training and gym management software and it’s crucial that a trainer or gym manager select the right platform for their specific needs.

For this review, we’ll compare Exercise.com’s all-in-one coaching and business management software to one of the players on the market, PT Distinction. We’ll break down what they offer and show why Exercise.com is the clear choice to help you manage your fitness business better! Request a demo today to learn more.

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PT Distinction Software Review

Logo for PT Distinction software

PT Distinction was founded in 2013 and is based in the town of Devizes in Wiltshire, England.

It is a web-based platform designed primarily for small businesses with a low volume of customers and provides workout design and delivery, assessments, and online payments.

PT Distinction has earned positive reviews in most outlets, however, with a limited scope compared to true all-in-one platforms like Exercise.com’s platform, many business owners may find it lacks some of the key tools needed to operate their gym or training practice.

PT Distinction Features vs Exercise.com

After being behind the times for several years, PT Distinction revamped its appearance and functionality in 2018 in order to keep pace with cutting edge platforms like Exercise.com. Our clients get the benefits of precisely executed features and top of the line visual design. Let’s see how PT Distinction stacks up!

Unless otherwise stated, all images and reviews below are of/about Exercise.com’s All-In-One Fitness Business Management software platform.

Fitness Business Management (FBM)

FBM software is the total package platform that helps you with business operations as well as the training functions of building workouts and delivering assessments. The advantage of FBM software like Exercise.com is that users have everything they need in one convenient, unified package.

No more learning multiple inefficient systems that each do only part of the job.

No more confusion and fractured experiences for your clients.

No more wasted time entering the same client data into numerous programs.

Our FBM software adds professionalism to your business and gives you, and your client, fewer hoops to jump through. That means more time and energy to spend on providing effective training and growing your business.

Developing an easy intake system with my apps and ways to scale the delivery of workouts has been huge. Working with 20-30 individuals who each have specific goals and restrictions can be challenging, but your platform makes it easy to organize everyone’s programs and put a plan together that will get them the best results possible.
Dean Somerset 
We went live with our Fitness Business Management software at 4 locations. Everything is working great. The import and export are easy and the guys are really liking the look and convenience of the platform. From both my side and the user side the platform has exceeded our expectations.
FMSHS 
The simple, effective tools help expand and simplify my coaching process.
Dean Somerset 
Before I came across Exercise.com, the process I used to try and communicate a program with an athlete long distance was extremely cumbersome. Those days are long gone, and I look forward to providing professional, clean, organized, and effective programs to clients for years to come.
Chip Gosewich PMR Performance
The Exercise.com team is amazing, and their all-in-one software is more than we ever expected! All of this is made possible by a high-quality team.
Exercise.com makes my life easier by providing an all-in-one solution and the opportunity to help those who otherwise would never have access to my programming!
Tony Gentilcore Founder, Core Online

Here’s how Exercise.com makes your business operations pain-free:

Calendars and Booking

Our FBM platform will empower you to track visits, book classes and sessions, engage your clients with recurring appointment reminders via email and text, and provide calendar integration with Google and Apple for easy management.

Our booking platform is ideal for companies with multiple trainers as each can have an independent schedule but viewing and sorting options let you, the boss, see everything going on the facility. Unlike many schedulers, you can even keep trainer availability in addition to sessions.

PT Distinction lacks the full-service booking ability that gyms need to schedule client sessions and classes.

In fact, though you can save appointment reminders for yourself in their calendar, there is no two-way booking feature that adds appointments to your client’s schedule as well as your own. Nor does PT Distinction give the ability to track those sessions as part of a face-to-face training membership.

Accepting Payments Securely and Easily

Our Fitness Business Management software lets you access all of your payment tools in the same custom-branded web and mobile apps, so you can spend less time tracking down failed charges, taking payments, and managing payment details and have more time for growing your business.

FBM makes it easy to set up packages for your training where clients can pay a one-time or recurring price with cash, check, or credit card. Plus accept direct deposits and allow online purchasing of packages. Plus, access all the financial stats and reports you need to run your business right and stay in the know on the vital signs of your company.

PT Distinction limits users to a single option for onboard payment processing: Paypal. Trainers who’ve already been using Paypal as part of the amateur online training trifecta (Excel, Paypal, and Skype) may like the familiarity, but for people ready to scale their business and operate professionally, this is a step in the wrong direction.

Increase Business Efficiency With Easy Report Access

Never worry about sales, staff, clients, or data logged falling between the cracks with reporting at your fingertips in your custom web and mobile apps.

Managing a staff of any size is time-consuming but FBM saves you time with assignable staff roles, so you can put staff management on autopilot.

Plus all your reports can be run in a single software. No more safaris for which software has which reports. Exercise.com’s Fitness Business Management (FBM) software makes reports easy — sales, business, appointments, class, and payroll reports all in one place. Plus you can also sort reports by:

  • Client
  • Location
  • Services

These reports empower you to have your finger on the pulse of your business and if you’re bringing on new trainers you’ll know how much to pay staff based on commissions.

You got into the business because of a love for fitness, not complicated logistical tasks, so it’s crucial to set up the efficient processes that run reliably and don’t need your constant attention. Let Exercise.com handle it!

Increase Revenue With Key Business Marketing Integrations

For your business’ marketing, automate your efforts by connecting to a number of integrations like:

  • MailChimp
  • ConstantContact
  • ConvertKit
  • Zapier
  • Google Analytics
  • Facebook Pixel

It helps to be able to learn and put a system in place to say ‘We have this issue with the shoulder or this elbow pain, this hip internal rotation issue’ and we’ve gone through it with 25 other guys. We’ve had good success with 24 of them so we have a game plan in place.

The flip side is if you get stuck in a rut and your systems don’t work and are not scalable you’re just like why isn’t this working. You can’t see outside the box at all. Systems help eliminate problems.

Barrett Stover

Founder, Revolution Sports Performance

Are you catching the pattern?

  • Implement systems that save you time
  • Have all your management tools in one software
  • Manage your business from anywhere

Custom-Branded Websites, Web, and Smartphone Apps

For subscribers to the Pro and Master versions of its software, PT Distinction will provide some basic customization options commonly referred to as skinning; the company takes their default app and places your logo and color on it.

Android users would be able to find the app with your company skin in Google Play, however, your customers using Apple devices will only find “an unbranded container app which then becomes custom branded as soon as logged into for the first time” according to company’s website.

All my clients are required to use my online training. When training with me personally face-to-face, they have my app. They train with me—let’s say two days—and then they have the app for one. So they’re constantly working out on their own or required to utilize the app logging so that I can now check on them
Ashton Roberts AR Performance Training
For a while now, we have been looking for a great way to provide an all-encompassing experience for basketball players. The customization features of the web platform and custom-branded apps have allowed us to do that, creating the perfect marriage between our expert content and all of the really cool features that help separate us from the rest of the competition.
Kyle Ohman Basketball HQ
Exercise.com has brought a whole new element to my programming. I am super jealous of my brand and make quite a few demands, um, suggestions for the app. They are always eager to work with me and go above and beyond to deliver. Truly a gold medal team!
Kellie Davis Fit Thrive
Developing an easy intake system with my apps and ways to scale the delivery of workouts has been huge. Working with 20-30 individuals who each have specific goals and restrictions can be challenging, but your platform makes it easy to organize everyone’s programs and put a plan together that will get them the best results possible.
Dean Somerset 
Exercise.com has allowed a lot of flexibility with integration, so I can better connect with my customers. They developed a way to integrate with my CMR so I can send email sequences after purchasing, and they also created an upsell option on the sales page that offers exclusive products to customers.
Kellie Davis 
The Exercise.com team is amazing, and their all-in-one software is more than we ever expected! All of this is made possible by a high-quality team.

Fully Customized to Your Brand

Exercise.com, on the other hand, offers complete custom-branding which far exceeds simple color changes. We fully customize your web and smartphone app to meet your appearance and functionality needs. Your company’s app even displays with your own branding in the App Store and Google Play.

No matter where your clients download the app, they will find it and download it under your company’s name adding greatly to the perception of quality they’re getting with your service. From their perspective, it’s just like you went to the time and expense of hiring a development team and built your app from the ground up. They’ll never see Exercise.com or know we did the heavy lifting.

Additionally, we truly personalize the function of your app beyond just appearance. While most companies, including PT Distinction, have an inflexible platform you have to mold your business to, Exercise.com molds our platform to the unique needs of your business.

Custom-Designed Website

In addition to custom apps, Exercise.com users receive custom-designed websites as well. No cookie-cutter templates that merely plug in your brand’s colors and logo. Some features that our custom websites include are:

  • Responsive
  • SEO optimized
  • Unlimited theme changes
  • Built to convert visitors to leads
  • Custom graphic work
  • Google Certified Partner

Additionally, you can rest easy knowing that your custom website and app are protected with various security features like SSL Secure, Privacy Shield Framework, and Google Cloud.

Automation From Your Own Custom Apps

Exercise.com also offers billing and payment processing along with an array of automation features.

The automation features of Exercise.com include:

  • Automatic Emails and Texts/Other Automatic Features
  • Highlight Exercise.com
  • Automate Workout Delivery
  • Automate Resource Delivery
  • Automate Assessment Delivery
  • Automate Reminders/Alerts via app, text, and email

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Workout Creation and Delivery

In PT Distinction, workouts are created in their Program Builder. There is a three-level hierarchy for organizing what you create:

  • Program- the overview of the training plan; made up of individual workouts.
    • Workout- the collection of exercises done in a single given training session.
      • Section- a subset of exercises in a workout that is similar in purpose or complementary to each other.

Each thing you save at any of these levels as a template can be used in the future when you want to duplicate it or add to a future workout. Because designing workouts in PT Distinction feels a bit tedious, they encourage users to invest a lot of time upfront to create and save templates for later use rather than build new programs for each client.

Exercise.com’s workout creator is the most advanced in terms of capability, yet it is intuitive and easy-to-use. Our simple workout plan creator and exercise manager provide flexible solutions to save you time creating workouts. You’ll be able to create highly personalized individual programs as well as general-purpose programs you can sell online and run on autopilot.

Deliver Workouts for Any Scenario

Our system provides everything you need whether you train clients online-only, in-person, or both. Clients and trainers can easily log workouts, view exercise history, see notes directly from your custom-branded web and smartphone apps, and deliver workouts for any scenario like:

  • Workout Planning-Personal Training
  • Nutrition Assistance
  • Goal Setting
  • Traveling Athletes
  • In-Person Clients
  • Trainer Logging
  • Online Clients
  • Hybrid Clients (in-person/online)
  • Busy Professionals

Want to really take your brand reputation to the next level? Use our software to build a custom exercise library featuring your own video demonstrations and technique tips. Get clients to identify with your company like never before by maintaining continuity in their user experience and keeping your brand front and center.

E-Commerce/Point of Sale

PT Distinction software is primarily a workout delivery platform. Its limited capabilities for billing and sales, the things that actually keep your business going, give the impression that E-commerce is an afterthought in its design.

The three major restrictions on PT Distinction users are:

  1. Limitations on the products and services you can sell online. Only your template programs are available for sale on your site, no personal program design or digital products like Ebooks can be sold.
  2. Users are limited to using Paypal for processing payments. While the embedded Paypal button will be an improvement over an ugly link, trainers who are ready to invest in FBM software should be looking to step up the professionalism of their business, not keep using the tools from their amateur days.
  3. There are no financial reports or payment records available within the PT Distinction platform. It may not be the fun side of business management, but legitimate companies with growth in mind always have this data to analyze trends and keep finances above board.

Exercise.com opens up all the options for increasing your revenue with multiple streams. Our software offers simple and secure payment processing for one-time transactions, recurring memberships, and your digital products like Ebooks. You can set your service to push out new workouts and plans automatically when clients make a purchase so you can make money without lifting a finger.

My custom-branded apps have made my life easier and helped streamline my online training, which in turn has transformed into a pretty awesome additional revenue stream for me and my family.
Tony Gentilcore 
Exercise.com has enabled our company to expand in ways we couldn’t imagine possible. As a Strength Coach that also manages the business this platform has made it much easier to get our programming out to not only our local clientele but also new clientele throughout the world as well as our professional athletes in different cities.
Eric Mahanke Carr Elite
I sold a workout program and matched my yearly salary of in-person training within two weeks of selling to my community.

Here are some of the ways fitness pros are using Exercise.com to rapidly grow their business online:

Sell Pre-Built, Single Workout Plans (Mike Boyle)

Deliver Automated Custom Programming (Dean Sommerset, AMPD)

Deliver Workout of the Day Memberships (Madeline Moves)

Performance Assessments

PT Distinction features several built-in movement screenings, endurance tests, and strength tests. Additionally, you can create custom assessments more specific to your specialty or your clientele. Each assessment can be added manually to a client’s calendar or set to occur automatically on a future date.

Likewise, Exercise.com’s FBM software includes preset assessments as well as the ability to customize them and deliver them automatically.

Working with Exercise.com and their team has been an amazing experience and a dream come true in terms of accomplishing a vision! Their workout technology has helped us effectively engage our community, and I highly recommend Exercise.com to grow your business!
APMD Performance 

The Value of Assessments

So what’s the difference between PT Distinction and Exercise.com’s Performance Health Software? With Exercise.com you can:

  • Provide automated workout recommendations- our software can use your clients’ questionnaire responses and performance data to automatically pair them with the right program for their needs. Even clients you never meet can have a custom experience that moves them toward their specific goals.
  • Improve client engagement and retention- People often have short memories, so a client assessment in tandem with our powerful smart performance tracking empowers you to show clients where they have improved. Happy clients who can see their successes are clients that stick with you for the long haul.
  • Ensure clients’ long-term progress with actionable data- Performance and measurement data is only as good as your ability to put it into action in training. Our software lets you assign future recurring assessments to stay on top of client progress and make smart adjustments to programming.

PT Distinction Software Pricing

Like most training software platforms, PT Distinction works on a tiered pricing model where cost increases based on your number of clients and offers certain features exclusively to its higher-paying users.

The company offers a free 1-month trial at any level but be careful: unlike most other software trials that come with no strings attached, PT Distinction will require you to actually sign up and submit payment information for automatic billing on the trial end date.

 NOVICEPROMASTER
Monthly Price:$19.90$60$80
Client Limit:32550
Cost per Client:$6.63 / month$2.40 / month$1.60 / month
App Branding:NoYesYes

Novice tier- the barest form of the software, this only includes service for 3 clients and offers no app customization or website integration.

Pro tier- the company describes this as their most popular level. With Pro, users can manage up to 25 clients and get PT Distinction’s basic customizations. Beginning at this level, users can also embed the sales platform into their own website to sell packages via Paypal.

Master tier- this level features the lowest cost-per-client but at only 50 clients included, does not provide the scalable solution that successful online training businesses need. Like the Pro tier, basic customization and integration are available.

What’s missing?

Even at the highest price, PT Distinction does not support multiple trainers/staff members which can be a severe impediment for ambitious companies with a focus on growth.

Exercise.com never limits your access to features or charges you more each month as your business grows. When you use our FBM software, you get the full package of capabilities and no restrictions on number of clients or coaches. It painlessly scales up as you grow, you don’t even have to think about it.

PT Distinction Software Competitors

PT Distinction’s closest competitors share most of the same functions and limitations. None offer all you need when it comes to billing, schedule management, or tracking company metrics.

To fulfill those needs in addition to creating and delivering workouts, consider an all-in-one Fitness Business Management platform that integrates everything and saves you from the cost and inconvenience of using multiple products for the different operations you need.

 PT DistinctionTeamBuildrTrainHeroicTrueCoach
Annual Price
(based on 50 clients)
$960$500$900$1,188
Schedule Appointments & ClassesXX
Automatic Payments XXX
Customize AppearanceX
Plan and Deliver Workouts
Business Dashboard & ReportsXXXX
Staff ManagementXX

The Bottom Line: Pros and Cons

Choosing the right software to run your business can mean the difference between success and failure, but it doesn’t have to be a hard choice. Exercise.com is miles ahead of the competition when you consider everything it takes to optimize your business and run smoothly.

PT Distinction Cons

PT Distinction offers the basic features you expect and can find in most software on the market but nothing stands out to separate it from the pack.

With certain key functions missing, like full customization and e-commerce and automation features, PT Distinction is not the tool for serious professionals who are ready to step up their business and make an impact on the industry.

PT Distinction’s position is somewhere in the middle ground between the hobbyist or Insta-trainer and the real industry professional.

Exercise.com Pros

Our software is the all-in-one solution for your business management needs. From building web and smartphone apps with your brand in mind to seamless integrations, performance health assessments, nutrition tracking, workout creation, management, and delivery, and a world-class dev team at your disposal, Exercise.com has you covered.

Most software companies make you fit your business to what they offer but our development team works with you to create software centered around your business. If you need custom features, easy integration, and engaging performance health software, contact us today for a demo.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who are you guys, anyway?

The team at Exercise.com solves a major problem — how to grow your business without wasting time and losing money. We work with the real, confident decision makers — the best of the best — like James Harrison (Steelers great), Don Saladino, D1 Training, Fairchild Sports Performance, and Freestyle Connection — and offer our all-in-one fitness business software to simplify managing your business. The team at Exercise.com solves a major problem — how to grow your business without wasting time and losing money. We work with the real, confident decision makers — the best of the best — like Steelers great James Harrison, Don Saladino, D1 Training, Fairchild Sports Performance, and Freestyle Connection — and offer our all-in-one fitness business software to simplify managing your business.

 

What sets you apart from your competitors?

We turbocharge your business with our all-in-one fitness business software that’s custom branded for your business.• Efficiently schedule, view, and manage all appointments and classes — including by trainer, location, and service — with easy options for scheduling recurring events and availability.• Save time creating workouts with our simple workout plan creator and exercise manager and built-in integrations, tools, and more.• Sell your training three ways – group subscriptions, individualized training, and single workout plans – to increase revenue inside and outside your training walls.• Take clients through your custom assessments to automatically deliver personalized workouts based on the data important to their success.

Why not pay for custom development?

So many things could go wrong when building custom-branded apps. It's also expensive, takes years to develop, and requires trust with your developers. We have a proven track record delivering apps for top trainers around the world and remove the risks present when doing it on your own.

What if I'm not technical?

You don't need to be. Our dev team will build your custom-branded apps and take care of all the technical stuff so you can focus on what you do best.

What if I don't have a following?

Engaging the followers you have is paramount because you can instantly convert engaged followers into paying clients with your all-in-one fitness business software.

Is it hard to set up?

No, it's very easy. All you need to do is follow our success team’s proven process. We will deliver your custom-branded, all-in-one fitness business software, and you can do what you do best!

What if I wait to implement this solution?

If you wait, you will leave a lot of opportunity on the table to save time as you scale and manage your business with all-in-one software to engage and retain your clients. Whether you’re looking to bill customers on a recurring basis, single session, or package basis, do it all with a fully integrated, secure platform that can support in-person and online payments. This is a high-quality problem to solve. You shouldn’t wait to solve it.

What exactly do I get?

You get all-in-one fitness business software that does everything you need. No more having one software solution for doing personal training, another for booking and scheduling, something else for client assessments, and yet another pricey subscription for marketing and client communication. And then there are custom-branded iOS & Android apps. If you're tired of paying too much for too many moving parts, stop the hacks and demo the Exercise.com all-in-one fitness business software today. This all-in-one fitness business software will save you time running your business, handle everything in one place, provide endless opportunities to engage and retain your clients, and allow you to sell workout plans.

Will this really work for me?

Yes. We have a proven track record with fitness professionals like Ashley Borden, Just-Train, PJF Performance, Madeline Moves, and Fit Thrive. Our all-in-one fitness business software will allow you to grow your business as much as you want.

What are the next steps?

The next step is simple. Click “Get a Price” anywhere on this page and schedule a call with one of our team members.

Will this integrate with my other software?

Our software integrates with a variety of other software including Zapier, Stripe, YouTube, Vimeo, MailChimp, MyFitnessPal, ConvertKit, and more.

What if I don't have the budget?

This is an all-in-one fitness business software that allows you to grow your business as much as you'd like. You should strike while the iron is hot by investing in a workout platform that will help you scale your business, earn more revenue, retain and engage your clients, and save you time running your business.