Online training – what you need to know

Online training – what you need to know

With everyone currently in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as part of the government guidance clubs and gyms across the country have temporarily closed. An online solution is increasingly being employed as an option to continue contact with clients and provide them with appropriate exercise solutions. We have received many enquiries from PT’s, Group X Instructors, Clubs and partners around delivering online options. To alleviate confusion and misinformation we offer the following summary.

Personal Trainers – Advice for delivering training online

PT’s are able to video content which can likely be hosted on a third party site like YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo etc. Be careful to review the Terms and Conditions of the site, as commercial content or branded content is unlikely to be allowed. Check your insurance to make sure that your liability policy covers you if you are offering instruction and cannot see your clients. Skype, Zoom, Join Me or other two way streaming services conducted ‘live’ are a viable alternative which allow both parties to see each other. FitPro insurance covers you either way, as long as you are working within your confirmed area of expertise and applying relevant health and safety guidelines.

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Guidelines for Online Training

Group Exercise Instructors – Music rights & advice for delivering training online

However, for Group X instructors the situation is not as straight forward. Check your insurance to make sure it covers you if you are offering online Group X sessions. As with PT’s, FitPro insurance covers you for live streaming or the provision of prerecorded online instruction as long as you are working within your confirmed area of expertise and applying relevant health and safety guidelines.

If you wish to use music (either original artist or PPL free non-original artist covers) for live/recorded online classes, video or any interactive sessions that involves music – whether hosted on Facebook, YouTube or generally any other web platform, you will need synchronisation rights (this means permission from the music publishers), to use copyrighted music. You can find out more information about ‘sync’ rights here.

PRS for music offers a Limited Online Music Licence (LOML), at a cost starting from £146 p.a. LOML will enable you to communicate with clients through a digital medium, but additional syncronisation rights should also be pursued direct with publishers as the LOML itself does not grant those rights.

You can acquire a LOML licence or find out more information by visiting, or if you would like to find out more about LOML you can also call the PRS Licensing Hotline on +44 (0)20 3741 3888.

As a Group X Instructor, you can operate online sessions/live streams legally, but generally only if you use copyright free music. This is music that is not a cover version of an original song (sound-a-like), but literally copyright free and has no publisher owned copyright associated with it. For more info about MyGroupFit visit our website or email via

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