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Finding the right software to manage your business is no easy task. With countless fitness management, calendar and booking, and reporting software to choose from, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed by the options.
At the same time, it’s hard to find the right program to fit your specific business needs. There’s always a feature or two that you don’t need but have to pay for, or worse–a feature is missing that would lighten your managerial load. Why can’t there be a software program that’s a perfect fit for your business?
We’re here to help you find the software that helps your business succeed! In this review, we will examine Bobclass and compare its design and features with Exercise.com’s All-in-One Business Platform. While Bobclass is highly-rated, in the end, it’s clear to see that Exercise.com’s carefully personalized platform fits your business perfectly, giving your business the tools it needs to grow for years to come. Book a demo today to learn more!
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Bobclass Software Review
Founded in 2014, Bobclass is a personal or small business class and appointment scheduling software. It also has features for member profiles, progress notes, photos, and videos, and payment processing that aid with business management and organization. Bobclass promotes e-commerce by offering an in-app store and accepting mobile payments.
Although Bobclass is used in the fitness field, it can also be used in many other occupations. Bobclass’s website states it can be used for yoga instructors and boutiques, independent personal trainers, music teachers, dance studios, equestrianism, tennis instructors, therapists, and tutors. Many of Bobclass’s positive reviews come from music instructors and tutors.
This broad scope of application should be a red flag to a fitness business manager! Bobclass isn’t niched to fitness, and this can create gaps where essential services and features are missing to effectively run your fitness business. Let’s examine these closer in the review below.
Unless otherwise stated, all images and reviews below are of/about Exercise.com’s All-In-One Fitness Business Management software platform. All information about Bobclass’s software was pulled directly from the company’s website.
Bobclass vs Exercise.com
Bobclass has an eye-catching, open-book website. It offers screenshots and explanations for almost every feature and highlights their packages:
|Base – Free||PRO – $12.99/month||Studio – $28.58/month|
|Class scheduling||Attendance tracking||All of PRO|
|Appointment scheduling||Punchpasses||Multi-instructor, up to 10|
|Sales & payment registration||Online client booking||Client reports|
|Reminder emails + texts||Credit card processing|
As seen in the table above, Bobclass offers a free version of its app that includes basic scheduling, payments, and manually-operated client reminders. Although free apps are always nice, this teaser isn’t worth much consideration as a personal trainer. (Although it would probably work well for a music instructor or tutor!) There are many other necessary fitness-niched management functions–like performance assessments, workout and nutrition creation, and reporting–that you need to be an effective trainer and easily manage your business.
The PRO package is a step in the right direction. Users get more options for payment processing (it’s unclear in the Base package if mobile payments are accepted), customer service support, and the e-commerce store. Punchpasses, which are pre-purchased credits that can be applied to classes or appointments for quick booking, are also accepted.
But there are two things to note about the PRO package. First, it only allows for one instructor. This automatically disqualifies the package for businesses with more than one instructor; essentially it’s only for an independent contractor. Second, even for an independent personal trainer, there are still no assessments, workout plans, or reporting features. Everything must be manually created, sent, and tracked. Independent personal trainers know they have to work tirelessly to compete with other personal trainers, and this manual labor eats away at the valuable time that could be spent with clients or promoting their skills.
The Studio package includes all possible Bobclass features. It isn’t much of a step up, as client reports are the only new feature added, but it does allow up to 10 trainers per account. For more than 10 trainers, Bobclass requests to be contacted for clarification before setting up an account.
The Studio package is the only feasible package for a business simply because businesses typically have more than one instructor. However, it’s also very limiting because Bobclass accounts can’t have more than 10 instructors. This means Bobclass essentially stifles your business growth instead of encouraging it by not allowing you to have more than 10 instructors. Your business might grow, but it will outgrow Bobclass’s software.
On the other hand, Exercise.com’s software is built to see your business grow and thrive! There’s no limit to staff accounts so you can hire as your business grows. We are proud to customize a personalized website and app for your needs, preferences, and style, plus offer everything your trainers need to safely and effectively work with their clients. Let’s check out these features below!
Fitness Business Management (FBM)
How effectively Bobclass might manage your business depends on what package you choose. As outlined above, the Base package does little to support a fitness business. While the PRO package is a better option, it’s only for independent personal trainers or instructors. This puts the Studio package as Bobclass’s best–or only–option. So how does the Studio package compare with Exercise.com’s all-inclusive platform?
Calendars and Booking
Bobclass’s calendar and booking features are very similar to most competitors. Customers can see available classes and time slots; they click the one they want and book it with a Punchpass or credit card purchase. But Bobclass has two ways to book an appointment: a customer self-service app and a shareable web calendar URL.
With the customer self-service app, clients can book services in the app as long as they have an active paid package. If they don’t, the trainer must confirm the booking in their admin app. The URL must be manually sent to a customer in order for them to view the calendar. Once a booking is made, the trainer is sent an email and must confirm the booking in the Bobclass app.
This creates a dilemma for the trainer: they must quickly confirm appointments so the calendar can be most accurate, but staying pinned to a mobile device to confirm appointments hampers customer engagement. Both situations reduce customer satisfaction.
But with Exercise.com’s calendar and booking system, both the staff and customers can easily view the calendar and book available appointments all in your custom-branded app or website on their own time. With Exercise.com’s customizable platform, you can choose the scheduling features and layout you want to help effectively manage your business!
No need to manually share a web link or confirm appointments through several apps; our platform does these tasks automatically! This saves you time, money, and stress so you can stay fully engaged with building relationships with your customers.
Exercise.com also sends automatic reminders via email, text, your app, or a customizable combination. This feature is not available with Bobclass. While you can send email and text reminders to clients in Bobclass, it must all be done manually. This mundane task can eat away at your valuable time by using Bobclass, but it’s time saved with Exercise.com’s software!
Accepting Payments Securely and Easily
Both Bobclass and Exercise.com use Stripe, a secure and reliable third-party payment processor, to accept payments and e-commerce purchases. But only Exercise.com has an automated payment feature!
With Bobclass, admin users can see when a client’s Punchpass or membership is about to expire, but they have to manually send a reminder email. This time-consuming mundane task is critical to your business; if you don’t remind customers to renew their Punchpass or membership, you lose profit! But with Exercise.com’s software, you can rest easy knowing that payments will be automatically charged and received. Not to mention, it saves your customers a logistical step, too!
Increase Business Efficiency With Easy Report Access
Bobclass offers minimal reportings: history, bookings, sales, payments, and availability. These are available in the app and must be exported to another software for accounting and invoicing.
It goes without saying that these are very basic reports and are not comprehensive. The reports Bobclass offers are just a snippet of your business’ health and don’t track business growth. Additionally, Bobclass’s reports must be exported to another software for accounting.
But with Exercise.com, you get tons of easy-access, accurate reports for sales, subscriptions, and charges. Exercise.com goes beyond Bobclass’s basic reports with business management reports for:
- All of your offered services
- Client training progress
- Staff and clients
- Tax and payroll reports
- Shared packages report
- E-commerce commission reports
- Trainer and class insights
- Member insights and tracking
- Revenue analysis
- Transaction tracking
- Attendance tracking
- And more!
Our reports examine your business from all angles so you can make the best decisions for your business!
Increase Revenue With Key Business Marketing Integrations
Bobclass only integrates with Stripe; it does not integrate with social media, your business website, or business marketing software. This means you must do all the legwork to manually post on social media, respond to emails, and find another program, professional, or time in your own schedule to analyze the efficacy of marketing integrations. This adds a lot of responsibilities to a manager’s load!
There’s a better way than piecing together various management tactics or using your own time! Exercise.com’s software handles all of your marketing integrations so that you can make wise decisions to grow your business! We effectively integrate:
- Google Analytics
- Facebook Pixel
- And more!
Not only does our software integrate these programs, but Exercise.com prioritizes your brand’s personalization. Unlike pre-packaged software, Exercise.com allows you to set up as many integrations as you need and avoid paying for features you won’t use! Easily adjust your marketing integrations as needed. Plus, Exercise.com’s online support is always ready to assist you!
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.
Custom-Branded Websites, Web, and Smartphone Apps
The Bobclass software doesn’t offer any personalized apps or websites. It does offer a Bobclass-branded admin and customer self-service app, but Exercise.com celebrates your brand by customizing an app and website to your preferences and style. Keeping your customers engaged with your individual brand is key to growing your business!
Fully Customized to Your Brand
Bobclass doesn’t provide any brand customization; staff and customers must use Bobclass’s apps in order to book and manage appointments and stay in communication with their trainer. Since booking, e-commerce, and communication happen inside the Bobclass app, customers have little reason to log into your app or website. Your unique fitness brand is lost, second to Bobclass.
This is not the case with Exercise.com’s software! We work with you to completely personalize your business platform, highlighting your business to keep it front and center. Instead of downloading Bobclass’s app, members will download an app with your gym’s name and logo and will have access to all of your resources, promotions, and policies. Because your platform is customized for your business, you decide what gets featured!
Automation From Your Own Custom Apps
Reminders, promotions, and workout delivery are crucial ways to keep clients engaged with your brand. Bobclass allows communication with customers inside their app, through email, and text, but these features are not automated. While this might be manageable with a few clients, as your business grows, this task becomes burdensome and it can be overwhelming to send out dozens of reminders, promotions, and follow-up workouts every day. This is another way in which Bobclass doesn’t assist with business growth.
But with Exercise.com’s platform, you can effortlessly stay on top of notifications, reminders, and workout delivery through our automated services feature! Completely customize your notifications with custom text, time of delivery, frequency, and mode of delivery. You stay in control of customer engagement! Our automated service feature saves you time by:
- Sending automatic emails and texts
- Sending automatic workout delivery
- Sending automatic resource delivery
- Sending automatic assessment delivery
- Sending automatic reminder and alerts via your custom-branded app, text, and/or email
What would you do with extra time in your managerial schedule? Our automatic notification feature frees you from mundane tasks so you have more time to offer to your staff and customers!
Bobclass does nothing to support your brand’s website. In fact, using Bobclass may detract from your website, since members must use Bobclass’s URL and app in order to access your calendar and pay for services. With little reason to log into your app or visit your website, you’ll have to work harder to promote your business. Additionally, you must outsource to a website developer (or use your valuable time!) to manage your gym’s website.
With Exercise.com’s software, we help you build a secure, SEO-optimized website that converts visitors to leads. We promote your business by keeping members engaged with your brand instead of using another website or app. Instead of website creation and management being a headache, you can enjoy creating and personalizing your website! We offer unlimited theme changes, custom graphic work, colors, features, custom dev, and more. We’re also a Google Certified Partner!
Bobclass processes payments through Stripe, a reliable and secure third-party payment processor. Bobclass doesn’t specifically highlight any security features on their platform, but it’s likely that scheduling and client information is kept private.
However, Exercise.com emphasizes providing the highest standard of security for payment processing and storing clients’ health information. Our websites and apps are SSL Secure, client information is protected with the internationally-secure Privacy Shield Framework, and we utilize Google Cloud for storing and transferring data.
Integrations and Add-ons
Bobclass doesn’t offer any add-ons and only integrates with Stripe. This leaves you with the time-consuming task of self-promotion in order to remain competitive with other gyms in your area.
But Exercise.com’s software is a comprehensive platform. There’s no need to sort through a list of pricey add-ons, and we have endless marketing integrations! Exercise.com’s platform is completely customizable, so you choose all the features and integrations you need. Rest easy knowing that our software is keeping your business competitive across all marketing and social media platforms for increased productivity and profit.
Grow and manage your fitness business better with Exercise.com
Workout Creation and Delivery
Another major difference between Bobclass and Exercise.com’s software is workout creation and delivery. Instead of workout and nutritional planning, Bobclass offers a Progress Note feature. This essentially operates like a cloud-based document that both trainer and client can edit. Trainers document in-person training sessions, update client progress, give exercises for upcoming workouts, and embed videos and pictures into the Progress Note. Document files, such as nutritional plans and resources, can also be attached. Clients can view the note and respond inside the document.
While this is better than nothing, it’s very labor-intensive, difficult to track progress, and not client-friendly.
This feature is inconvenient and inefficient for trainers because everything must be manually typed, uploaded, and delivered. That’s a lot of time spent on a mobile device performing manual documentation! Even if you create your own document templates (like workout or nutritional plans), that’s hours of editing, saving, and manually sending documents each week.
Additionally, the Progress Note does not allow for tracking progress in reporting. Trainers must scroll through the Progress Note in order to see client progress or keep track as they go in a different software. This inefficient process adds more manual labor time and kills trainer productivity.
Progress Notes are also inconvenient and frustrating for clients. As sessions continue and the Progress Note gets updated and longer, it begins to resemble a forever-long email chain. Scrolling through the Progress Note makes it difficult to find the files, videos, and pictures their trainer carefully attached.
When a workout or nutritional plan isn’t easily accessible, program adherence is poor. While files can be saved, everything is in a different spot on a client’s mobile device: photos and videos are saved into a media library, documents are saved in a cloud drive, and the Progress Note itself is in the Bobclass app. This scattered information can be very frustrating for clients!
Instead, Exercise.com’s software keeps everything in one place: your custom-branded app! Clients can easily view, perform, and document their workouts, access their nutrition plan and other resources, see their progress, and communicate with their trainer without switching between multiple apps. Trainers are more efficient and productive by using your customized templates for workout creation and nutritional plans.
Deliver Workouts for Any Scenario
Exercise.com’s versatile software encourages all clients to reach their maximum potential by meeting their unique needs. With communication in your custom-branded app, all clients–in-person, online, traveling athletes, busy professionals, and hybrid clients (in-person/online)–all receive the highest standard of personalized care. Trainers can automatically send workout and nutrition plans and updates, videos, resources, and more!
Trainers know that communication with clients is crucial to answer questions, maintain accountability, and boost motivation. This feature is especially helpful for retaining traveling clients or busy professionals, but everyone appreciates instant communication with their trainer! The messaging feature keeps trainers and clients in contact, improving customer satisfaction.
Customized Workout Design and Library
Set your business apart from competitors with your own customized workout designs, extensive exercise videos selection, and instructional libraries. Integrate with your YouTube or Vimeo account for a personalized touch! Easily instruct and challenge clients by creating your own exercise descriptions and instructions; pictures can be added to ensure proper form. These files are saved in your software database for easy client assignments, saving you valuable time!
Using Exercise.com’s workout plan creator, trainers customize their clients’ next set of workouts to best fit the client’s needs and goals. No need to manually type out instructions! Choose from your library of instructional methods, such as videos, pictures, intervals, alternates, blocks, modifications, descriptions, individualized instructions and reminders, and notes.
Not only are these plans easy for trainers to create, but they’re also easy for clients to follow! Automatically deliver workout plans to clients in your custom-branded app for clients to access, perform, and log their workouts anywhere! This improves program adherence and client results. Trainers can easily track a client’s progress so clients reach their maximum potential.
The workout creator helps every client stay on track, but it’s particularly helpful for traveling and online clients. With just a few clicks in the app, trainers efficiently manage and send workouts and updates to clients, providing a variety of engaging and motivating workouts that can be performed anywhere. Clients can use the messaging feature to ask trainers questions, and trainers can moderate the logged workouts.
Again, this customized workout design and library is not supported by Bobclass. It’s a feature you only get with Exercise.com!
Automated Delivery PDFs, nutrition plans, and More to Your Clients
Fitness experts know that in order to achieve holistic health results, clients must adjust more than just their workouts. Incorporating or improving healthy habits like a balanced diet, nutrition, and health education are essential to transforming a client’s life and having lasting results. This is why Exercise.com’s software supports all aspects of improving client health by enabling trainers to automatically send PDFs, resources, nutrition plans, and more to their clients!
Bobclass does allow files to be shared in email or app form, but again this is an inefficient process. Manually editing, saving, and sending files is a mundane task that can be easily automated through Exercise.com’s software!
E-Commerce/Point of Sale
E-Commerce is full of exciting potential through innovative ideas. Capitalizing on e-commerce opportunities grows your businesses without having to expand the walls of your gym!
Bobclass allows customers to make payments for memberships, appointments, or classes, and purchase physical items through a store feature. Bobclass users are pleased with the functionality of the online store, but the store can only offer so many options.
Exercise.com accepts online and mobile payments and grows your business with sustainable profit and customer engagement! How is this accomplished? Keep reading to see some of the most popular ways our customers use Exercise.com’s e-commerce function.
Sell Pre-Built, Single Workout Plans (Mike Boyle)
Are you losing customers because they’re trying the next trending at-home workout program? With Exercise.com’s platform, you can prevent attrition and keep your members engaged in your brand by building and selling your own customized workout programs and plans! These can be in direct competition to popular programs or be something of your own invention. Our customizable platform lets you decide–and then sell unlimited workout plans!
Workout plans are also an excellent alternative for members who can’t afford a personal trainer but could benefit from extra guidance, accountability, or motivation. Offering a variety of levels, styles, and lengths keeps customers interested and coming back for more! The more options you offer, the greater your customer engagement, and the lower your rate of attrition. Not to mention, it boosts your business revenue!
Deliver Automated Custom Programming (Dean Sommerset, AMPD)
As outlined above, Exercise.com’s software enables you to personalize programming for each individual client. Workouts or nutritional plans can be automatically delivered to clients on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis, which further frees up your schedule!
Deliver Workout of the Day Memberships (Madeline Moves)
“Workout of the Day” challenges are an excellent way to keep customers engaged with your brand on a daily basis. Members can automatically receive a daily workout to their inbox so they stay highly motivated to achieve their fitness goals through new and creative workouts. Exercise.com also has an exclusive groups page where members enrolled in the same fitness program can motivate and encourage one another. This builds your revenue and positive gym culture!
Run Workout Challenges (Madeline Moves)
In order to be profitable, gyms have to retain their members. But with so many options for where and when to work out, customers tend to bounce between gyms, fitness centers, and community classes. Membership retention is often frustratingly elusive! Creating a positive gym culture is the secret to retaining members and growing your fitness center, and Exercise.com is here to help with this critical venture!
Build customer loyalty through a positive gym culture by running frequent workout challenges. These are a fun way for gym members to push themselves, harness their competitive spirit, and cheer for other gym members at the same time. The customization and automation of Exercise.com’s software make workout challenges easy so all you have to do is award the winner!
The Value of Assessments
Performance assessments are a huge part of a personal trainer’s job by ensuring safety, formulating effective workouts, and tracking progress. Without performance assessments, both trainers and clients can feel lost in evaluating progress. But when used correctly, performance assessments help clients see progress that brings them closer to achieving their goals. This boosts program adherence and membership retention.
Performance assessments are taken at evaluation and periodically throughout a client’s training because they are the objective data that motivate your clients! Clients can see their baseline, areas of needed improvement, and goals that have been and have yet to be achieved.
Bobclass allows performance assessments to be uploaded as a file in their Progress Note, but it doesn’t track progress as a report. Trainers and clients must dig through their Progress Notes in order to find their performance assessments. And once again, this manual data entry is a time-consuming process.
Exercise.com’s platform allows you to customize and have easily-accessible performance assessments that help your business grow! Both trainers and clients can quickly see progress in a report. This is another way Exercise.com supports business growth where Bobclass does not.
Complete Assessments for Clients
Exercise.com’s software’s simple layout enables trainers to easily record standard or customized performance assessments, allowing trainers to spend less time inputting data and more time with their clients. Once completed, trainers can use the collected data to increase the effectiveness of their clients’ workout and nutritional plans. Automated delivery sends updated performance assessments to their clients for easy access and progress tracking!
Software Bobclass Pricing
As shown in the chart above, Bobclass has three packages:
- Base: Free
- PRO: $12.99/month; sold as an in-app purchase
- Studio: $28.58/month; sold as an in-app purchase
This might seem like a steal, and while Bobclass does offer more than other business management software, it’s not a comprehensive program. Bobclass doesn’t offer things like website design and management, workout creation and delivery, performance assessments, additional e-commerce opportunities, advertising and marketing, reporting, and managing all of the nitty-gritty details. Your business won’t operate successfully without these features, and using Bobclass means you’ll need to piece together multiple programs.
But with Exercise.com, our comprehensive program sets your business up for success! With dozens of automated and customized features and services, our comprehensive program includes everything you need to grow your business!
Bobclass Software Competitors
Besides Exercise.com, Bobclass has the following software competitors:
It’s worth noting that Bobclass’s competitors are general booking software programs. But Exercise.com is niched to fitness, making it the superior product for a fitness business!
Everyone wants their business to grow and thrive! Choosing the right business management software is one of the most important decisions you can make towards achieving that goal. Every management software has a trickle-down effect: it will either restrict or grow your business!
While Bobclass offers more management features than some software, it’s still not the comprehensive package of Exercise.com. This means you’ll need to fill in the gaps with other software and programs. This inefficiency can cost you a lot of time and money.
But our platform is here to help your business flourish! Customers enjoy the easy-to-use features, helping boost customer satisfaction and retention rates. Managers and trainers have everything they need to evaluate and manage their business to provide superior customer service.
While Bobclass is a surprisingly good software for the price, it has several major issues:
- Even the most comprehensive package doesn’t allow for more than 10 trainers, which can restrict business growth.
- Almost every task must be done manually: appointment and payment reminders, workout creation and nutrition plans, emails and texts, media, files, and assessments.
- Minimal reports that don’t evaluate all aspects of your business. Client progress is not tracked in reporting.
- E-commerce is limited to selling Punchpasses and physical items with its Store feature.
- The Progress Note feature for files, media, and documentation is a labor-intensive, inefficient process. Clients and trainers must scroll through dozens of notes to find assessments, files, and workouts.
But most importantly, Bobclass does not offer the two things known to grow your business: marketing management and integrations and a customized website and app. These two features help customers stay engaged with your brand and help you evaluate the effectiveness of your advertising. Without these features, you’re making marketing stabs in the dark!
Exercise.com’s All-In-One platform performs all the functions you need to grow your business. It takes the brunt of mundane managerial duties through automatic tracking and delivery, encourages staff and trainer productivity, and keeps everything in one spot to avoid client frustration. Additionally, Exercise.com’s software aids your business by:
- Increasing your business’s efficiency and revenue through easy-access reporting and unlimited marketing integrations.
- Engaging customers with your custom-branded website and app.
- Customizing workout and nutritional plans for every client to maximize their fitness potential.
- Capitalizing on every e-commerce opportunity to better engage members.
- Providing an easily-accessible scheduling and booking experience for your staff and customers.
Exercise.com is the platform that helps you manage and grow your business for years to come. Streamline your business with the convenience of one software that delivers a professional, personalized customer experience every time. Interested in learning more? Book a demo today!