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What are the best practices for hosting workouts over zoom?

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Whether you want to host workouts online because you don’t have a physical space to host a class or because you want to reach a wider audience, virtual workout sessions over Zoom are a great resource to use. Here are some tips to consider when hosting Zoom workout classes.


Whether you want to host workouts online because you don’t have a physical space to host a class or because you want to reach a wider audience, virtual workout sessions over Zoom are a great resource to use. Here are some tips to consider when hosting Zoom workout classes. 

The first tip is to find a good setting to host the workout session in. Since not all trainers may have a studio to host class in, choose a tidy, well-lit room that doesn’t have a lot of sound feedback to work out in. Framing the camera properly (making sure viewers can see every movement with no limbs disappearing out of frame) will also help the class be successful. Usually, it is helpful to place the camera at eye level when in the default position, however, this can get tricky when equipment gets involved. Although virtual backgrounds can be fun, they should be avoided when hosting workouts because limbs can disappear from view and impact the class’ ability to follow instruction.

A great tip is to disable the waiting room function in Zoom. If the waiting room is turned on, you would have to approve everyone that wants to join the workout session. While this has its benefits of keeping out any unwanted guests, it can also be a pain when you must stop coaching to let in latecomers. This also allows for guests to enter and exit the session as they please. Another helpful setting is mute. Background noises from different homes can be distracting, so muting participants once the program begins can help the workout session run extra smoothly. This also means people can play their own music if they want. Some trainers periodically unmute participants to check in and encourage interaction, or this can also be done with a simple-thumbs up.

To set up the class, it is recommended to use the same access link for each session. This allows people to easily access and find the workouts. It can also be helpful to provide a timer for yourself and participants so everyone can stick to the same pace and keep motivated. This can be done by setting up a phone timer in view and selecting the setting for screen mirroring so the numbers won’t appear backwards. 

It is recommended to log onto the link a few minutes before class starts to make sure the connection, sound, and visuals are all good. Also, arriving early allows for the opportunity to chat with people as they are entering the Zoom. This helps everyone feel welcomed and maintain a sense of connectedness. The social aspect of fitness is just as important as the workout itself because it maintains motivation and encourages a sense of community. Some trainers start off with a welcome slide to provide some tips and overview for the workout as well as answer any questions before beginning. 

In most workout class settings, the coach does not complete the program with the participants, so they can better watch the class for proper technique and performance of the exercises. However, with workouts over Zoom, it is more difficult to offer tips and critique. Because of this, it is more effective to actively demonstrate the exercises to be performed so participants can mimic how it should be done and at what specific pace. 

Many trainers plan their workouts ahead of time and keep notes to follow while leading classes. This is not only a good organization tool, but can also help you lead with a good flow when you are going live. With this method, an additional trick is to set up the notes behind the computer on something large like a whiteboard. Turning away from the screen to look at notes may impact the sound quality for viewers and make the workout difficult to follow. However, if you put the workout plan behind the computer, it can work like a teleprompter. In addition, you can post the plan ahead of time on your website so people can preview it or follow along that way. When creating the class plan, you may consider simplifying the workout since it is more difficult to follow instructions virtually.

Depending on the type of exercise, different styles of music can be paired with the workout. Trainers make playlists ahead of time to match the exercises to the music playing. For example, certain movements can be performed to the beat of a song or the music can serve as a source of motivation. When providing music for a workout session on Zoom, you should use the advanced feature of sound sharing to connect your music with each participant’s device. Not only will the sound quality be better but you will be able to talk over the music and control the volume with ease.  

To end class, trainers can ask for feedback from participants, such as how they enjoyed the session and suggestions for what can be improved for the next class. This communication helps attendees know you care and again encourage that sense of connectedness. One huge benefit of hosting Zoom workout sessions is that it can be recorded! With this feature, a trainer can save class session recordings and post it on their website. People can then access the class on their own time or repeat the workout whenever they want. 

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References:

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About the Author:

Abigail is a 2nd year student at the University of Texas at Austin studying sports medicine. She's originally from Long Beach, California and loves being active. Her true passion for fitness shows and she couldn't be more thankful to get to share this excitement with readers seeking insight on a variety of health related topics.

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