As of May 5th, 26 US States have stay-at-home orders in place. And even when these orders start loosening up, gyms and fitness studios will be among the last to open.
Put simply, this is the time to start offering virtual personal training sessions and/or classes.
Fortunately, as a trainer, you already have all the expertise you need to offer virtual training. It’s just a matter of shifting your service online.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. So in this post, we’ll review what kind of training you can offer virtually, how to do it, plus some advanced tips on making sure you provide a high-caliber digital experience.
Using Zoom to Run a Fitness Class
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing tool that works on any device. Using Zoom you can record webinars or conferences with others in real-time. This makes it perfect for trainers who want to offer virtual fitness classes, small group training, one on one personal training, or all of the above.
You can download Zoom on your computer and smartphone. Though for trainers, it’s best to download the mobile app so you can use your smartphone. Smartphone cameras are generally higher quality than computer webcams. Not to mention, they’re easier to position with a tripod so you can get the angles you need to make sure your clients can see you during a training session.
Setting Up Your Space
When you’re doing virtual training, it can be tempting to skimp on professionalism. But appearance and first impressions matter. Dress like you would if you were doing in-person training. And set up your space to minimize distractions and disruptions for you and your clients.
If you can’t find an uncluttered space to conduct your training, try looking into physical backdrops. You can have one printed and placed up on your wall to create a polished, branded look.
Determining (and Communicating) Logistics
Offering virtual training isn’t rocket science, but you do have to think through a few more issues than usual. For example, your clients need to know what equipment is required for the session before they sign up.
Of course, not everyone will have all the equipment they need. But that shouldn’t stop you from getting creative. When you tell clients what equipment they’ll need, make sure they know they can also use equipment substitutes. For example, you could use cans or a laundry detergent container instead of dumbbells for weighted lunges.
If equipment is consistently an issue for you, consider changing up your exercise routine to include equipment that’s more affordable and readily available like kettlebells, jump ropes, resistance bands, medicine balls, and fitness sliders.
Also, remember that this may be a new experience for your clients. Be patient and educate them on what to expect. For example, guide clients on how they can join your session. Also make sure you help them position themselves and their cameras so you can see and make adjustments to their form.
Get Your Name Out on the Bright Fitness Marketplace
Before you can fully ramp up your virtual training sessions, you’ll need clients who are receptive to the idea of virtual training. That’s why, in addition to the Bright App, we created the Bright Fitness Marketplace to connect fitness professionals to clients looking for virtual training.
In combination with the Bright app, which enables you to schedule sessions, process payments, and set up Zoom meetings, the Bright Fitness Marketplace gives you everything you need to start offering virtual training today. Learn more about the Bright Fitness Marketplace here.