Updated: Nov 10, 2020
I am not sure how it is on your side of the world but where I am facilities like gyms, fitness and wellness centers or crossfit boxes are seeing more restrictions as we experience the resurgence of corona virus cases. Many gym and box owners find themselves in a situation where their facilities cannot run under the conditions they normally do.
Thanks to online streaming and video conferencing platforms gym owners, fitness instructors, trainers and their clients need not be totally separated. Technology allows for some services to be shifted to online platforms.
This has given rise to what could be a new model for a lot of trainers. Enter the VT, Virtual Trainer. There are some trainers to whom virtual training sessions are nothing new. For those who had never considered or tried the option, imagine the possibilities?
Other industries have been working virtually for years and for fitness instructors and personal trainers this is a game changer.
Some guidelines to follow
As you would with a client or clients in person, there are couple of basic guidelines one should follow when conducting virtual training sessions:
· Be prepared and practice the sessions especially if you will be leading a group class
· Be on time
· Give clear instructions and demonstrate the exercises
· Know your audience and give modification options
· Keep the engagement up by encouraging interaction (talk to the people)
· Make the session fun and encourage participants to turn on their cameras, but do not mandate it, not everyone is comfortable on camera
· Throw in some tips and drop some fitness, health and personal development knowledge bombs during the session
· Take pauses between segments
· Work out along with the group
Challenges of virtual training
· Reliability of the internet connection (You cannot control everything)
· If you get large groups, you may need to upgrade to a plan with a subscription fee (This is great, you are helping more people!)
· Audio and visual quality (If you cannot afford state of the art equipment then use what you have)
· Being shy in front of the camera (Everyone starts somewhere, good on you for trying so go for it)
As a trainer stepping up and putting yourself in front of people for the good of fitness, health and well-being is something to be proud of, keep at it. For the participants and clients thank you for your support, trust and commitment.
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Until next time take care of yourselves and of each other.