WRITTEN BY: Jennifer Strout, Founder of MotivateU
As we adjust to the new-normal routine of staying fit at home, it is important to keep ourselves motivated and engaged in our fitness regimen. On-demand fitness videos are a popular way to achieve exercise and wellness goals, as they can be accessed anytime and anywhere, and are often tailored to meet the needs of the viewer. If you are considering recording an on-demand fitness video yourself, here are some tips to help you get started.
Set up a dedicated area
Choose a space that is well-lit and free of any distractions, whether it be a room in your home or outside. Make sure the area is clean and tidy, and any equipment you might need is nearby.
Invest in a good quality camera and microphone
A good quality camera and microphone will ensure that your viewers can see and hear you clearly. You do not have to spend a fortune, but it's worth investing in a camera that records in high-definition. If your budget allows, you can also invest in a wireless microphone for clear audio. If you have a good quality smartphone you can often get started with this, especially if you edit the videos afterwards in the case of unexpected background noise. Tripods to use to properly line up the phone with the space you’re exercising in are also commonly available.
Plan your content ahead of time
It's essential to think about what you want to include in the video, from the type of workout to the number of sequences or exercises. Planning your content ahead of time will help you to stay on track and avoid pauses or errors. If you do make an error though, consider continuing through and editing it out later otherwise you may find yourself having a hard time getting through an entire routine with one take. Often we are our own worst critics so something you may have considered a big deal at the time may prove to not even be noticeable upon rewatching the video and otherwise, you can often easily edit out any errors.
Make sure you spend enough time warming up before the workout begins. It's essential to make sure your viewers are ready to move without causing any harm to their bodies. A great way to do this is to start with some easy stretches or a warm-up activity that gets the heart rate up.
Be clear in your instructions
Your clarity during the video will help your viewers to keep up with the workout and complete each phase successfully. Speak clearly and concisely, and keep the instructions easy to follow. Especially consider when a viewer may be turned away from the screen. Make sure to verbally let the viewer know when to reorient their body towards the screen.
The exercise routine should be challenging and engaging. You could try out different exercises or set up interesting scenarios to keep viewers engaged. Keeping in mind what the goal of the particular video is and what exercises are best suited for achieving that goal with the particular client group.
Vary the length
Vary the lengths of the videos to keep it dynamic and meet the needs of your clients. In the end, clients will be satisfied because they will have a variety of routines to choose from that they can complete based on their goals and the time that they have available.
Recording an on-demand fitness video is an excellent way to keep viewers motivated and promote a healthy lifestyle. By using the above tips, you can produce a high-quality video that is helpful, enjoyable and easy to follow. Remember to practice and prepare before you record, and you'll be well on your way to creating fantastic on-demand fitness videos that will keep your viewers coming back for more! And don’t forget to add your videos to your MotivateU fitness library so your clients can get real time feedback on their form and also join on demand classes with their friends.