How to present world class fitness videos with confidence, speed and better results!

If you want to present fitness videos or launch an on-demand workout channel then this blog post is for you.

If you’re used to teaching to a room full of participants, presenting a fitness class alone to a camera can seem ridiculously intimidating.

Preparation is key. Without the visual feedback from people in front of you, there’s more to remember and less help to trigger teaching points.

With this list of tips, you can present world-class fitness videos that you can be proud of and deliver the best exercise experience for your audience so they come back for more.

 

REHEARSE, REHEARSE, REHEARSE

 

Let’s get the most obvious tip out of the way at the start. Rehearsing pays of massively. The more familiar you are with your workout the more confident and natural your performance becomes.

Making mistakes can be frustrating and time consuming. If you want to bang out your workouts quickly, then take the time to rehearse so you’re more prepared and less likely to make mistakes.

When you know your workouts instinctively you can focus more on your performance and connection though the camera to your audience.

 

AVOID THE LONG INTROS

 

Keep your intros short and concise and aim for no longer than 10-30 seconds. People want to workout not listen to a lecture, so if you’re not saying what people want to hear they may not stick around.

If you’re workout warrants further explanation and back ground information, make a separate video. This provides a more appropriate opportunity for you to connect with your audience on a deeper level at a more appropriate time and doesn’t frustrate your audience if they want to get into the workout quickly.

A good intro:

  • qualifies your audience by need, ability or objective
  • gives a name to your workout and highlights the benefits
  • highlights and equipment requirements
  • tells them how long the workout is.

 

Anymore than this will overload the viewer with too much information and cause unnecessary delay to the workout.

Remember, you ability to deliver confidently to camera without ‘ums’ and ‘errs’ demonstrates your professionalism and ability to communicate.

If you’re using videos to bring more people into your live classes, then it’s in your best interest to make the best possible first impression.

Here are some good examples of workout introductions:

 

Yoga Class for BEGINNERS with Ashton August (Full Class)

15-Minute Beginner’s At-Home Cardio Workout 

BODYCOMBAT INVINCIBLE | Workout #14

 

MOVE AND TALK

 

There’s no reason why you can’t intro your workout while your audience is moving.

If you’ve planned your workout correctly then your warm-up moves should be low impact and easy to follow making it possible for you to maximise the workout opportunity.

 

DON’T SELF SABOTAGE

 

Without the right preparation you’re more likely to make mistakes and say the wrong things on camera.

If you’re new to filming your workouts, relax, it’s OK to make mistakes and you’ll get better with experience.

If you do something by mistake in your video it can be hard not to show your disappointment,. But don’t stop and ruin what could otherwise be a perfectly good video.

Always film your workouts by imagining that they’re LIVE! What would you do it you made the same mistake teaching in a club?

You correct yourself and move on. You don’t have to be perfect, just be prepared to deal with mistakes in the most professional way.

 

WORD ECONOMY

 

When it’s just you and your camera, silence can be deafening and one of the hardest things for fitness instructors to be comfortable with is being silent.

If you want your audience to get the most out of the workout then you need to give them a reason to listen. If you’re talking all the time, it’s difficult for them to tell what’s most important.

If you find yourself talking too much, train yourself to coach in as few words as possible. Think before you speak and be economical with your words, review the phrase in your mind before sharing it.

This will help you to cue better and give any music the room to breathe for a better exercise experience.

 

FUTURE PROOF YOUR COACHING

 

Present your workouts so they’re suitable for returning fans. You audience will only be first-timers once, so coach for progression instead of introduction.

When you present your workouts, imagine your audience have already done it 10 times. This will help you to create workouts with a longer shelf life that will appeal to returning fans as well as first timers.

If you want your participants to repeat your workouts, then you need to coach and deliver in a way that doesn’t frustrate the experience or slow them down.

If you teach in a way that assumes everyone is doing it for the first time, then the pace of the workout could be interrupted by explanations or demonstrations that are unnecessary to a more experience audience.

 

BE APPROPRIATELY DESCRIPTIVE

 

Sometimes following along to exercise videos becomes an audio only experience. When you present fitness videos you have to rely on more than visual cues.

If participants are adopting yoga poses or exercise that make it difficult for them to see the screen, you’ll need to change your coaching style to be more descriptive.

When visual coaching cues are compromised you’ll need to rely on strong verbal cuing. If you can pace your cuing with moments of silence, then it’s easier for your audience to follow your coaching cues when they need them the most.

 

AVOID NEGATIVE CUING

 

Making your workouts a positive experience for your audience will encourage them to return for more.

Rehearsing your workouts and paying attention to your teaching cues can help you to become a better coach.

Avoid negative cues like ‘don’t’ and ‘can’t’ and set objectives instead.

Warning people what they’re doing things wrong takes up valuable coaching time and doesn’t help your audience feel good either.

 

Here are some examples of negative cues and alternative phrases.

 

NEGATIVE: “Don’t let your knees fall inward as you squat down.”

OBJECTIVE: “If your knees are falling in, keep you them inline with your second toe as you squat down”

 

NEGATIVE: “Don’t bounce the barbell on the chest”

OBJECTIVE: “Are you smooth and under control as you lower the bar down?”

 

NEGATIVE: “If you can’t keep your speed up, drop your bike’s resistance”

OBJECTIVE: “Keep moving and drop your resistance if you need to, then when you’re ready take it up again”

 

END WITH A STRONG OUTRO

 

Just like your intro, you need to script your outro. The last thing you want to do is fluff up the ending when your workout has gone so well.

Preparing your outro in advance is the only way to wrap up your video with confidence and avoid waffling.

The secret is simple here, just figure out the last think you want to say (word-for-word) and work towards it.

So what should you say as your outro?

  • Congratulate your audience on completing the workout
  • Empathise and let them know that you know how they feel.
  • Repeat the workout name and focus.
  • Tell them what to do next e.g. “if you like’d this workout , next time try this one…”

 

Remember at the end of the workout, your audience will be tired but they’ll also feel great, so it’s the perfect time to ask something of your audience.

That could be a request to subscribe to your YouTube channel, follow a link to find out more about your local classes or take advantage of a promo you’re currently running.

 

So now you know how to present fitness videos that will deliver your audience the best exercise experience.

 

 

Create Better Fitness Videos with Professional Audio – Fitness Instructor Microphones for Fitness Videos

An instructor microphone is essential for being heard in class, so let’s improve the audio for your fitness videos too.

In this blog post you’re going to learn 3 ways to record great audio to make your fitness videos sound more professional.

 

It’s easy to film high quality videos nowadays. When there’s plenty of light available, action cameras, mobile phones and consumer level DSLRs are all capable of producing great looking videos.

But did you know that more people are put off watching videos that have bad sound than bad video?

Without a good way of recording your music and voice at the same time, the sound soon becomes messy and unclear.

And that means your audience will either skip your video, or (if you’re lucky,) turn off the sound and put their own music on.

But that means they’re no longer listening to your expert advice. So they’ll only get so much out from the workout if they can only watch to follow along.

Fortunately recording clear audio for your DIY fitness videos it’s a lot easier than you’d think and it doesn’t have to be expensive either.

In this blog post I’m going to share with you 3 ways to record great audio for you fitness videos.

Fitness Instructor Microphone Setup 1: Use a second mobile phone to record your voice.

 

If you’re using an action camera, tablet device. mobile or DSLR to film your workouts you can use another mobile phone to record you audio.

Slip the phone into your mic belt and feed the mic up your shirt and clip on your collar. Mae sure you’re clothing is not too loose or the mic will swing around and create unneccesary noise.

You can then easily sync the audio to your video with any free editing software on your computer.

There are many inexpensive microphones available through eBay and amazon that will deliver high quality results.

Before you purchase any microphone make sure you check that:

  • The mic is compatible with your device
  • Your phone is capable of recording sound with an external mic

Here are a few options:

You’ll also need an app to record the audio – here are a few to choose from:

Fitness Instructor Microphone Setup 2: Use a portable audio recorder for your voice.

 

There are many inexpensive portable audio recorders available that allow you to connect an external mic. Likewise there are many cheap mics that give good results.

My favourite audio recorders are:

I’d recommend the Zoom H1n. It’s small, light and has a built in limiter that prevents your audio from distorting when you raise you voice.

Here are a few compatible mics for all recorders listed above:

Fitness Instructor Microphone Setup 3: Use a wireless recording system for your voice.

 

This is the most expensive option for recording sound for your fitness videos. The best and cheapest radio mic system available is the Rode Filmmaker Kit (£250).

You can plug the receiver directly into your DSLR camera and record the sound directly to your video. So when you put your video on your computer you don’t have to synchronise the audio to the video.

It’s possible to connect the Rode Filmmaker receiver to your smartphone as well for the same result. But you’ll need this SC3 adapter to stereo mic plug (£8) to make it work.

Rode Filmmaker kit

SC3 adapter to stereo mic plug

So there you go, three ways to record professional audio for your fitness videos.

Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons for each so you can decide what option is best for you.

Setup 1:

Use a second mobile phone to record your voice

Pros:

  • Cheapest solution
  • High quality mics are cheap
  • You may need 2 phones

Cons:

  • Audio and video need to be synchronised with editing software
  • Downloading audio from your phone isn’t always quick and easy
  • You might stop recording by accident if you knock the phone

Setup 2:

Use a portable audio recorder for your voice

Pros:

  • Cheapest and wider selection of mics available
  • Audio recorders can be used for many other purposes like podcasts.
  • If you only have one phone, you can use it for filming
  • Recorders have ‘hold’ buttons to prevent stopping recordings by accident.
  • Quick and easy to download audio files.
  • Batteries and storage last a long time

Cons:

  • Audio and video need to be synchronised with editing software
  • Dedicated audio recorders could be more complicated to use.
  • You may need to buy a micro SD card / SD card.

Setup 3:

Use a portable audio recorder for your voice

Pros:

  • Audio is recorded straight to the video – no need to synchronise using editing software
  • Professional grade audio
  • Quick to setup and simple to use
  • If you only have one phone, you can use it for filming
  • Batteries and storage last a long time

Cons:

  • Expensive solution
  • Unit may feel large in a mic belt
  • Best used with a DSLR camera for better control
  • Extra adapater needed to connect to a phone.