Pre-recorded workout videos are becoming increasingly popular. They allow people to get a great workout without leaving their homes. If you’re looking to start recording your own pre-recorded workouts, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Preparation makes perfect – both on camera and off!
Knowing the benefits of your workout, what equipment you’ll need, and where you’ll film it are important factors. Now you have these things down pat, here are additional tips to make sure everything goes smoothly when you’re recording your video:
1. Start with a clean slate
Get rid of any clutter in the background of your shot. If there’s something distracting happening behind you (like a child playing or the TV on), move somewhere where it won’t be visible in the shot.
2. Be mindful of your surroundings
Watch out for things you might trip over, like electrical cords, pets, and kids. If you’re working out indoors, avoid having any windows behind you that are reflecting glare into the camera lens.
3. Dress for success
When doing an exercise video, it’s best to wear something that covers all areas of your body. Make sure that there’s no too much skin exposed in front, sides, and back. Some people also prefer long sleeves to make sure their arms don’t catch on camera.
4. Get closer to the camera
Don’t be afraid to block the camera with your body! Some videos hold their cameras at chest height to make it easier to follow along. If you’re filming yourself, do not be afraid to get filmed head-on (not at an angle). The viewer will always want to know what your face looks like when doing the exercises!
5. Leave room in front of you
Whenever you shoot indoors, make sure that you have enough space in front of you to accommodate anyone who wants to try out your routine. Don’t film yourself with boxes or other objects directly behind you. That may confuse viewers on where they should place their hands & feet.
6. Walk around
Keep moving while recording! It’s difficult for viewers to follow along when everything is stationary. As much as possible, move continuously throughout the video without stopping too much between exercises.
7. Be in the moment
It’s easy to fall into a rut while doing an exercise video. This might be something you’ve done so many times before. But when recording, try your best to be natural and not go through the motions. People want to see movement they can do, not someone performing difficult moves with ease.
8. Speak clearly
With cardio videos, this isn’t too important (although some instructors like Jillian Michaels actually speak more softly during high-intensity intervals). When speaking, be sure your voice is loud enough and clear enough without sounding rushed.
9. Try experimenting with angles occasionally
Rather than film straight on the entire time, try filming slightly above or below eye level every now and then. Eespecially when you are demonstrating the moves. You’ll keep your viewers interested in what you’re showing by adding some variety.
10. Test everything before you begin
You might think it’s a good idea to test the camera and sound while recording, but this can be distracting for your viewers. Once everything is set up, take some test shots without talking to ensure your surroundings look good from different angles.
Once you’ve filmed your workout video, it’s time to edit it. Here are some tips for making your final product look its best:
- Trim the beginning and end of the video
If your intro and outro are too long, make sure to trim them down to make it shorter. The same goes to when there are awkward pauses at the beginning or end of the video.
- Remove any mistakes made while filming
If you stumble over your words or make a mistake during one of the exercises, edit it out! No one wants to see that.
- Make sure the audio and video are in sync
There’s nothing more distracting than watching someone do an exercise while the audio is off-sync. You better off record a new one when the audio and video are too far apart or try using an online editor to add audio or background music.
- Don’t leave out important information
If you’re using your video as a teaching tool, make sure to include as much as possible! Watching your video on a mobile device might mean your audience misses key information about how to do an exercise.
- Make sure the video looks good in different formats
If you’re uploading videos to multiple platforms, make sure that the settings are optimized for each one. YouTube platform lets you upload any format or file size. While Facebook plays videos according to their own rules & limitations.
Now that you’ve recorded your perfect workout video, what do you do with it?
- Upload it to YouTube or Vimeo
This is the most common way to share videos, and it’s easy to do. Make sure you create a channel and fill out all of the necessary information so viewers can find your video quickly and easily.
- Embed it on your website or blog
If you have a website or blog, embedding your workout video is a great way to keep visitors engaged. There are a variety of ways to do this, so find one that works best for you.
- Share it on social media
Posting your workout video on social media is a great way to spread the word. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are all great choices for sharing workout videos. Make sure you use a social media scheduling tool so your posts don’t come too often at regular intervals!
- Sell it on exercise video websites
Some sites allow you to set up an account and sell your videos directly from their site. By creating a unique link for you, you can set the price, and you’ll earn 70% of the gross sales.
Now that you know all the ins and outs of recording a workout video, it’s time to put your skills to the test! Try out some of these tips the next time you hit the gym, or film at home. You should always be yourself. Viewers appreciate seeing genuine reactions and mistakes. And most importantly, have fun with it!
Rachelle Ann Raymaro is a PR Outreach Specialist at VEED.IO. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and eating her favorite snack.