Tips to bring your online course on the next level

After many successful online courses, our customers shared some useful tips and tricks for successful live-streaming. There are few things that can improve your online courses tremendously! In this article,…

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After many successful online courses, our customers shared some useful tips and tricks for successful live-streaming. There are few things that can improve your online courses tremendously! In this article, we have summarized the most important hacks & pieces of advice for you!

1. Good structure is the key 

Before starting your course you should think about and plan its general structure. A predictable, logical form will help you win trust in your participants and make them feel comfortable and safe. For example, you should always do a warm-up and a cool-down at the beginning and end of your course. You can also build different blocks upon each other, for example, start with technical training before endurance training. Within your single blocks, you should also consider providing different variations of each exercise for your participants because not everybody has the same skill level. Also, think about the sequences of your exercises – you can start with easy exercises and end with more advanced ones. Try not to jump from one to another, but mindfully guide your participants throughout the whole course instead.

2. Interaction & feedback 

Because of the online format, you can’t give your participants feedback regarding the exercises the way you did before. But that shouldn’t be your excuse! Feedback and interaction are very important parts of your courses and you should think of ways you can provide them online. We suggest two solutions:

1. Don’t work alone! While one person is in front of the camera giving instructions and demonstrating the exercises another person can observe the participants and give feedback. We recommend that the second person shouldn’t give the feedback via the chat function. A lot of people do this to keep the course atmosphere and avoid distractions, but your participants can’t stand up every few minutes to read the message in the chat. Just give your feedback directly via your microphone. This way your participants will directly know if the feedback was for them or not and they can also directly implement it into their exercises without interrupting the training. 
2. Work with multiple screens! If you don’t have anyone who could help you with your courses, we have got you covered. Who says that you can’t log in to your course with two accounts? While streaming your course on your main device, you can also log in to your course via your smartphone or tablet. Just place your smartphone or tablet within reach of your mat. This way you can simply grab it while doing exercises and you can observe your participants and give feedback. Isn’t this a win-win situation? You can demonstrate exercises while simultaneously giving feedback! Obviously you can also use this option while working together with someone.

3. Bring back the beat! 

Who doesn’t enjoy listening to motivational music while working out? The easiest solution is to play music from the device you are streaming with, so everyone can hear the same song. But this solution has two major pitfalls: 

  • – The quality of the music is bad and limited in its volume because it is competing with your voice
  • – Due to other noises in the room, it is extremely difficult to follow your instructions without using an external microphone

You can easily avoid these problems. Firstly, we recommend you to mute all your participants – this way your course can’t be distracted by any other noises. Secondly, share your workout playlist with them! The major advantage of this solution is that everybody can regulate the volume as they wish. Remember to tell your participants when to start the playlist. As a trainer, simply listen to music with headphones with an integrated microphone. This way you can listen to music and give instructions via the microphone.

4. Equipment

Some people think that exercising at home is not as effective as with equipment in the studio. That’s wrong! You just have to get creative! You can recommend using a number of everyday-tools that your customers have at home:

  • Books: Everybody has at least one book at home!  Whether as a yoga block, a raise to train your calves or a weight to hold – books have many applications. For example, try chest press (hold the book pressed between both hands and move diagonally upwards) or core exercises (press the book between your elbow and your knee on one side while lying on the back and bringing together knee and elbow on the other side)
  • Chairs of sofas: Many exercises can be improved with a little bit of elevation, whether you use a chair, a table, or a sofa. Exercises with raises can be triceps dips, push-ups with increased legs or arms, or thrusts with increased legs.
  • Towels: Probably you are quite familiar with towels in your training but for a different purpose. Towels can fulfill more functions than just for the hygiene of your workout. One great example is to lay your rolled towel on the ground and use it as a mark or line for side jumps. Another option is to roll your towel, grab it with both hands, and keep the tension. This isometric exercise can be included in squats, lunges, or runnings. Another tip is to imitate row movement with the towel. Just go to a door and wrap it around the door handle with the ends facing into the room. Now you can grab both ends and pull you towards the door. One last option is to use the towel as a slider on the ground for mountain climbers or sliding lunges.
  • Pillows: Do you like balancing exercises? Proprioceptive training is perfect to train your deep muscles. These are the ones that you can’t activate directly, but balancing does the job! To enhance some exercises you can simply use a pillow on the floor. Be careful though! 
  • Water bottles: You probably are familiar with water bottles as equipment – if not we recommend you try them out. Water bottles may be not the heaviest weights, but they are perfect to improve the difficulty of a lot of exercises. You can include them in various exercises that you usually do with weights.

Here are ten more tips that can help you to improve your online courses:

1. Make sure the last booking can be done 1 hour or 30 minutes before the course to have enough time to send the participants the link to the stream with all important information regarding your class: have a look at the booking’s details in this article to set it up! 

2. If you can, welcome everyone with their names to make it more personal and, at the same time, to check the attendance

3. Ask your participants to mute themselves beforehand (in the invitation email or at the beginning of the course)

4. It may be going without saying but your participants can do the exercises better when they see someone doing it. If you are only doing the instructions without showing you can ask someone to volunteer for your online class. 

5. Don’t ignore your participants! You can view and help/correct your participants during longer exercises where they don’t need new instructions for a time. Therefore tell them that they need to do the exercises in their video frame and not outside. 

6. If you have the possibility, ask a colleague or co-trainer to monitor the chat while you perform exercises. This way someone will monitor questions without you stopping the course. 

7. Add a final five minutes recap to collect some feedback: it’s a new concept, maybe you can improve some things. 

8. If you have social media accounts ask your participants to post mentions in their stories – this may bring you some new customers! 

9. It is pretty easy to scale the number of participants online, think about creating a trial lesson product and advertise a bit this new training chance on your social media

10. Be creative and implement completely new concepts. Your participants will thank you if they have some variety every other week. Just set the focus for each week on a different body part, this way you won’t repeat yourself with the same exercises every week.

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