For those personal trainers looking to start teaching virtually, cueing is an important aspect to ensure great results.
When I made the transition to training virtually, there were areas I struggled with. I wasn't great with technology and I stumbled with where to place my camera. But cueing as always been my strong suit. I began personal training in 2005, and immediately after that I found Pilates and became certified. Pilates is rooted in auditory cueing so I learned early on how to use my voice to guide my clients versus demonstrating. And teaching online demands excellent cueing, especially if the wifi connection isn't great that day or your client can't constantly look at the camera (such as when they are lying down or on a reformer).
Below are a few tricks of the trade to make your virtual training a dynamic and successful experience every session.
Staying in Sync
Training virtually takes a bit of finesse. You need to be able to connect and build rapport quickly with clients since you are not standing next to them. So how do you do this? Training virtually is extremely personal. There are no distractions (unless you are training in a noisy gym which I will get to later) and is typically in a private space. This means your focus is 100% on your client, but on a totally different level than you might be used to.
I learn their cadence, their rhythm and even their habits. I treat the session as if it's actually just auditory since that's a large component of sessions. Asking questions such as how they are feeling, if the exercise makes sense and the difficulty level ensure your client knows you are paying attention to the details.
Choosing Appropriate Exercises
Your training sessions will vary in that you aren't there to spot or fix their form. This means that your exercise choices need to match both the intensity and the setting of the session. This doesn't mean it needs to be "easier". Instead this challenges you as the trainer to know your client and what they are capable of and how to teach them accordingly.
I can easily spot those days when my client is more distracted or just isn't as focused. I choose movements and exercises they are more familiar with and instead change reps or range of motion to keep them engaged but not frustrated. This also becomes crucial on days they may be battling an injury or ailment. Knowing what to give them on screen is that much more crucial so that you still meet them where they are for that particular day.
"When you start getting bored they start getting the exercise; be patient." – Writer unknown
Sending Videos or Pictures Ahead of Time
Don't be afraid to get creative with clients! I like to send a video of myself doing a new exercise a day or so before the workout so that they have time to review and prep themselves. This also allows a totally different level of your clients learning. So many times I see in person clients afraid to do anything without their trainer around.
Assist them in empowering themselves! Many of my clients are now in the habit of not thinking twice of entering a new gym or studio for our workouts. They know I can adjust the workout to accomodate the new setting, and they feel confident and not stressed about missing a workout.
Training clients is an art form. When it comes to virtual training, you need to ensure you are staying ahead of the curve by crafting the best sessions possible. If you or someone you know is interested about learning more about virtual personal training click here to connect with me!