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The last six months have shaken the Fitness Industry like no other period since people started going to gyms to work out. When the COVID pandemic came along, nobody expected to see states locked down longer than a few weeks, or people told to stay home for months at a time. Gyms, restaurants, and bars were closed by governmental decree, and our industry saw the loss of much of the close personal interaction between Fitness Trainers and their clients.

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There has been so much information about how to proceed through this mess, and a lot of it is confusing and contradictory. One thing we do know: because of the mandatory mask mandates, social distancing, and lockdowns that are in place, rightly or wrongly, many people are now reluctant to come back to their gym with an โ€œexercise as usualโ€ attitude. So you, as owners and operators of these facilities, have to step up and find novel ways to reach your clients. Ways that will re-personalize your relationship with your members, and strip away the masks and the distancing, at least in their minds.

Money Movers Inc. has responded to the challenge for you by adding an incredible new feature to our OBM Gym Software that allows you to use ZOOM to put on live-streaming classes through the Internet and sell and book the classes inside OBM. The ZOOM feature is simple and easy to set up and use. Once you have a paid Zoom account you can set up a class and schedule it on the OBM Public-facing calendar. When the first client signs up, your ZOOM account creates the meeting. At the same time, OBM emails a link to the class to everyone who signs up. When itโ€™s time for the class, you simply start the ZOOM meeting and all the participants join in.

Thatโ€™s how it works on our end. On your end, in order to put on professional, easy to follow classes with clear and intelligible audio, you are going to need to do some upgrades to your equipment. Thatโ€™s the bad news. Hereโ€™s the good news: the equipment you need to enhance your online streaming classes is easily affordable and simple to set up. So consider spending a few bucks and getting some additional equipment you can attach to your computer.

Hint: You can put on ZOOM classes using your smartphone video camera, but the audio on your iPhone, laptop, or device is usually not sufficient to give you a real person-to-person experience.

Camera: Most of you already have a very good camera in your iPhone or Android. You can use it with a tripod. There is a great selection of phone tripods available on Amazon or at your local camera shop.

Let me give you a few equipment suggestions.

Computer: Use the fastest computer you can. For best results, use an Ethernet cable to connect your computer to your network. I am a Mac user, so I use a high-speed MacBook to do my ZOOM sessions. This enables me to stream my classes or prerecorded videos at a high speed to avoid glitches or buffering pauses. If you are using a PC make sure you have plenty of memory and the most up-to-date operating system.

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Your iPhone already has a screen mirroring app built-in called Airplay. Just make sure you connect your iPhone to the same wireless network that you connect your Mac to. When you start a Zoom meeting, go to share screen on your ZOOM app and choose iPhone/iPad via Airplay. Click share and you will receive instructions on how to mirror your phone on your laptop. Open your iPhone control panel and select โ€œscreen mirroring.โ€ It will find your zoom meeting. Tap on the icon titled โ€œScreen Mirroringโ€ and it will share the phone screen to your ZOOM meeting. Now you can turn on the video camera and whatever you are showing will be shared with all your clients who have signed up for the meeting.

For an Android/PC or iPhone/PC setup, there is a program called Kinoni that gives you drivers to install on your PC after you download a good camera sharing app like EpocCam (which you can find on the Google app store.) Once you have downloaded it, go to www.Kinoni.com and download the drivers. Again, make sure your phone is on the same network as your device when you set them up. The most important part of your setup is the audio. For professional results first, you will need a Wireless Headset with a receiver. The best headset should be waterproof, secure, and well-fitting, with a SMALL transmission pack that you wear while you are teaching.

Next, you will need a media player or another smartphone that will play back music if you are doing your class to a soundtrack. The third item you will need is a USB mixer to connect to your computer via USB. A good mixer will have at least one microphone input and one โ€œlineโ€ input. (This is where you plug in your music source.)

If you already have an analog (non USB) mixer at your studio, you will need one more piece of equipmentโ€”an audio interface. This will accept the analog signal from the output of your mixer and transform it into USB so you can plug it into your computer. Using this setup, you can stream professional audio and video over ZOOM. Take a look at the picture with this article and you will get an idea of how this all looks.

I have attached some links at the bottom of the article that really delve into the how-to of setting up your training studio for professional ZOOM streaming. Check them out. There is some great info that will help you take the next step toward reconnecting with all your clients and getting your fitness business moving again.

Hereโ€™s a link to a video titled โ€œOnline Fitness Class Setup For Perfect Sync in Zoom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM22_Jw2hqI

Hereโ€™s a link to a video with more detailed instructions for setting up ZOOM audio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpoEXQ4Rqds

Hereโ€™s a link to a video showing you how to set up your phone as a Webcam (PC/Mac) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daJrqPoPpPQ

Patrick Craig has worked in the Marketing Industry for the past twenty years. He is a published author and has written extensively about the fitness industry, particularly the gym software aspect of it. He has been with Money Movers, Inc. for the last six years where he serves as the Marketing and Operations Manager, web designer and coder, and maintains the custom websites Money Movers, Inc. develops for their Online Business Manager gym software clients.