How to Make a Workout Video On Your Own

If you’re a fitness professional or personal trainer looking to enhance your fitness business by filming workout videos, it can seem daunting at first. After all, the whole process by nature may seem a bit complicated, and you might think that you don’t have the skillset to create these fitness videos. However, don’t let your lack of experience stop you from creating amazing videos. This all-inclusive guide will walk you through everything you need to know about how to make a workout video. From planning and shooting your workout to editing and sharing your video with your online audience. 

Decide What You Want to Film

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As an experienced fitness professional, you contain a lot of knowledge about your specific fitness niche, whether that be yoga, pilates, dance, or some other form of fitness category. You need to think about what type of video content you want to produce – such as prerecorded videos or a live stream – that would be most suitable for you and your fitness niche. For example, if you’re a yoga instructor, you have the option to pursue live streaming online group yoga classes. If you want to get more creative with your videos when it comes to editing, transitions, and using different camera angles – you may want to create prerecorded videos for your audience instead. 

Additionally, when it comes to deciding what to film, your audience should be your number one priority. Does your audience consist of beginners who are looking to try out a new fitness regimen? Is your audience a bit more advanced with prior skills and knowledge, looking to elevate their fitness routine to the next level? Or does your audience contain a combination of the two? 

If your audience contains both beginners and those with more experience, it might be a good idea to create separate fitness video content dedicated to these two groups. It’s good to separate your fitness video content by difficulty to best suit your audience. A beginner may think your fitness video is too challenging, and someone with experience may think that your fitness video isn’t challenging enough

Now that you’ve decided on the type of video content you want to film and how to cater to the needs of your audience, here are some things to consider:
  • Focus on creating videos that aren’t too long, but not too short in length either. You don’t want to lose your audience’s attention span in the middle of the workout video. You also want to create a video long enough that your audience sees the value in watching and performing that specific workout. 
  • Provide tips to your audience throughout the duration of the workout video. This is especially important to provide for beginners who may make mistakes that are common when performing a certain workout. It’s critical to provide tips for your audience to correct themselves when it comes to forming or technique as you can’t watch them in person.
  • Give words of encouragement! Completing a full fitness routine from beginning to end can be difficult and exhausting. By hyping up your audience during the routine, you’re giving them the motivation to continue on. 

Create An Engaging Environment

If you want to create an engaging environment, you need to have your audience’s trust and their full undivided attention. You can create a tone of expertise in two ways. First, your overall video setting needs to emit professionalism. Secondly, the way in which you present the workout and the different moves need to showcase your knowledge and experience.  If your audience believes you aren’t as experienced as you say, they may be turned off from watching any additional videos of yours. 

Practice the fitness routine you plan on doing at least once over before recording. After all, it’s better to make mistakes while practicing than when you do the actual recording. As you do your practice run, practice verbalizing the moves you’re doing while explaining each step. Your explanations of each move should be clear and succinct, as well as the transition from explaining one movement to the next.

Additionally, being lively and energetic all throughout the workout regimen helps to display your personality and keeps your viewer entertained. You don’t want to overdo it with enthusiasm and annoy your viewer, but you also don’t want to have none at all and bore your viewer. Finding a good medium between the two is essential to keeping your audience’s attention. Do this by cracking a few jokes here and there, or by providing tidbits of motivation during especially rigorous parts of a routine. 

Your video setting is a big factor in engaging your viewers as well. You want to eliminate anything that could be considered a potential distraction. This may include family photos on a wall or a messy room that hasn’t been tidied yet. You also want to make sure that there are no distracting sounds, either. Keep your kids away from the room in which you’re filming and wait for your neighbor to finish mowing the lawn before you resume filming. 

Plan Out Your Workout Video

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Planning out your video is probably the most important step. After all, you don’t want to record your video without having any clue of what you want to do. Having a clear-cut plan before you start filming and sticking to it will help to make the filming process more efficient and smooth. This plan isn’t just limited to figuring out what camera you want to use. It needs to be comprehensive and include everything from your lighting to the camera angles that will be needed.

These are the things you need to consider when planning a video shoot: 

  • What light source do I want to use? Do I want to use natural or artificial light?
  • If I use natural lighting, what time of day does the lighting look best to film?
  • If I use artificial lighting, what will my lighting setup look like? How will I position my lights? 
  • What camera will I be using? Is it a video camera or a DSLR camera?
  • How far away do I want to position my camera from me?
  • What camera angles do I want to use? Do I just want to use one angle or multiple angles? 
  • If I use different camera angles, will these be shot at the same time, or separately?
  • Will the shot be static or dynamic?
  • What audio do I want to use? Am I going to use different audio for my intro and outro?
  • How will I transition from one soundtrack to another?
  • What microphone do I want to use to capture my voice while filming? Or am I fine with using the audio from my camera?
  • Where do I want to position my microphone?

Now that you’ve figured out your plan for filming your fitness video, let’s move on to figuring out your camera setup. 

Choose the Right Camera Setup For Your Workout Video

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One tip if you plan on using a static shot is that it’s a good idea to break up your video into different segments. This way, if you make a mistake while recording you can go back and refilm just that one portion instead of the entire video. One way you can do this is by designating certain times within your routine where you give yourself and your audience a 15-second break to take a breather. 

The great thing about posting your videos online is that you don’t necessarily have to shoot broadcast or 4k quality, although you certainly can if you want to. There are so many platforms that you can post your videos to – Facebook, Youtube, Twitch, Instagram, or even on your own personal website. All of these platforms do not require you to go out and splurge on a super-expensive video camera. 

What camera should I use? 

A DSLR or a digital mirrorless camera that can shoot Full HD will serve you just fine. Shooting with either of these is definitely preferred compared to using your smartphone or laptop camera where the quality may be a bit grainy. However, before you decide to record with these you need to check the data storage options and max recording time. Both can max out pretty quickly if you’re looking to record a workout video that is a bit longer in length. 

While you’re filming, you need to be aware of your surroundings and what will look best on camera. How are the lighting, the presentation of your environment, and the composition? These are all great questions to ask yourself. Here are some articles to help you answer these questions for yourself:

Publishing prerecorded fitness video content is a great way for you to teach and provide your audience with a way to be active. However, if you want to Livestream your fitness workouts, then we’ll need to go a bit of a different route.

Live Streaming Your Fitness Content

Streaming your workout

Some of the best social media platforms for streaming your fitness content include YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and Instagram. You can even stream from your own website if you use a software platform such as Yondo, which allows you to offer live online group classes as well as sell workout courses

If you’ll be live streaming, you’ll need a different type of camera that will allow you to do so. Check out this list here on the best cameras for live streaming for any budget. Additionally, you’ll need to learn the ins and outs of your designated streaming platform. The process of publishing a prerecorded fitness video may have different requirements than going live on a platform. 

Once you figure out whether you want to produce prerecorded videos or Livestream (or both), we can move on to discussing audio. Audio is one of the most important elements of both types of video content.

Perfecting Your Audio

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Having good audio is vital to creating a great experience for your audience. Your audio will help to set the tone of your workout video – whether that be a soothing yoga session or a high-intensity dance workout. You can help set the tone through your voice and how you verbally communicate with the audience, as well as through the type of soundtrack that you choose to use. 

During the editing process, it’s important to balance out the different audio you’ll be using. You don’t want your music to overpower your voice and vice versa. The best way to capture your voice is to use a lapel mic that you can attach to your clothing. However, using a lapel mic may be more difficult if you intend on doing more high-intensity training sessions. This is because the mic can pick up distracting noises such as the movement of your body and clothing. 

Another option is to have a boom mic attached to a c-stand near you. If you choose to go this route, make sure that both your boom mic and the c-stand are out of the video frame before you begin to film. Additionally, you can choose to use a camera-mounted shotgun mic if you don’t want the hassle of setting up the c-stand. If you choose to use a camera-mounted shotgun mic, you need to be performing the workout fairly close to the camera. The shotgun mic is limited as it can only pick up audio from about 3-10 feet away, depending on its quality. 

Here are some articles that will help guide you through perfecting your workout video’s audio:

Let’s move on to the final step: editing. 

Editing Your Footage Into A Quality Workout Video

editing your workout video

Now that you’ve filmed all of your footage, it’s time to edit it into one streamlined piece of content. It’s up to you if you want to use a professional video editing program like Adobe Premiere Pro. However, the learning curve for these more advanced editing tools can be extremely high and not suitable for someone who doesn’t have as much experience with video editing. If you’re new to editing, basic editing software such as iMovie or free editing software like Blender will get the job done. Interested in learning more about video editing? Here are some articles to help guide you:

The fitness industry is growing and people are always looking to stay in shape. One of the most common ways that they do this is by watching online fitness content. If you follow this guide on how to make a workout video at home and utilize all the tips and tricks mentioned, your audience will find your high-quality fitness videos engaging and enjoyable to watch.


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