How to set up your virtual home gym
Setting up a special space in your home for your virtual fitness classes is key to motivation and consistency. Using the same space in your home for every workout trains your brain to get into workout mode when you enter the space for your daily routine.
Choosing the right space
Your workout area does not have to be a big space, it just needs to be large enough to fit a yoga mat and have some room to move around. This area can be your living room, basement or any corner in your home, office or bedroom.
Store your equipment in your workout space
Storing the equipment in the same area you take your classes is important for making it feel inviting for your workouts. This also keeps the equipment handy so you don't have to drag it out from a different area every time. Many classes don't require any equipment but for some classes you might need a few hand weights, a resistance band or a yoga mat depending on the class format you are taking. It is important to store all of these items near your workout space to give it an inviting fitness studio feel.
Use a larger viewing screen
Using a larger screen such as casting from your laptop to a TV screen or viewing from a large monitor or large laptop is a great way to see your instructor better. The larger view makes it feel more like an in person experience. This view will enable you to see the instructor cue correct form so to follow along with the workouts more clearly.
Set your lighting
If you are taking a high intensity class such as HIIT or cardio intervals you probably want a brighter lighting setting. However, if you are taking yoga or stretch and meditation class you may want dimmer lighting to create a calmer setting for your workout. Make the lighting fit the workout and class format vibe!
Enjoy your workout!
There are so many great options for virtual classes, you never need to leave the comfort of your own home to get an awesome workout that's fit just for you.
Amy Francis is a certified and experienced group fitness trainer, personal trainer and nutritional coach based in Colorado. 15 years in the fitness industry with many happy clients, Amy offers in person and virtual classes. Try some classes for free!
Amy has spent her career helping others reach their health and fitness goals. "I hope sharing my knowledge and experience with others can help someone to live a healthier and more joyous life."