Best Practices for Online Training

With online training, you are no longer restricted by location or capacity. Train an unlimited number of clients across the country through an online communication platform of your choosing.

How do I set up an Online Training session?

There are two ways you can offer Online Training. You can create a standard Online Training package that any athlete can book from your CoachUp profile (best for 1-on-1 and small group training), or you can create an Event for Online Training for a specific date and time (best for an online class). When setting up your Training Packages and creating Events, you'll always have the option to select whether it is for In-Person or Online Training.

How do I run the Online Training session?

Whether you are doing an online 1-on-1 training session or a small group training session, it is easy to hold the session over Google Hangouts, FaceTime, or Skype.

If you are going to record and broadcast a live online class, there are various ways to produce the session and many tools to help you shoot video, record great sound, and set up lighting.

Here's a rundown on how to stream your online training session using YouTube. If you are interested in some additional info, check out YouTube's FAQ page.

1.) Log into your YouTube account. In the top right, select your profile and select "Creator Studio."



2.) In the Creator Studio, open up the Live Streaming menu, select "Events" and select the "New Live Event" option. 


3.) Enter the basic info of your event. You should set the video to go live at the date and time your event is scheduled for. We recommend selecting the Google Hangouts On Air option and making the video "Unlisted". You can also edit your Advanced Settings. When you've finished editing your details, click the "Create Event" button.


4.) Great! Your event is scheduled. You can now share the link with the registered athletes. You can manually set the event to go live at any time, or you can wait until the event is scheduled to go live. In order to start the event, you'll need to enter into the On Air Hangout and click the "Start Broadcast" button.


Here are some additional pro tips for when you're actually running your online session or event:

Set the Stage

  • Audio - Use a quality microphone and make sure your audio is clear, crisp, and audible. Remember that the majority of a good video is good audio. Buy a quality microphone before a quality camera - USB microphones connect directly to your computer and/or lavalier/lapel mics that clip on to you.
  • Video - Any camera works, from DSLR cameras, to Flip cameras, to Webcams (not typically recommended but make sure you test your webcam for a high quality picture). Use high resolution 720p or HD (most modern smartphones and digital cameras can record in 720p). 720p format has a resolution of 1280x720 or an aspect ratio of 16:9 (think widescreen tv).
  • Viewability - Have bright and balanced lighting with a clean background. Be sure to hold the session in a place where you can be sure there will not be any background visual or audio distractions.

Best Practices

  • Connect with your audience - Pretend your camera is one of your students; do not forget to look directly into the camera to connect with your audience.
  • Invite a moderator/producer to your first few sessions (or to all of them) to help address technical issues if they arise and to allow you to focus on the session itself.
  • Tell the audience where the best place to put their screen is prior to starting the session.
  • Avoid referencing things the audience cannot see (ex. “Turn towards the exit”).
  • Give “at home tips” that are broadly appealing and accessible (ex. “If you don’t have a yoga strap, you can use a t-shirt instead)
  • Look for opportunities to engage users at home (ex. “Try closing your eyes in tree pose - if you fall over it doesn’t matter because no one can see you at home!”)

Make sure you do a trial with all of your recording equipment to confirm you are producing a high quality product. 

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