Virtual Fitness Assessment: Setup Guide
Welcome to your setup guide for the virtual fitness assessment. This guide will help you set up your device, use Google Meet, prepare your space and equipment, and join the meeting on time. The aim is to assess your fitness level for a personalized plan. Let's get started!
Step 1: Choose Your Device: To start, you'll need a device with a camera and microphone. This could be a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Make sure it's fully charged or plugged in, as video calls can drain the battery quickly.
Step 2: Install the Required Software: We will be using Google Meet for the fitness assessment. If you don't already have this software on your device, please download and install it. Create an account if necessary.
Step 3: Test Your Equipment: Before the scheduled assessment, test your camera and microphone to make sure they're working properly. You should also check your internet connection to ensure it's stable enough for a video call.
Step 4: Prepare Your Space: You'll need a clear space to perform exercises during the assessment. Make sure there's enough room for you to move freely without bumping into anything. The area should be well-lit so your trainer can clearly see your movements.
Step 5: Dress Appropriately: Wear comfortable exercise clothing and appropriate shoes. This will allow you to move freely and safely during the assessment.
Step 6: Set Up Your Camera: Your camera should be positioned approximately 6 - 10 feet away so your whole body is visible when standing up and lying down. This may require some adjustments and trial-and-error to get right.
The camera angle is crucial for an online fitness assessment as it allows your trainer to evaluate your movements and form. Here's how to set it up:
Choose a Stable Surface: Place your device on a stable surface at about waist height. This could be a table, desk, or even a stack of books. Avoid holding the device in your hand as this can make the view shaky.
Check Your Frame: Stand back from the camera and check what's visible in the frame. The trainer will need to see your whole body, from head to toe, when you're standing up. Also, lie down and check if your entire body can still be seen. This is important for exercises that are performed on the floor.
Adjust Lighting: Make sure the space is well lit so the trainer can clearly see you. Avoid standing with your back to a window or bright light source as it can cause a silhouette effect, making it hard for the trainer to see your movements.
Test the View: Do a quick test run and record a few movements. Then, watch the video to ensure your entire body is visible during the movements.
Keep Your Device Charged: Video calls can drain your battery quickly. Make sure to start with a fully charged device or keep your charger nearby.
Remember, the goal is to provide the trainer with the best view possible of your movements during the exercise. It's worth spending some time getting this right before your fitness assessment begins.
Step 7: Gather Equipment: For the fitness assessment, make sure you have the following equipment ready:
Cushion or pillow
Measurement tape or ruler
Broomstick, mop handle, PVC pipe, or curtain rod
These items help with performing the assessment effectively. Gather them before you begin to ensure a smooth and accurate evaluation. If you're missing a few items, don't worry! We'll still be able to perform the evaluation.
Step 8: Join the Meeting: At the time of your assessment, open the software and join the meeting using the link or meeting ID provided by your trainer.
Step 9: Be Ready to Start: Have a water bottle nearby and be ready to start the assessment when your trainer joins the call.
Remember, the goal of an online fitness assessment is to understand your current fitness level and create a personalized plan that fits your needs. Relax, do your best, and let's make this a great start to your fitness journey!