Due to the current pandemic, people have been trying to find ways to combat boredom and fitness complacency within the comfort of their homes. Most were able to achieve this by watching their favorite YouTube workout videos and following the demonstrated routines. While most of these instructional videos are helpful in that they keep you active, some may be doing more harm than good.
Creating an easy-to-follow fitness video lies in the instructor’s ability to present something safe and viable—something that many fitness enthusiasts will greatly appreciate in the long run. If either of these two factors is not met, the people following these routines may end up stagnating in their fitness journey, or worse, injured.
For this reason, we came up with a few tips that will help you determine the right workout videos that will help you with your fitness regimen.
1. The Workout Instructor’s Qualifications
Many people get their health and fitness tips from influencers. While they may have good intentions, some of their advice is uninformed because they don’t have the necessary education and training to truly help people with their fitness goals. The same thing can be said about so-called YouTube fitness gurus.
Just because a person is dressed in training gear, it doesn’t make them a qualified instructor. They should be well-trained in the field of proper workout routines, tested by accredited institutions, and hold an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science. If they have these qualifications, you will learn more efficient techniques from them.
2. The Instructor’s Approach
Exercise and fitness are all about promoting health and body positivity. If the instructor has a condescending tone towards their audience, it might be time to look for another workout channel. The instructor should motivate their audience to do their best and to feel positive about their goals. They should also be cautious about the words that they use during the workout. Body-shaming has no place in a good workout video, and it will never be a good way to motivate people of any fitness level.
3. The Safety of the Routine
Fitness instructors need to consider their fans’ and followers’ safety and possible underlying conditions. A good YouTube instructor will state the nature of the workout routine first and the people who should not be doing them. This isn’t just about explaining how difficult the workout is, but rather the harm they may do to those who may not have the right body conditions to accomplish them.
For example, an instructor who knows what they’re doing will state upfront that the following back exercises they’re about to teach will be better suited for people who have no problems with their back. They should also mention that people who underwent surgery or are healing from a recent injury in that affected area should look for another video to follow.
4. The Structure of the Routine
Workout videos should have a well-organized structure. There should be an explanation about the workout, a warm-up stage, the actual routine, and a cool-down stage where the audience may take a breather.
An instructor must recognize that their audiences aren’t robots who can just turn on their momentum anytime they want. It is all about stretching their muscles at first then getting to the main part of the routine.
By knowing these pointers, you will be able to determine which YouTube fitness personalities are legitimate and which ones are just pretending to be health experts. Do your own research and see to it that you are following the right workout channel.
By prioritizing your health and safety, you will be able to separate the experts from the fake influencers, sweat out your calories, and work towards that fit body that you’ve been dreaming about for a long time!
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