As I spent a year rehabbing a professional athlete and a second year supporting his most successful season, he moved on from the Bay Area (common among professional team athletes) for better contracts and new teams! But neither of us were ready to let go of the working relationship we had – so I threw out an idea, “Want to try a FaceTime session?” This lead not only to an additional two years of working together until his sports retirement, but also opened doors for me to work with high risk pregnancy clients on the opposite coast, amputees from their bedrooms in other states, brain surgery rehab from home and recurring in-studio clients vacationing in exotic places! There are some obvious challenges, but here are some of the things I have considered to make your session efficient and effective!
I don’t want clients to fuss too much with moving the camera throughout the session, so if the camera needs moving, I preplan for it in my program design to make it 1 (max 2) per session. Seeing different parts of the body is key to cueing proper form in Pilates and I have found a 30˚ angle to their body position is ideal! I can see foot, lumbo-pelvic , and shoulder girdle placement easily as they flow from one exercise to the next.
Some clients have stands, others prop with yoga blocks, some are on laptops – as long as I can see them and they can hear me, it’s all good!
Not an obvious concern until you have a client wearing black sweats and a black t-shirt with the blind cracked open and the sun pouring in! I let all my FaceTime clients know prior to the start about clothing attire. Never black! Never matching top and bottom. Hair pulled up or pulled aside for full viewing of back and shoulders. A well lit room and a space where the full body can be captured on the screen plus room for limbs moving.
You can imagine how important it is to have verbal cues that allow for accurate movement since I can’t adjust the client physically.
Some of my clients have a reformer, others a resistance band and hand weights, others a wheel chair and walker – but this is not the equipment I am referring to.
High-Speed WiFi is crucial for both parties. I don’t want a situation where I am cueing placement to avoid injury and the video freezes or that the connection keeps dropping.
Volume – I have worked with clients in hotel gyms and made sure they had wireless earbuds. I want them to hear me without taking away any one else’s workout experience. If in the privacy of their home, they should have a quality speaker to be able to hear clearly.
Location – I personally like to hold these sessions at my studio – so that I have all the equipment that they have and can demonstrate if necessary, but the client can be ANYWHERE!
I know – its silly, but always be clear of timezones. I always look at my schedule of availability, but then provide that available time in the client’s time zone with the appropriate abbreviation attached to avoid miscommunication. For example I have a 10am availability for my client traveling to Italy, I will let them know 6pm CET or my regular FaceTime client in Virginia is 1:30pm EST (10:30am PST for me!)
If you have wondered if you would get a good workout with a FaceTime session, you will! If you are unable to get to the studio, we are still here for!
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