How can you ensure you have the best online class experience? I’ll give you some technical tips and some equipment substitutions so you can focus on the movements in class and not what’s going on with your computer!
First, be sure that you have registered for your virtual class. Second, be sure you have received the link in your inbox (at the email address you used to sign up). If you believe that you have signed up for the online class, but haven’t received the link after checking your spam folder, please contact me ASAP. You’ll need to sign up at least two hours in advance to guarantee your registration for the class.
For a short tutorial on connecting to Google Meet/Hangout, you can check out the video I made.
register for your virtual classes
technical aspects of your online class
First, let’s talk about your device (whether desktop/laptop, tablet, or phone)! For the best performance, close apps you don’t need to have open for the virtual class. Extra applications running in the background can cause your device to slow down. And certainly don’t forget to have your device fully charged or have the power cord ready to go, if needed.
Check your internet connection! My internet provider has an app that can tell me my device’s connection strength and speed, so maybe yours does, too? If not, there are many options online you can use to check. I’ve found it best to be near my WiFi router virtual classes; however, if you can connect directly with an ethernet cable, that’s probably your best bet.
Position your device so I can see you clearly, as I do my best to offer you corrections during class. Ideally, your room’s light source (window or lamp) should be behind your device instead of your device pointing toward it. However, if your space is dark or half your body is missing on screen, I can only do so much.
Mute yourself during class. When I ask if anyone has questions or if you have a pressing question, you can unmute yourself to ask. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to monitor the Google Meet chat during class.
preparing your space for Virtual classes
Ensure that you have a clear space in which to move; be aware of your surroundings for the duration of the class. I would hate for you to pulse your leg into your cat or to battement into your table! Especially for barre and jazz classes, wear appropriate footwear/socks for your floor’s surface.
We will use a mat during Pilates and for the mat portion in Barre. If you don’t have a mat, you can use a towel, blanket, or rug. Instead of a barre, you can use the back of a chair/couch, a high table, or a countertop. Check out these household items you might use for the Pilates and Barre classes.
(Move the sliders on the photos to see some examples.)
i want to hear from you!
Have you found something different that works better for you online class experience? Do you have a technical setup or equipment substitution that works really well? I would love to hear your suggestions!