Lots of personal trainers email me asking how to post exercise videos to youtube.
Why post videos?
Lots of reasons:
- Easy to demo exercises
- To show ACTUAL PEOPLE working out (not fitness models)
- To connect with your clients and blog readers
I’m not a business guy or an internet guy, so I’m just putting up this simple guide to making and posting videos to help out my friends.
First, you need to make a video.
For a while I used a FlipCam:
But I wanted something a little higher quality for recording seminars, so I bought a Canon FS200. It has better video quality, tighter zoom, and I can attach a wireless microphone to it and get cleaner sound:
When I’m shooting a bunch of videos in a row, I use a tripod. For videos on the fly, I go freehand.
Film your exercises and you’re good to go.
To transfer your video files to your computer, just plug in a USB cable and move the files to a folder on your desktop:
Once the video is on your computer, name it something to help you remember what the content is. You’ll be able to change the name once you upload it, this is for your own purposes:
The next step is to post your video to youtube or other video sharing sites (viddler, google video, facebook, etc)
A youtube account is free. Here’s mine: Carson City Personal Trainer
People get hung up on naming their channel. Just pick something descriptive. I used Wold Fitness because… my business and website are named Wold Fitness.
When you’re logged in, click the blue “Upload” link at the top of the youtube homepage:
It will take you to a page like this:
Click the yellow “Upload video” button.
Select your video file:
It will immediately start to upload to youtube:
While it is uploading you can go ahead and change the title, write a description, and add keywords to make it easy for people to find your video:
Then it will be uploaded and ready to watch! Good job.
You can send people to the video page by using the link in the address bar at the top.
If you want to take it to the next level you can EMBED your video on your blog or website.
Click the “Embed” button below your video:
It will give you some html code and the choice of a few different options.
I choose a few, like the size and the color of the border, but you don’t need to do that.
Highlight the code and copy it to your clipboard:
Now go into your website or blog editor and paste the code:
And when you view the page, it will look like this:
Here are a few examples of pages I’ve used videos on to demonstrate exercises:
- Canadian Power Travel Workout
- 6 Week Workout For Busy People
- 6 Week Workout For Fat Loss
- Frozen Heat Travel Workout
Best of luck and have fun!