This is for technical reasons because Zoom shows the person making the loudest noise on the main screen. This way the instructor will stay on the main screen and any client background noise (kids, animals, phone alerts) will not disturb other clients.
You can request to be unmuted if you have a question and the trainer will get an alert.
You can do this by hitting the chat icon or by “raising your hand” function.
For private training sessions, the trainer can leave you unmuted the whole time since there are only two of you.
How do I “raise my hand” to get the instructor’s attention?
Once you are in the meeting, click on the participants icon (either on the bottom or the top of the screen). Another panel will open displaying everyone. At the bottom, you can click “raise hand.” This will put up a blue hand icon. You can also lower your hand.
Do I have to turn the video on for class?
If you do not wish to have other clients able to see you via video during class that is totally fine. You can join a Zoom meeting with audio only. Just keep in mind the instructor will not be able to see you to offer modifications.
What else should I be mindful of?
If you are using your camera, consider if you stay in frame whether standing or lying down and if you prefer to be front or side-facing to the camera.
Be aware of surroundings:
Carpet or rugs could become a tripping hazard (especially if wearing shoes);
Props should be nearby but not hindering movement
Chairs or tables may slide
If using a chair or table to get up from the ground, be careful not to use it to pull yourself up. Instead think of pressing down rather than away/toward you.
Listen to your body. If an exercise doesn’t feel right for you today, please skip it. If you know a modification, please do it instead. You can always skip the current exercise and do your favorite stretch, grab a drink, or simply catch your breath as you wait for the next exercise.