The pandemic has propelled the culture of work-from-home, and not just work; even activities of leisure and fitness have been made available in the comfort of your home. Before, no one really thought about working out at home, but because of this unusual situation, even those who aren't fitness experts are now doing home workouts to stay energetic and fit. Since most workouts are done in groups, some people might worry about how they look. Just like dressing nicely for a work meeting, it's important to look good during group workout sessions.
Looking good while working out has its benefits for guys. Firstly, when you dress up for your workout, it gets you excited and ready for the session, both physically and mentally. When you feel comfortable with what you're wearing and where you are, you gain the confidence to participate in the group. Lastly, looking presentable can attract people to you, no matter how experienced you are at working out.
Getting ready for an online workout is as easy as getting ready for a real gym session. Here's a guide to help you look professional and presentable for your next online group workout class:
People often say that the clothes you wear create your first impression, and this is true even when it comes to exercise. Just like you get ready for the gym, you should also get your gym clothes ready for online classes. Wearing a sports T-shirt and track pants is a good choice for online classes. It shows that you're ready and interested in the workout. Make sure your clothes fit comfortably and give you that sporty look while keeping you comfortable during the session.
Always check the area where you're going to exercise, especially for online classes, because others can see it. Make sure there's enough space around you to move without bumping into things like furniture or walls. A messy space can make you look uncomfortable and distract others. Also, it's important to have good lighting, preferably natural sunlight. This will make your face and movements clear and not dark because of strange background lighting, like yellow light. Your smooth movements and clear picture will make you more appealing to others.
Look happy and energetic
A smiling face is something that draws people in. No matter when you're working out, it's important to look happy and full of energy on the screen to set a positive mood for the whole group. Try to get up at least 30 minutes before the class starts, whether you've just woken up or have been working at your desk. This gives you time to get ready mentally and physically. Being energetic and positive in your online exercise class can also motivate others, which is always appreciated.
Avoid disturbing the ambience
It's common to have family members at home, but it's important not to let them disrupt your workout. Try to avoid exercising during busy times at home, like when meals are being prepared, guests are visiting, or kids are active. Unwanted noises and interruptions can disturb your workout and others in the class. So, choose quieter times, like mornings or evenings, for yourself and others who are working out together online.
Keep the essentials ready
During an online workout class with high energy and a fast pace, you might need things like water, a towel, or gym equipment frequently. It's a good idea to keep these essentials in an easy-to-reach place. This way, you can grab what you need quickly without wasting your time or anyone else's. Taking long breaks can make you seem unprepared and unprofessional, which can leave a negative impression on others. It's important to respect the class's time and make a good impression by being prepared and ready to go.
Don’t be late
Online workout classes are usually organized in advance, with schedules, lists of what you need, and login details provided for your convenience. Since trainers have other classes and your fellow athletes have important things to do, it's essential to log in on time. Being punctual ensures that the whole group doesn't have to wait for you, which can create a bad impression. Joining late, entering in the middle of the session, or leaving early can disrupt others' focus and concentration, so it's best to stick to the class's schedule.
Respect others’ pace
In a typical workout group, you'll find people with various levels of experience, skills, and ages. They will have different energy levels, abilities, and learning speeds. In this situation, it's important not to make anyone feel inferior with your comments or actions. Instead, offer support, motivation, and a sense of unity to help everyone do their best. This approach will make you well-liked in the class by everyone and create a positive atmosphere.
Our lives are changing, and more things are accessible from home. It's important for us to adapt to these changes and learn new etiquette. We need to know how to look good to our peers while also being comfortable, considering our current situation.
With that in mind, it's also important for men to understand and maintain a respectful and friendly attitude, even when working out at home.
Written by: Bhawana Anand
Edited by: Aniket Joshi