If this is the first post you have read about getting ready for online classes, please read and do the steps in #1, #2 and #3 first. They are here in my blog. I will at some point put all the instructions into one document which you will be able to refer to on my website.
It was great to see many of you online at the first two online meet-ups on Zoom this week. It did me a lot of good to just see you. The third and final meet-up is on Friday 27th March at 10:00 – 10:30. This will give you a chance to practise using Zoom, ready for when classes begin next week. I have today done a Stretch & Tone class online with Martha who was brilliant. She was upstairs and I was in our front room, and it worked really well.
Please keep looking at my website to find the dates of the online classes when I have arranged them so you can put them in your diary and look forward to them.
Remember, you will not receive an email inviting you to the meet-ups or classes. You just go to my website before the meeting takes place, go to “Online Classes” and, shortly before the meeting starts, click the link to take you there.
Participating in a live-streamed class is very different to participating in a class face to face with the instructor. Whilst both are fun, there is a bigger responsibility to you as the participant to ensure that you are following my instructions to get a safe and effective workout.
If you take part in any online class with me, that denotes acceptance of the waiver which you can find on my website: https://www.fitnesswithalison.com/disclaimer
During the online class
You will need to join the class with your audio and video on, otherwise I cannot see or hear you. Make sure the volume on your device is loud enough and if it is a tablet, have it landscape not portrait.
It is nice to be able to see everyone at the beginning of a class. To see all participants on your screen you will need to be in Gallery View. You can get instructions to do that on your device here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360000005883-Displaying-participants-in-gallery-view It is different for each type of device so you will need to click on the heading for your device (e.g. i-pad) and read that bit.
However when the teaching starts, you just need a good clear picture of me on your screen. You can get that by being in Active Speaker View. During the class I will be the only active speaker. You can read how to Active Speaker View here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362403-Active-Speaker-Video-Layout-
Do remember that we are at the mercy of the internet. It is best to do all this Zoom stuff where your wi-fi signal is strongest. However, you also need space to move safely. The main thing is that you can see me when you are exercising. My insurance company's stance has changed in the last week, to make it acceptable for me to teach you without being able to necessarily see all of you on the screen.
Each class will include at least 40 minutes of exercise to music and will cost £3.50. Payment is by “honesty box”, i.e. I am asking you to keep a note of how many classes you attend per month and pay me at the end of the month.
You can pay by bank transfer (in which case please contact me beforehand for my bank details) or post me a cheque. Cheques are to be made payable to Alison Bayne, please. Ask me for my address if you need to.
This saves the huge hassle of making bookings remotely, raising invoices etc – it is the simplest way I can think of. Any problems with this, let me know.
If there is anything I haven’t covered, please get in touch. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you all again soon. You’ve been fantastic this week. Thank you and lots of love,