Hey guys!! I’m back! I’ve accepted the fact that Boston is, in fact, Antarctica; almost dug myself out of the post-vacation email inbox hole; and readjusted to the time change. I’m ready to get back to “work” (blogging doesn’t feel like work, but you know what I mean).
I’ve got lots of posts coming your way, but wanted to use today to get your feedback on two (exciting!) things.
Exercise video tutorials—what do you want to see first?
I keep putting it off because the thought of taking on another project seems a little overwhelming—especially since I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to videography. Do I need a mic? Should I use iMovie to edit them? Can my DSLR camera even take videos? How do I make the final product not look like a middle school homework assignment? Do I need to buy equipment? What music am I allowed to use? Should I hire a videographer with all that money I don’t have? Ahhh.
Maybe it’s because I’m still feeling all laidback from two weeks of vacation, but yesterday I stopped over-thinking it am going to start shooting videos next week for the blog. The first couple will probably be a little on the ratchet side while I figure out what I’m doing, but who cares? The first workout pictorials I posted were rough, too. Gotta start somewhere.
Eventually, full-length, real-time workout videos are something I’d love to do. Maybe I’ll even try one next week. But I also want to build up a sort of reference library of individual exercise tutorials. My vision is for workout posts to contain a pictorial (per usual), and then with the written exercise descriptions, I’ll embed a video demonstrating each move. The video will thoroughly break the exercise down, include ways to modify it if you’re a beginner, talk about common form errors and ways to correct them, pinpoint the muscle groups it works and where you should be “feeling it”, and go over any other tips I have.
If you’re familiar with some exercises in a workout but not others, this will allow you to skip the videos you don’t need and watch just those exercises which you want demonstrated. Another benefit of doing this is that I can easily go back and update older workouts with them. It’s unrealistic for me to shoot a real-time workout to accompany every workout I’ve ever posted, but if I have individual exercise examples, I can go back and quickly embed a burpee video, for example, in each workout that utilizes it. This actually sounds like a great project for a Pumps & Iron summer intern…anyone in Boston looking for a low-paying internship?
Anywho, it will clearly take some time to do this for every exercise, so I want your input in prioritizing the video shoots. Are there certain exercises I’ve included in workouts that you don’t understand? Which are the most confusing for you? Which don’t you feel confident performing on your own? Have you ever skipped over a workout because you’re unsure what I want you to do? I’m guessing there’s not an urgency to see a how-to video on planks, for example. But it’d probably be useful to see the less common moves and combos I post. Let me know what you want to see first!
DietBet—Yay or Nay?
I’ve gotten a few requests for me to host another DietBet. If you’re unfamiliar with DietBets, basically you buy into a month-long weight-loss challenge, and if you lose 4% of your bodyweight in that time, you split the pot with the other winners. There are so many wonderful things about DietBet. For a month, you’re a part of this incredibly motivational and supportive online community—everyone is working towards the same goal, sharing their struggles and accomplishments and cheering each other on. It holds you accountable and is actually really fun! At the end you don’t win that much money (typically you double whatever you invested, and usually the buy-in is $25 or $30), but it’s still awesome being rewarded for your work (and the real reward is losing the weight!).
So if it’s so wonderful, why did I stop hosting them after doing two? A couple things don’t sit well with me about it:
It’s based solely on weight loss (vs. change in body composition). This is no fault of DietBet’s—almost everyone has access to a scale; few people have access to equipment that measures body composition (percentage body fat, etc.). This isn’t a problem if you have pounds to lose, but I wish everyone could take part in it—those trying to lose weight and those just trying to get more fit (more muscle mass, less fat mass).
I (or any host) gets 10% of the pot. I mean, I do think hosts should get paid, but I don’t like that it comes from your potential winnings rather than DietBet’s pocket. I don’t know how else DietBet could do it—I understand that it’s a necessity of their business model—but I still can’t help but feel a little grimy about it.
While hosting my first DietBet these two aspects of it started to bother me, so while hosting my second one, I tried to make up for them by also doing weekly workout challenges and giveaways on the blog during the DietBet. This way, if you didn’t have 4% of your bodyweight to lose, you could still play along with my workout challenges each week. And I guess the giveaways were a way to assuage some of my guilt in getting paid from the pot, while also providing all the DietBetters some added motivation.
So I guess my question is this: do you guys want me to host another DietBet? I was thinking April would be an awesome month to do it because the weather starts to warm up, you can workout outdoors again, and everyone starts to feel motivated to shape up for the summer months. Would you prefer me to do some sort of get fit/lose weight challenge solely on the blog without DietBet? I will say, the commitment of buying into a DietBet really is an awesome way of keeping yourself accountable and motivated to stick to the challenge. But I also understand the unattractive parts to it.
Let me know your thoughts using the widgets or in the comments! Have a great weekend, friends! It’s good to be back.