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To see results, you’ve got to STICKAM to your workouts!

Posted Aug 24 2008 9:16pm

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For the past several months (as part of my research for a fitness/tech article I’m writing), I’ve been exploring the various ways health and fitness professionals are using YouTube . I’ve come to find many applications that have been beneficial for both group exercise instructors and personal trainers .

One personal trainer in particular, Steve Turano from BodyPerformanceTV , has been using YouTube to educate the public on various health and fitness issues. He’s got over 180 different videos posted , covering topics from nutrition to weight training. Although informational vodcasts are common, Turano’s posts are unique in that he uses YouTube like a video-email (similar to EyeJot ). People send in questions and if enough inquiries come in on a particular topic, Turano responds via YouTube. His advantage: He engages his audience directly by answering relevant questions THEY want to hear and uploads them in a timely manner (i.e. he vodcasts).

So, I contacted Turano and asked him if would be interested in trying Stickam , a live streaming video chat-room. Since I’m always looking for ways health/fitness professionals can experiment with new technologies, he was open to my request and was willing to give it a go. He quickly set up his channel and we did a few test runs live (there was a lot of echoing problems at first). He then promoted his ‘live show’ on YouTube, and did his first webcast tonight!

“I thought tonight went very well. Probably had about 15 people average and some very good questions. I believe people really appreciated it and they were interested in me presenting again next week,” he said in an email he sent to me afterwards.

Although I couldn’t stay during the entire webcast, I did stop in at the beginning to see how things were going!

Steve Turano - BodyPerformance TV

He seemed to be facilitating the session quite nicely and having a great time doing it!

Thank you, Steve, for being open to trying something new so we can all learn something from your experience! Good luck with your future webcasts - keep us posted on how things evolve!

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