Space

Identify an open, well-lit space that will enable you to teach classes without concern for spacing or bad lighting. We have identified size and lighting to be the most important factors when choosing your space. Please see our recommendations below:

Size –  All rooms aren’t created equal in size. What’s most important is that your clients can see your full body. 

  • The bigger, the better. From our experience, a room that is 10’ x 10’ offers the most visibility and space for you to conduct your fitness training. While that may not be feasible, the bigger the room, the better the experience. 
  • Keep your distance. If possible, stand 6-8’ feet away or far enough from your camera to capture your full body in the frame.
  • Jump around. Have enough room for you to move around to accommodate your class sequence.

Lighting –  There are lots of ways to light a room.  However, Jijo generally recommends:

  • Avoid direct overhead light. Avoid a space where the primary light source is directly overhead where you will be positioned.
  • Reduce the amount of natural light. 
    • Avoid sunlight directly behind you.
    • Preferably close curtains from well-lit windows, this will help you stay well lit so the class can follow along easily.
  • Position your lightsource wisely. If you use a light source, it should ideally be positioned in front of you, never behind you.
  • Multiple light sources in the room will provide even lighting throughout the space.
  • Avoid mixing lights with different color temperatures if possible.
Equipment

For a list of our recommended equipment, visit our Virtual Studio Equipment Recommendations here


Device

You will need a streaming device to utilize our platform and interact with your client(s) on Jijo. Jijo recommends using a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer as the main hardware for delivering virtual fitness instruction. 

Jijo Recommends: Lenovo Chromebook Laptop or HP Chromebook or Samsung Chromebook or Simply NUC Mini Computer

Pro Tip: Do NOT use your mobile phone as your main training device! And here’s why:

  • Limited benefits: Jijo will recognize the mobile phone as a mobile device, and therefore deliver a mobile experience which limits the tools and technology meant for a larger format.
  • Spotty WiFi: Mobile phones rely on WiFi (see the ‘Internet’ section below). Therefore, irrespective of how great of a phone you own – bad internet connection = bad client experience.
  • In-class disruptions: We have found that constant fumbling with your mobile device is a disruption to the live class experience. 
  • Rough on the eyes!: Given the display size of mobile devices, you will be left squinting on the screen to have a better view of your clients. This is not only tough on the eyes, but means that your clients will have more of a view of your face than your training! 

Pro Tip: There is no one answer for the ‘right’ equipment, however, you can’t go wrong outfitting your studio with equipment. 

While a device is mandatory, the following equipment recommendations are also highly encouraged to ensure quality and consistency of your virtual training experience. We suggest exploring the following equipment to complete your virtual training studio.

Jijo suggests that you start with the following items: webcam, wireless microphone, and a HDMI cable to connect your streaming device (laptop or computer) to your TV so that you can see your class on a large display.

Optional Equipment Recommendations

For a list of our recommended equipment, visit our Virtual Studio Equipment Recommendations here


The following equipment options are suggested, but not required. 

If you use a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer as your device to train on Jijo,  Jijo recommends using either cables or screen mirroring (Apple Airplay or Android Chromecast) to enable the Jijo platform to be shown on a larger screen, more easily viewed from a distance.  

Cables

Almost all TV’s made within the last 10 years have “HDMI” inputs, which allows you to have the TV play back an external video source.  Those potential external video sources will have a video output which may be one of the following:

HDMI

The most common video input, found on most TVs and many computers.

Jijo Recommends: HDMI to HDMI Cable 

DisplayPort

This is usually for a Windows-based laptop or desktop. A display port looks like a rectangular plug with one corner cut off at a 45-degree angle.  Here is an example of a displayport cable plug.

Jijo Recommends: DisplayPort to HDMI Cable 

USB-C to HDMI Adapter

USB-C to HDMI adapter connects a USB-C enabled smartphone, tablet or computer to an HDTV, monitor or projector with HDMI input. This is typically used for Macbooks, iPads, Tablets, or Samsung Galaxy.

Jijo Recommends: USB C to HDMI Adapter

Mini-DisplayPort

This is a smaller, more compact version of a DisplayPort.  These are typically found in Windows-based computers as well. Here is an example of a mini-displayport.

Jijo Recommends: Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI Cable 

Screen Mirroring

Airplay – Airplay is the ability for an Apple device to mirror its screen to an Airplay Device.  Any device that is AirPlay compatible will have this icon .  To enable AirPlay, you must select “Screen Mirroring” on your Apple Device’s notification center shown below:

Chromecast – Chromecast is Android’s answer to AirPlay and is denoted by the following icon .  To enable chromecast, you need to select the chromecast icon on your android device and select a chromecast compatible device to share your screen with.

Internet Connection

Ethernet – While WiFi is great, it is not entirely consistent.  Jijo highly recommends having a ‘wired’ ethernet internet connection for whatever device is the hardware centerpiece of your fitness studio.  This should ensure the best possible connection and deliver consistent audio and video outputs. 

Jijo Recommends: Ethernet Cable

Housekeeping

We have established a few “housekeeping” suggestions to create the most optimal virtual training experience.

  1. Tidy Up! Keep your training area clutter-free. Check your video frame to ensure that your space is free of any visual distractions (ie. no one wants to see your dirty laundry!)
  2. Check your settings. Jijo offers Trainers the opportunity to join their classes 15 minutes ahead of time to ensure that your video and audio is set up properly and ready to go. Please utilize this time to set yourself up for success. 
  3. Adjust your equipment. If need be, adjust your camera angle to ensure that you are fully in the camera frame prior to the start of your class to avoid class disruptions. 
  4. Minimize outside distractions. To the best of your ability, minimize outside noises and/or distractions during your training sessions.