Dear Directors/Editors of Workout Shows/Videos,
As a woman who's watched years of workout tapes, DVDs, and shows, I think I speak for many women when I ask, Do you ever actually watch the show you put together? If so, what's up with showing close-ups of the instructor just as she/he's changing up the moves?
Almost every day I tune into a show on Fit TV or pop on a video, and it never fails: The camera zooms in on one of the cast, the instructor yells out a move change that makes no sense to me, and I end up spending a couple of beats pausing while I figure out what the hell to do with my feet. It throws me off, and I spend the next several seconds muttering and feeling frustrated that I'm off, and, more importantly, not burning the calories I sorely need to burn. And I'm fairly adept at picking up choreography! I can't imagine what people who have problems picking up steps do to compensate for bad camerawork and editing.
I understand the need to focus in on a person to demonstrate proper form, but you also know the workout, right? Can't you figure out better timing on when to actually edit in the zoom? Or maybe put in a split screen? There's got to be a better way to put together the workouts so that everyone doing them only has to suffer through the pain of not working out, not the pain of a bad edit job.
Do that, and fitness show fans around the world will sing your praises.