Thursday, May 29, 2014

How to do instructional videos

My news feed this week showed me a group of videos released by one of the Kettlebell Experts in a fitness training group. There were 4 videos, each 7-10 minutes in length. I was affiliated with a kettlebell fitness group several years ago, and I felt a certain annoyance every time one of these experts released 10 minutes of instructional footage that began with 6 minutes of talk. This week's release was more of the same, and I feel obligated to share my frustration.

Since I also have a high school teaching background, I'm aware of things like verbal and non-verbal communication, visual information, and positive vs. negative reinforcement. I learned to recognize when students knew that I was in the minutia instead of the topic. The topic comes first, then the exceptions and minutia. To learn to do something right, you need to be taught how to do it right, not the list of ways you might do it wrong.

This is how you do an instructional video. Please, watch it through to the end. If you didn't have 3 minutes of free time, you wouldn't be here, so... humor me.

 One minute into this video, you have been shown how international KB sport rules allow belt placement, which is different than powerlifting and weightlifting. You have been shown how you're allowed to fit your hands and correctly rack the bells before starting your set. By the video's end, you have seen 16 reps, including incorrect reps that were announced in advance and marked with head shaking and visual clues, performed at different speeds and from two angles. Not a word of it was English.

There were more repetitions of the exercise being advertised in this video than in the 30min of Kettlebell Expert footage that hit my news feed this week. I have so much more to say, but it gets vindictive and petty. I think Coach Anasenko made the point for me. I'll leave this here, in case anyone wants to learn how to snatch. The video has a long competition set at the end; hence, it's length. You learn to snatch before the 1:00 mark.

P.S. That slow-motion stuff is HARD!

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