If you're not familiar with Periscope, think Instagram meets YouTube. The app provides instant, live-streaming video content that enables immediate, personal interaction between the "scoper" (the term for the person creating the video) and the person watching.
Now don't get me wrong, live-streaming video is nothing new. Heck, YouTube and Google+ offer it. What makes Periscope different is how incredibly easy and accessible it is to create content and interact with others.
It's this ease-of-use (not to mention the app's novelty) that's bringing all the fitness buffs to the yard. Just two weeks ago when I joined Periscope, I was having a hard time finding quality workout routines. Now? They're all over the place. And not just by "no name" scopers like myself (Follow me! @girlsgonesporty), but by household names like Shaun T (from the Insanity workouts, @shauntfitness) and Chalene Johnson (from Turbo Kick, @ChaleneJohnson).
Therein lies the beauty of Periscope. Other social networks make it possible for "plebs" to interact with trainers and fitness stars from a distance. Periscope enables and encourages real-time, vocal interaction.
Let me put it this way: When Shaun T creates a live Periscope workout, he's actually doing the workout right then. He's also reading the comments coming through to him in real time, often giving shout-outs and answers to those participating. Suddenly, the average "every woman" has instant access to the great wide world of high-end training and nutrition services. You can ask questions and get answers without paying a dime.
I'm clearly a believer, and I hope to make a convert out of you — but I will admit it's still a little tricky to find workouts on Periscope. They're there — and more are popping up every day — but it takes some finesse to hunt them down. Here's how to get started:
Once you've subscribed to the trainers of your choosing, the rest is easy. You'll receive a notification whenever one of them is going live, and you can opt to hop in and do the workout with them then, or you can watch the replay and do the workout on your own time. Each video is available for 24 hours, so you have up to a day to take advantage of any individual routine.
Seriously, go sign up for Periscope now and start playing with the app (it's available on iPhone and Android). And if you want, follow me — I offer random, one-minute workouts every day, plus longer fitness series that run Monday through Friday. Can't wait to have you join!
And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .
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