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The Klout Workout: Perks & Circuits

Alexandra Williams, MA

Circuit Workout that combines Exercise and Social Media

At the recent IDEA World Fitness Convention, I presented my “Klout Workout,” a circuit station workout based on social media. There were several hundred courses presented at the convention, and this was the only one in which attendees were encouraged to tweet, post and take pictures during the class.

 

InstaGram the InstaBlam

Klout is a company that measures people’s online influence and assigns a score. The score is derived from your activity on social media (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). The average score is 20, and brands offer free Perks to influencers who have certain scores (they choose the minimum) in specific topics. So I took the various sites and made them into circuit stations, assigning each person a score at the end of the workout. There were seven stations: Faceback, Twitter, LinkedIn, InstaBlam, Pinterest, FourSquare, and Reddit.

Post the FaceBack on FaceBook

For the Pinterest station, students bounced on stability balls in order to pin motivational sayings to the wall. For the LinkedIn station two people were attached at the ankle by an Exercuff, and they had to go from one spot to another remaining linked. At the InstaBlam station the two partners stood about 6 feet apart and did chest throws with a weighted medicine ball. FourSquare was the easiest to design – we played Four Square, just like in elementary school! For the Faceback station the partners were back to back, passing a medicine ball up, over and around each other. The Twitter station was declared the most popular, as they all got to take pictures of themselves bouncing on the stability balls.

I Tweet, You Tweet, We all Tweet for Sweet Treats

This was directly followed by the hardest station, Reddit, in which they had to do a plank on the ball while reading their texts and email. In between each station, instead of water breaks or walking around the room, they had tweet/ Instagram breaks.

Read It at Reddit

The workout was non-competitive, and everyone received a score based on the number of laps they did at the LinkedIn station. As it was all in fun, everyone got free Perks (thank you CalNaturale Svelte and PROBAR for the protein drinks and bars) at the end of class.

Perks from PROBAR and CalNaturale Svelte

One side benefit for the people who attended the class (if they had a Twitter account) was that all the tweets & posts they sent out during the workout helped increase their real life Klout score!

Feel free to use my workout with your own students if they’re fans of social media. Even though the class was at 7 in the morning, we had an energetic group. And don’t worry – even with all the tweeting and posting and picture-taking, everyone still got their sweat on! It was really fun.

What do you think – shall I try this with my university students in the Fall? Do you have any stations to suggest?

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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11 Responses to The Klout Workout: Perks & Circuits

  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta July 16, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    What a fun idea! I’m sure it will be a hit with college students. Not sure it would go as well with my 70+ students (that’s age not quantity!).
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  2. KymberlyFunFit July 16, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    We hear ya Debbie! While the older adults we teach could ace the circuit workout (they are THAT amazing), they would stare at us blankly at the smart phone, picture taking, tweeting, klout part of the workout. Though I think all ages would like the Svelte and ProBar perks my sister shared! I know I did.
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  3. Jody - Fit at 54 July 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I LOVE THIS – what fun!!! I probably would have been a goof! ;-)
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  4. Tamara July 18, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    How about StumbleUpon? That’s what’s missing! But can we do it in a safe way…..
    Thanks for posting this. I love the idea and felt like I was missing out by now being at the conference!
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  5. Calla Gold July 18, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    What a great and *socially* relevant workout! Looks like everyone had a great time.

  6. Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl July 18, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    What a great workout! Love the linkedin. Nice.
    And that’s great you still had an energetic group at 7am.
    Planking on a stability ball while texting… that could tough.

    Kudos on a way to spread the word and work it in to help people inc. their klout score.
    Love win-wins.
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  7. Shira July 19, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    That’s so clever! Bet everyone enjoyed exercising their muscles and social media skills at the same time. :)
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  8. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf July 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    I love the idea for this workout and definitely think that it would be a hit with your university students! StumbleUpon was the one that I was going to mention but Tamara beat me too it. Darn it!
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  9. Carmen Christensen February 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    OMG, you are just so clever! Love it, Its a Socially acceptable Workout! You Rock!

    • AlexandraFunFit February 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      Thanks Carmen. I rock, eh? The real question is, do I have clout? I might have to get more social, as my Klout lately is sliding down, just like my pants did when I did the mud run!
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