Even with the current corporate scrutiny of telecommuting (I’m looking at you, Yahoo and Best Buy), web-based videoconferencing has proven effective – and even lucrative – elsewhere for business, namely the health and fitness arena.
Case in point: New York-based Powhow, the leading global platform for live webcam classes, which announced the public launch of its Powhow vStudio™ this week. Now, not only can fitness professionals interact directly with clients via webcam, stream in-studio classes live to a global audience or upload recorded videos for clients to train on their own time – but time-crunched people can take a Pilates class, sculpt a six pack or even learn the basics of healthy cooking, all on-demand.
“We are revolutionizing the way in which fitness, dance and music professionals think about their businesses,” said Powhow’s co-founder and CEO, Viva Chu. “Powhow empowers the yoga, fitness, dance and music teacher down the block to instantly expand their businesses outside of their local neighborhood.”
Want to try a class? Simply sign up (they're currently running a deal for 50 percent off your first class), schedule a private lesson or partake in a group workout, and join in directly from the link sent you your email address. All you need is a computer, a webcam and a high-speed internet connection.
Got some knowledge to share? Powhow vStudio™ is available to fitness, dance, music, and arts professionals as a subscription service with packages starting at $30 per month. The company also manages all software, videos and hosting, allowing instructors to launch a professional home page to market their studio, classes and videos within minutes.
“Powhow takes care of all the technical and behind-the-scenes set-up and issues that previously I would have to do on my own with services like Skype,” said Sadie Marquadt, an international bellydance superstar. “[It] has been invaluable in allowing me to do what I do best and providing my students with the best possible experience.”
For more information, visit Powhow.com.