The purpose of this help article is to introduce Volt’s circuit workout programs and provide details on how to help your athletes navigate this new, hands-free workout experience. In this article, we will discuss what circuit workouts are, how your athletes can access them, and how your athletes can navigate the experience.
What is a circuit workout:
A circuit workout is a circuit-based training experience that requires little to no interaction with your phone while in a workout. Your athletes can simply start their workout, and the Volt app will automatically guide them through the rest, letting them know what movement to complete, how long to rest, when to switch sides, and what is coming up next, all with audible guidance. Circuit workouts are currently available on all of our At-Home Workouts programs, and you also have the option to add your own circuit workouts to any program through the Training Editor.
How to access circuit workouts:
Currently, circuit workouts are only available in the At-Home Workouts program options. To assign your athletes to a circuit workout program, you will need to add a new program from the At-Home program options.
Selecting a circuit workout program:
From the coach dashboard, navigate to the menu icon to the left of the coach dashboard (make sure you are on the correct team you want the program to be under)
Click on New Program
Name your new program
Click on the dropdown menu under Root Program
Select At-Home Workouts
Select the type of At-Home circuit workout you want to create
Click on Next Step
Set your training calendar dates and click, Done
Add athletes from the team roster to the new program
If you currently have an At-Home program set up, your program will automatically update to be a circuit based workout program for your athletes.
*Note: Any changes made to a program or updates that are applied either automatically or by you as the coach will override any completed workouts by your athletes in the current week. These changes will also remove any workout adjustment such as movement replacements that you made as a coach on future weeks.
Navigating circuit workouts:
From the Volt app, your athletes can follow these steps:
Tap on Start Workout
Complete the readiness questionnaire and a warm-up if you wish
After the warm-up is marked completed, Tap Start on the first prescribed movement and
let Volt automatically guide you through the work
Tap Finish when you have reached the end your workout
During a circuit workout, your athletes will be given audio cues to help guide them through the workout. The cues will be in the form of audible chimes and voice guided notifications of the movement they are on and what is coming up. If your athletes would like to disable audio cues or they are not receiving audio cues, they can follow the steps below to manage audio cues on their Volt app.
From the Volt App:
Navigate to the menu icon in the upper left
Tap on Settings
Tap on Audio
Tap on the toggle to disable and enable audio cues
Pause or Skip:
While in a workout your athletes can pause or skip movements if needed. When resuming a workout, it will pick up where they left off. Your athletes will have a 5-second countdown as they prepare to get back into their groove.
Once your athletes start a workout, Volt will automatically progress them forward until the end of the workout. However, if they need to cut their workout short for any reason, they can tap Finish in the upper right anytime. Their workout summary will reflect what was completed prior to taping Finished.
Many groups utilize some sort of virtual meeting software such as Zoom or Google Meet to connect the members of the team with one another. If you (as the coach/teacher/instructor/etc.) are not able to be on the call with the group, it's important that you designate one or a few members of the group to take the lead on running the virtual meeting.
If you are using Zoom (or another software that allows screen-casting/-sharing from a mobile device), it's helpful to have the leader of the meeting take the group through the workout while casting his/her Volt app to the group. During the meeting, other participants are encouraged to follow along in their own Volt app while executing the workout, as training prescriptions may vary from person-to-person.