You can do just about anything on Twitch these days, and that includes working up a sweat with your viewers. With gyms still not 100-percent open, there has never been a better time to start a home workout channel. In this post we’ll explore the Fitness & Health category on Twitch.
Fitness & Health on Twitch
Venturing into the IRL category, you’ll come across the Fitness & Health. Perusing around the Fitness & Health category, you’ll usually find an average of 31 live channels at any given point. You’ll find group lead workouts, streamers just working out and chatting with their viewers, and may even find some smaller sporting events being covered.
Many streams cover an educational angle of fitness. Be it in teaching proper exercise form or finding a nutrition plan that is right for you. Here are some popular themes that you may find in the category:
Many people want to work out with a group or class, but don’t have time to make it down to the local gym. Watching a class on Twitch seems more interactive than watching a workout DVD, allowing homebodies to feel surrounded by other participants.
Yoga on Twitch
Yoga is known to serve many purposes from healing trauma to increasing your heartrate. No matter what your preferred practice is, you can share on Twitch with your viewers.
Several streamers chat to their viewers between sets while lifting weights, doing lunges, and more. It is a great way to pass the time and to be held accountable from an enthusiastic community.
How to Grow a Successful Workout Channel
The best way to grow in the Fitness & Health category is to funnel viewers in from other social media sites. Have a popular Instagram page where you post about your workouts? Promote your Twitch channel on it. Use TikTok to teach proper workout form? Promote your Twitch Channel on it. Post weekly workout videos on YouTube? You guessed it, promote your Twitch channel on it. It is so much easier to gain a footing if you already have it somewhere else.
If you’re just starting out, that’s fine. The single most important thing for you is to be consistent. You have your weekly schedule for working out. You’ll need to keep to that kind of schedule for your workout streams. Bring in viewers and get them on your schedule. Lead them in a live-stream workout. Create social media accounts and promote your workouts on them. Get a good word-of-mouth going. Have your viewers invite their friends. People love to suffer through a workout together.
Show your viewers you are knowledgeable about the workout you are doing and answer their questions if they have any. Be helpful in any way you can be.
Set Up Your Equipment
Unlike gaming, where a camera isn’t 100-percent necessary all the time, you’re going to need to be on camera throughout your entire workout. Make sure your camera is angled to where viewers can see you, and reference you for their form. Viewers will be a little more forgiving on the audio side in this category. They’ll still need to hear you, but with you being in what is likely a bigger space, they’ll cut you a break if your audio isn’t the best.
If you don’t have expensive gym equipment, don’t fret. Nice equipment is good to have, but if you don’t have it, you can just do bodyweight exercises or get creative. If you don’t have a dumbbell, fill an empty milk container and curl that instead. Steer into the ‘workout on a budget’ schtick. It’s likely your viewers may not have the equipment either.
Get involved with other streamers. Host their workouts or even better, join them for theirs. It’s all about finding folks at your level and rising up together.
Where to Find Twitch Workout Music
There are plenty of options for royalty-free music that will keep you from getting DMCA strikes. There are stock music sites that you can use to get music that won’t get your channel banned. Here are a few of the best:
- Epidemic Sound – You can get a 30-day free trial with this royalty-free music licensing service. A membership with Epidemic Sound will give you access to over 30,000 songs and 60,000 sound effects.
- OWN3D – Not only does OWN3D create all the graphics you need for your stream, but you can also get over 200 LoFi and Synthwave tracks for free.
- StreamBeats – Even Twitch partner Harris Heller has taken advantage of the need for ‘streamable’ music with his huge library of copyright-free music known as StreamBeats.
- SongTub – for $12/month SongTub gives you access to numerous high-quality playlists that will keep your VODs from getting muted.
You could also search for a playlist on YouTube and Spotify, but remember just because the playlist says it is royalty-free, doesn’t always mean that is always the case. Just always be mindful of your source and use the best judgment when picking out playlists to workout to.
5 Twitch Fitness Channels to Watch
Here are 5 Twitch fitness channels you should watch if you enjoy working out:
Xaryu – Trains: MWF @ 11 AM PST – Xaryu wants to make gaming a healthier space through live-streamed workouts from his home. He focuses on weightlifting and positive growth through doing your dailies.
Silfy_Star – Trains: Varies by week – Watch Silfy Star kill it in a tough workout from her home gym. You may need some additional equipment to keep up with her, but you for sure won‘t skip leg day.
AmberGlowYoga – Trains: MW @ 3 PM PST – Amber only streams twice a week but her Yoga sessions are a relaxing environment that gives you a chance to reset and focus on yourself.
CliffDOTsun – Trains: F times vary – Want a chill place to workout? Hang out with Cliff on Fridays as he gets through his workout and chats about whatever comes to his mind.
MikeFIT403 – Trains: every day (Sometimes twice a day) – Mike just wants you to level up, no matter what part of your life you are in. Mike leads a workout every day and even hosts a podcast where he talks about fitness and nutrition.
It has never been a better time to start a workout stream. Set up Streamlabs, grab your dumbbells, and get sweating.