Zoom Backgrounds for Pilates Workouts

If you’re an aficionado of Zoom workouts, you may be tired of looking at your own set-up in the corner of your screen. Or maybe you resent having to pick up your laundry or hide the evidence of a late-night pizza delivery every time you join a Zoom class. If so, a downloadable Zoom background for fitness classes is for you.

There are lots of reasons to switch up your Zoom background from your real life digs. Custom Zoom backgrounds can take your set-up from blah to fabulous in seconds. In addition not having to tidy for a bunch of strangers, there are issues of privacy and security to consider now that we’re inviting people virtually into our homes.

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If you’re exercising with a small group of people you know, such as the members of a group fitness class that has migrated online during COVID-19, this is less of a concern. Even so, while we appreciate our fitness pals, those people we used to connect with in person before and after class, week after week, do we really want to give them a peek into our most intimate spaces? If you are joining a larger class made up of people you haven’t met in real life, privacy and security are a legitimate concern.

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A Zoom background prevents others from seeing your taste in home decor, as well as any of your stuff. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable with your parents, boss, or co-workers seeing your workout space, why would you want to show it to the folks in your barre class? Realtors famously recommend stashing personal items that telegraph your views on religion, politics, and other hot-button issues when trying to sell your home. Think of a clean, neutral, and aspirational Zoom background as home-staging for your screen.

Our designers have taken a cue from current trends in interior design and put together several Instagram-worthy environments filled with potted plants, succulents, artisanal woven baskets, and line drawings. We think you’ll feel right at home, if home means never having to pick up dirty laundry from under the couch or trim the brown leaves off of your Fiddle-Leaf Fig tree.

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To get started, follow these instructions:

  • Download your favorite Zoom background from the group we’ve gathered here.
  • Open Zoom on your computer, click on your profile photo in the top right corner.
  • Select “PREFERENCES,” then “VIRTUAL BACKGROUND” from the menu on the left.
  • Press the “+” button and choose your background.
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On your mobile device:

  • Open Zoom and start or join a meeting.
  • Tap the “MORE” icon on the bottom right of your screen.
  • Choose “Virtual Background” and then the “+” symbol.
  • Choose your background from your photos file.
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Just like with high heels, there’s a price to pay for beauty. If you’re in a class with an instructor who provides individual feedback, the Zoom background can cut off parts of your body or otherwise interfere with your instructor’s ability to see you clearly. Similarly, if you are the instructor, you may choose to forgo the Zoom backgrounds for the duration of the class to ensure that your students have the best possible view of your movements.

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Let us know which background is your favorite in the comments below.

Alison Manheim
About the Author

Alison Manheim

Alison is a writer and Pilates instructor based in Santa Monica, California. Her Pilates practice has been a springboard to a brand new career as a fitness model and commercial actor at age 50+.


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