Wireless Microphone Systems for Fitness: Types and Tips

When it comes to group exercise classes, it is an absolute necessity that attendants are able to hear the Fitness Instructor’s instructions. Not being able to hear clearly makes it very difficult to follow along and have a positive workout experience.

It is for this reason, having a high-quality headmic for your Instructors is a must! Here is some information to help you choose the right fitness microphone for your class.

Wireless Headset Microphone Systems

Wireless headset mics are the ideal choice for Fitness Teachers. They don’t restrict movement, allowing for better mobility and freedom to demonstrate all exercises as required. They also offer great voice projection with less feedback than lapel mics.

These types of microphones work through the use of a transmitter. This is a device that captures the audio going into your microphone and transfers it to your speakers. There are two different types of mic transmitter systems that Exercise Instructors can choose between.

Bodypack Transmitters

As the name implies, this transmitter is in a bodypack (or battery pack) that can be worn on the body or in an Aeromic Pouchbelt. Bodypack transmitters are the ideal choice for Fitness Instructors as they have minimal contact with sweat, particularly when placed in a mic belt. Our Fitness Audio SM716 transmitters are also sweat protected by a lacquer coating on the circuit board inside. This maximises sweat protection, greatly reducing the chances of damage occurring to your transmitter.

Headset Transmitters

Headset transmitters can be clipped on to the microphone frame and worn on the headset mic. The cables-less design makes these transmitters very popular amongst Fitness Instructors. However, as they are worn on the head, they are not as well protected from sweat. For this reason, our Fitness Audio MT-U8 Mini Tx transmitters have additional sweat-protection measures. Like our bodypack transmitters, our headset transmitters are made with a sweat-resistant lacquer coating over the circuit. We also supply these transmitters with ‘Yoga Wraps’, a flat piece of neoprene with Velcro fixings that wraps around the transmitters as its first line of sweat defence.

Maintenance Tips

Regardless of which transmitter type you choose, it is important you take good care of it in order to maximise its lifespan and effectiveness. Here are some tips for maintaining your microphone and transmitter.

  1. As wear-and-tear occurs most commonly at the connectors (where the mic plugs into the transmitter), regular cleaning using DeoxIT cleaner and greasing using eGloop around the panel plug goes a long way!
  2. As the microphone output degrades gradually as a result of moisture clogging, the best practice is to change the windscreen with every user. This will prolong your microphone’s lifespan and help maintain better hygiene practices in your gym.
  3. Hanging your fitness mic and transmitter out to dry between classes is also highly recommended, particularly if you are using a headset transmitter. This will reduce damages caused by moisture clogging from occurring.

To view Fitness Audio’s full range of wireless headmic systems, click here. We have numerous products and packages available that cater for all fitness class types and preferences.