Something great group exercise studios are getting right these days is attention to detail. They’re looking beyond the class content and instructors, fine-tuning the look and feel of the space as a whole. Fitness audio systems are a vital part of this, and more studios outside the boutique sector are starting to emulate the up-market audio experience.
In this post we'll talk you through the key points that experts use to create incredible experiences using well crafted fitness audio systems.
In this guide:
Start with a great fitness microphone
Great studio classes need clear guidance from the instructor. That's why choosing the right headset microphone for your fitness instructors is so important. Make sure it’s comfortable to wear, hygienic to share among multiple instructors if required, has a strong cable and is sweat resistant. Even the best fitness microphones will soon decline in audio quality if moisture gets inside.
Check out our fitness instructor headset microphone buying guide for more tips on finding the perfect headset for you.
Optimising your fitness studio loudspeakers
Make sure your speakers are calibrated to the optimal volume for your fitness space. Having multiple smaller horn loudspeakers at a lower volume will make for a more pleasant member experience than one or two large speakers at top volume. Getting your audio consultant to do a full sound calibration can make a huge difference to the overall experience.
Optimal speaker positioning for your space
The shape and construction materials of the room will also have a significant impact on the sound experience. Assuming you have a traditional sprung wood, mirrored studio space, we recommend mounting multiple speakers along the ceiling in repeating horizontal rows, facing downwards at 45°. This will overcome any potential reverb in the centre of the room.
Simple audio control
Part of a great studio experience is avoiding disruption. Using automated audio systems like these from Hutchison Technologies can avoid most potential set-up issues. No "which switch lowers the volume?" or "my mic won't connect". A simple control pad with pre-programmed settings allows your instructors to focus on the participants. This is especially useful if you use a lot of freelance instructors.
To simplify this further, look for a system that also controls the lighting automation of your fitness studio.
Finally, great studio sound needs to be maintained. Getting an annual check-up of your audio system helps catch any problems before they become expensive replacements. Most major problems can be avoided by not overloading your speakers and ensuring you don't have excess humidity causing water damage.
Book a free fitness audio consultation
Our audio engineers have been creating great sound experiences through fitness audio systems for over a decade, working with leading brands like David Lloyd, Gymbox and Places Leisure to create unique experiences.
To book an audio design consultation with our audio experts, register your interest here.