The pandemic of 2020 made group exercise classes a virtual experience. If they wanted to stay in business, all exercise instructors had to learn, and learn quickly, how to host their fitness classes online, and how to live stream using good quality audio. Most instructors were already used to wearing some kind of lavalier or head set type of microphone system when teaching at the gym. The mic would be attached to a beltpack that would transmit to a receiver in their gym or yoga studio – and usually – this system was owned and maintained by the gym owners. Faced with having to purchase a good microphone system that would work seamlessly, and with little to no setup, We specifically asked Yoga instructors what they chose to use as their microphones to teach their online classes, and here are some of the best that we heard about.
Top 5 Best Microphone for Teaching Yoga and Athletic Classes Online
Apple AirPods Pro $249 US
Top choice among the queried Yoga instructors for their favorite microphone to use while teaching yoga sessions online were the Apple Airpods PRO.
The AirPods Pro Bluetooth mic system fits securely into your ears and works perfectly in a situation needed for movement while teaching – without any extra clips or wires. The customizable silicone tips fit your ears comfortably to create a perfect seal, Designed to keep up with you, AirPods Pro are sweat and water resistant. The mics are located on the inside and the outside of the enclosures, so that teachers can speak and also hear what’s going on in the classroom. The Apple-designed H1 chip employs 10 audio cores, creating incredibly low audio processing latency that enables real-time noise cancellation as well. Great for virtual group exercise classes.
For higher quality audio, the second favorite microphone was the Rode Wireless GO… here is a comparison video between the two:
Rode Wireless Go $199 US
Compact Wireless Microphone System, Transmitter and Receiver
The transmitter acts as either a quick and easy clip-on wireless mic, thanks to a high-quality built-in omnidirectional condenser capsule, or as the world’s smallest belt pack transmitter for a lavalier microphone via the 3.5mm TRS input. The Wireless GO’s quick clip-on capabilities make it perfect for fitness instructors, just clip it on to your shirt and the mic will capture your voice. The Receiver is just as compact, Its dual-purpose mount sits snug in your camera’s shoe mount, or clips easily onto your camera strap or an item of clothing. The supplied 3.5mm TRS output cable plugs into your camera’s or laptop’s audio input or, with the relevant available RØDE adaptors, into your recorder, GoPro, iPhone or Android.
Samson AirLine Micro $249 US
The Samson AirLine Micro wireless system needs no belt pack to operate and its small construction hides behind your ear without causing discomfort while wearing it over long periods. The AirLine Micro features a water-resistant omnidirectional mic capsule. The AH2 transmitter has a single button that controls the volume level, mute function, and powers the unit on and off. By using a single button, you won’t have to worry about fumbling with the ear set in the middle of a performance. When you want to mute your mic, a single touch will do the job.
The included AR2 receiver has a USB DC power input and a 3.5mm unbalanced mic/line level output. It has telescopic antennas to allow you to optimize their positions for crystal clear sound. The AH2 transmitter and AR2 receiver are equipped with lithium ion batteries that can be used for up to 6 hours before needing to be recharged. AirLine Micro wireless earset system comes with the AR2D docking station. It provides a secure base for your AR2 receiver and can charge it while you’re performing.
Samson GO Mic Mic Mobile $199 US
Stream and record your own fitness videos with high-quality audio directly on your smartphone.
Go Mic Mobile® is a professional wireless microphone system that connects directly to your smartphone, transforming it into a pro-level video camera capable of capturing high definition audio anywhere. The receiver itself plugs directly into iOS devices with the included micro-USB to Lightning cable, though it can also communicate with other devices utilizing either micro-USB or USB-C cables. Once the transmitter and receiver are paired, low-latency audio streams from one to the other without sync issues.
Shure BLX Series UHF Wireless Microphone System – Includes E-mic Headset $359 US
Designed to meet the needs of traveling fitness instructors or presenters, Shure’s BLX4 receiver makes wireless setup easy for any fitness instructor. One-touch QuickScan frequency selection quickly locates the best open frequency in case of interference. The E-Mic is built for light to medium fitness use -up to 20 classes per week. The E-Mic has several upgrades that make it fitness-worthy.
The Hooke Verse Wireless 3D Audio Mic System $159 US
More than just a pair of wireless earbuds, the Hooke Verse Wireless In-Ear Binaural 3D Audio Recording Headphones from Hooke Audio can also record binaural 3D audio. Whether you are recording audio by itself or as part of a video, both 3D audio mics can capture lifelike sound wirelessly or via the included recording cable. The cable allows for compatibility with devices such as GoPro cameras, DSLRs, and more.
As a set of earbuds, the Verse are designed to insert into your ears for a snug fit thanks to 6 sets of included eartips, while the bulk of the electronics are meant to rest comfortably behind your ear. You get up to 10 hours of continuous playback and you can pair them with any Bluetooth-compatible device, such as a smartphone or tablet. Make your exercise class a 3D experience!