Selecting a Portable Speaker for Fitness Classes

Daniel Wellington

If you teach fitness classes, one of the most important elements of any class is the music. Teachers should always want to keep their students motivated, and there’s no better way of motivating people than by blasting upbeat tunes that will keep everyone happy and energised throughout the class. When it comes to choosing a portable speaker for fitness classes, you’ll want to find one that offers enough power to fill the venue you are teaching in. Whether you teach inside or outside, keep reading to learn about everything you need to think about when purchasing a portable speaker.

How Do Portable Speakers Connect to Your Phone?

Before going any further, let’s answer one of the most commonly asked questions about using a portable speaker. Most portable speakers are Bluetooth speakers, which can connect to your smartphone or tablet by Bluetooth. Some speakers also connect to Wi-Fi systems or can be connected to the wall, but the Bluetooth function helps to make this type of speaker more portable. This means that even if you are teaching outside at the beach during the summer months, you’ll have no issue connecting your speaker to your device and filling the space with your playlist to keep your class going.

Battery Life

If you work full time as a fitness instructor, you’ll want to try and find a Bluetooth speaker that has a good battery length. Wireless speakers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and the larger the speaker, the longer the battery life usually is. While this isn’t always the case, you will find most large speakers are much more powerful. The updated versions of speakers, which may be numbered with a higher number, such as Bluetooth 5.1, are likely to be more powerful than a lower-numbered speaker, even if it’s bigger. Also, check out how the speaker will be charged, especially if you think you may have to charge it when you are on the go. There’s nothing worse than running out of battery in the middle of a class, so try to avoid this at all costs.

The Size of the Speaker

The reason for opting to buy a portable speaker instead of a traditional speaker is the fact that you can carry it around. If you walk to your classes, you’ll want to buy a speaker that you can place in your backpack and travel around easily with. For anyone who travels by car to their classes and needs their music to be played outdoors or in a huge hall, you may want to look at larger speakers. However, try to avoid getting a speaker that’s too big, as you’ll find this to be extremely heavy for carrying between classes.

Waterproof Speakers

For anyone that teaches fitness classes by a swimming pool, consider looking for a waterproof speaker. It’s important to note that no electronics are technically fully waterproof, as if it was submerged in water for a long time, it would still fail. However, many waterproof speakers show their durability rating, which will tell you whether it’s resistant to water and dust. We encourage you to still treat a waterproof speaker with care, but at least you won’t have to worry too much if it gets a little splashed or damp by the poolside.

Sound Quality

Even with portable speakers, you’ll find you receive a great selection of stereo equality options. Stereo sound is something that you should look out for, which helps to balance the music that’s being played from the stereo. This can be challenging to find in a low-cost speaker, as the speakers need to be far enough apart to create this space, which in a small speaker is impossible. You may have the option to link up a couple of speakers, which can give you the same experience. However, to do this, you’ll likely need to download an app and get set up with this first before enjoying surround sound.

Design and Style

No two speakers are exactly the same, and the great thing about portable speakers is that they are much more stylish than you may expect. If you are particularly concerned about your appearance and the style of your fitness classes, you may want to choose a coloured speaker that has a pretty pastel colour. You’ll also find that you might have options when it comes to the design, such as choosing a square, rectangle, or circle shaped speaker. This is all a matter of personal preference and finding a speaker that fits your budget. Regardless of how much you have to spend, you’ll find there are many great options on the market, so you’ll be able to find one that showcases your personality and style for your classes.

When you’ve decided which portable speaker to purchase for your fitness classes, the next step is getting your playlists set up. Make sure you choose uplifting and energising music for all of your classes unless you are teaching a more relaxing class such as yoga. You’ll find that a portable speaker can completely change the mood of your class, and your students will be impressed with the effort you’ve put into changing the atmosphere in the room. Even if you only have a small budget to work with, by following the tips listed above, you’ll have no issues finding a high-quality speaker to fit your needs.