The audio and acoustic challenges of HIIT
Intense instructors, motivational mantras, clattering equipment, boxing rounds, and struggling through each set - HIIT sessions are challenging environments when it comes to ambient noise. Add an unconventional layout into the mix, especially in circuit-style sessions with people spread in pockets around the room, and traditional audio systems will fall short in terms of quality and consistency of sound.
Instead, have your studio mapped by an audio professional and go for distributed audio. A distributed audio system uses multiple smaller speakers precision positioned to ensure equal audio coverage right across a space. This added flexibility means audio can be tailored to difficult environments, giving every class member an equally smooth and engaging audio experience including vibrant music, clear countdown cues, and intelligible instructor speech.
Pre-installation, there are a range of professional acoustic treatments available that will minimise music and speech reverberation, many of which can add an additional design element to your studio. Post-installation, a digital signal processor (DSP) will do a lot of enhanced audio and acoustic work for you. Using the DSP, our engineers can digitally optimise audio output to the conditions of the room. Taken together, acoustic treatment, a bespoke distributed audio system, and a skilfully programmed DSP will keep your HIIT sessions sounding crisp and clear.
And if it’s a sunny day? For the ultimate in flexible programming we recommend a portable pro speaker solution such as the Bose S1 Pro®. Paired with our instructor iPad and a bespoke audio countdown feature, operators have the freedom to run slick, impromptu pop-up HIIT sessions anywhere in the club or outdoors.