There are words that people use in emails that are frequently spelled wrong.
For example….mic (usually spelled mike) and antsy (often spelled ancy). Random, yes, but I thought of this as I was typing up the subject using the word “mic”. It’s short for microphone, not mikerophone. Am I an a$$?
But I digress.
I use a mic for teaching spinning. I’ve found that about half of isntructors use a micrphone. I personally prefer it, as it is nice to actually hear what the instructor is saying.
In my experience, most gyms don’t provide their own microphones and when they do, you might not even want to use them. One gym provided a receiver as well as a headset. Yes, one headset to be shared amongst all the instructors. They suggested you have your own spit-guard (my words, not theirs) and change them out before class. Like that would make it better. It was a gross idea and no one used it. At another gym, they had a microphone stand positioned at the front of the handlebars. This was also awkward because you kind of had to lean forward from any position to have your mouth near the microphone. Gyms are strange.
So long story short, I have my own microphone. I’ve used quite a few over the years and found that no matter what, something seems to break right around the year/year and a half mark. It is for that reason that I don’t think it’s worth spending +$200 for a microphone. And while it can be deducted on your taxes, it’s still coming out of my pocket.
My last mic just died, as I mentioned, so I finally bit the bullet and replaced it.
Since I have been asked about my mic before, I figured I’d just share the details here.
This is the SAMSON Stage 55 wireless headset microphone system.
I bought mine from Sam Ash for $129. This is the system I have purchased 75% of the time.
This time however, I purchased the 2 year extended warranty in hopes that the next issue won’t result in me having to purchase a new system.
For any instructor friends, do you use a mic? What kind?
For non instructors, do your instructors wear a mic? Do you prefer it?