My Tech Toolkit for Going on Fitness Auditions

Picture of items in my fitness audition toolkit

Items in my fitness audition toolkit: Clockwise from left – Mic belt, wired mic headset, audio cable, audio cable, headphones, Bose speaker, music CDs, iPod and Android smartphone.

I recently left my old fitness jobs before to moving to a new state (sniff, sniff). I gathered together the items in this post to take with me on auditions at gyms in my new town. Most of these are items I use to teach with regularly; although not at the same time. When I started out as a new fitness instructor almost three years ago, I saw tons of advice from experienced instructors on how to prepare for auditions. That advice often included taking one or more of the items listed to the audition. To be safe, I actually take ALL these things with me to every audition; they all fit in my gym bag.

Tune Belt Vertical Microphone Transmitter Carrier Belt

If my audition involves teaching all or part of an actual class, I will probably need to use the microphone receiver/battery pack. The tune belt holds the mic pack more securely than clipping it to my waistband. Some gyms have a tune belt available, but not all. Anyway, I sweat like crazy, so I prefer to have my own.

Microphone Headset

Gyms will provide a mic headset, but sometimes a headset will malfunction. I’d rather it doesn’t malfunction during my audition. Also, getting back to the sweat issue, I like to keep my sweat to myself. So, I bring my own just in case.

Audio cable (male-to-male)

For connecting my iPod to the gym’s stereo, just in case the gym’s cable doesn’t work or is missing. Or, for connecting my iPod to my Bose speaker.

Y audio cable

For connecting my iPod to the gym’s stereo, just in case the gym’s cable doesn’t work or is missing.


If I arrive early, or I have to wait, I will review my playlists and run over my routines in my head. And, these pink/leopard earbuds are too cute – I love them!

Bose SoundDock portable digital music system

Believe it or not, I have gone on an audition where the stereo was locked up and the director couldn’t find the keys. Fortunately, I had my speaker, iPod and audio cable with me. While some gyms will keep a backup portable stereo in the office, not all of them do.

CDs, iPod and Smartphone

Picture of iPod Touch

As an IT professional outside of the gym, I believe in having a backup for your primary system, and a backup for the backup. My primary music player is my iPod and I can (usually) safely assume the gym’s stereo will have an iPod connector. In case it doesn’t, or for some reason my iPod won’t play through their speakers, I also bring my music on CDs. As an additional backup (one I’ve thankfully never had to use), I have my iTunes playlists synced to Google Play Music and I can play my playlists from my phone.

That’s everything! Again, I take ALL this stuff with me on auditions. At some point in time or another, I’ve had to use one or more items – everything, in fact, except my smartphone – on at least one audition. Some will call this overkill. But, by the time I’ve contacted a gym to schedule an audition, I’ve already done my research and I’m super excited about teaching there. I don’t want to have to reschedule or otherwise jeopardize my audition due to unforeseen technical malfunctions.



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