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Top 10 Workout Headphones For Lifting – 2017 Buying Guide (Bluetooth, Wired, On-Ear and More)

"Do you even lift bro?"

It's the kind of crap we don't want to hear during our workouts.

If we're going to use headphones, they better work as well as we want them to...

Wouldn't you agree?​

Everyone may face this every once in a blue moon....

Music is what saves us from the distractions and gives us the complete zen-like focus we need in the gym.

When good beats are combined with exercise, it brings us more motivation and energy than ever before.

With the right tunes you've got yourself the most exciting time of your day... Your workout.

But nothing is worse than headphones falling out of our ears, or just plain old crappy headphones that don't do isolate much background noise. 

Imagine you're about to do an intense set but your headphones slip out of your ears or your MP3 player (most likely your phone) falls out out of your pocket. 

That wouldn't happen with bluetooth headphones or a smartwatch (like the Moto 360) that can play MP3's. 

The regular Moto 360 can be used for the gym as it can store loads of music (just switch the band to either steel or silicone)...

The right pair of headphones need to stick to your ears, hang on for dear life and not allow it to fall when performing your most intense set of the workout.

Some people prefer wired, some wireless. We'll list both...​

We'll also take it a step further and create a top 10 list of the most useful and efficient pair of music blasting ear players (aka headphones!).

These headphones are not only great for the gym but any sort of physical activity.

Of course, you'll want combine these headphones with a good program like this one.

Top 10 Headphones

Buying Guide: Gym Headphones

Purpose: Find the best pair of headphones for you.

Features

Must be made for and used by bodybuilders (and lifters).

Durability 

Headphones must be durable, reliable and sweat-proof. 

Reviews

No hype, just the good and bad of each pair of headphones.

The Best Buying Guide To Headphones

There is no such thing as the best pair of headphones, wouldn't you agree?

Each pair comes with different features, pricing, and they are​ differ in sound.

Some may prefer to have strong bass, some prefer crystal clear sound, and others may want the perfect combination and balance.​

This guide will help you decide which headphone is best suited for you. ​

We mixed in the top 10 list with bluetooth and wired headphones so you can decide which you'd prefer to use. 

We'll go deeper and soon reveal categories (on-ear, wired, etc) so you can choose according to your preferences like how we did with our pre workout guide.

Best Wireless Headphones 

JayBird Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Features and highlights:

  • ​In-ear design
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Noise isolation
  • Dedicated app to control EQ settings

If you've ever asked what the best bluetooth headphones are, you'll probably get these as a recommendation. 

It's comes to no surprise as these headphones are even better than the X2's. 

The nicely named JayBird X3's were just recently released and has some amazing features.

These are even more affordable than the X2's when they were first released. JayBird x2​ was released and sold at $180, while the X3 is just $130. 

Now between this and the X2, the X3 has many improvements, including being hat-friendly and it also has Bluetooth 4.1.

But the downside to these headphones is that you need a special charging cable, whereas the X2's allowed you to charge with a regular micro-USB cable.

It's not a big downside nor should it hold you back from trying out these headphones...​

Top 10 Headphones For Lifting

Sony MDR XB50AP Extra Bass Headset

Features and highlights:

  • 12mm Drivers
  • Extra bass
  • Mic and remote
  • Customized android control
  • Works with Sony's Smart Key app

These Sony earbuds are rich with bass, and though they aren't as powerful as the MDR-XB90EX, they are great for their price.

The isolation on these will have you wearing them airtight and they are easy to wear and put on.

They come with different ear tips so you can customize them to your liking.  

They are sort of big and uncomfortable for some people but if you don't care about the looks and bulky design, then these should be good for you. 

​Being a Sony user, you'd know that they create durable products, and these are no different. 

They won't tangle up as they are flat corded and the sound on these are great.

With a focus on bass, you will get a little less focus on treble and mids​ but that shouldn't matter if you're playing heavy metal or some of that aggressive DMX / Eminem music. 

Pros

  • Sound quality is high 
  • Powerful bass
  • Durable build, made to last
  • Great for lifting 
  • Decent sound isolation

Cons

  • Wired

Sennheiser CX 300 II Bass Enhanced Earbuds

Features and highlights:

  • Detailed sound
  • Strong sound isolation
  • Light weight fit
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable

For the price, these headphones will most certainly impress. 

These Sennheisers ​headphones are full of bass, crystal clear clarity that perform significantly better than most, if not all headphones in it's price range.​

If you've never heard of the company, Sennheisers mission is to create durable quality products that last. And these are definitely that.​

These CX 300 II headphones have a J wire design (one wire goes behind your neck) which is perfect for lifting as it most likely won't get in the way.​

Of course, these come with different sized ear buds you can customize them to your liking.

With a bit of music playing, background noise is almost completely removed when you have these fitted right in your ear so the isolation on these are great.

​If you have them fitting right, they won't pull out of your ears unless you tug on the cable.

The sound on these are really clean with a perfect amount of bass, clear highs and mids. ​​

You'll like these if you like bass in your music but if you're a complete bass head, you'll want to look at some of the other ones on here. ​​

You'll forget you're wearing these though and the sound is filled with detailed lows, highs and bass.​

You won't find better wired headphones, not at this price. ​​

Pros

  • Gets you in the zone
  • No proprietary blends
  • Well rounded formula
  • 36 grams of active ingredients per serving

Cons

  • Expensive (but well rounded supplement)
  • Not available as widely as mainstream pre's

MEE Audio M7P In-Ear Earbuds

Features and highlights:

  • Budget headphones
  • Great for running and lifting
  • Sound is clear with boosted bass 
  • Built in microphone
  • Y-design wiring
  • Over the ear fit
  • Remote and volume control

MEElectronics is much cheaper than most of these headphones listed here, but if you're like us and spend way too much on supplements and gym memberships, then you'll enjoy the money saved here.​

This is the much improved version of their Sport-Fi M6 model as everything has improved on them.​

The build quality is tough, the wires are tangle-free, and they are 100% sweat and water proof.​

You'll​ also get great sound isolation with the memory foam fit buds (which most expensive headphones won't even have).​

Whether you're doing back rows, bench press or squats, these will not fall out of your ears.​

They are wired though (but you can get a Bluetooth device to turn them wireless) and have great full bass and play great sound at this price.​

Pros

  • Headphones are continously improved
  • Comfortable to wear for long periods of time
  • Made for lifting (and running)
  • Affordable and easily replaceable parts 
  • Easy to control music from wires

Cons

  • Durability has been a hit or miss (but mostly a hit.)

Jabra Sport Pulse Bluetooth Headphones

Features and highlights:

  • IP55 certified
  • U.S. Military standard tested against strength, dirt and drops
  • Syncs with fitness apps 
  • Heart rate monitor built-in
  • Bluetooth 
  • Can measure VO2 max
  • 4.5 to 5 hours of music playback
  • Remote control for music and calls

These headphones are more than what they are categorized as... 

They not only play high quality audio, but they have an built-in heart monitor.

With the heart rate monitor, there's ​a bunch of workout tools that you can take advantage of. 

The Jabra Sport Pulse are one of the few headphones that has it's own app that it can sync it.

You'll be able to measure calories burned, heart rate zone, distance...

But the real buying factor here is...

Can it play high quality music and pump you up for your workout?

It's sound is well balanced and rich with low-end sounds with reduced mids at certain frequencies to prevent fatigue that occurs long periods of listening.  

This is especially made for bodybuilders as it's military standard construction is made to withstand virtually anything. ​

These premium headphones are weather-resistant, IP55 shock and has buttons so you can answer calls and use the phone-based app.

The battery is impressive for the range of features it has as it can last for 4.5 hours. 

You shouldn't need more battery life if you're performing beast-like workouts.​

Pros

  • Loaded with features
  • Durable (military standard)
  • Minimal profile (looks great)
  • Uses strong materials like carbon fiber and Kevlar
  • Heart rate tracker and syncs with fitness apps

Cons

  • Expensive 
  • Has features you probably don't need (heart tracker)
  • Bass is weak (avoid this if you want bass)

Powerbeats2 In-Ear Earbuds by Beats

Features and highlights:

  • Secure fit
  • 6 hours of playback
  • IPX4 sweat and water-resistant
  • Built-in microphone
  • Bluetooth
  • Remote control for music and calls

You've probably seen this brand all over the place.​

With Beats being made by a popular producer and rapper, D​r. Dre, there's no going wrong with these Powerbeats2.​

These sweat and water resistant Bluetooth headphones can blast music through your ears with strong and deep bass.​

You may know Beats for having a strong and deep bass, well they've made sure these earbuds have them too.​

You'll lift harder with the bass thumping in your ears and be more motivated than ever.​

The price is higher than average, but that is probably because this product is being endorsed by LeBron James and Serena Williams, which would no doubt indicate a high quality product.​

The earhooks built into these will ensure that they remain in your ears, and being Bluetooth, you'll be able to leave your MP3 device out of your pocket while training.​

They did release a 3rd version of these (Powerbeats3) but really ​the biggest difference between the two is that the newer version has a longer lasting battery (12 hours vs 6 hours!).​

Pros

  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • Sweat-proof, water-resistant and impact resistant 
  • Good battery life with 6 hours of playback time
  • Powerful bass without distortion even at high volumes

Cons

  • Only great for bass-heads (sound clarity and balance isn't that good)
  • Expensive
  • A bit fragile

Monster iSport Freedom On-Ear headphones

Features and highlights:

  • Water and sweat resistant
  • Voice activated calls
  • Washable
  • On-ear design
  • Can be used as wireless or wired
  • On ear controls

If you prefer full sized headphones that go on top of the ears, then you'll like these.

Monster iSport Freedom are not only super light but they are completely wireless (Bluetooth of course).

Made to be used with lifting weights, these may get a little uncomfortable if you're running for long periods of time. ​

The sound isolation isn't the best here but it's completely sweat proof, and you can even wash it under running water.

The bass is strong and full and the mids are pretty good though it's not worth the full retail price of $200 as most headphones at that price would perform better.

Thankfully they've dropped in price over the years but are still great to use. ​

Pros

  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • Sweat-proof, water-resistant and washable
  • Powerful bass to keep you motivated

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Sound quality isn't what you'd expect 
  • Not made for runners

Pump Audio v2 Earphones 

Features and highlights:

  • Strong sound isolation
  • Strong bass, lows, mids and highs.
  • Water-resistant
  • Built-in microphone
  • Aluminium housing

Beats have taken the reputation of being the headphones that provides the best bass and crisp clean highs that are comparable to high end stereo systems...​

But that's only a reputation, not a fact.​

So we looked deeper and found something that is even better...​

Pump Audio V2's are the next best thing if you want something better than Beats. 

They are made for dance music, though they would work perfect with hip hop and other genres as they conquer their bass department with ease.

The company seems to have put a focus on sound quality over all other things as they sound premium and more expensive than they really are. 

It has clear lows, mids and highs which will make all kinds of songs sound fantastic, though the mids and highs can be a bit soft sometimes, I think you'd still be impressed with these.

You won't find many headphones that perform this well at this price so overall they are a great pair that will last you for many, many gym sessions ahead. 

Pros

  • Strong bass 
  • Good sound isolation
  • Designed for movements (workouts)
  • Super light weight
  • Good microphone
  • Often referred as being better than Beats headphones

Cons

  • Overall balance and clarity of the sound isn't as good as it should be
  • Expensive

Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth Headset

Features and highlights:

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Behind ear style
  • 8 hours of playback
  • Sweat-resistant
  • Isolates sound

This is another budget option for you here...

The Mpow Cheetahs has got a great ergonomic feel to it and the sound they produce are quite good for the price.

Now the materials and build don't exactly feel premium, but everything else about them is perfect. 

With it's Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, and custom fit ear tips, you'll be able to customize the fit and train intensely without the wires or hassle.

The 8 hour battery life on these seem to outlast most headphones we've seen yet.

While they do sound crystal clear and great, the beeping sounds from changing volume can ruin the listening experience. 

Overall though, they are full of bass, have super clear sound and are great for your lifting sessions. 

Pros

  • Light weight
  • 8 hours playback time
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for more efficient battery life and connectivity 
  • Easy controls 
  • Long range, can leave MP3 player in the same room
  • Sticks well in ears

Cons

  • Can get uncomfortable after long use 
  • Notifying beep "maximum volume" sound is very loud 
  • Average microphone

QY7 SoundPeats Bluetooth Earbuds

Features and highlights:

  • Stays in your ears
  • Bluetooth (easy pairing)
  • Strong clear sound and bass
  • Simple controls
  • Good range (10-15 feet)
  • Behind the neck wire
  • Can customize size
  • Best headphones for the price
  • Built-in microphone

These headphones are literally one of the best out there today.​

It's not only wireless (bluetooth) but the quality on the build and sound are outstanding as it will easily last you through many years of heavy lifting. ​​

They are sweatproof and super durable, but the only downside is the tiny cover that's over the USB port to charge is a bit flimsy (in fact, my cover fell off but it didn't have any negative effective).

Note: if you do get these headphones, make sure you get these stabilizers as shown in the picture below as it will make the earbuds more secure in your ear.

Make sure you get these stabilzers as they'll make the QY7 much more secure in your ears...

With a 5-6 hour battery life on music playback, there's no doub that these QY7 will keep your ears full of motivational music through your workout.​

The sound it gives is fairly balanced throughout it's highs, mids and lows.

It also provides a bit of sound isolation so you can block out distractions and outside noise. ​​

The only downside is the range on these are less than 30 feet, but that shouldn't be a problem if you've got your phone in your pocket or play your music from your smartwatch (I use the original Moto 360 for music).​

These are budget friendly and probably the best headphones you can buy under $25 (about $30-35 for you international folks).​

If you wanted to get something better than these, you'd need to spend quite a bit more.​

Pros

  • Strong bass
  • Clear sound
  • Bluetooth and easily pairs
  • Surprisingly cheap
  • Controls are easy to access
  • Thousands of reviews (popular)
  • Sweatproof

Cons

  • They look strange (but who cares as long as they perform well)

Jaybird X2 Bluetooth In-Ear Earbuds

Features and highlights:

  • 8 hours of playtime
  • Over the ear fitting (or under)
  • Sweat-resistant
  • Foam ear tips
  • Strong sound isolation
  • Secure fitting 
  • Microphone for calls

When it comes to a great pair of headphones, nothing comes close to the Jaybirds X2.​

These Bluetooth headphones are meant to be used during lifting weights and with the proper fitting, they'll never fall out of your ears.​

​Whether it's the bench press or old fashioned burpee's, ​these earbuds will stay in your ears, no matter what.

They are backed with a strong battery as they can last with 8 hours of music playback.​

And being bluetooth, you can hook it up with any bluetooth enabled device (phones, smart wear, computer, tablets etc.)​​

The sound off these are fantastic, as the bass is full and they isolate noise quite well.​​

X2's are not only sweat-proof, but they will remain so as they have a lifetime warranty if anything were to happen to them.​

The only thing is you'd be paying a premium price for this, but if you think about it, you'd never have to buy another pair of headphones.

Also if you wear a hat during your workouts or music sessions, and / or prefer Bluetooth 4.1 (4.1 is much more battery friendly and efficient) over 2.1, you may opt for the X3's instead.​​

But if you're on a budget, just want something that works, or just want to use the regular micro-USB cable to charge your headphones (instead of the special USB cable for the X3's) then you'll enjoy these X2's. ​​

Pros

  • Strong sound isolation
  • Deep bass with clear sound
  • Foam headphone tips won't fall out
  • Smallest out of most premium headphones
  • Excellent sound (comparable to $100 Bose)
  • Made for lifters and athletes
  • Long playback time (8 hours)
  • Secure fit won't fall out
  • Remote control makes it easy to switch songs

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Left and right not labelled 
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Being an ex-hardgainer, he has no choice but to keep training until he has surpassed in every way imaginable.

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