Whether you’re getting strong like bull or running to maintain your boyish figure, music can make the gym a lot more enjoyable … or at least somewhat less miserable. But if your workout headphones sound lousy or constantly tumble out of your ears, you’ll be too annoyed to care about what you’re listening to.
You don’t want to bring high-priced headphones to the gym, where they’ll just get sweated on and jostled — or have a dumbbell destroy them after you lose control of the 70 lb. set you’re benching. So we found five different kinds of workout headphones that won’t break the bank, but that’ll still offer up great sound and features.
There aren’t generally a whole lot of bargains when it comes to personal electronics, but the RHA MA-350s are the exception to the rule. For starters, their enclosed aluminum body keeps sound in, so those C&C Music Factory jams you’re bumping through the 10mm Mylar drivers will be your little secret, even if you’re in a relatively silent room. The silicone tips come in three sizes, so whether your ears are elfish, Dumbo-esque, or somewhere in between, finding a fit won’t be an issue. Another plus: The three-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Not a fan of jamming stuff into your ear canals? The Polk UltraFit 2000s are worth a look. Designed to gently wrap around the head while staying snug to the ear, the unit provides good sound and light noise reduction, so the outside world won’t be completely shut out. (That’s a bonus when you’re running outside.) The flexible and tangle-free cables keep the line clear of knots, and a three-button controller allows for track navigation and volume control for iPhone or iPod users.