The Best Workout Headphones on the Planet

The Best Workout Headphones on the Planet

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July 17, 2015
Updated May 19, 2016
Tags: Mindset

Essential to every swole session is a dope soundtrack, but that soundtrack is only as good as the headphones you are using. The Plantronics Backbeat Fit headphones are out of this world. Sorry, I can’t resist bad puns.

They are the best headphones I have used to workout with. Hands down, bar none, they make the strongest case for the best workout headphones on the planet. Here is why:

They Never Fall Out

This is the strongest and most impressive quality of the Backbeat Fit. I would also argue the struggle for all workout headphones. Earbuds are eternally shunned in my world of fitness headphones because once you start doing burpees, steel mace 360’s or something with a large/explosive range of motion, they fall out. It helps if the earbud has a housing that takes some of the weight AKA they wrap around the ear or something, but they still end up falling out eventually.

Plantronics is smarter than that. They understood keeping a seal was a fool’s errand. The Backbeats don’t seal on your ear, they hover right outside your ear. This is advantageous for two reasons. First, your “seal” will never break, because it was never there in the first place. Two, if you’re working out or running and someone honks or yells at you, you can still kind of hear them. I know it sounds like the old “it is not a bug, it is a feature”, but it actually is pretty awesome.

Battery Life for Days

Seeing how Backbeats are bluetooth ready, implies they are battery powered. And let me tell you – that battery is a monster! Charge it once and you can get 7-8 hours of audio. It’s pretty epic. Just charge them every time you charge your iPhone or Android and you are set for the rest of the day.

The Best Workout Headphones on the Planet

Chuck Norris Tough

These headphones are fairly light, but really well made. The back part of the strap on the headphones doubles as a reflector, which is pretty cool because you can keep your murdered out tracksuit and not get hit by a car.

It also comes with a reversible armband that secures your smartphone while you are gobbling up gainz and stores your headphones when you’re done. It is pretty dope. The armband also has a super reflective surface (like the back of the headband), which is awesome, because again not getting hit by cars is pretty sweet.

The Backbeat Fit headphones are waterproof up to one meter and have a built-in mic just in case you need to take a call during your AMRAP. These things can take a beating and still pump out jams and pods for hours on end.

So I haven’t addressed the elephant in the room…sound quality. The sound quality is good enough. What I mean by that is that it is infinitely better than any other pair of headphones I have used because they always fall out. Are they better than my Klipsch S4i’s or some Bowers & Wilkins p7s? No, but they sound good enough.

The Backbeat Fit Headphones have NEVER fallen out. Combined with the two big wins describe above, the Plantronics Backbeat FIT Headphones are the best workout headphones on the planet. You can grab a pair from Plantronics here for $130, but Amazon is usually cheaper 😉

Let me know what cans you guys use working out in the comments.

Rabah Rahil is the Director of Content at Onnit and the producer of the Aubrey Marcus Podcast. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Economics, Rabah embarked on a flurry of careers in iOS and Web development before landing at the mothership, Onnit. As the resident nerd at Onnit, Rabah makes sure everyone tries the latest greatest tech and is constantly exploring the most bleeding edge ideas in tech and fitness. For more of Rabah's personal musings follow him on SnapChat • IURabah.

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