As a (semi) regular gym goer there is nothing better than some music to help you squat lower, plank longer and lift more. In fact, science has my back on this idea. Leading expert of the psychology of exercise music Dr Costas Karageorghis wrote that music is thought of as “a type of legal performance-enhancing drug.”
Likewise, a study found that “healthy individuals performing submaximal exercise not only worked harder with faster music but also chose to do so and enjoyed the music more when it was played at a faster tempo.” So as I struggle to get out of bed during these cold, winter mornings I have created (and downloaded from Spotify) some up-beat, high tempo playlists to help me out. This is just part one of the secret to being part of the fitness elite.
My biggest problem is that when I get to the gym I get tangled in my headphones as I try to bench-press and barbell squats have proven to be difficult (and putting your phone down your sports bra is disgusting…yeah, I’ve tried it.)
All of the fitspo people at the gym have their own solutions – arm bands, pants with pockets or snazzy wireless headphones. It took me a while, but I have now completed full fitspo status as I enter the gym with my wireless, Elite Sport Jabra headphones. The name says it all really and I am clearly in the fitspo elite (as I lift 5kgs…) This is part two of the secret.
At first I struggled to figure out how to put them in my ear, but my gym buddy had me covered and made me realise how simple it was – put them in and twist them to lock them into your ears. That’s the problem with being so technically advanced, it takes us a while to figure out how to keep up. Just make sure you try them on at home first as the pack comes with different sized tips so you can get the perfect fit.
Once you figure out what button does what (pause, play, next etc) you’re off.
I have to admit, I was surprised how well they stayed in my ear. I mean, we all doubt the staying power of wireless headphones at some point but they were snug! They are prepared for hard core, HIIT kinda work outs with a three-year warranty against failure due to sweat – they are for the fitness elite!
If music isn’t enough motivation for you, there are also fitness apps you can connect to and an in-ear heart rate monitor. Log into Jabra’s sport life app and pick your cardio activity, cross-training or do a cooper test to evaluate your physical fitness.
One of my favourite features, which makes me sound like a mum, is the hear through option. What this means is that you can listen to your music and be more aware of your surroundings, perfect for outdoor runners!
In terms of charging, pop them in their case and charge them up for 3 hours music/talk time. Like most other wireless headphones, this short life is a downside. But, few of us are working out more than 3 hours at a time so it is more a frustration than a problem.
The Elite Sport is available exclusively in New Zealand at Noel Leeming.
Image Credits: Instagram / @jabra