Best Headphones for Working Out


A good workout is incomplete without the perfect music and you can have the perfect music only when you have the very best headphones. While working out, music can serve both as a distraction and as an energizing force. This post will take you through the criteria for choosing the perfect headphones/earbuds for working out. Based on these very criteria, we have compiled a list of the best headphones for working out available in the market as of now.


While looking for a generic headphone, the audio quality remains the primary criterion and quite rightly so. But when you have a specific purpose in mind i.e. working out, there are some other factors which become equally important. Firstly, you have to look for something which will stay put even as you jog or run on the treadmill. If your headphones keep falling off, it can irritate you immensely, spoiling the entire workout session. Secondly, the external built has to be sturdy and strong to resist any breakdown during physical exercises. Thirdly, the audio range has to be dynamic with a decent bass range so that the audio quality is great for all kinds of music- the loud songs for cardio and the slow ones for yoga etc. And finally, headphones designed specifically for working out come with additional features like sweat-resistance and water-proof external coating. Be sure to look out for these while buying one for yourself.


Considering all of these factors, we have put together a bunch of headphones for working out:

1. Sennheiser PMX80 Sport II Neckband Headphones- These headphones from Sennheiser use the neckband design. Usually, people prefer earbuds to neckband headphones when it comes to workouts and they have substantial reasons for that. But this particular headphone comes with a strong and sturdy neckband which stays on even if you are doing push-ups or other exercises which require extensive body movement. Add to this the excellent audio quality and we have a winner!



2. Sennheiser OMX 680 Sports- This model is the earbud equivalent of the above mentioned neckband design. Everything else remains the same, only the external design changes. The ear clips are completely adjustable, they have been design to align to the contours of the ear and they are extremely light weight. Additionally, they are water and sweat resistant.

3. SoundMAGIC E30 Earphones – These headphones come with the in-ear monitor technology which is usually found in the higher end models. The sound is sharp and clear and the cable design is resilient enough to withstand intensive workout sessions. They come with different sizes of ear clips, so that you can choose conveniently for yourself.

4. H2O Audio Surge 2G- Till now, we have been speaking about work outs which don’t include water sports or swimming. The H2O Audio Surge headphones are designed for under water usage. The ear clips drive the water outwards and the whole earphones are water resistant. So, if you are looking to enjoy a nice, long swim in the pool, you might want to invest in these to make your swimming session more enjoyable.



Editor in Chief : Arie Struik

2 Responses to “Best Headphones for Working Out”

  1. Brian says:

    Good recommendations. I’ll add that the SoundMagic and H2O Audio models are noise-isolating, which is good for indoor running and exercise. The Sennheiser models don’t form a seal in the ear canal so they allow outside noise in, which is better for outdoor exercise… such as needing to be able to hear traffic around you.

  2. Zach says:

    I have been looking for some headphones that I could use to workout, I personally dig the OMX 680 but its probably more for the color and the look. Might just have to get me a pair!

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