Disclosure: While I was not compensated to write this post, I did receive these headphones at no cost from Fit Approach on behalf of Aftershokz in exchange for my review on the blog. As always, opinions and text are all mine - I genuinely LOVE these headphones and use them just about every day. I hope you love them, too!
Music is everything when trying to push yourself during a workout, right? It's the WORST when you're in the middle of a round of burpees with your favorite workout mix to pump you up and bam - no music in one ear. Soooo frustrating, right? Enter: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones. These babies are LIFE CHANGING, let me tell you. I've been using them just about every single day since I received them (not just for workouts either - more on that below) and I am OB-sessed. Here's why...
The Trekz Titanium headphones sit just in front of your ears, not actually IN your ear, and use bone conduction from your cheekbones to your inner ear to transmit sound. Sounds kinda weird right? I know, I was skeptical too. You mean there's nothing INSIDE my ear? How will I be able to actually hear the music? If they aren't IN my ear, there won't be anything blocking out the world around me so I'll be hearing everything which will distract me from my workouts! Trust me, all these thoughts ran through my mind as I entered the gym trying these for the first time. But you know what? They pumped out my electronic mixes just fine, even with heavy weight lifters slamming weighted bars, and other loud sounds fitness clubs are known for.
In fact, that's the whole point behind the bone conduction technology of these headphones. They provide really great quality sound while keeping your ears open to be able to hear your surroundings for safety. This is especially awesome for all you outdoor runners, bikers, walkers, etc. who need to be conscious of traffic around you. They're also amazing in the gym too when you want to blast your workout mix, but need to be aware of others working out around you.
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium are wireless bluetooth headphones so they connect to your phone or watch without being tethered. That's REALLY nice during a workout or when on a bike ride and you can't bother with getting tangled in the wire (or God forbid, drop your phone out of your pocket because your wire got pulled!).
I've tried these out in just about every workout scenario from cardio (jumping jacks, running, high knees, burpees, you name it) to strength & resistance training, and man, they're probably the nicest pair of headphones I've ever used! Seriously. They stayed put during my cardio sessions and sit comfortably on my head so they don't cause a headache. The only downside to them that I can see is if you're doing any kind of work on your back where you have your head flat on the floor. The back of the headband sits slightly away from the back of my head, so if I tried to lay my head down flat for, say, ab work, the headphones would push up off my cheekbones. But that's not that huge of a drawback! There are PLENTY of ab exercises you can do that don't involve lying down. :)
These headphones aren't just amazing for workouts and running either. I've been using mine just about every night to watch Netflix from my laptop (Netflix & chill for real), and it's so nice to be able to get up and walk around if I need to while continuing to listen to the show. (I'm currently working my way through The Ranch - anyone else watch that show?? I love it so far!)
Also, one of the coolest features in my opinion is the ability to place and pick up phone calls, even in the middle of a Netflix show. The headphones have a built-in noise-canceling microphone so you can chat with your friends while keeping your arms and hands free. SUCH a game changer in my book!
Awww yeaaah, guys! Fit Approach is giving away a pair of Trekz Titanium headphones to one lucky blog reader! HEADS UP: super quick turnaround time for this giveaway - the entries will close at midnight Monday night (7/31), so get to entering! You'll have to comment on this blog post with what your favorite music is to pump you up during your workouts. Once you comment, there will be additional entry options unlocked for you. Good luck!
Readers: chat with me! Have you made the switch to wireless headphones? Have you tried these headphones before? How did you like them? What tunes do you usually listen to during a workout? What Netflix shows are you currently loving?