Workout Headphones: Are You In or On?

It's been proven that listening to music while exercising does more than relieve boredom — it can help improve the quality of your workouts too!  By increasing your stamina and putting you in a better mood, music that is motivational or synchronized with your exercise is shown to have physical and psychological effects.

You've created your workout playlist, and you're ready to take your training to the next level, but now the question remains - which headphones do you use?

A Good Fit

If you do any serious exercise, like lifting weights, you need your workout headphones to stay put. Nothing is more frustrating than squatting down and having your headphones falling off. Because of their smaller size and weight, in-ear headphones (earbuds) are better. We like the Jabra Elite Sports Earbuds . You can achieve a secure fit no matter how vigorous your workout is, and you have the option to wear one or both buds depending on your activity

On-ear headphones aren’t bad per se but do tend to move more easily because they’re bigger and heavier. Sports on-ear headphones tend to clamp harder on your head which makes them very suitable for most sports. We like the JBL Wireless On-Ear Red Train Headphones ( which features Under Armour Fabric Technology.


Working out with uncomfortable headphones is a pain in the, erm, ear! Finding the most comfortable headphones can be very subjective and boils down to personal preference. In-ear headphones can be very comfortable for most people. You can choose from a wide selection of ear wings and ear tips that fit most in-ear earbuds - which can improve comfort and fit. The Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones come with secure-fit ear hooks to maximize comfort and stability. They are also sweat resistant.

For other people, on-ear headphones are more comfortable due to the cushioning. Their one problem is the pressure they create on the ear lobes. We would go with the affordable Volkano Phonic Bluetooth Headphones which offers cushioned ear pads.

Noise Isolation

Most gyms are loud - very loud. Unless you need headphones for running outside, you want to focus on your workout and nothing else. This is why having workout headphones with good noise isolation is ideal. The Sony WH-CH700 Noice Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones adjusts to your environment, so you can eliminate unwanted noise as you move.

If you're looking for an in-ear option, then go with the VolkanoX Silenzio Series Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Earphones

The choice between in-ear and on-ear headphones largely depends on personal preference and the type of activity you're doing. No matter which one you prefer, you will find the right one for you with our wide selection of headphones and earphones.