The Olympic season is almost upon us. If the energy around is getting to you too, we have a perfect solution to pump up your adrenaline levels. Groove to the beats of Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ or whatever gets you going with a pair of headphones motivating your very own Olympian workout routine.

Now, just because you’re working out doesn’t mean you ought to look any less stylish than you otherwise would. A workout headphone must be equal parts stylish, comfortable and one that produces excellent quality of sound.

While the variety out in the market is enough to tire you out more than your sprint, we zero in on the top 9 headphones to invest in for the ultimate workout session!

JBL Reflect Mini BT

JBL Reflect Mini BT


Now, if you’ve been waiting for a pair that is perfectly sweat-resisting at the same time secure-fitting, this one is worth your pennies. Deftly walking the thin line between offering a pleasing sound while still not boosting the bass to insane levels, the JBL’s Reflect Mini delivers a stunning performance as a powerful, accurate Bluetooth audio device.

Plantronics BackBeat Sense

Plantronics BackBeat SENSE


With a rather impressive battery life, this one is also known to be incredibly lightweight, making it just right for that sprint across your favourite promenade. So light it is, you can actually have it around your neck when not listening to it. Oh, and they’re foldable, which means you can easily stow it in a bag if your planning to head for a run right after work or college.

Not only with practicality, the pair doesn’t disappoint when it comes to sound quality either. It draws the perfect balance between bass and clarity of voice.

Sennheiser PMX 686i

Sennheiser PMX 686i


Touted as the best running headphone, this behind-the-neck pair is four grams lighter, with a thinner band compared to its predecessor—the Sennheiser PMX 686i. Comfortably fitting in the ear, you can run to your heart’s content without the buds moving.

Perspiration-resistant, its water and its moisture-proof surface allow the headset to be rinse-cleaned.

Bowers & Wilkins P3 Wireless

Bowers & Wilkins P3


This one is a pricey pair indeed; however, the clarity of sound that it delivers makes it totally worth the hefty price tag it carries. Harking back to the quality of the P3, this on-ear pair is made using high-quality, luxurious materials and is renowned for the lightweight comfort it offers.

Jaybird – X2

Jaybird X2


An award-winning pair, this one is touted as possibly the best wireless earphones for its impeccable quality. A favourite with fitness enthusiasts around the world, these in-ear earphones rule the wireless market for its crystal clear, so-damn-good audio quality.

Although it is the smallest Bluetooth earphone available, it comes with a brilliant battery life. With a lifetime warranty against sweat, this one comes in a host of exciting colours to motivate you for a great run!

Sony Waterproof Walkman

This one’s one hell of a stylish pick for those who are self-confessed water babies. If you’re one of those swimmers who like to co-ordinate their strokes with their favourite beats, this one’s made for you. Available in a range of fun colours to choose from, all they demand is to be fed with your favourite tracks and charged adequately. Once that is met, all you need to do is dive in and swim away.

Since these are available in two options—normal as well as waterproof—it would be great to be sure you’re using the waterproof one before you take the plunge!

Dr. Dre – Powerbeats 2

Beats by Dr.Dre Powerbeats 2


This one’s designed keeping athletes in mind. Highly sweat resistant, this pair holds the wearer’s safety in prime importance. One that delivers great bass, its remote ensures the user doesn’t have to stop and fidget with the phone to change the workout music.

Mee Audio – M7P

MEEAudio M7P


A great pair of budget-friendly earphones, this one is designed with volume control and an innovative memory wire that sits perfectly in place. This pair comes with detachable cables & Liquipel Watersafe™ nano-coating technology that resists perspiration. It delivers clear sound with an enhanced bass.

Jabra Sport Plus

Jabra Sport Plus


When you’re done being held back by wires, check out this wireless Jabra headphones that makes for the perfect workout companion. They are specially made to beat rain, shock, sand and dust, thus ensuring they withstand even the most intense workout sessions.

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