The FX-Sport wireless headphones were a great solution to my music issues when going to the gym. When it comes to music workout accessories for that extra bit of motivation needed to get through a workout , I can safely say that I have tried it all.
Here are some of the things that I tried in the past before my lovely wife bought me the FX-Sport headphones for my birthday 2 years ago.
This had to be the worst solution for my music needs in the gym. First I had to make sure that my phone was preloaded with all the music I wanted. Then I had to carry my phone around in the gym and use my sweaty fingers to change tracks when the music just wasn’t doing it for me. Not to mention that the ear phones kept falling out or getting loose especially while doing routines on the treadmill, laying down on the bench or just jumping around.
Headphones with my mobile phone
The falling earphone issue was just becoming to much of an annoyance for me so to solve that issue I opted for headphones instead. After lot and lots of research and a recommendation from a friend, I settled with the Bose Quiet Comfort 3. Although this solved the falling out ear phone issue previously experienced with most of my workout routines, there was still some slippage with workouts that involved laying on your back. At this point I was still lugging around my mobile phone and battery life was an issue for both my mobile phone and the Bose headphones.
Lets Bluetooth it
Ok so the phone had to go or at least stop following me from station to station in the gym. It was time to go wireless and see how this could improve my experience in the gym. I didn’t want to spend too
much money on Bluetooth headphones especially after all that money spent on the Bose Quiet Comfort 3. I decided to go for something cheaper just to give it a try in the gym and finally settled on the 66 Audio BTS+ Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sports Headphones. Although these did solve the lugging phone around the gym issue, it introduced a whole new set of issues for me. Sound quality was one of them because I was used to the Bose headphones. Another issue was toggling through playlists which just wouldn’t work for me directly from the head set.
Say hello to the iPod shuffle with armband
Ok, so now I was getting somewhere. The phone was out of the picture and the annoying ear phones were gone. I have to say I was liking the wireless aspect of the Bluetooth speakers but the other issues it introduced was just not going to make my workout experience any better. This is where the iPod Shuffle came in. It was compact, had great battery life and gave me direct access to my music. So now here is where I stood, no more ear phones falling out, no more carrying my phone around and no more dead battery on my phone. The only issue I had at this point was the slippage with the headphones while doing workouts on my back and the dangling headphone wire.
So now I had to accept that this was the way to go until something better came along, and boy did something much better come along that solved all the issues that I mentioned above.
Introducing the FX-Sport wireless headphones
The designer of the FX Sport headphone must have been really annoyed with the problems I discussed above because these headphones seem to address each and every one of them. When I first got them 2 years ago I was not so sure about how well they would perform, but now there is no way I can go to the gym without them. Lets take a detailed look at these headphones and see if I can give you a good idea of what to expect if you ever decide to buy them. I will start with the the features that differentiates the product from other headphones and end with the full feature list with comments.
Once you take the headphones out of the package the best thing to do is install the software. The software will allow you to create folders to organize your music although you can do this from Windows explorer too. The software will also let you setup your own workout and configure the race against a virtual athlete feature.
On the left you can see the folders on your computer and on the right you have the folders on your headphone. You can transfer the music simply by dragging and dropping items from your computer to the headphones.
The personal trainer tab in the software allows you to setup your own workout. The trainer will actually talk to you during the workout and tell you what you need to do. You can create your own custom workouts or upload a workout from the hundreds of free workouts available in the workout store.
FX-Sport – Programmable personal trainer
In pace mode you can race against a virtual athlete. All you need to do is enter your name, the virtual athletes name, the distance and the completion time of the virtual athlete. The headphones will let you know how you are progressing in relation to the virtual athlete. This is an excellent tool to improve your running or swimming speed. Keep in mind that to use these headphones in the pool you will need to purchase the Sport Silicone Skin Case. I was not a big fan of it and only ended up using it once. Maybe if I kept experimenting with it in the pool then I would change my mind.
FX-Sport software – Pace mode
FX-Sport Headphones full feature list
In this section I will cover each of the features and try my best to provide some feedback based on my experience with each.
|8GB Premium Mp3 player built into wire-free sports headphones.||The headphones come with 8GB capacity and although some may think that this is not enough I managed to get all my songs on it and it only came up to 3 GB. With regards to fit, the headphones are very comfortable and tightness can be adjusted|
|Upload “Real Coach Training Apps”, directly to the VRX. Training workouts with the voice of a real world class trainer, coaching and instructing the user through their session.||You can purchase workouts with the real voice of the coach from the workout store. The workouts are really cheap and usually under 5 dollars. It also comes complete with video demonstrations so you can get a feel of the workout before hitting the gym. You can also select from a wide variety of free workouts from the workout store|
|Custom make your own workouts||If you dont find the workout that you want in the store you can go ahead and make your own workout. Just type in the speech that you want and set the time to trigger the speech.|
|Scroll through multiple workouts. All held on the headphones||You can save multiple workouts on your headphone and scroll through directly from the headphones to get the the workout that you want.|
|Water Resistant/Sweatproof and Wire-free.||The headphones are water and sweat proof so there is no need to worry about the headphones malfunctioning from moisture.|
|Upgradeable to fully waterproof headphones using the FX-Sport Silicone Skin Case for swimming.||If you want to use them in the pool then this could be for you. I did not test this out too much so cant really say much about it.|
|Text to Speech Navigation through Playlists.||The headphones will read out the playlist and song names to you.|
|Individual Track Change and Volume Control. Fast Forward and Rewind within an Individual Track. Low battery “beep” indicator. Bass and Treble Settings.||These are all standard features that come with any mp3 player.|
|“Race a Virtual Athlete” Functionality [Pace and Race Modes].||As covered earlier this feature is really awesome. You can track your progress against a virtual athlete while running or swimming.|
|5hrs battery life using all functionality.||The device has great battery life and on a full charge it can get you through a couple of workouts using all the features. It also charges quite fast.|