Great iPhone Headphones for Working Out

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I have been doing quite a bit of research for a comfortable and functional set of headphones that I can wear while working out while listening to music on my iPod or iPhone.

After doing quite a bit of research and keeping my budget to under $50, I decided to get the Polk Audio UltraFit 2000 Headphones and give them a whirl.


They fit very easily over the ears and are snug and secure, the sound quality is very good compared to generic earbuds like the default ones that come with an iPod, but isn’t as good as $99+ earbuds or $200 headphones, so don’t expect it to have that good of sound quality.

Where it shines is how easy it is to use while you are working out, I can run on a treadmill, use an elliptical or a rowing machine with ease while working out. The cord is long enough for you to wear the iPod or iPhone on your hip, but works even better if you can wear an armband holder for your iPod Touch or iPhone.


The headphones do have a microphone for talking on calls, but I had callers tell me they had a hard time hearing me, I didn’t get a chance to adjust or play with it much but this wasn’t my purpose in buying these headphones.  It does however have very functional and useful Play/Pause/Volume Down and Volume Up buttons directly on the right earphone itself.  This works well and allows you to instantly adjust the volume, or pause without even needing to touch your iPod or iPhone.


There is only 1 cord hanging from the left side of your head, and if you tuck the cord under your shirt and thread it through your sleeve it becomes non-intrusive and allows you a full range of motion without interfering with your work out.

You can easily bench, press, squat, run, or do any other machine exercise as I rotate through everything on the LA Fitness gym floor without having to adjust my headphones once while working out.

If you are in need for a good pair of workout headphones that go over your ear and block out more noise than generic earbuds than you won’t go wrong with the Polk Audio UltraFit 2000 headphones which get my recommendation.  I am still trying to determine if I can make the microphone work well enough to use it for phone calls.

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-Justin Germino

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Updated: August 7, 2012 — 8:14 pm