Best Headphones For Boxing [MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, Fighting]

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How We Tested The Best Headphones for Boxing, MMA and Muay Thai

A good sound on the ears is half the battle for many athletes, especially Boxers, Mixed Martial Artists or Fighters in general. In these sports, and especially Boxing a high level of cardio is required in order to be able to beat your opponent. If you want to get great cardio there is only one thing you can do – working out, A LOT. The right headphones with great music during a shadow boxing session or light sparring can help keeping up the motivation. We tested and reviewed current models. These are our in-ear and on-ear favourites, especially for Mixed Martial Artists, Boxers and all Fighters!

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You can only get into the right training mode for running, weight training or HIIT with the right sound in your ears? Then you feel like most athletes. Your workout will only be a complete success with the right sports headphones.

It has been scientifically proven that music motivates you to perform better in sports, this is especially the case for boxing. But what kind of sports headphones are ideal for getting the sound into your ears?

Whether in-ear headphones or their on-ear counterparts – thanks to Bluetooth, fortunately no one today has to fear cable clutter. But what are the pros and cons of the different versions?

In-ear headphones for Boxers suited?

The earplugs are simply inserted into the ear canal. Many people have to get used to this wearing comfort, but the buttons are much more space-saving and lighter than the on-ear versions.

The headphones usually sit very securely in the ear, which is an advantage during intensive workouts. This results in a more direct and intensive sound transmission. Environmental noise is better shielded, which is not without danger when jogging along roads. In addition, heartbeat and breathing seem much louder with closed ears.

However, if you are sparring in boxing, BJJ, MMA or Muay Thai, you should better take them out as they could lead to injuries around and inside the ear. If you get hit with a full blow even small bones around your ear could break. Also the hand of your sparring partner could get hurt. In sparring it is better to be fully concentrated on every input which are picked up by your senses. And your hearing sense is important in sparring!

On-ear headphones suited for Boxing?

Headphones with brackets offer space for larger speakers. They provide a voluminous bass, but this also results in a higher weight. Many sports headphones have foam padding which can get warm around your ears pretty quickly during a workout.

One advantage of the large temples is that they hold the headphones firmly on the ears. This design is therefore a good alternative for athletes or boxers who always have buttons falling out of their ears. But as every boxer knows, headmovement is important. Wearing a heavy on-ear headphone could have a negative effect on your headmovement. You should only wear these headphones when doing cardio workouts or HIIT.

Review: The 10 Best Headphones for Boxing, MMA and BJJ

Samsung Galaxy Buds

Samsung Galaxy Buds
Great In-Ear Headphones for a light Boxing workout
  • Price: 105$
  • Equipment: Charging box, 3 pairs of attachments in different sizes
  • Battery life: A good 6 hours of battery life, the charging case allows up to another 7 hours of playback
  • Special features: Hands-free kit

Wearing comfort and handling: It takes a bit of sensitivity to find the right position. But once they’re in place, they’ll sit tight – even during intensive boxing workouts. What we noticed positively was the low weight, just 0.2 oz per bud. This means you can hardly feel them in your ears. The earphones each have a touch surface for operation. Good idea, but it gets a bit annoying when long hair is covering up or if you are wearing boxing gloves, as you cannot use operate the touch surface with those.

Sound: Super sound, very clean and balanced. Thanks to Fast Noise-Canceling, you can hardly hear anything from the surroundings. That’s great in the gym, if you want peace and quiet, when running in traffic it could be dangerous.

Our conclusion: stylish headphones at a moderate price. Great for the gym and boxing HIIT workouts or drilling standing positions in BJJ! The fit is optimal and the sound is good. The lack of splash water protection and the partly fragile Bluetooth connection if you move further away from the mobile phone is a drawback. Moreover, the matching app is only available for Android, impractical for Apple users.

Libratone Track Air Plus Headphones

Libratone Track Air Plus
Sitting stable – The Libratone Track Air Plus
  • Price: 200$
  • Equipment: Charging box, 3 pairs of attachments in different sizes
  • Battery life: The battery lasts 6 hours, the charging case allows three further charges (in total about 24 hours of playback)
  • Special features: sweat and splash-proof, access to language assistant

Wearing comfort and handling: The In-Ear headphones are super light and fit tightly and comfortably in the ear – whether you are doing strength, cardio, boxing or BJJ training. Tip: It’s better to choose one size larger than usual. Then they sit bomb-proof without pressing, even with 50 burpees nothing slips out of the ear. The operation via the appropriate app works perfectly. Only the pairing with the smartphone took a few attempts.

Sound: The promised rich, clear sound is convincing. If you want to isolate yourself from the environment in aboxing or MMA Gym and get fully into your training, you will get your money’s worth. Very cool: Thanks to smart noise suppression, the In-Ear headphones automatically adapt to their surroundings and suppress even loud background noise. If you go running or cycling in city traffic, it is better to adjust the function manually.

Our conclusion: stylish and smart In-Ear headphones that put you in a meditative state during training – our absolute test winner for the studio! You won’t hear anything from your surroundings and can get fully into your workout. Great for using when you go through boxing combinations on your own or during shadow boxing, as creativity is heightened with these headphones. They are worth the relatively high price.

Sony WF-SP700N

Sony WF-SP700N
  • Price: ~100$
  • Equipment: Charging box, 3 pairs of attachments in different sizes
  • Battery life: comparatively short battery life of 3 hours
  • Special features: Handsfree, Ambient Sound Mode (absorbs ambient noise, can be switched on optionally)

Wearing comfort and handling: Setup takes quite a long time, but then operation of the headphones is super intuitive. Thanks to the silicone headband, they sit securely and comfortably in the ear. No slipping, even during HIIT, shadow boxing, light sparring or other workouts where you move around a lot.

Sound: Thanks to the noise-canceling function, the sound comes across particularly well. The deep bass has convinced us.

Our verdict: Solid model, but the battery life leaves a lot to be desired. A top option for a few short, crisp HIIT workouts. If you imporve your Boxing Cardio by running a lot you probably get less for your money. In return, the noise cancelling function and the rich sound are convincing.

Bose SoundSport

Bose SoundSport
Bose SoundSport
  • Price: ~100$
  • Equipment: Charging box, 3 pairs of attachments in different sizes
  • Battery life: Up to 5 hours playback time per battery charge and an additional 10 hours with the charging box
  • Special features: Practical search function via an app, if you have misplaced the headphones. Sweat and weather resistant.

Wearing comfort and handling: The In-Ear headphones are easy to position in the earcup and fit perfectly there, you don’t have to press or twist them long. Even during tough workouts and intensive sparring, there is no slipping. Operation via the Bose app works perfectly. The most important functions can be controlled directly on the headphones using small buttons. You can also operate the headphones via Bluetooth on your Laptop.

Sound: The sound is very clear and the bass knocks you out. Very balanced and rich. The ambient noise can still be heard quietly.

Our conclusion: Fit and handling are perfect, the battery life is solid. The headphones are ideal for jogging or biking outdoors because you don’t completely isolate yourself from the surroundings despite the rich sound. In the studio, ambient noises can still be heard. If that doesn’t bother you, great choice!

Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless

Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless
Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless
  • Price: 70$
  • Equipment: Mini case for charging, 3 pairs of attachments in different sizes
  • Battery life: 5 hours battery life, with the charger case additional 15 hours playback
  • Special features: Motion sensor, Dust and splash protection, Hearthrough function, Access to speech assistant

Wearing comfort and handling: The earphones fit comfortably and above all bomb-proof, so that there is no risk of them falling out of the ear even during intensive workouts, jogging or running. Even during longer boxing HIIT sessions the high wearing comfort was maintained in our test. The only small drawback: Due to the firm fit in the ear, pressing the lateral control buttons can cause an unpleasant feeling in your ear.

Sound: The Jabra Elite Active 65t produces a lively and clear sound image and delivers without noise and distortion even at higher volumes. The equalizer app allows you to easily adjust the sound to your own preferences. In the test, we slightly turned up the bass via equalizer to get the perfect sound.

Our conclusion: The headphones are definitely more than “just” sports headphones. Apart from the excellent sound and the good wearing comfort, the model scores with its high-quality workmanship, stable connection and a very decent battery life. A very good choice for use in a Boxing, MMA, or Fighting Gym, as well as for everyday use. The price is certainly not the cheapest, but those who use their headphones regularly will definitely not go wrong here.

Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods
Apple AirPods
  • Price: from 200$
  • Equipment: charging case, charging cable, 3 pairs of attachments in different sizes
  • Battery life: up to 4.5 hours battery life, more than 24 hours total battery life with the charger case
  • Special features: Active Noise Cancelling, voice control with Siri

Comfort and convenience: The Apple AirPods Pro sit securely during gym workouts, but loosen up easily during jumps and runs. Unlike its predecessor, AirPods Pro comes with a variety of attachments that improve the fit in the ear. So they sit comfortably even over a longer period of time. The connection to Apple devices is very easy and lightning fast. By means of a pressure signal, you can switch between active noise reduction and transparent mode on both headphones.

Sound: The sound is completely convincing – but at a handsome price of just under 150$, you can expect that. The sound is powerful and lively, and even basses come into their own. When noise cancelling is activated, you hardly notice any environmental noise.

Our conclusion: The price is steep – The AirPods Pro are the most expensive headphones in our test. If you are looking for pure sports headphones, you are better off with other models, especially if you are looking for headphones for an intensive MMA or Boxing workout. But the AirPods Pro offer the full range for true music lovers: rich bass, clear treble and a room filling sound volume without annoying background noise. The battery performance is solid, and the practical charging case is also perfect for transport. Visually, we like the fact that the audio part is not as long as in the previous model. Great headphones for Apple users who don’t want to miss out on rich sounds in everyday life, in the office and during sports.

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3
HUAWEI FreeBuds 3
  • Price: ~ 200$
  • Equipment: charging case, USB charging cable
  • Battery life: Up to 4 hours battery life, up to 20 hours with charger case
  • Special features: Active Noise Cancelling, effective wind noise suppression up to 20 km/h

Wearing comfort and handling: The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 feel quite loose, but also hold reliably in the ear during a workout. If you’re used to in-ear headphones, you’ll hardly notice this lightweight model when wearing it. The handling of the Bluetooth headphones is quite simple in theory: Double-tap on the left headphone activates or deactivates the noise cancelling, double-tap on the right plays the next song. In practice, however, it’s difficult to hit the right point, so you have to tap the FreeBuds several times until they react. Especially with wrapped hands during boxing training handling could become quite difficult.

Sound: Rich sound? Unfortunately not. The sound of the FreeBuds 3 seems rather weak. Basses are more effective in quieter surroundings, but still need improvement. At least the Active Noise Cancelling prevents the volume from being set too high – this is more pleasant and healthier for the ears.

Our conclusion: The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 were not primarily developed for sports use, especially Martisal Arts Training. This is also noticeable during a workout: The volume cannot be adjusted directly on the headphones and despite Active Noise Cancelling, ambient noise is often clearly audible. We are all the more surprised by the FreeBuds’ firm and comfortable fit, which is also convincing in the gym. The practical charging case provides for endurance in terms of battery life and due to the splash water protection, you can jog or cycle with these headphones even in the rain. If you are looking for an everyday companion and only use your headphones for sports from time to time, you will find it here.

AfterShokz Aeropex

AfterShokz Aeropex
  • Price: ~ 160$
  • Equipment: Transport bag, charging cable, 2 pairs of attachments in different sizes
  • Battery life: Up to 8 hours of solid battery life
  • Special features: Voice Guide with battery status announcement, waterproof, hands-free

Wearing comfort and handling: Despite the open-ear design – the ears remain completely free – the headphones sit amazingly securely on the head and are also super light. Operation is uncomplicated and the various functions are quickly learned via the power button. You can also control your music easily during your workout.

Sound: Although the ears remain free, the sound including bass is very good. However, the vibration at the ear bone is ticklish at high volume and the environment can listen in.

Our conclusion: A great alternative to classic On-Ear headphones and therefore our favourite for athletes who don’t want to worry about losing their earplugs during an intense workout and at the same time don’t want to get tangled up in cables! Super light and top sound – they are worth the price. The only drawback is that they don’t shield well and others can listen in on them. Therefore, they are not very suitable for the boxing gym.

Beats by Dre Solo3 Wireless

Beats by Dre Solo3 Wireless
  • Price: ~ 200$
  • Equipment: Bag for transport, charging cable
  • Battery life: battery lasts very long – up to 40 hours
  • Special features: Quick charge function

Wearing comfort and handling: The headphones are wireless and can be folded for transport, for example in a sports bag – very practical! The earcups can be individually adjusted so that they fit very comfortably, not too loose and not too tight. Even with push-ups they do not slip, only with Burpees it gets difficult, so in a boxing workout they might not be the best choice. The connection to Apple devices works perfectly (also Android-compatible).

Sound: Rich sound with clear bass – very pleasant sound quality. Outside noise is also well shielded and others don’t hear the music despite full volume. Top for the studio!

Our conclusion: Stylish and practical On-Ear headphones. Especially during cardio training – no matter if outside or in the studio – the headphones convinced us. The price is quite high, but the sound quality and the long battery life plus quick charging function (5 minutes charging, 3 hours listening) are top. A small drawback is the missing hands-free function.

Adidas RPT-01

Adidas RPT-01
  • Price: ~ 160$
  • Equipment: Charging cable
  • Battery life: Long battery life of up to 40 hours
  • Special features: Water resistant category IPX4, sweat resistant design, 360° swivel, user defined quick commands (via app), ear pads are removable and washable

Wearing comfort and handling: The Adidas RPT-01 are light, very flexible and robust due to the 360° swivel joint. The wireless operation via two buttons works intuitively. The headphones fit snugly, even with Burpees they won’t slip away. It takes getting used to them being extremely tight and squeezing the ears – it’s not painful, but unpleasant. For a boxing or MMA HIIT workout it might not be the best fit.

Sound: Outside noise is effectively attenuated, so that the sound comes across well. The sound can still be individually adjusted using an app, so that the highs and lows are optimally emphasized.

Our conclusion: The Adidas RPT-01 headphones are bomb-proof during sports. We particularly like the fact that the ear pads are washable. However, the first setup via app is very complicated – even the user manual doesn’t help very much. Once the connection is established, it works perfectly (tested on the iPhone). Another big plus is the water resistance of the headphones, which makes it possible to wear the headphones in the rain without hesitation. The price is definitely justified, the app still needs to be worked on.

Test conclusion: Our favorites

Whether on-ear or in-ear is better suited for boxing or BJJ workouts, the shape of the ears and personal preferences, everyone has to find out for themselves in the end.

Our test winner among the classic clip-on headphones is the – space-saving, rich sound and comfortable fit.

Among the in-ear headphones, all reviewed products were in a neck-and-neck race. Both score points with good wearing comfort, clear sound and top battery life. If you’re looking for a rich sound and not just sports headphones, you’ll find them great.

Does Listening Music In A Workout Increase Performance

Many of us never leave home without our earplugs. Music accompanies us not only on our way to work, at Sunday breakfast or when we fall asleep – especially when we do sports, we push ourselves to our best form with our favourite sounds. A study by Texas Tech University in El Paso has now officially confirmed this.

Study shows: Music enhances our performance in sports

For the experiment, the physicians divided a total of 127 patients into two groups: One group received musical accompaniment during a stress ECG – rhythmic songs in Latino style – the other group did not.

The result was clear: the patients who were exposed to music performed better than the comparison group. In fact, the measured exercise time was almost one minute longer.

Music: Great for the mind and soul

The researchers thus came to the conclusion that music can also help sportsmen and women to achieve top form. Whether aggressive rock music or relaxed trance – in principle, any form of music can do us some good.

For relaxation exercises, however, quieter sounds are understandably more suitable, while you benefit especially from fast rhythms during a power workout like Tabata or jumping fitness. One thing is certain: we can still count our headphones among our sports inventory with a clear conscience.

How to create your ideal playlist for your workout

Researchers agree that it is mainly loud, fast songs that push us with the necessary motivation for training. The higher the tempo of the song, the better you can animate yourself to peak form.

However, the song should not count more than 140 beats per minute – from then on no further improvement is achieved. Of course you should also find the music motivating yourself. Among athletes, for example, “Till I Collapse” by Eminen” and Krewalla’s “Killin’ It” have proven their worth.

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