Panasonic #OpenYourEars Headphones Review (Plus a Playlist)

Panasonic Open Ear Headphones Review (plus a playlist)

This post was sponsored by Panasonic. I was compensated and given the product free of charge, but all opinions—as always!—are my own.

Lately I’ve gotten the chance to try out a lot of fitness-related technology and gadgets, and I’ve been loving it. In fact, I’m actually heading to NYC a little later today to attend a health and fitness demo event (more on that to come!). Most recently, I was given the opportunity to check out Panasonic’s Open Ear Headphones as part of their #OpenYourEars challenge. These headphones actually transmit sound through the cheek bones, leaving your ears open to hear surrounding noise (car horns, people calling your name, etc.).

Panasonic Open Ear Headphones Review (plus a playlist)

As shown in the above picture, the speaker part goes in front of your ear opening, and the headset then goes over your ears and connects behind your head. They’re comfortable, and I found they stayed put well during activity (I went for a run to test ‘em out). They’re sweat and water resistant, and have reflective strips for outdoor nighttime visibility/safety.

When Panasonic first reached out to me, I thought these were essentially mini speakers (i.e. everyone around you would also be able to hear your music). How else would you be able to hear the music if your ears aren’t covered, right? Wrong. Just like regular headphones or earbuds, only you can hear the music (unless of course you’re that annoying person on public transportation blasting your music at max volume). The sound vibrations go directly to the cochlea through the cheekbones, so you can hear the music without clogging your ear opening, and on songs with heavy bass, you can sorta feel the vibrations through your face—it’s pretty cool!

From a workout standpoint, I think these would be ideal for someone running/biking/etc. outdoors during quiet hours who is concerned about being able to hear surrounding noise for safety. I tested these out on a run around the city and along the Charles River and found that the noise from cars actually drowned out the music a bit, and even at max volume, the headphones couldn’t get my playlist quite as loud as I would have liked it (I do admittedly like loud music during workouts though).

I also think these are perfect for the work day—especially if you work in an office. I remember I always liked to listen to music through headphones in my cube, but then I could never hear when a coworker was trying to get my attention or ask me a question. These would have solved that! Listening to music without bothering anyone and still able to overhear workplace gossip: Win! ;)

Panasonic Open Ear Headphones Review (plus a playlist)

Since we’re talking about jammin’ out, I wanted to leave you with a playlist of mine. These aren’t necessarily workout songs (although, depending on what you like to listen to when you work out, you might find some in here), but these are the songs that are currently on repeat for me when I’m working at my computer, walking around running errands, getting ready in the morning, driving in the car, etc. Enjoy! 

 

What do you think–would try these headphones out? The Panasonic Open Ear Headphones retail at $79.99 and are available in multiple colors HERE. You can follow Panasonic at @PanaAdventure.

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3 Hours of Workout Songs (You’re Welcome)

3 Hours of Workout MusicThe following post is sponsored by Jabra Sport Pulse™ Wireless. Opinions (and killer taste in music) are my own. ;)

I guess putting “You’re Welcome” in the title is a little presumptuous, but fingers crossed you like at least SOME of these songs.

I’ve always been into music, but especially now that I teach group fitness, I am constantly hunting for new songs and cool remixes of old favorites. I don’t like playing popular songs on the radio in my classes because they get old so quick—you can listen to them in your car, no need to hear them for the 400th time during your workout (sorry, Taylor Swift fans…). So for me, remixes are King. And when you’re trying to appeal to a varied demographic of people in a class, finding a new remix to an older song everyone knows = crowd-pleaser. For this reason, I’ve shifted away from using Spotify and have been relying more on SoundCloud and Hype Machine for my workout music.

As part of their Beat Your Impossible campaign, Jabra asked me to share a moment when I conquered a goal that seemed impossible. I’ve been lucky enough to not have had to overcome any major injuries or physical setbacks, so I instead wanted to emphasize the importance of all the little fitness triumphs—because it’s focusing on those day-to-day, smaller accomplishments that help you stay on track towards meeting bigger goals. A huge motivator for me to break through those mini-walls (getting through one additional rep or holding a pose for those few extra seconds) is music. You know those songs that come on during a run and without realizing it, you’re suddenly moving twice as fast as you were? Or when you feel the beat build during a spin class and suddenly the drop comes and without your instructor even telling you to, your body just wants to sprint? Music is my everything during workouts.

I always love seeing what other people are listening to (if it weren’t rude, I’d bring my iPhone into group fitness classes all the time just to Shazam the instructor’s music), so I wanted to share with you all some tunes that are currently powering my workouts. There’s almost three hours worth of music on this playlist, so hopefully you’ll discover at least one new song you love! In addition to scrolling through the below player, you can check them all out (and download most of them) over on SoundCloud.

 

The #BeatYourImpossible campaign is in conjunction with the release of Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless, which are an in-ear wireless music and heart-rate monitoring earbuds. There’s limited availability because they’re so new, and I haven’t tried them out, but I’m totally intrigued. As you might recall from a previous post, I recently got a traditional heart rate monitor (watch and chest strap/monitor) and love the feedback it can provide about your workouts. How crazy is technology that there are now earbuds that can do that?? Instead of a monitor around your torso sending info to a watch/computer, the earbuds send info to the Jabra Sport Life app, so you can see all your workout data on your smartphone. They retail for $199 and you can check ‘em out HERE.

Jabra Official Launch Post

Your turn—what are you currently jamming out to? What songs keep you motivated to #BeatYourImpossible? Leave a comment or get social with it! You can connect with Jabra on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to share your story or favorite jams.

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Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid Workout

Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid WorkoutThis is a great workout for both outdoors and the gym. No equipment is required for the strength-training circuits, so you can stop at given points in an outdoor running route to complete them in the grass/sand/etc. On the flipside, if you’re gym bound, just snag one of the treadmills and a small area of floor space.

Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid Workout

Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid WorkoutYou’ll alternate between running (the distance decreases each round in a pyramid fashion) and completing three rounds of the following bodyweight circuit. In total, you run 2.5 miles and complete 9 rounds of the strength circuit. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Run 1 mile
  • 3 rounds of strength training circuit
  • Run .75 miles
  • 3 rounds of strength training circuit
  • Run .5 miles
  • 3 rounds of strength training circuit
  • Run .25 miles

Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid WorkoutYou should try to run each leg as fast as you can without stopping. And if you don’t have a treadmill or just hate running, feel free to replace it with another type of cardio (the elliptical, biking, etc.).

Strength Training Circuit Breakdown

Complete three rounds of the following in between each running leg:

  • 10 Reptile Push Ups: Start in push up position (a plank with hands aligned under shoulders). As you lower down, crunch your right knee forward, in towards the right shoulder, squeezing those obliques. Return the foot back to the ground as you press back up into high plank position. Repeat, this time on the left.
  • 20 Hindu Squats: A Hindu Squat can best be described as a fluid, deep squat in which you roll onto the balls of your feet as you come up. This is one squat variation where it’s okay for your knees to stick out farther than your toes—but only when you’re on the balls of your feet. Keep feet shoulder-width apart and start by squatting down, hands behind you, torso leaning forward. Move your arms in a circular motion so that your fingertips brush the ground when you’re at your lowest squat, shifting weight onto the balls of your feet and sweeping the arms forward as you come up.
  • 10 (each side) Side Plank Crossbody Crunches: Start in a side plank position, top arm bent, hand behind your head, and bottom leg hovering a couple inches off the ground. From there, tuck your bottom knee forward as you crunch the opposite elbow towards it, twisting your torso towards the ground.
  • 10 (each side) Forward/Backward Pivoting Lunges:This is essentially a front-to-back lunge with one foot planted on the ground. Start in a split-stance lunge, one foot forward, and on the ball of the back foot. Both knees should be bent to 90 degrees, back knee hovering a couple inches off the ground and front knee aligned over the ankle. Using the front foot as your anchor leg, step the back foot forward, landing back in the starting position only with the opposite leg forward, and then quickly pushing off that foot and returning it back behind the anchor foot to where it started.

Bodyweight Circuit with Running Pyramid WorkoutYeah yeah, ok, workout shmorkout—these leggings! So. Stinking. Comfy. I had seen the lucy brand floating around the internet for a while, and then spotted one of their stores while in San Francisco a couple months ago. I remember thinking how cute everything in the window display looked, and then as if reading my mind, the awesome people over at lucy reached out to me about rocking some of their apparel on P&I. Yes, please! I’m wearing the I Run This Capri (retail at $89), and love them. They’re soft and comfortable with a wide, flattering waistband, thick enough material to keep everything where it’s supposed to be, and cute color options.

Now per usual, I’ll leave you with a couple questions to get the ol’ comments section going…

Outdoor running or the treadmill—who ya got? (I think treadmills are torture—I’m Team Outdoors all the way!)

Have you tried out lucy workout apparel before? Thoughts?

Happy Humpday, friends!

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