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Sure, trying to get a beach body in time for summer is motivation enough, but let’s face it—sometimes you just need a little bit of encouragement to get your lazy ass in the gym. For many of use, that added motivation comes in the form of music. When it comes to workout headphones, it’s the same problem runners face: will they stay in your ear? Well if you’re relying on those generic white ones that came with your phone, the answer is no.

However there are options out there that can be trusted to provide high quality sound and stay locked in as you push yourself to the limit. Here are The 10 Best Headphones for Working Out.

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Gym Headphones - Motoactv SF200 Sports Headphones

No. 10 - Motorola MOTOACTV SF200 Sports Headphones

You probably wouldn't think of looking at Motorola for your gym headphone needs, but that's not a bad place to start with the MOTOACTV SF200. These durable around-the-ear headphones keep your feet moving to the beat and stand up against your toughest workouts. The headphones feature a sweat proof design for ultimate comfort, and a built-in mic that lets you manage your tunes hands-free.


Gym Headphones - Sennheiser OCX 685i Sport

No. 9 - Sennheiser adidas OCX 685i Sport

Sennheiser knows its headphones, and adidas its sports. Pair the two together, good things are bound to happen. The CX 685 brings great-sounding music to the gym, outdoors, or wherever your workout takes you. The headphones provide exceptional sound and stay in the ear comfortably thanks to a patent-pending, slide-to-fit holding mechanism. It's also waterproof and mic-enabled.


Gym Headphones - polk audio ultrafit

No. 8 - Polk Audio UltraFit 500

The Polk Audio UltraFit 500 is a minimalist-friendly headphone designed specifically for a various types of fitness activities, including running and training. The unique earpiece fits snuggly in the ear, while the around-the-ear design keeps the headphones from slipping out while you pump out those reps. The UltraFit 500 doesn't include a mic, however its moderate noise suppression allows athletes to be aware of their surroundings. A great bargain for any athlete.


Gym Headphones - Koss KSC 75

No. 7 - Koss KSC 75

The Koss KSC 75 is an entry-level headphone that offers high quality sound without breaking the bank. The series has been around for quite some time now, and it's because it's so damn effective. These ear-clip headphones feature titanium drivers for crisp sound, and an open-back design for a comfortable fit. The unique construction of the headphones make them perfect for wearing under caps or helmets, and perfect for any gym rat looking for some sweet sounding music. The Koss KSC 75 also comes with a lifetime manufacture's warranty, so let's face it: you can't ask for much from a 20-dollar headset.


Gym Headphones - beatsbydre powerbeats

No. 6 - Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats

Listen, we know the over-the-ear Pro Beats are the shit. But for the sake of not looking like a douche at the gym, leave them in the studio. And in stead, pick up a pair of more workout-appropriate Powerbeats. With an ergonomic around-the-ear design, the Powerbeats do a much better job of staying put than standard in-ear buds. Of course, you still get the high quality bass you'd expect from any Beats by Dre headset. The only knock on these is that they don't seem to be very moisture proof. The price is a little steep too.


Gym Headphones - Jaybird

No. 5 - JayBird Sportsband Bluetooth

The JayBird Sportsband has consistently been featured on our list of best running headphones, but it's just as effective in the gym. The Bluetooth-enabled headphones connect wirelessly to your music device, making tangled cords are a thing of the past. The Sportsband features premium music & call quality, with warm bass, tuned to “eliminate listener fatigue” during long workouts. Yes, they're sweat-proof.


Gym Headphones - Yurbuds Focus Pro

No. 4 - Yurbuds Focus Pro

Yurbuds has pretty much taken over the fitness headphone category in recent years, and the Focus Pro is one of the better models from the brand. The around-the-ear buds feature a 3-button sweat and water resistant microphone that gives you complete control of your music and phone calls (not that we recommend answering the phone while you're pumping iron). The Focus Pro can be used with any mobile device, though they are specially formatted to cater to iPhone users, as they can be fully integrated with Siri for hands-free use.


Gym Headphones - Sennheiser adidas 680

No. 3 - Sennheiser adidas PMX 680

No matter how intense your workout, the Sennheiser adidas PMX 680 is up to the task. With an ergonomic design to match its brilliant sound quality, the PMX 680 locks securely in and around the ears to deliver your music of choice. A Kevlar cord is designed to take a thorough beating, but just to be safe, don't go dropping a 50 lb. free weight on the headset (assuming you can lift that much to begin with). The headset is sweat and water resistant, and comes with a 2-year warranty.


Gym Headphones - Yurbuds Inspire Pro

No. 2 - Yurbuds Inspire Pro

While the Inspire Pro is just as great as the Focus Pro when it comes to sound quality, we've discovered that the former locks into the ear a bit more securely than its counterpart. Other than that, the two are pretty similar in function. The buds feature Yurbuds' Twistlock technology for a reliable fit, and allow more ambient noise than most other earphones at the same volume levels. Additional features include a waterproof mic for easy use.


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No. 1 - AfterShokz Sportz M2 with Mic

The first iteration of the AfterShockz headphones was well-received by athletes, so the brand rolled out the more recent M2 model that is slightly smaller, and has a built-in mic. Using a military special ops bone construction technology, these revolutionary headphones rest in front of the ear, rather than in it, to deliver music through the listener's cheekbones to the inner ear—talk about high-tech. The innovative technology keeps lets your ears focus on your surroundings, and let your cheekbones absorb sweet sound waves. Crazy, we know.


Gurvinder Singh Gandu is a New York City-based contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports and Sneaker Report. A California-raised, performance gear and footwear expert, Follow him here to keep up with all things performance.

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