Jabra Sport Coach - for the fitness junkie

The Jabra Sport Coach is an excellent exercise companion.
The Jabra Sport Coach is an excellent exercise companion. PHOTO: JABRA

The special edition of the Jabra Sport Coach is quite similar to its predecessor, except for one nifty feature - rep counting.

There is an integrated motion sensor inside the earbuds, so each time you do a sit-up or a kettlebell swing, it registers the movement.

In order to set this up, you will need the Jabra Sport Life app, and open up the cross-training section. In this section there are a series of pre-loaded workouts that support this feature, marked with an arrow.

I tried out CardiCore, which incorporates movements such as squats, push-ups and planks. I found that most of the time, the counting was accurate except when I moved too slowly or did not complete the movement fully, which pushed me to correct my form.

However, because the earphones can register exercises only with ample movement, they are unable to detect more static exercises, such as bench presses and shoulder raises. Even within the CardiCore routine, some exercises like high- knees running and butt kickers are not supported.

For a hardcore gym junkie, the rep-counting feature will probably be a novelty, but not a necessity.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $198

    IP RATING: IP55 dust and water resistance

    WEIGHT: 16g

    PLAY TIME: Up to 5hr playtime and 10 days standby time

    DRIVER SIZE: 6mm

  • RATING

    FEATURES: 5/5

    DESIGN: 4/5

    PERFORMANCE: 5/5

    BATTERY LIFE: 4/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

Even if you do not plan to use the rep-counting feature, the Jabra Sport Coach is an excellent exercise companion.

It comes with a variety of wing tips, as well as both foam and silicone tips, for the perfect fit. I found that despite the ear buds looking a little bulky, they stayed fast in my ear throughout my exercise routine, which included running as well as exercises with a large range of motion like burpees.

I used the foam tips, which also provided good sound isolation, and I was barely able to hear the whirring of the treadmill as I ran on it.

The sound from the earphones was also powerful, with good clarity on the details. However, I did sometimes find the bass a little soft, and would have preferred it punchier.

Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2016, with the headline 'Jabra Sport Coach - for the fitness junkie'. Print Edition | Subscribe