Jabra Sport Coach Headphones and Jabra Sport Life App Review

Personalized Coaching Through Your Headphones

Jabra Sport Coach Headphones

I tend to be fairly picky and "old school" when it comes to training - I don't consistently use many fitness wearables or apps, although I test and review as many of them as I can. When I do find something I use regularly, it's because it offers a feature or two that actually make my workouts easier. 

The Jabra Sport Coach headphones and the Jabra Sport Life App aren't perfect (you'll notice my critiques below), but I've been using them at least twice a week for two months because their functions legitimately make interval training and circuit training workouts easier (well, they don't make the actual workout easier, but the workout planning, tracking and monitoring).

It's based on the pure functionality and usability that the headphones receive one of my better review ratings - four out of five stars. 

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Note: I was provided Jabra Sport Coach headphones for the purposes of this review. The Jabra Sport Life app is free. All opinions are my own. 

The Headphones

The wireless Bluetooth headphones offer the basic features you'd expect from any sport-specific wireless headphones - sweatproof, shockproof and weatherproof, as well as a built-in microphone and easy on-cord buttons to change songs and manage calls. At $150, the price point is in line with other, similar fitness headphones. 

There are three big selling points of the Jabra Sport: 

  1. Audio coaching. When you use the headphones with the Jabra Life app, the headphones provide audio coaching to walk you through your workout. For instance, it will let you know when an interval is wrapping up and what the next exercise is. 
  1. Trackfit motion sensor. If running is part of your workout routine, the Trackfit motion sensor built into the headphones will track your pace, cadence, steps, distance and estimated calorie burn. The audio coaching provides regular feedback to let you know how you're doing. 
  2. Dolby Sound Enhancement. The Dolby Sound Enhancement is purported to offer the best possible sound for music and entertainment. 


    • The fit. I've used a lot of sport headphones, and a lot of wireless headphones, and these probably have the best, stay-put fit of all the types I've tried. They also come with three sizes of ear bud so you can find one that fits. 
    • The audio coaching. It's this feature that I absolutely adore. As someone who does extensive high intensity interval training, it's tough to constantly juggle a phone with a timer and a list of exercises independently without getting off track, especially during fast-paced intervals with very short periods of rest. To be audio-coached through my workout routine - to be told how much time I have left in my intervals and what my next exercise is - without having to stop and check my phone to see what I'm supposed to be doing, is fabulous. Also, because the audio coaching is synced with the Jabra Life app, as long as you own and sync one of the compatible pairs of Jabra headphones to the app, the audio coaching will actually work with other headphones, too. I have two pairs of headphones I rotate in and out every other workout, and the audio coaching still works with my non-Jabra set. T
    • Trackfit motion sensor. I'm just starting to get back into running after almost a year away from the sport, and it's nice to have my headphones tracking my pace, tempo and distance so I don't need another device or app to track them separately. I'm also impressed by the accuracy - it seems pretty on point. 


    • Battery life. You're supposed to get five hours of battery life out of the Jabra Sport headphones, but I'd say it's more like four. While this isn't bad, especially if you're just using your headphones for workouts, it's not great, either. The Jaybird X2 are similarly priced ($180) but offer a solid eight hours of battery life. 
    • Sound quality. I'm actually not that impressed with the Dolby Sound. It's fine, but not great. The Jaybird X2 offer better overall sound. However, their sound is better than the JBL Reflect Mini Bluetooth ($100). 

    The Jabra Life App

    Available for free on iTunes and Google Play, I have to say I'm in love with the Jabra Life App. Like the headphones themselves, the app isn't perfect, but it's the best app I've found to-date for planning workouts and making interval training easier. 

    The Best Part: Design Your Own Workouts

    While the app comes with pre-created workouts you can use, I haven't used one yet. I've made the app work for me by creating my own cross-training routines using the app's 40-exercise library. The app lets you create programs based on time or repetitions (or any combination thereof), and you can set work and rest intervals, as well as full circuits so you're in control of your workout from start to finish.

    I've found the flexibility of the app fantastic for Tabata workouts, circuits and interval training, particularly when I want to run through a longer workout with multiple, varying intervals. For instance, I have one jump rope routine where I start with five minutes jumping, then perform three, one minute bouts with 30 seconds rest in between each bout, then I perform three Tabata interval sequences of eight rounds of 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest with one minute rest between each Tabata.

    Confusing, right? Not with this app talking you through it! Seriously, I can run through my workouts from start to finish without ever having to wonder what's coming next.

    Workouts take a little while to input, but you can save as many individual workouts as you want, so once a workout is entered, you can perform it again and again, indefinitely. 

    The Limitation: The Exercise Library

    The one major drawback to the app is its limited exercise library. With only 40 exercises to choose from, it can limit workouts if you don't figure out how to work around it. What I do to make it work is I'll designate an exercise in a workout routine as a different exercise. So, for instance, if I want to create a workout that includes plank jacks, I might choose a different exercise from the library that has a similar body position or function, like mountain climbers, to use in its place. Every time the Audio Coach tells me to do mountain climbers, I know I'm really going to do plank jacks. It's certainly not ideal, but because the audio coaching is a feature I love, I'm willing to work with the limitation. 

    What I really wish the Jabra Life app allowed is for users to add their own exercises to the library. This would be a complicated task given the Audio Coach aspect, but if users could also record the title of the exercise into a microphone for playback during coaching, it would truly make this app a game-changer for anyone who enjoys interval-style workouts. 

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