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Codeseven

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Im looking to finally ditch my old, ok, really old Nano and earbuds for something more in line with this century. Since I like Apple stuff, I’m thinking Nike+ and AirPods. Anyone using this combo for workouts? Any problems? Regrets? Thanks
 

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I personally have a Nike + series 3 and some Powerbeats 3 and both devices are awesome for my workouts. Now I am not a gym person, I have a trail around my neighborhood I run three days a week and then after that I do some calisthenics and pull ups in my drive way.
 

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I personally have a Nike + series 3 and some Powerbeats 3 and both devices are awesome for my workouts. Now I am not a gym person, I have a trail around my neighborhood I run three days a week and then after that I do some calisthenics and pull ups in my drive way.

Thanks. Those Powerbeats sure look like they would have a much better chance of staying in/on your ears when your active. In that case maybe the AirPods would not be the first choice.
 

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Im looking to finally ditch my old, ok, really old Nano and earbuds for something more in line with this century. Since I like Apple stuff, I’m thinking Nike+ and AirPods. Anyone using this combo for workouts? Any problems? Regrets? Thanks

Haven’t have any problem with it doing weights, jumping, pushing up etc.
 
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Haven’t have any problem with it doing weights, jumping, pushing up etc.

I actually choose not to wear my Apple Watch in the gym, mainly because I tend to go heavy lifting on weights and I can guarantee I know I will end up smashing the display or causing other damage. I realize my situation is not what everyone else’s might be.
 
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I use my good old Jaybird X3 to use in the gym, they're even survived a washing cycle with my gym clothes lol AirPods wouldn't stay in my ears anyway and they're not really that sweat proof.
 
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Im looking to finally ditch my old, ok, really old Nano and earbuds for something more in line with this century. Since I like Apple stuff, I’m thinking Nike+ and AirPods. Anyone using this combo for workouts? Any problems? Regrets? Thanks

Nike watch and AirPods here. Love the combo. The only hesitation i might have have in your part is maybe wait until they announce the rumored v4 of the phone this fall, since it sounds like you keep your gear a while. If you’re not in a hurry to switch, I’d wait the 2 months. If you are in a hurry or find a good deal on a current watch, I wouldn’t hesitate to go that route. The watch/AirPods combo is fantastic and will only get better with watch OS 5.
 
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cwanja

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I think one of the better ways to test if the AirPods will work for your ears is to compare them to the standard headphones that come with the iPhone. If those stay in or mostly stay in (realizing there is a cord attached), the AirPods will likely stay in.

For me, the standard headphones never stick in my right ear - it is always a bit loose. So when I borrow my wives AirPods, typically I am pushing that headphone back into my ear. I am still hopeful they will introduce some better in-ear options besides the Beats brand.
 
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Codeseven

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I actually choose not to wear my Apple Watch in the gym, mainly because I tend to go heavy lifting on weights and I can guarantee I know I will end up smashing the display or causing other damage. I realize my situation is not what everyone else’s might be.

Is the Nike+ ‘built for sport’? Meaning, is it built up a bit, maybe protected more etc. than the ‘normal’ Apple Watch?

Nike watch and AirPods here. Love the combo. The only hesitation i might have have in your part is maybe wait until they announce the rumored v4 of the phone this fall, since it sounds like you keep your gear a while. If you’re not in a hurry to switch, I’d wait the 2 months. If you are in a hurry or find a good deal on a current watch, I wouldn’t hesitate to go that route. The watch/AirPods combo is fantastic and will only get better with watch OS 5.

“Keep gear for awhile”? Who me?........2008 MBP, iPad Air 1, iPhone 5S, Nano Ya, this is the year I’m finally updating everything, including my 12 year old 26” TV September/October should be great months for me.
 
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“Keep gear for awhile”? Who me?........2008 MBP, iPad Air 1, iPhone 5S, Nano Ya, this is the year I’m finally updating everything, including my 12 year old 26” TV September/October should be great months for me.

Haha! Yah, this should be quite the year for you. Although I will say that the 5s is still my favorite phone I’ve ever had. I have a 7 now but I still use the 5s as a work phone. Still works great.
 

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I actually choose not to wear my Apple Watch in the gym, mainly because I tend to go heavy lifting on weights and I can guarantee I know I will end up smashing the display or causing other damage. I realize my situation is not what everyone else’s might be.

You must be very strong.... but I'd like to know how lifting could damage your watch?
 
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You must be very strong....

I’m actually a bodybuilder on the side (No joke). So I like to think sometimes I *can* be strong.....

but I'd like to know how lifting could damage your watch?

I’d be happy to share my experience with you. Its a _bit_ technical, but since you asked, Free weights, Overhead barbell press, even doing bench flies and barbell Press at a 45° Has been problematic due to the way I set a heavy weight down specifically (And safely) when through with a set, it can hit the weight every single time when rolling forward or off to the side. I’m not your ‘average’ lifter. Not to mention the inadvertent hitting on weights and machines accidentally. But as I already said previously, I realize my situation is not what everyone else’s might be.
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Is the Nike+ ‘built for sport’? Meaning, is it built up a bit, maybe protected more etc. than the ‘normal’ Apple Watch?.

Nike sport and regular sport Apple Watch use the same 7000 series aluminum. There is no difference cosmetically in terms of materials used for the casing.
 
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I’m actually a bodybuilder on the side (No joke). So I like to think sometimes I *can* be strong.....

I’d be happy to share my experience with you. Its a _bit_ technical, but since you asked, Free weights, Overhead barbell press, even doing bench flies and barbell Press at a 45° Has been problematic due to the way I set a heavy weight down specifically (And safely) when through with a set, it can hit the weight every single time when rolling forward or off to the side. I’m not your ‘average’ lifter. Not to mention the inadvertent hitting on weights and machines accidentally. But as I already said previously, I realize my situation is not what everyone else’s might be.
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Nike sport and regular sport Apple Watch use the same 7000 series aluminum. There is no difference cosmetically in terms of materials used for the casing.

Not to mention what a decent sized kettlebell can do to a watch.. :)
 

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Not to mention what a decent sized kettlebell can do to a watch.. :)

I totally forgot about the kettlebells.. but you're Absolutely correct, just a swinging alone and having your wrist twisting can easily in a certain direction can damage the Display with impact. I stopped wearing my Apple Watch for reasons strictly like this in the gym, weights can pose a problem.
 

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I totally forgot about the kettlebells.. but you're Absolutely correct, just a swinging alone and having your wrist twisting can easily in a certain direction can damage the Display with impact. I stopped wearing my Apple Watch for reasons strictly like this in the gym, weights can pose a problem.

Good to know, thanks. I’m not much of a free weight guy, mostly elliptical, stair step and machines. It’s the sweaty, jarring around stuff I was worried about. Since listening to music heads free is my main goal, maybe I should just be looking into an great MP3 player and earphones?
 

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I say if your already an apple music subscriber or have a lot of music bought through itunes the apple watch is a great MP3 player and it'll also let you track your workouts. I personally have airpods too and use them at the gym and on runs and haven't had a problem. For when I go biking though I bought a set of fins/hooks off amazon that makes them way more secure for certain activities. https://www.amazon.com/EarBuddyz-Ac..._rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=BHBYSJHE23RHXC9N3E0N
 
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Codeseven

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I say if your already an apple music subscriber or have a lot of music bought through itunes the apple watch is a great MP3 player and it'll also let you track your workouts. I personally have airpods too and use them at the gym and on runs and haven't had a problem. For when I go biking though I bought a set of fins/hooks off amazon that makes them way more secure for certain activities. https://www.amazon.com/EarBuddyz-Ac..._rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=BHBYSJHE23RHXC9N3E0N

That’s an awesome idea, never heard of those, thanks.
 

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Good to know, thanks. I’m not much of a free weight guy, mostly elliptical, stair step and machines. It’s the sweaty, jarring around stuff I was worried about. Since listening to music heads free is my main goal, maybe I should just be looking into an great MP3 player and earphones?

Just to throw my input in, I also lift heavy weights at the gym (though I'm not a real bodybuilder). I've never hit my watch with any weights while picking them up/putting them down and I can't even imagine a way I'd do that. I have bumped my watch on weights and benches, but its never even scuffed the watch. I also wear my watch while running, playing basketball and mowing the yard. I get very sweaty and dirty, plus tiny pieces of grass blowing all over me while mowing. Years later and the watch is still functioning perfectly.

The only issue I've had is the wheel getting a little tough to turn due to grime build up, but you just turn the watch off, run it under warm-ish water for 30 seconds while turning the wheel and its good as new (this is Apple's recommended solution, not just my made up one). I've only had to do this a handful of times over the past 2 years.

The only time I've ever damaged my watch was walking in a tight area, I scraped my whole wrist across a jagged brick wall and my watch has the tiniest scratch at the top of the face that you'd never know was there unless I told you about it. Love my apple watch.

Edit: my wife also used to be a high school teacher and volleyball coach, and some days she'd forget to switch from her fancy band to her sport band during volleyball practice. The fancy band would come undone easily during fast motions, so when she'd hit a volleyball it'd come undone and go flying across the gym floor. 2 full years of that and her watch is also still functioning perfectly, not a scratch on it.
 

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I have a pair of Bose Sound Sports paired with my AW for workouts and they sound great. I have gone on an intense ( for me, 15mph average) 20 mile bike ride with my AirPods though, and they never fell out once, or even got that loose in my ear. I even sweat a lot on the bike. I normally just wear the Bose because of my own paranoia.
 

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Im looking to finally ditch my old, ok, really old Nano and earbuds for something more in line with this century. Since I like Apple stuff, I’m thinking Nike+ and AirPods. Anyone using this combo for workouts? Any problems? Regrets? Thanks
Apple Watch series 3 is the one for me because it is such an all-rounder for fitness and more. So no regrets there, especially syncing up itunes and the Apple Music library.
I have read the Huawei Watch 2 is a neat one for sport as it has these sort of top features. Things like: GPS, Acceleromator, gyroscope calories burned, distance traveled, heart rate, steps and sleep stats. A cheap and cheerful option is the Toobur Fitness Tracker for like $30 or less, some of the simple features are present like steps and heart rate etc.
Headphone wise I have the TaoTronic bluetooth fitness ones, like the main ones on amazon. Do a good job of staying in my huge ears!
Hope that helps!
 

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You must be very strong.... but I'd like to know how lifting could damage your watch?

This has nothing to do with being strong, but with handling weights in general. I had the Series 2 for testing, and even when I handled light dumbbels like 5 kg or so it just felt like I was handling raw eggs with the Apple watch on my wrist. Plus, you have lot of shear forces working on your wrists when lifting weights...
 

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I am leaning towards the Bose. Do they stick out or are they more concealed in the ear? I just can't get used to the look of the AirPods. Maybe if the color was more reserved they wouldn't stick out to me. Just yesterday I observed a guy walking out of the store with his AirPods on. To me it looked like he had two broken straws hanging from his ears.

My Garmin Fenix 3 has no music feature. I have since found several watches that offer music playback without a phone needed. Are there any that rise above the others as far as quality and reliability? Preferably waterproof as I do swim with my watch on and like to count my laps.
 
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cwanja

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I am leaning towards the Bose. Do they stick out or are they more concealed in the ear? I just can't get used to the look of the AirPods. Maybe if the color was more reserved they wouldn't stick out to me. Just yesterday I observed a guy walking out of the store with his AirPods on. To me it looked like he had two broken straws hanging from his ears.

My Garmin Fenix 3 has a lap counter but no music feature. I have since found several watches that offer music playback without a phone needed. Are there any that rise above the others as far as quality and reliability? Preferably waterproof as I do swim with my watch on.
The only in-ear truly wireless headphones that do not stick a mile out of the ear are the Jabra elites (in my opinion).
 
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