Ease of use: Turn on the S11-Flex HD and a pleasant robotic voice tells you how long the play time is for the headphones' rechargeable battery. Previous versions just offer a warning when the battery was about to die.
Price: The list price is $130, which is in line with other wireless headphones. They are less expensive on some national retailer websites, though.
Reception: The reception was crisp and clear, no matter where my iPhone sat, which differs from other wireless headphones on the market.
One negative: The pair sent for a test did not include a carrying pouch as some previous versions have.
Overall, the headphones are a great product and recommended for those who want to workout without fighting a cumbersome cord the whole way.
— Amy Raymond
Fitness goals can fizzle
How are those fitness resolutions working out for you? If you're like most Americans, you're probably stumbling right about now.
According to data from Gold's Gym, New Year's resolutions — at least those involving exercise and weight loss — get harder to keep beginning on Feb. 7. That's when gym check-ins begin their decline and members lose focus.
In a news release from PR Newswire, Gold's Gym Fitness Institute expert and celebrity trainer Mike Ryan recommends these tips for getting back on track.
• Take a class. Group exercise is a great way to inject energy into a stale routine and will help you with your pledge to get back in shape
• Upgrade your workout. Smartphone apps and fitness trackers can bring a technological aspect to your workout, giving you a new gizmo to play with and a better way to analyze your progress.
• Don't do it alone. Working out with someone else and having a support group can drive you to succeed. A little friendly competition helps, too.
• Get off the scale. That accusing number on the scale isn't the best indicator of your progress. Ignore that number and instead ask your gym to give you a body assessment, which will pinpoint your current fitness level
• Enlist a trainer. Even if you can only afford a trainer for one or a few sessions, it's worth it to get a program tailored to your body and fitness goals.
COMPILED BY KEN RAYMOND, staff writer