The 8 Best Workout Music Players to Buy in 2018

Exercise with these great workout music players

Listening to some music while exercising is one of the best motivators to help you power through your workout. Sure, your smartphone probably plays music, but it can be clunky and cumbersome to use during physical activity. So we’ve rounded up the best music players to get you through swimming laps, pumping iron and running trails.

From the Waterfi iPod Shuffle that comes with the longest warranty on the list to the budget-friendly Aerb 4G Waterproof MP3 player, these workout music players will have you singing a different tune. Oh, and while you work out, keep track of your progress with the iOS/Android apps.

The Waterfi iPod Shuffle has 2GB (stores about 500 songs), a battery life of 15 hours and is waterproof up to 210 feet underwater. Though it may be a little more expensive than others on the market, the Waterfi iPod Shuffle is well worth the price and includes waterproof short cord headphones, Apple earphones and an iPod Shuffle USB Charging Cable. An added bonus: The Waterfi iPod Shuffle has a clip on the back so you can attach it to the strap of your goggles. It's a great option for avid swimmers, surfers, kiteboarders and triathlon trainers, but can also be used for for exercise activities that don't involve water (running, biking, etc.).

I’ve owned this music player for three years, and I’m usually not one to pledge allegiance to a company, but Waterfi has made me a loyal customer. I regularly used the Waterfi iPod Shuffle, swimming with it an average of 15 hours per week, and a year later it broke. The company's customer service is so prompt about their two-year warranty that they sent over a replacement within a day, no questions asked.

The AGPTEK A26 is an affordable Bluetooth MP3 player that’s sweat-proof, includes a back clip for easy accessibility and has 8GB (2,000 songs) of internal memory. The silicone-cased music player can support up to 64GB with its Micro SD card slot and supports various file formats, including WMA and FLAC. Though small (2.1 x 1.3 x 0.5 inches), this tiny MP3 player includes Bluetooth 4.0 technology, allowing you to connect wireless to your Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

The AGPTEK A26 has a built in 240mAh battery that charges in 1.5 hours with a 30-hour playtime (about eight hours in Bluetooth mode). It doubles as a FM radio, digital clock and can display LRC format lyrics on its digital interface for the songs you play.

When you’re looking for a dedicated modern music player for running, there are a few things that must be checked off to even be considered. The device needs to be comfortable and be able to play high-quality music both from the device itself or streaming from your phone via Bluetooth. The Sony NWZWS613BLK checks those boxes off and more. While it looks like you’re wearing a pair of headphones, the NWZWS613BLK has 4GB of storage on board for music or audiobooks, as well as a connection to Bluetooth for streaming music or taking calls. For controlling what’s playing, the NWZWS613BLK includes a small remote control that allows you to skip tracks or change volume to your heart’s content. For charging, the device only takes three minutes to get 60 minutes of playback and the battery lasts up to eight hours if you charge it fully. Both the headset and remote are also waterproof up to two meters, so you can even use them for swimming.

If you’re pinching pennies, the Aerb 4G Waterproof MP3 Player won’t make you empty that piggy bank. The wallet-friendly device may not have the prettiest design, but it’ll get the job done whether you’re jumping in the deep end of a pool or jogging through the woods.

The Aerb 4G Waterproof MP3 Player is 100 percent water-resistant to a depth of up to three meters. Its plastic oval design not only fits in the palm of your hand, but also has bumps on its side to support a proper grip, as well as a sturdy clip that can attach to the back of your swimming or skiing goggles. On the downside, it doesn’t support an iTunes sync, or shuffle, and only takes MP3 or WMA format songs (that means physically dragging and dropping the files into the device).

The Aerb 4G Waterproof MP3 Player comes in black, but neon colors such as yellow, green and pink are also available.

The charming AGPTEK E02 comes with 8GB of memory, weighs .67 ounces and measures 2.75 x 1.02 x .63 inches – roughly the size of a pack of gum.

With a clip on its back made for active exercisers, the AGPTEK features an FM Radio, voice recorder and up to 10 hours of MP3 audio playback. The tiny MP3 player has one button that acclimates to the user’s thumb, making it easy to navigate through songs, as well as pause and play. The E02 supports up to 32GB of memory with its Micro SD card and plays MP3 and WMA file formats. It comes with a one-year warranty.

If you're looking to leave your smartphone behind while you hit the trails but still want a compact music player that also does double duty as a smartwatch and fitness tracker, your best bet is the TomTom Spark Cardio device. Capable of storing 500 songs (56 hours of listening), the TomTom Spark Cardio is worn around your wrist and comes with cordless Bluetooth headphones, so you don't have to worry about wires inhibiting your stride.

Even better, the built in fitness tracker function allows you to monitor your progress 24/7. At the touch of a button, you can see how many minutes you've been active, steps you've taken, calories you've burned, as well as measure your heart rate, thanks to the smartwatch's eight different modes. For example, enter cycling mode and you'll be able to see the duration, distance, speed and pace for your entire ride, while the swimming mode will tell you your stroke rate and number of laps. And to help you stay on track of your progress and goals, the device syncs with the following apps: NikePlus, Runkeeper, UP by Jawbone, Strava, MapMyFitness and Endomondo.

The FX-Sport VRX is a wireless, sweat-proof/rain-proof customizable 8GB MP3 player that also acts as personal headphones. It includes text to speech software, which voices album names to the user. It comes pre-loaded with hundreds of workouts from professional trainers and athletes that can be both programmed, structured and played at different times of the day. This is the best splurge on the list for its all-in-one functionality and unique audio workout routines.

The FX-Sport VRX may look heavy, but only weighs 6.4 ounces and fits securely to the user’s head. On the side of the headphones is a navigational button system, making it easy to adjust volume settings and change songs. Despite its cool workout features, the FX-Sport VRX has a battery life of only five hours, but will give you a beep when its power is low.

Can't fathom leaving your smartphone at home during a workout? Then the Tribe AB37 Premium Water Resistant Sports Armband is the essential accessory product. It's made of neoprene, comes with a free screen protector and the velcro fit strap will fit any arm up to 16 inches in circumference. The armband also has a reflective strip (which is great for outdoor fitness activities when there's low lighting), as well as a built-in hidden key holder. It's compatible with the iPhone 6, 6S, 5, 5S, 5C, all iPods and the Galaxy S3/S4.

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