Skip to main content

Beats by Dr. Dre Review and Giveaway

I was recently given the opportunity to review Beats by Dr. Dre headphones for Staples. I didn't even know Staples sold headphones! Guess you learn something new every day right?

I've gone through many headphones in search of the perfect pair. The ones that don't jiggle around too much, the buds that actually stay put in your ear, and a pair that sounds good too.

I decided to test out "heartbeats," designed by Lady Gaga. I went with this particular model because of the fact that they come with 7 different ear tips. Talk about being able to find the perfect fit!


Now, I don't run with headphones in unless I'm on the treadmill. I honestly believe it's a huge safety risk running outdoors with them. Yes, you can turn the volume down or only wear the one ear bud. I will still call it a safety risk. This was also something reiterated in my RRCA Running Coach Certification course. So it's not just my belief, it's becoming a wide-spread belief.

But, I digress. My point is that I haven't tested these out for running. However, I will wear them if I have to hit the treadmill. I will also use them on my bike trainer and when I'm lifting weights.

The ear tips were quite comfortable. I was easily able to find the right tips to fit my ears. They didn't slip out once. I will say that with the caveat that I wasn't sweating profusely. So I may come back to this post once I've worn them on the 'mill.

The sound was really fantastic. They aren't noise-canceling, but they certainly blocked out more noise than my previous ear buds.

They are supposed to have an in-line remote & mic cable feature. When I plugged it into the phone with Pandora, it would pause the songs. On my old iPod, it didn't do anything. I thought it would fast forward. However, it could simply be the fact that my iPod is ancient.

Overall, I would give the Beats by Dr. Dre HeartBeats 4 out of 5 stars. My only complaint was that if the cords jiggled too much, or you bumped them, you could hear that noise. I could, also, just be overly sensitive.

Now onto the best part. Not only was I given a pair to review, one lucky reader has the chance to win a pair!

  • The winner will be able to choose a pair of headphones from Staples (up to $250
  • US residents only
  • The winner will be announced Monday, November 11


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was given these for free to review. All opinions are absolutely my own.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Plantar Fasciitis Woes & Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs

I wanted to thank everyone again for your many congratulations on completing and getting a PR at my recent half marathon. The support and words mean so much to me.

My legs feel absolutely fine after the race. I could have run yesterday if it weren't for my left foot. So right now I'm trying to heal my left foot. I mentioned that I've been having problems with plantar fasciitis in that foot and that it was the cause of much pain during the race. Since the race, I've been unable to walk on it very well. Lots of hobbling going on.

I've been icing it and trying to keep it elevated. But, I noticed that it's started to get some bruising, not horrible, but worrisome. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to be discolored vs red and swollen. However, this could be indicitive of a tear.
But, my bigger concern with the bruising is that indication that there's been bleeding. Being on Xarelto for the blood clot means my blood doesn't clot very well these days…

My Home "Gym", Super Saturday With Quinoa Granola Bars

My Home "Gym"
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I had a request to do a post about my home gym. After mulling it over, I thought it was a really great idea. I can show everyone that you can indeed get really great results without having to spend a fortune on a home gym. Don't get me wrong of course, I would LOVE to have the money and room to have a treadmill, a nice weight machine set up, squat rack, even a barbell. Yes, you read that, no barbell (for now). I don't' even have a bar to do chin-ups or pull-ups. The ones that are supposed to fit every doorway do not in fact fit doorways built in 1890 apparently.

I must also say that I do have a gym membership that I almost only use for the cardio equipment. It was not until this January that I actually did weights at the gym. So, while I do have gym access, I still choose my home "gym" mostly out of convenience. 

Back to my gym: I also wish I had a much larger room. The room used for weights is rat…

Tex-Mex Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Pumped Up Workout
I'll readily admit that I did not want to go to the gym today. I had no real excuses to not go though. I was just feeling lazy to be honest. But, I did myself a favor and made myself go. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't go.

I think part of my reluctance stems from a bit of boredom. I've gotten into a rut again with workouts. That and sometimes I just am flat out tired of seeing the inside of that place. But, that part aside, boredom all the way. So, I decided to try to do something a little different for my biceps/triceps workout. It's nothing earth-shattering. But it's a switch up from my typical 3 different supersets done as 3 sets of 8 reps....yawn.

So, today I did 4 sets of 8 reps for two supersets then I did dropsets at the end starting with heaviest weight for 6 reps, then increasing the number of reps by 2 as I decreased the weights. I did this 4 times (6, 8, 10, 12).

SS#1
Alternating bicep curls
Double-arm overhead triceps extensions