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Reviews on different fitness related products and services.

Review: HBS-730 Bluetooth Headset by LG Electronics…Usefulness in fitness world

What is it?

This is a hands-free Bluetooth headset worn around the neck that is used for making calls, listening to music, and voice commands.  I purchased this product back in August of 2013 and continue to use it daily.  What I will explore in this review is it’s usefulness in the fitness world.

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My 2 cents:

PROS:

The HBS-730 does pretty well at least in my realm of fitness which is bodybuilding.  It syncs fine with my iPod and allows me to listen to music as I workout.  For this to be a Bluetooth device, the sound is fairly decent and the noise cancellation is very effective thus allowing me to really get into my zone.  It also ensures I don’t miss important phone calls or even text messages.  If a new text message comes in it does a short vibration that you feel on your neck.  If a call comes in it does an extended vibration until you either answer or ignore the call which can be done via voice activation if enabled on your phone.  The rubber material on the HBS-730 is very comfortable and you barely even notice that you’re wearing it.  As long as I have the proper sized ear buds (comes with different sizes-see below), it stayed securely in my ear during the duration of my workouts.  It’s also important to note that I’ve been using the HBS-730 for over a year with no issues and it’s still working fine so you can say that it’s very durable.

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CONS:

If you’re a runner, cross-fitter, or have very active workouts this may or may not be the device for you.  Once I started sweating profusely, it created an issue and I found that the ear buds continously slipped out of my ear.  This often times took me out out of my zone which is no bueno :(.  Even though I find that this device works great in my realm of fitness, there are times where it didn’t fit the bill.  When I did exercises such as the bench press, sit-ups, or anything that required me to lay down on my back, the HBS-730 would slip off of my neck and fall onto the floor.  What can you do?….gravity.  Also, if you’re really into hearing the bass when you listen to music you may want to go with something more professional like Beats by Dre.   The music gets a bit choppy when there is a high amount of bass which sounds more like noise than music.

Where to purchase?

Of course you can purchase directly from the manufacturer (LG) by going here for a suggested retail price of $69.99.  When I purchased mine, I got it on Amazon for $59.45.  This was in 2013 when they were fairly new so I’m sure you can get them on Amazon or even eBay for a lot less nowadays.  If you use this product or found this review helpful feel free to comment.

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Review: ‘Trainer in a Bag, Military Strap Suspension Trainer’ by Woss Enterprises

What is it?

Some may consider Trainer in a Bag a bootleg version of the TRX suspension trainer.  Call it what you may but I’m a firm believer in finding bargains when it comes to fitness and the price of the TRX trainer was a bit steep at $200 or even $300 for the advanced TRX system.  I began a search to find something similar with the same capabilities but not the same price.  I purchased the Trainer in a Bag in February of 2013 so I’ve had quite a bit of time to thoroughly test this product.

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My 2 cents:

PROS:

Overall this is a great product.  You can do ALL of the same exercises that you could do with the TRX trainer.  Setup out of the bag is seamless as you can pretty much set it up without necessarily reading the instructions.  It seems very sturdy as I’ve done everything from push-ups to tricep dips and there is not so much as a tear in the material.  You can easily make adjustments as appropriate for the exercise you’re doing.  Last but not least, the biggest pro is the price.  I was able to purchase this product for a whopping $22.49 with a total price of $29.96 after taxes! Can’t beat that!

CONS:

For those of you that need to have the fly and flashy things in life, this may not be for you.  There’s nothing fly and flashy about the Trainer in a Bag compared to the TRX trainer.  Also, it doesn’t come with an extension like the TRX system does.  This is useful if you’re trying to hook up to something that’s a little thicker such as a tree trunk for outdoor training.  Another thing to mention is that the handles don’t appear as sturdy as those of the TRX trainer as they are made out of heavy duty string versus a continuation of the material from the extensions for each arm (see image below).  This may be an issue for those that may weigh a bit more as it may not feel as safe.

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Where to purchase:

I purchased this from Amazon and you can view this product as well as additional reviews by going here.  If the link doesn’t work (page may have moved), just go to Amazon and type in ‘Trainer in a Bag, Military Strap Suspension Trainer’.  This may be the best method as you can search for the lowest price for this product.  Feel free to comment if you’ve used this product or found this review helpful!