With the end of the holidays and the beginning of a new year it’s time for new year’s resolutions and the inevitable drive to be healthy and get fit. If you are looking to kick off the new year on the right foot after stocking up on mince pies over the festive period, Ranieri have rounded up fitness gadgets to help you nail that new regime and keep the heart rate pumping into 2018.

AfterShokz Trekz Air

The AfterShokz Trekz Air is the ultimate bone conduction sport headphones inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes. 20% lighter than the previous model, the Trekz Titanium, its full titanium wraparound provides infinite flexibility, a secure fit and the ultimate level of comfort. An OpenFitTM design promises uncompromised situational awareness and extended comfort, meaning users can tune in to music or a call without tuning out the world around them, whereas the PremiumPitch+TM technology ensures improved audio from the bone conduction. Six hours of music and calls finally provides enough boost to get users through a long workout or marathon call.

Available from aftershokz.co.uk for £149.99


Vi is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) personal trainer that learns workouts and evolves over time to help users achieve their goals. Throughout a workout, Vi trains with a warm human voice and acts as a true workout companion that can also respond to voice commands. Monitoring heart rate, elevation, cadence, speed, time and location the Vi will ensure users reach their goals — whether training for a 5k or striving to shave a minute off your best time! What’s more, this sports headset is powered by Harman/Kardon audio to offer a crisp, clear and immersive listening experience.

Available from getvi.com for £200

JBL Reflect Fit

​The wireless, IPX-5 sweat proof sport headphones pack in premium features to give fitness enthusiasts the best sweat session during every workout. Engineered with in-ear heart rate monitoring capabilities, athletes can simply touch a button to hear voice updates of their heart rate and access real-time data to get the most out of every warm-up, pull-up or run. The headphones are also compatible with the most popular fitness apps so athletes can access all of their workout stats in one place.

With 10 hours of audio playback, a built-in microphone for crystal-clear calls and a highly reflective cable, these headphones are perfect for those regularly in the gym or on-the-go, day or night.

Available from uk.jbl.com for £119.99

Urbanista Boston

The wireless sports earphones with Bluetooth feature a combination of high quality sound and ergonomic fit, at an affordable price. Urbanista has developed a unique silicon wing (GoFit), which lets Boston sit securely in the ear, even during the most rigorous workouts. The silicon wing is soft for a comfortable fit, yet tight in order to create a stronger music experience and boost energy during tough workouts. Boston is water resistant and sweat proof, having an IPX5 water resistance rating, so that the user can train in any weather condition. They are perfect for gym goers and budding athletes who want stylish, convenient technology to listen to music when working out.

Available from https://uk.urbanista.com/ for £69

AfterShokz Sportz Titanium

Designed to ensure the ultimate level of awareness and comfort, the AfterShokz Sportz Titanium and Sportz Titanium with mic headphones offer safe alternatives to traditional sporting headphones for users. The titanium frame and sweat resistant build are ideal for exercising, while its use of bone-conduction technology means awareness of surroundings is never compromised. PremiumPitch+ technology furthermore optimises the sound, while the additional noise cancelling mic for the Sportz Titanium with mic ensures surrounding noise is excluded, effectively enhancing speech.

Available from aftershokz.co.uk £49.99 / £59.99 with mic

Philips Action Fit SHQ7900

With open acoustic design, Bluetooth connection and 18g lightweight design, the Philips SHQ7900 headphones are perfect for anyone taking their exercise seriously. With no wired connection to hold users back, its high performance and IPX2 level sweat and moisture proof rating makes it ideal for any workout. The MusicChain feature allows music to be shared with a friend, and its two wearing styles, the C-shaped stability lock and earhook clip, ensure it’s the perfect fit no matter the user.

Available from Currys for £69.99

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