Jabra Sport Coach is a wireless fitness tracker built for gym junkies

Jabra this week announced the Jabra Sport Coach, a wireless headset built for gym junkies. Combining Bluetooth headphones with basic fitness tracking sensors and some smarts, the Sport Coach has been optimised for cross-training and exercises regimes such as CrossFit.

The heart and soul of Jabra's new headset is a virtual coach that users can customise using a companion app. The app includes over 40 pre-defined exercises that can be used to build a routine, ranging from squats to running on a treadmill; many these are accompanied by diagrams that demonstrate how the activity should be undertaken. When building a routine, users can also set goals such a duration or a number of repetitions.  Jabra Australia's Senior Director of Sales Karen Powell said that this functionality was been designed to provided motivation and guidance when away from classes or personal trainers.

"Our goal at Jabra is to design innovative sport audio solutions to enhance the training experience for people working to get fit, stay fit and constantly exceed their goals," said Powell. "We started by specifically targeting runners with the Jabra Sport Pulse, and now we are taking the next step with a solution optimised for cross trainers. With the growing popularity […] of fitness classes, gym memberships and number of individuals working out at home or with personal trainers, there are numerous possibilities for our in-ear audio solutions combined with biometrics."

In terms of hardware, the Sport Coach is rated IP55 for water resistance, has 5.5 hours of active battery life, 10 days of standby time and a two hour charge time. It also features an in-line microphone with volume controls.

The Jabra Sport Coach will be available in Australia from mid-July for AUD$199. Initial retail partners include JB Hi-Fi and Rebel Sport.

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