Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and I in all probability don’t have a lot in widespread. He’s a muscled ex-wrestler, whereas I’m an average-bodied author. He’s a charismatic and energetic superstar, whereas I’ve by no means been caught trying good on digital camera. He can act; I can’t.
Nevertheless, I used to be offered with the chance to get one step nearer to him when JBL and Beneath Armour unveiled their UA Mission Rock Over-Ear Coaching Headphones, a collaboration between the audio model, the sportswear model and the geologically named superstar.
The place am I?
Column quantity: 16
Date written: 21/10/21
Days in: 235
Present location: Alanreed, OK
Distance traveled: 1049.27 miles
Distance left: 1228.73 miles
Present tracker: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
Now, I might hazard a guess that the models obtained weren’t Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s private headphones – the plastic wrap on the field implies they aren’t. Nevertheless, I haven’t seen any conclusive proof that he hasn’t worn these earlier than – however presumably the person’s good style has trickled into these headphones’ design and audio capabilities anyway.
As a part of my fortnightly operating column, I’ve been testing numerous bits of train tech, and so the Mission Rock cans appeared an ideal selection– they’re actually known as ‘Coaching Headphones’, in spite of everything. For the reason that TechRadar places of work re-opened following the pandemic, my exercise motivation has been flagging. I used to be in want of a gadget to get me again on observe.
Extra vital, The Rock usually refers to ‘Beast mode’, which is all about ‘pushing your self to your limits’. Nicely, I deal with my limits like I deal with that cute espresso store from which I stay throughout – I maintain that means to go, however haven’t had an opportunity simply but. So my pondering was that these headphones would assist me.
No practice, no ache
I’ve already written about these sturdy over-ear headphones being super-useful for out of doors exercises – however stepping into ‘Beast mode’ presumably isn’t about doing what you’ll be able to, it’s about doing what you’ll be able to’t. Happening runs every now and then is unquestionably one thing I can do, it’s actually what this complete column is about.
No, to seek out ‘Beast mode’ I wanted to attempt tougher, one thing that may show fairly troublesome once you’re extra versed in ‘feast mode’. After operating round my native park a number of instances within the headphones, I actually didn’t really feel like I used to be nearing ‘Beast mode’.
I wanted to hit Johnson’s degree of exercise, or as near it as I may get, so I dug out some cheap home gym gear I bought for another of these workout columns: a pull-up bar, some resistance bands and an ab curler, to be exact.
This equipment has seen motion every now and then, however my first plan of action was to place collectively a routine to make use of all of it – after which begin following mentioned routine day by day, alongside heading out on frequent runs. To take advantage of the cans, I actually wanted to Rock them.
I spent a number of days tugging on bands, pulling up on bars, rolling some… abs? Finally, I used to be comfortably following a 30-minute routine that simply match into my day.
However there’s that phrase, ‘consolation’ – that’s not the purpose! That’s not ‘Beast mode’! I wanted to attempt tougher.
Placing the ‘greatest’ in ‘beast’
I could not simply emulate The Rock in ‘Beast mode’, I wanted to emulate him in spirit, too.
My first port of name was Spotify – these are headphones, in spite of everything – and made a playlist of songs from films starring The Rock. This turned out to be a horrible thought, because the Venn diagram of ‘movies starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’ and ‘films with soundtracks which can be nice to work out to’ has little overlap.
So I did a complete run – about 10km – listening solely to See You Once more. It’s a great tune, however the closest I received to ‘Beast mode’ was nearly turning feral on the infinite repetitions. That was a poor thought.
The headphones have a Mission Rock EQ mode that reinforces the bass and sound high quality, which made the heavier elements of See You Once more much more thumping – however provided that half the tune is simply piano and high-pitched singing, I in all probability would have appreciated the modifications extra so with a distinct tune.
After I received residence, I paired the cans to my iPad and began going by my exercise routine whereas I watched Mr Johnson on Netflix: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was a pure selection, as a fan of Jules Verne myself.
Seeing the muscled legend journey on bees and beat up electrical eels made me actually aware of my very own physique. I may barely pull myself up on the bar, not to mention pull Josh Hutcherson by a CGI jungle (and puberty).
However I’ve the great potential to zone out of duties after I’m watching a film, and this made it simple to proceed by a number of units of every train with out noticing. Out of the blue, I used to be resisting the resistance band’s pull and doing units of squats with out falling aside.
By the point the movie was over, whereas I hadn’t fairly discovered ‘Beast mode’, I had misplaced ‘Tom mode’, which might be the following smartest thing. I’m unsure that is due to, or the fault of, the Mission Rock headphones. I reckon it is primarily all the way down to my dedication to look just a little bit extra like Dwayne Johnson, and fewer like that blob ghost from Ghostbusters.
However perhaps that’s the purpose of branded tech – it’s neither actually nor figuratively going to show you into your icon, however it’ll at the very least encourage you to attempt.
I now do a exercise every time I am watching a film at residence – this occurs fairly continuously, given I purpose to look at 25 films a month – and my ‘Beast mode’ workouts let me work out with out noticing. Certain, that is unlikely to assist in my quest to run or walk the distance of Route 66 in two years, nevertheless it’s actually making me fitter, which is the entire level.