Honestly, I had never even heard of Koss before, doesn’t it kinda sound like an energy drink?! But Koss created the world’s first stereophone in 1958 (check it out on Instagram). John C. Koss started the small Milwaukee-based company (there’s only about 55-60 employees) and now his two sons run it with him. I love supporting small businesses and I have a special place in my heart for family run ones as well.
John was hilarious; (I feel like I need to call him Mr. Koss out of respect) he’s 83 years old young and was joking around with all of us, talking about blogging and pulling out his iphone. It was obvious the sense of pride he had when mentioning his sons, family and great-grandkids. I told him he was blessed and he told me my family was blessed to have such an awesome daughter. <- I made that last part up.
Koss’ slogan is Fit For Life and between Mr. Koss, who works out 3-4 times a week, and Dara Torres, who is 46 and in amazing shape, I think they got it covered.
The Fit Series is the first headphone designed for women by women. We were able to meet the designer yesterday too; she worked closely with Dara creating a FitBud that’s only 6 millimeters in diameter and 33% smaller for women’s smaller ears.
So there’s the FitBud that goes in your ear and the FitClip that goes around your ear.
I’m always intrigued by business, entrepreneurialism, etc and I thought it was interesting to hear how they married Koss’s background in high-fidelity sound quality and Dara’s fitness side where the headphone has to be sweat-resistant, comfortable, pliable, basically super functional.
After learning about the headphones, we took a 45 minute spin class with Dara and tried them out. I haven’t taken a spin class since before I got married, like a 1000 years ago, but I always think it looks like fun.
I want need to go cash in my treasury bonds from Grandma and buy an unlimited membership to SoulCycle right this second. I loved it, it was a lot of sweaty fun cardio. I was peeking around to make sure everyone else was dripping sweat like I was and that I wasn’t some sort of spinning freak. It’s a great low-impact workout and you get out of it what you put into it. <- Chinese Proverb right there, quote me on it.
Oh, and let’s not forget DARA TORRES TOUCHED MY EAR. I like to think she was whispering sweet nothings in it, but I’m pretty sure she was just putting my FitClip in.
Dara said that right now she’s taking a break from swimming and so spinning is her go-to workout (go check out her abs while spinning) She even has two spin bikes in her home workout room or her “woman’s cave” as she calls it.
After the workout us bloggers got to chat with Dara for about 15 minutes about anything and everything. Loved how open and frank she was, and of course I had to ask about drug testing and steroid use. A few things I remember off the top of my head that we spoke about:
*When training for the Olympics, Dara was very proactive with drug testing, asking to be tested whenever where ever and that was key – to proactively clear your name (by testing). And because of that, she was extremely cautious about what she put in her body; even a simple vitamin would need to get checked out first.
*Asked about the five Olympics she was in, Dara said that she appreciated the recent games more since she was older. At 17 it was all fun and games, but later in life she had such gratitude that she was even there and would take time to thank the officials, fans, etc. I want to have this attitude in my running: appreciative that I get to do it.
*She’s like any mom and sometimes gives her daughter the ipad when she needs a few moments of silence, but afterschool activities are really important to build self-confidence, self-esteem and to move and play. And yes, her daughter swims
*Dara said that anyone can fit in a few minutes of activity, like doing dips on a step, taking your kids to the park, or doing bicep curls with soup cans; it doesn’t always have to be 45 minutes at the gym.
*Getting older and avoiding weight gain is all about moderation and portion control. Dara had an eating disorder when she was younger so banning any foods doesn’t work for her. She has a bite of chocolate cake, not the whole thing. Hmmmm I’m still learning how to have a “bite of dessert”…
*When asked how to keep your locks in shape with all the chlorine, Dara said to put conditioner on before you put your swim cap and if that doesn’t work, chop it off.
*Dara’s taking a break from swimming (she said swimmers are very all or nothing and right now she doesn’t want to be near a pool) but works out 5-6 days a week in her home gym in Massachusetts.
Besides winning 12 Olympic medals (she joked that they were in her bag), Dara’s also written a couple of New York Times best-selling books and was named one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated. No big deal, just another day at the office. In other news, I made a cup of coffee and read celebrity gossip.
I definitely want to do some serious sweat-facing in both the FitBuds and FitClips before I review them, but I’ll let y’all know what I think of them and if they garner me a gold medal or six-pack Dara-esque abs. fingers crossed.
If you want to get a pair, the code Fit4Life is good for $5 off and free shipping at Koss.com and you can also find them at Walmart. Both pairs retail for $29.99.
Disclosure: This campaign was sponsored by Koss through Fitfluential