AirPods Corrosion: They Don’t Play Well With Sweat

I’ve had my AirPods for more than a year at this point. I consider them one of the coolest gadgets I’ve ever owned, and arguably the most revolutionary Apple product since the iPhone.

In many ways, they’re also great for fitness. They sound good, there are no wires to get in the way, and I can do everything from weightlifting to sprints and burpees without worrying about losing them.

But over the last few months I’ve encountered a problem.

I work out at least five times a week, and I’m usually dripping with sweat by the time I’m finished. And while I wipe down my AirPods regularly, I’ve noticed some green corrosion appearing at the base of both earbuds.

It’s not just unsightly—it has also begun to interfere with charging, and it has rendered the microphone effectively useless.

Others have experienced this issue as well.

To be fair, Apple never claimed these things were waterproof, or even sweat-proof—and indeed, water damage is not covered by the warranty.

But if you’re using your AirPods for working out, beware: they don’t respond well to long-term, repeated sweat exposure. Keep them clean and dry!

Pain Tolerance

Often the people who win in life are not necessarily those with superior talent or intelligence, but those with an exceptionally high tolerance for pain.

Pain comes in many forms: physical pain, the emotional pain of rejection and failure, the pain of tedium—all of these have the power to hinder success.

I started thinking about this in the gym one day as I was approaching failure on a set, and I realized that what most of us call “failure” in fitness is not failure of the body, but failure of the mind. Because I’ve trained my mind just as hard as my body, I was able to overcome the burn and push a little bit harder.

Great athletes can tolerate high levels of pain. They live for it.

The same goes for great entrepreneurs. There’s a lot of pain involved in building a company. Financial woes, uncertainty about the future, social opposition—these things can really tear you down if you don’t have the mental fortitude to keep pressing forward.

Those who are most successful in dating and relationships are those who have endured rejection and unrequited love and nonetheless chose to keep trying. As Oliver Goldsmith so famously wrote, “Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.”

If you can train your mind to tolerate intense pain—or better yet, embrace it—you’ll experience untold advantages in fitness, in business, and in life.

An Athletic Waffle House Christmas

I started my Christmas this year with my third crack at Jeff Cavaliere’s 400 Challenge, which is a timed series of 400 reps—100 inverted rows, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, and 100 bodyweight squats, done in any order in as little time as possible. I clocked in at 8:34, shaving 46 seconds off my previous attempt.

After that I spent a few hours of much-needed quality time with my dad, and we discovered that one of the only constants in the universe is that Waffle House is always open.

I hope you had a very merry Christmas if you celebrate it, or a very merry Monday if not.