So you have a gym rat on your hands. Or a cardio bunny. Or a BRB-gonna-go-for-a four-hour-bike-ride-in-the-freezing-cold-real quick-talk-to-you-after type.
We get it: We know a lot of these people too. So we tapped into them to see what fitness lovers really, truly want for the holidays. The gift ideas they gave us will work for longtime gym goers and newbies alike. Though some of these things may seem weird to you, fitness buffs will love them.
1. IDSON Muscle Roller Stick
This gadget is designed to help athletes recover post-workout—you use it on your muscles as if it were a rolling pin and then magically feel way less sore the next day. It’s more portable and compact than a foam roller, and many people find it gets into tight spots better. (P.S. If you have a higher budget, the Theragun is an elite version, and it’s… amazing.)
2. NordicTrack S22i Studio Cycle
Sponsored by NordicTrack
Be the gifting MVP you were born to be with this stationary bike. What makes this gadget so special? The S22i Studio Cycle has a 22-inch movable touch screen and iFit technology for streaming hundreds of trainer-led classes (think real trail rides around the world and killer studio workouts). The bike auto-adjusts intensity and incline, so really all your giftee has to do is pedal and sweat. Plus, for a limited time you can snag an additional 20 percent off. Whoever you’re treating (even if it’s yourself), go ahead and rock that GOAT title.
($1,600 with code GREATIST; nordictrack.com)
3. IronMind Captains of Crush Hand Gripper
A strange hand squeezy thing might look like a complicated stress ball to you, but Captains of Crush is the only brand of hand gripper that matters to weight lifters. Since there’s such a wide range of strengths (from 60 pounds to 365), this tool will help people of every skill level build more grip strength and up their #gains.
(from $20; amazon.com)
4. Blender Bottle With Storage Compartment
This blender bottle has it all—a 22-ounce container with a wire whisk, an attachable jar for pre- or post-workout powders (plus the flexibility to attach more containers if you buy them separately), and a pill organizer for supplements. Plus the lid is secure so it won’t leak in your bag, and the whole thing is dishwasher safe so cleanup is a breeze. Who knew protein shake bottles could be so involved? Or so impressive?
5. Elite Sportz Equipment Ab Wheel Roller
Once you figure out how to use this weird contraption, it becomes the best abs workout on the block. (And if you want to know the secret to using one, here are your instructions). For such a simple and cheap piece of equipment, it creates a seriously hard workout. Anyone who does a lot at-home exercising will love the addition to their routine.
6. Massage Gift Card
A massage gift card isn’t that wild of a suggestion, but it’s the No. 1 recommendation we got from fitness lovers. All agreed it’d be a much-needed treat for almost anyone, and you don’t need to know a lot about their gym routine or equipment preferences to gift it. We like Zeel because it’s available in most places and your recipient doesn’t have to go anywhere, but you can also just pick up a gift card at their (or your) favorite spa.
(any amount; zeel.com)
7. TRX Suspension Training System
Once assembled and hung, all those straps and handles turn into a TRX. It’s the most popular suspension training system for a reason—you can use a TRX in a million different ways for a million different workouts. (Always sore, never bored.) For just over a hundred bucks, you can gift an entire home training system in one go—perfect for people who can’t always make it to a gym.
8. ThermiPAQ Hot/Cold Pain Relief Wrap
Anyone still using lunchbox icepacks or bean-filled heating pads needs a serious upgrade, and this pack should be it. The clay filling means it’ll be soft and flexible whether you stick it in the freezer or microwave, and the elastic strap makes it easy to target any body part.
9. BioNutritional Proto Whey Protein Powder
OK, yes, protein powder seems like a lame gift. But anyone who regularly spends $35 on their own protein powder will be thrilled to get this. BioNutritional’s chocolate whey protein is a crowd favorite, but bonus points if you can snoop and find the brand your giftee already uses.
10. Workout Log Book and Fitness Journal
Tracking workouts is genuinely motivating, no matter your exercise of choice. This log was created by pros, so it has everything anyone could dream of having in a workout log, and the durable construction means it won’t fall apart when it’s thrown around in a gym bag for a year.
11. Recess Wipes KIT 201
This multipack of three kinds of wipes (for your face, body, and armpits) is the perfect post-workout solution. They have a subtle but nice smell, don’t leave a residue on the skin, and are free from all the major skin irritants (sulfates and parabens, we’re lookin’ at you).
12. Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Headphones
The crème de la crème of workout headphones, the Jabra Elite Active 65t are water and sweat resistant, suuuper secure in your ear, and fully wireless so there’s nothing to get in the way of your workouts. Even better, they’ll play for five hours on one charge (@ all marathoners), have an integrated accelerometer that you can access through the Jabra app, and offer a “hear-through” option so you can choose how much of your surroundings you want to be able to hear.
13. Athlete Recovery Sleepwear Women's Sweatpants
It’s hard to squeeze in sleep and recovery when your schedule is full of gym time (and regular life). These pajamas let you combine them in the *most* comfortable way possible. The concept of recovery clothes sounds a little out there, but people say the pants really work and they wake up with less muscle and joint pain than they would have otherwise.
14. Rockin' Green Active Wear Laundry Detergent
Laundry detergent that’s specially formulated for sweaty workout clothes truly makes a huge difference. This detergent will extend the life of Lycra and spandex and make it way less stinky. It’s basically like getting someone another year out of workout clothes they already love.
15. Keychain-Size LiquidGrip
LiquidGrip is a weightlifter’s solution to slippery weights, and this keychain-size bottle is the on-the-go lifter’s solution to LiquidGrip. It’s an easy, fun, and genuinely useful gift—what could go wrong?
16. C.T. Fletcher x 6 Pack Fitness Merc Duffle Bag
These bags are a longtime Greatist favorite—they’re legitimately designed for healthy people. This duffle is a big gym bag that’ll fit all your gear, but there are also storage compartments for ice packs and meal-prep containers. And it has a six-pack on it, ’cause why not.
Still in search of the perfect present? We’ve got tons more gift ideas right here.
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