When it comes to shopping for fitness fans, it can be challenging to narrow down the choices. In many ways, fitness gifts are tricky because you may not know the recipient’s usual workout style, overall goals, and gym equipment choices. Don’t worry — we have you covered. With this fitness lover gift guide, there’s something for every gym junkie and fitness fanatic, and maybe even a few selections for yourself.
FOR THE FREQUENT TRAVELER
Although many hotels are spiffing up their fitness centers, having more than a wobbly treadmill and a very retro stationary bike isn’t a given. For fitness lovers, that can be a bummer, because there’s likely minimal space in a wheelie bag for workout options. Fortunately, you’ll be a gift-giving superstar with these options, which can both fit comfortably in a carry-on:
No need to find a weight rack thanks to this set of four bands, each with a different amount of resistance. They basically become a pocket-sized gym, thanks to being lightweight and compact, but durable enough to be used on an endless amount of hotel workouts.
After an intense workout with resistance bands, your fitness fan can speed up recovery with the Muscle Max Massage Ball, which has a grooved surface that relieves tightness and offers ultra-deep tissue work. It’s also great for working out the kinks from unfamiliar hotel beds and sitting in conferences all day. Plus, talk about portability — this massage ball can fit in a pocket!
FOR THE CROSSFITTER
Although every CrossFit enthusiast will have access to plenty of equipment in their box of choice, many also like to do “homework” to increase their skills for the next WOD. Not only can these options be used at home, but they can also come along to any CrossFit gym, too:
Pull Up Bands
Doing pull ups is a major part of CrossFit, and using Bionic Flex Pull Up Assistance Bands can take your gift recipient’s pull up to new heights. Unlike the unassisted version of the move, these bands provide resistance throughout the entire movement, offering much more dynamic strength and flexibility. They can also be used for other strength and conditioning moves as well as functional fitness.
Everyone is always looking to perfect those famous CrossFit double unders — a technique that causes you to do two rope rotations within one jump — and a choice like the Sonic Boom M2 Speed Jump Rope can provide some serious speed advantages.
FOR THE RUNNER
Whether your recipient runs a marathon every month or just started a couch-to-5K plan, fitness gifts that focus on conditioning and recovery can get them to any goal:
A choice like Active Fit Compression Socks are a favorite for people like nurses, cashiers, and flight attendants, who are on their feet most of the day. But they’ve also become very popular with runners and other athletes as well, because they provide ankle support and keep legs feeling fresh for longer. Many runners report running better and recovering faster thanks to compression socks.
Making sure to roll out tight and sore muscles is a must when you’re finished running — or, really, doing any kind of exercise — and the VIBRA Vibrating Foam Roller takes recovery to a whole new level. Powerful pulses work out the tension that comes from an intense workout or long run, which can minimize next-day soreness and improve mobility and flexibility as well.
FOR THE ALL-AROUND
Maybe it’s a boot camp class this week and a spin class next week, with a 5K or obstacle race in between. If you’re shopping for someone who likes to switch up their fitness options, go for gift choices that give a full-body workout:
Ideal for warmups, but also a fantastic option for beginner workouts, HIIT sessions, and increasing strength and mobility, the simple jump rope actually isn’t so simple after all. Consider an option like the PowerSkip Jump Rope with a quick cable length adjuster inside each handle, as well as ball bearing system in the handles and polymer-coated speed cable for smooth, speedy rotation with zero tangles. Another great choice is the Ballistyx Jump Rope with a 360-degree rotating, weighted cable that can enhance speed and get your gift recipient some full-body toning.
No matter what type of workouts your gift recipients do, core strength is crucial, and the BIO Core Ab Roller can give them an anywhere-anytime abs-focused exercise. This ab roller also works the shoulders, lats, pecs, and arms, so it’s a top choice for targeting multiple muscles. Plus, it has two wheels for more stability as well as rubber treads for perfect traction.
When it comes to a versatile, powerful fitness option that can work every muscle, go for the Active Balance Fitness Ball, which not only has 13 of the most poplar fitness-ball exercises printed right on it, but also comes with a free eBook on building a strong core.
With all these thoughtful choices for every fitness fanatic on your list, don’t forget to reward yourself for all the hard shopping work you’ve done, with a few gifts of your own!
Much like making any kind of exercise equipment decision, the answer will depend on your goals. Neither type of workout rope is superior over the other in general, but one will have an advantage based on how you want to use it. Let’s take a look at which might be appropriate for you: