If you’re looking for some fitness-related gifts for your favorite people this holiday season, I’ve got you covered.
Below are 12 of my favorite fitness items ever, perfect for anyone wanting to ditch their gym membership or just be able to work out at home whenever they want. Every single item listed below (in no particular order) is something I personally use and love. And they’re also all an awesome value for the cost!
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Here are 12 awesome gift ideas for fitness junkies this holiday season:
Pull up bar
Anyone who wants to master pull ups will make progress loads faster if they have access to a pull up bar in their own home.
I keep this same pull up bar on the door frame of my home office and do a few pull ups every time I go in. It’s sturdy and awesome and fits most standard door frames.
Gymboss Interval Timer
If the person you want to gift a fitness gift to doesn’t have an iPhone and can’t get the official 12 Minute Athlete app, or if you know they just don’t really like to work out with their phone for whatever reason, the Gymboss interval timer is a great substitute.
Totally sturdy and pretty easy to use, it’ll withstand any fitness junkie’s sweatiest and toughest workouts.
Foam rolling is one of the most basic, yet most effective ways of preventing and healing shin splints and other muscular injuries.
Anyone you give this to will be less sore, more flexible and less injured overall with this no brainer fitness gift.
Cost: $15-40 (depending on the size and density)
If you know any:
- Seasoned athletes
- Total beginners
- Non gym members
- Gym addicts
- Constant travelers
Then a jump rope is the perfect fitness gift—it’s cheap, versatile, and an amazing fitness tool. Everyone should have a jump rope at home. Seriously.
Parallettes are one of the coolest tools I’ve been using lately. If you know anyone into gymnastics or bodyweight movements like I am, parallettes are an awesome tool to have around the house. Practice L-sits, handstands, handstand push ups, planches and more with these cool and easily storable tools.
Cost: $26-85 (depending on the quality)
Another gymnastics staple, rings are an awesome tool to have around for building crazy amounts of strength via your own bodyweight. Rings make everything harder (and as a result, make you stronger), so if you know anyone wanting to get really strong without a lot of equipment, rings are the perfect gift.
Dips, muscle ups, leg raises, and even the elusive iron cross are all really cool things to try on the rings. Plus, they’re cheap, durable and easy to store.
If you know the person you want to get a gift for already has a pull up bar, but is having trouble breaking through a plateau or getting their pull ups down at all, bands are an awesome gift idea.
Aside from pull ups, bands can also be used with dips, ring exercises, and all sorts of difficult bodyweight movements to help push past a plateau.
You’ll probably want to have some idea of your recipient’s strength level before getting them a single band—or, as another option, you can just get them a 3 pack and they can switch between the ones they like best.
Cost: $9-35 (depending on how many you get)
Paul Wade, the author of Convict Conditioning, is an ex-convict and absolute master of bodyweight exercises. In this book he breaks down what he calls the six essential bodyweight movements—pull ups, push ups, squats, leg raises, handstand push ups and bridges, and how to progress to the hardest forms of each movement.
I was so fascinated by this book I could barely set it down, and anyone who appreciates bodyweight movements will no doubt love it as well.
If you work a lot on pull up bars, dip bars, rings or use kettlebells a lot, chalk is an indispensable tool to have around.
I like this one in particular because it’s covered in lining so it’s less messy than most gym chalk, helpful if you keep it at home or even want to throw it in your gym bag and take it with you.
Know someone who’s always complaining about shin splints or other leg injuries? Get them The Stick, a magical little tool great for massaging your entire leg (it also works on arms and neck, though it looks a little awkward).
It’s fairly portable too, so your friend or family member will be able to take it with them wherever they go.
Kettlebells are one of the most versatile fitness tools ever created, and since there’s practically nothing you can do to them to wear them out, they’re pretty much guaranteed to last through a lifetime of workouts. And while high shipping costs used to make them nearly impossible to buy online, Amazon ships for free!
Wondering what weight you should buy? Obviously it depends on the fitness level of the person you’re buying for, but generally you can get between a 25 to 50 pound kettlebell for guys, and a 15 to 35 kettlebell pound for women.
Cost: $20-100 (depending on weight)
Raising the Bar
Al Kavaldlo is a bodyweight training guru and can perform feats of strength most people would find impossible. In this book, he breaks down nearly every bar-focused exercise you could ever want to do along with their progressions—everything from a one arm pull up to the much harder than they seem plyo dips.
Raising the Bar is a fascinating read for anyone interested in progressing their bar fitness skills.
Happy shopping and holidays, athletes! You all seriously rock.