2018 Gift Guides

The Best Fitness Gifts for Men


December 9, 2018 Buying Guides : Gift Guides By Photo by Chandler Bondurant

Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or you’re just starting to dabble, there’s a gift in here that’s sure to inspire you. Build your own home gym with kettlebells, yoga mats, treadmills and chin-up bars. If you’re looking for a way to mix things up at home, the variety of gifts will help you add new moves to your workout regiment. Then, tee up the perfect song and never miss a workout with the proper tracking device and a pair of headphones. These twelve items are ideal for all types of fitness lovers.

Fitbit Charge 3

The modern man has plenty on his plate. The Fitbit Charge 3 makes it easier to keep tabs on fitness data with 24/7 heart rate tracking for better understanding things like calorie burn that can help to optimize workouts. Over 15 goal-based exercise modes also give real-time stats for reaching targets. With a touchscreen and water-resistance to 50m, the Fitbit Charge 3 is a perfect fitness gift.

Manduka GRP Yoga Mat

Everyone can use a bit more stretching in their lives. A yoga mat at home is one basic tool you can use to help do yoga, stretch and even foam roll. Increase your flexibility and mobility with a daily (or even weekly) practice. This all-natural rubber mat comes in a standard or extra long size, so if your favorite part of yoga is to lie down, you don’t have to worry about your feet or head hanging off the mat. For guys who do hot yoga, this mat is essential. Don’t bother grabbing a grippy towel, this mat will keep your hands in place, even during down dog.

The New Power Eating

Nutrition is a key piece in the fitness puzzle, and when you workout regularly, it’s likely that you’re pretty hungry. There’s a lot of information about what to eat and when to eat it, but that can be a lot to try and get through yourself. Dr. Sue Kleiner, a PhD and registered dietician, has worked with professional athletes, teams and Olympians for years, helping them to eat and drink for peak performance. Bring her knowledge into your kitchen with The New Power Eating. If your workout routine calls for a rest day or a sprint day, you can eat to power through each session.

Jabra Elite Active Earbuds

Whether you listen to Spotify, podcasts or even your workout through headphones, you need a pair that moves with you. The Jabra Elite Active Earbuds stay put through high intensity workouts thanks to multiple different types of ear attachments. Once the battery reads low, pop the earbuds into the charging case for 15-minutes to get a one and a half hour charge. The case itself will power the earbuds for up to 15 total hours of playback. Alexa, Siri and Google assistant also respond to your prompts, so if you get lost on a long run, just make sure to ask the right one for directions.

ProSource Multi-Grip Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar

This easy-to-install pull-up bar is a great addition to any home gym. Pop it in any doorway and get moving on your pull-up or chin-up challenge. If New Year’s resolutions are looming, this steel bar can help you work everything from your shoulders to biceps, core and back. It’s built to hold up to 300 pounds, and will be your new visual reminder to workout.

Science in Sport Energy Bundle

During longer bouts of exercise it’s imperative that you fuel your body. After a certain point, your body depletes its stores of carbohydrates, and you need to top it off, so you can continue pushing yourself. SiS Go Isotonic energy gels provide 22 grams of carbs per gel and they don’t need to be washed down with water. The energy bundle lets you pick from ten flavors with and without caffeine. Go harder for longer with a quick hit of carbs and see what limits your body can push past.

Technogym MyRun

Looking to seriously upgrade your home gym? Technogym creates high-quality and incredibly sleek workout machines, including a treadmill. The MyRun combines the power of a moving cushioned belt with intelligent technology that knows when you step on the treadmill, how fast your step frequency is and how long your stride is. MyRun digests all that data to give you actionable tips like increasing your cadence to keep you healthy and running for longer.

Compex Wireless 2.0 Muscle Stimulator

Muscle stimulation has been shown to help your muscles warm up and recover faster. Typically, it’s found at physical therapy and rehab locations, as well as in the trainer’s quiver for pro athletes. The Compex TENS machine is quite the splurge, but will seriously help you recover. The muscle stimulator not only helps reduce the risk of injury and promotes faster recovery, it can also help improve your speed and power, as well as endurance. Simply place the pads where you want them on your body, pick the program that works for you, and go.

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Hyperwear Hyper Vest Pro

A weighted vest ups the ante on your workout. Vests are sometimes used by the military to help prepare for the amount of weight they’ll use out in the field. This one is civilian-friendly. It comes standard with 10 pounds of steel weights that you can add or subtract, depending on how you feel. The side lacing adjusts to all body types and works for running, walking, hiking and more.

No Bull Dark Denim Trainers

No Bull pairs a simple design with a high-quality and durable sneaker. A seamless upper, made from just one piece of SuperFabric, is abrasion resistant to glass, knives and even barbed wire, yet is still breathable. The outsole grips in all conditions, and the high carbon lateral and medial guards support your feet during side to side lunges and pivoting movements.

BalanceFrom GoFit All-Purpose Weights

Pick up this rubber-wrapped kettlebell in weights ranging from five- to 100-pounds. The solid cast base and color-coated vinyl protect your floor and feet. A wide handle means deadlifts and catches have a wider room for error than some smaller kettlebells. And the non-slip grip comes standard. Kettlebells increase the intensity on a variety of arm, leg, chest and back movements, so you can fit in a tougher workout in less time.

Onnit Ballistic Medicine Balls

Medicine balls can be found in weight rooms across the country. Slams, throws, V-ups, twists and overhead presses are just a few of the ways you can use one. It helps challenge your core and increase power through explosive movements. The Onnit Ballistic Medicine Balls have a high-tack surface (that’s ballistic grade) so grip is solid and the ball stays spherical for many years. Pick from a 10, 15 or 20-pound ball.

Rogue SR-1 Speed Rope

Sign up for a jump rope class at Equinox or other boutique gyms and you’ll quickly be reminded just how exhausting jump roping is. It challenges your cardiovascular system as well as increases endurance. Other gyms, like CrossFit, use jump ropes before and during class to keep your blood flowing between high pressure weight exercises. The Rogue SR-1 is an adjustable speed cable in eight colors that doesn’t weigh much, but packs a serious fitness punch.

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