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.
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.)
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
These bags are a longtime 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.