Sleigh bells are jingling and yuletide cheer is all around is yet another Christmas pulls into 2017! For many of us, finding the perfect gift is hard enough as it is, let alone when that special someone you’re gifting it to is heavily into fitness. For one, such individuals tend to know EXACTLY what they want and they’ll seldom settle for anything else. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of top-notch Christmas presents that are sure to impress even the most demanding of athletes!
Sometime ago, an inspired genius thought it would be good idea to combine a sturdy stainless water bottle with the equally hardy surface of a foam roller. Enter the MOBOT – a fully functional foam roller and bottle that’s the perfect portable solution for staying both hydrated and supple!
For those into powerlifting, weightlifting, or anyone who takes their squats seriously, a sturdy pair of lifting shoes is perhaps the best gift you could ever give them (aside from mad gains). The Legacy Lifter is Reebok’s top-of-the-line lifting shoe and was designed in collaboration with USA weightlifting wunderkind CJ Cummings.
If you’re feeling generous, why not throw in a brand new lifting belt along the above-mentioned shoes? Pioneer belts are made with premium leather and come from a long history of quality leather craft. They’re also highly customisable, so feel free to include an inspiring quote on yours!
Kelly Starrett’s best-seller is a veritable tome of know-how as far as health, movement and injury-prevention/rehabilitation is concerned. The second edition is updated with more than 80 pages of new content – plenty to promise an exciting and informative read!
Resistance bands are must-haves in every athlete’s gym bag. Whether it’s for dynamic warm-ups or for adding accommodating resistance, Sanctbands are one of the best low-protein and powder-free resistance bands money can buy!
Everyone likes plugging into their own brand of music while they work out, but the complete isolation from the outside world can raise issues where safety is concerned. Trekz Air’s use of bone conduction technology means you get to enjoy high-fidelity music without the cost of situational awareness.
Fitbit’s latest super-slim activity tracker comes fully equipped to track both your workouts and your sleep patterns. It’s completely waterproof, which means that swim time just got more awesome! You can also wear it as either a wristband, pendant or bangle!
The eKo Superlite yoga mat isn’t just environmentally-friendly; it’s also practically weightless! This travel-friendly mat weighs slightly under 1kg and is Manduka’s slimmest mat yet (1.5mm thick). Being made from sustainably harvested tree rubber just makes this THE mat to get for carbon-conscious yogis.
For road cyclists, visibility is crucial especially when it comes to night-cycling. The ICON+ can be referred to as a “smart” rear light, given that it adjusts its flashes for greater frequency around situations like roundabouts, road junctions and approaching car headlights. Having 250 lumens also means that you’re bound to stand out (in a good kind of way).
10. Nokia Steel HR
When it comes to holdouts for smartwatches, it’s usually because they fail to match up to the classic aesthetics afforded by conventional watches. Not so with the Nokia Steel. Even the most dapper of individuals will swoon over its sharp design and the fact that it comes with a heart rate monitor feature.
(Ed. note: Pre-orders are currently closed, but Nokia has promised that another slot will open in time for the holidays)
Knee sleeves aren’t just for serious squatters. Anyone who does anything that involves heavy usage of the knee joint will benefit from the added warmth, stability and compression afforded by Rehband’s most popular line of knee sleeves.
Finding the perfect gym bag can take a fair bit of hunting. Thankfully, the Bow Quiver fulfils all the qualities of the quintessential training bag. Shoe compartment? Check. Ample space? Yes. Portable? Carry it by the handle or sling it with the padded strap. Looks good? It’s a Quiver!
Interest in trail running has been steadily rising and it’s not surprising. After all, it sure beats running around the same couple of blocks every few minutes! Merrell’s Trail Glove incorporate a minimalist design for maximum feel of the surface as you run. Protection is in no way sacrificed thanks to its TrailProtect™ underfoot pad and Vibram® outsole!
If more people knew how to say “no”, the world would be a much nicer place to live in. From having less stress to being more confident, learning how to put your foot down can indeed be a life-changer. A must-read for anyone who feels like they’re constantly falling short of someone else’s expectations.
While the trend of working out barefoot has somewhat receded to lukewarm status, the science behind it remains sound. The lack of cushioning between your feet and the surface can help build foot strength and stability when it comes to general physical training. Pedestal Footwear comes with the support of noted strength & conditioning coaches such as Dean Somerset and is the perfect gift for those who wish to train barefoot but are wary of dirty gym floors.
16. Kombucha SCOBY
Kombucha is more than just for new-age millennials seeking an alternative to beer. The probiotics in the fermented brew make it one heck of a gut healer and revitaliser. For the DIY lovers, having a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) of their own just makes brewing a whole lot easier!
17. SOLE Footbed
Insoles are seldom considered when it comes to assessing the quality of a shoe, but it really ought to be at the forefront of every buyer’s thoughts. SOLE uses environmentally friendly cork to produce quality footbeds that provide plenty of arch support and comfort for anything from ski boots to dress shoes.
18. Oakley Radar EV
There’s nothing like running with the sun directly in the eyes… said no one ever. A good pair of shades is a godsend for anyone who takes their morning/afternoon runs seriously. With a reputation for having some of the coolest and most protective sunglasses in the market, Oakley’s Radar EV shades come with a huge variety of colours and can even be customised. Of course, all that wouldn’t be worth much if the product failed to deliver (it does).
Reebok may be making waves in the fitness footwear department, but that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten how to make a snazzy-looking shoe! The Club C 85 Leather is the perfect fit for the fashion-forward female who values looking good just as much as staying active.
If you’ve yet to complete your Christmas shopping, it’s time to get a move on! Luckily, most (if not all) of these products can be purchased online, which means not having to deal with shoulder-to-shoulder crowds and never-ending checkout lines. It’s one of the rare occasions where staying at home is actually recommended!