We all want the best for our friends and family. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as giving the gift of health, happiness, or longevity in life, however, we’d argue that gifting fitness and workout gear is the next best option. Because these segments have been steadily growing and expanding over the last half-century or so, it can be exceedingly difficult to shop for ball-players, gym rats, or joggers, especially for the uninitiated. With this in mind, we’ve scoured the exercise industry to deliver this guide to the best gifts for the athlete.
Considering that there are so many different styles and workout disciplines from cross-fit to Kung Fu, buying highly-specific exercise gear is seldom a wise decision, with a much more appropriate alternative being general use workout garments, gadgets, and gear that can be utilized amongst a wide variety of exercise applications. No matter the age of the athlete you’re shopping for or the intensity of their workouts, below you’ll find well over a dozen items that are sure to resonate with the exercise fanatic in your life.
Legends Hawthorne Tech Hoodie
The training garment of choice for a myriad of today’s NBA players, this hoodie sees the traditional sweatshirt crafted with an advanced four-way stretch Heather material. Offered in five colors, the Hawthorne Tech Hoodie also boasts a scuba-style hood, fitted arm cuffs, a kangaroo pouch pocket, and a scalloped bottom cut.
Offered in weights ranging from 9lbs, all the way up to 203lbs, these premium, Army Combat Fitness Test-approved kettlebells are made from single-piece cast iron ore adorned in a matte black powder coat finish.
Stance ‘THE GRAND’ OTC Socks
Made from a cutting-edge moisture-wicking, temperature regulating, and antimicrobial fiber blend construction, these socks are incredibly durable and are protected by a lifetime warranty against rips, tears, and holes.
Under Armour UA SPORTSMASK
A bonafide breakthrough in breathability, this reusable multi-layer mask was engineered specifically to allow for free-breathing amidst intense physical workouts, though it also makes for a stellar EDC mask.
This clever stainless steel construction recovery tool combines the therapeutic powers of ice and massage to help athletes optimize their post-workout recuperation.
Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt
One of if not the most calculated workout shirt in existence, this high-intensity training garment was born out of more than 17,000 measurements and 2,000 fit-focused field tests.
Pendleton x YETI Yoga Fire Legend
Measuring 24″x72”, this anti-tear, anti-slip Yoga mat is made from eco-friendly PER and comes adorned in one of Pendleton’s iconic native American-inspired patterns.
lululemon Pace Breaker Short
Designed specifically for training, these 7” shorts are made from a lightweight sweat-wicking four-way stretch material that’s entirely composed of recycled polyester.
Brazyn Morph Bravo Foam Roller
A standard foam roller capable of collapsing down into a flat, easily-storable 2” thick form, the Brazyn Morph Bravo is made from bamboo and aluminum and despite only weighing 1.5lbs, can support up to 350lbs.
Tangram Factory SmartRope LED Jumprope
Linking to a Bluetooth 4.0-connected mobile app, this smart jump rope boasts a bevy of white LED lights and a suite of proprietary sensors that track revolutions and movement.
TRX Original Strong System
With this versatile exercise kit, you can work out your upper and lower body, and core from practically anywhere thanks to a rugged nylon webbing setup that allows for dozens of different exercises.
AER Gym Duffel 2 Small
Made from ultra-hardwearing 1,680D Cordura, this ridiculously-durable gym-bag offers 22.3L of storage space, including a padded laptop sleeve and a dedicated shoe compartment.
On Running Cloudboom Running Shoes
Purpose-built for road racing and marathon running, these cutting-edge running shoes are equipped with a carbon-fiber infused Speedboard and dual-layered CloudTec in Helion Superfoam.
5.11 TACTEC Plate Carrier
Modeled after traditional military armor vests, this MOLLE-compatible plate carrier can house medium or large ballistic plates, and is constructed from an abrasion and water-resistant 500D nylon.
Reigning Champ Muhammad Ali Hooded Robe
Made in Canada, this limited edition hooded robe honors legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali, and sports flat-locked seams, a twill embroidery, and Ali’s “Truth” poem from 1974.
TheraBody TheraGun Prime
Widely utilized by top-level professional athletes, this cutting-edge Bluetooth-enabled percussive therapy gun helps to optimize and hasten post-performance recovery. It also packs a proprietary brushless motor and a two-hour battery.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport On Edition
Born out of a collaboration between B&O and On Running, this limited edition version of the Beoplay E8 Sport is 100% weatherproof, offers 30 hours of battery life, and comes in a special dual-branded color scheme.
Apple Watch Series 6 Nike
Starting with Apple’s latest and most cutting-edge Series 6 smartwatch, this special Nike-spec comes with a host of additional features, including connection dozens of preset workout modes.
Aptly described as a “Peleton for fighters,” this smart at-home boxer training allows you to practice hitting the bag, as well as training or virtual sparing with actual coaches.
Turn any regular road bike into a stationary “spin bike” with this high-tech offering that constantly adjusts resistance and pedaling cadence for the most immersive experience possible.
Despite a small footprint, this smart training mirror contains attachments for full-body workouts and offers connections to classes and personal trainers for top-level coaching from the comfort of your own home.
The 45 Best Men’s Workout Essentials For Every Exercise
Haven’t quite found that special something for the athlete in your life? Fear not, as our guide to the best men’s workout essentials is packed with nearly four dozen stellar pieces of exercise gear, whether you’re shopping for a boxer, a yogi, or a hardcore marathon runner.
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