In this section of our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, we take a look at some thoughtful health and fitness gift ideas.
The KettlebellConnect is the perfect gift for the person that is into both gadgets and fitness. The single Kettlebell can be adjusted from 12-42lbs with the tap of a button, and it connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth. Features include support for up to 9 users, 14 hours of battery life, Apple Health support, and a companion mobile app with guided workout routines.
TimTam Deep Tissue Massage Gun
I think the jury is still out on whether percussion massage guns have any real medical benefit for workout recovery, but having tried one myself, I can tell you it does feel great. It’s like a localized, deep-tissue massage that you can give yourself after a tough gym session. Now there are literally hundreds of these things on the market, but I like this one for its power, price and positive reviews.
NextRoller Vibrating Foam Roller
At almost 1/3rd the cost of the above massage gun, you can get the NextRoller vibrating foam roller. Foam rollers are a popular tool for working on things like recovery, mobility and pliability. I use one as part of my stretching routine before/after an intense workout. This one happens to vibrate at 3 speeds, is small enough to fit in your gym bag, and has a 4.5-star Amazon rating.
Eufy P1 Smart Scale with Bluetooth
There are very few people in the world you should be buying a scale for as a gift. But if you’re confident the person you’re shopping for would really like/use one, I like the Eufy P1 Smart Scale. It provides accurate measurements, looks sharp and connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth to help you track weight loss/gain progress. Plus it supports all of the big platforms like Apple Health, Google Fit and Fitbit.
Stack 52 Quick Sweat Fitness Dice
This is kind of a neat idea. Quick Sweat is a dice/card game made to help you mix up a monotonous workout routine. There are six dice you roll which will tell you which workouts to do and how many sets. If you’re unfamiliar with a workout, you can scan the QR code on the corresponding card for a link to a video demonstrating it. You can do the workouts just about anywhere, no additional equipment needed.
WHOOP Strap 3.0
Apple Watches and Fitbits make for fine gifts, but for the more advanced athlete in your life, you may want to check out the latest WHOOP strap. Used by the likes of Joe Rogan and other notable athletes and celebrities, this thing tracks all of the normal sleep and activity things, but offers 5 day battery life and ultra-advanced analytics. Using that data, it can tell you when to skip a workout, or take it easier, or when to really push yourself.
Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones
Really Cody, workout headphones? So original. I know, and I tend to roll my eyes as well when I see an obvious suggestion like this in a gift guide. But the Powerbeats Pro are so good at this point that they are almost guaranteed to be better than whatever they were using before. 9 hour battery life, reinforced design with sweat and water resistance, on-device volume and track controls, and Fast Fuel Charging. Whew that’s imporessive.
Activ5 Isometric Strength Training Device
The Activ5 is essentially a tiny gym in your pocket. it’s a Bluetooth-enabled isometric strength training device that connects to your iPhone where the app offers up more than 100 customized exercises. You can target specific muscle groups and track all of your workout data, and sync it with Apple Health and other fitness apps. The device itself is small, durable, and the battery lasts for more than a year.
BOTTLED JOY 2.5L Large Capacity Water Jug
Yeah I decided not to go with a connected water bottle here. We already get too many alerts as it is. Anyway when I was looking at ‘dumb’ water bottles a few months back, I wanted: 2.5L or bigger so I didn’t have to waste time constantly refilling it, a minimal design that didn’t draw attention at the gym, BPA-free plastic, and a leak-proof lid so it wouldn’t accidentally spill in my bag. I bought this one and so far, so good.
Nexersys N3 Elite Personal Boxing Trainer
Now I want to be clear here: I don’t think I or anyone else needs the N3 Elite personal boxing trainer. It’s insanely expensive. But man oh man do I want one. It has a commercial grade steel frame, high-density foam pads, and a built-in 18.5-inch HD touchscreen tablet. It offers interactive training with real-time accuracy and strike data, and it uses Microsoft’s PlayFab platform, so you can compete against others.