Best Gifts for Someone Who Practically Lives in the Gym
It’s hard to be a gym rat without being a pack rat. We’ve put together a list of essential items that won’t weigh down that barbell-buster in your life, from the best sweatproof ear buds to the most efficient (and stylish) sports tote to on-the-go cleansing cloths. Now all they need is a pillow and they’ll never have to leave!
These bluetooth earbuds feature not only HD sound with powerful bass, but also bullet-shaped memory foam tips that block noise (even that guy grunting on the treadmill next to you). Coated with a substance called Liquipel Nano, the buds are sweat- and water-resistant (though not for swimming). Patented winged earphone tips hold the buds in place during the most rigorous workouts, and a magnetic closure allows for easy stowing around your neck. Over- and under-ear fit options are included.
The latest-generation FitBit wristband still has real-time activity and sleep tracking, plus movement reminders and alerts. But it also has bonus features, including “Cardio Fitness Level,” which allows you to gauge your overall fitness via VO2 Max, the maximum amount of oxygen your body can process. Simplified heart-rate zones (Fat Burn, Cardio and Peak) help you maximize workouts. Also new is “Relax,” which uses your real-time heart rate to guide you through personalized two- to five-minute breathing exercises when you are ready to simmer down.
This backpack, made with the gym buff in mind, is designed for maximum efficiency. A magazine sleeve in the main compartment functions as a built-in laptop or tablet bag. A zippered shoe compartment separates clothes from stinky sneakers. There is plenty of room in the main compartment for lifting wraps, workout clothes, a sweat towel, resistance bands, etc. The fold-over top with buckle closure secures belongings. A side mesh pocket holds your water bottle, and an exterior zip compartment is perfect for phone, headphones and keys. We like it in Silver/Black/Gym Red, although it also comes in Medium Olive/Silver/Bright Crimson (camo print) and Black/Silver/Black. $85, Nike Store.
The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths
If you don’t have time to shower after your workout, you can at least wipe down your face with one of these disposable cleansing cloths, which contain vitamin C (to brighten, lighten and tighten), green tea (to inhibit collagen breakdown) and micro algae (to firm skin and boost collagen production). Strong enough to remove dirt, grime and makeup, but gentle enough not to over-dry the skin, these cloths have a subtle, citrus vanilla scent.
For your gym pal who needs a little blingy inspiration, this necklace, by HelloCharmsHQ on Etsy, features a kettlebell, 25-lb. weight plate and dumbbell on an 18-inch rolo chain (other chain lengths available upon request) and comes gift-wrapped. It’s a cute and fashionable way to stay inspired.
Pre- or post-workout, massage one or two pumps of Workout Wonder into hard-working legs or an achy upper back, neck and shoulders. Enriched with an invigorating cocktail of herbs and extracts (including horse chestnut, horsetail extracts and a natural blend of essential oils), the cooling formula helps reduce swelling, increase circulation and assist with pain recovery. Shea and murumuru butter help keep skin soft and supple. It’s perfect for that interval machine addict.
This letter-based lock is a great new twist on the old combo lock. With four letters and one number, you can create a word (we like “cake” and “tots”), which is much easier to remember than a numerical combo, and you don’t have to carry a key. The lock features a hardened steel shackle for extra cut resistance and comes in four colors: black, blue, red or white.
At 26 inches wide and 78 inches long, this no-nonsense yoga mat from Gaiam is 2 inches wider and 10 inches longer than standard mats to accompany extended poses. It’s also thicker, with a 5 millimeter, extra-sticky surface to keep you stable during the most challenging yoga poses or the longest set of push-ups. The reversible mat is gray/black, is phthalate-free and has a great price. What more could a gym rat ask for in a mat?
Is it a blender? Or is it a sport bottle? It’s both. This nifty contraption lets you blend your favorite smoothie or shake right in the sport bottle. The 250-watt motor will pulverize frozen fruit and ice (and whatever else you want) directly into the sport bottle. Detach it and go!
The 20-ounce BPA-free plastic sport bottle is dishwasher safe and fits in most car cup holders. Once you have enjoyed your smoothie or protein shake, you can reuse your sport bottle throughout the day to stay hydrated with water and any other beverage that strikes your fancy. My Blend comes in orange, pink, blue or green.