The holidays are almost here, which means that most of us will set out in search of gifts for our loved ones. For those of you with friends who are fitness junkies, here are what we consider to be the 10 best fitness gifts for under $50 that your friends will love!
1. Foam Roller by Trigger Point Performance
Foam rolling (also know as self-myofascial release) is, essentially, self-massage which aims to release muscle tightness and trigger points.
It works by helping to “break up” trigger points as well as by increasing blood flow to the muscle, thereby restoring healthy tissue.
In fact, research on foam rolling published in the Journal of Athletic Training found that it helped reduce muscle soreness and the associated reduction in performance.
The 13-inch TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller made by Trigger Point Performance comes with free online instructional videos, and is one of the highest quality pieces of equipment we’ve used! This is truly one of the best fitness gifts ever!
2. GymPaws Gym Gloves
GymPaws are a great alternative to traditional lifting gloves.
The are extremely comfortable and slightly padded with genuine cowhide leather, which means that they help protect your hands against friction and prevent the forming of calluses.
They are also moisture resistant, which means that they don’t absorb sweat and can be tossed in the washing machine and dryer along with the rest of your clothes.
It’s no coincidence that GymPaws are some of the highest rated workout “gloves” on Amazon!
3. Maximiza Pull-Up Bar
Pull-ups and chin-ups are some of the absolute best upper back exercises you can do for developing strength and building muscle. The problem is that, for those working out at home to build muscle, finding somewhere to safely execute these exercises can be a real challenge.
Well, not any more!
The Maximiza Pull-Up Bar is a heavy duty chrome steel bar which can be safely and securely mounted on your doorway, allowing you to perform a number of different exercises, while giving you the flexibility to move it to different places or heights.
If pull-ups are one of the best exercises you can do, a pull-up bar is one of the best fitness gifts you can give!
4. Adidas Team Speed Duffel Bag
The Adidas Team Speed Duffel Bag is one of best fitness gifts for the gym rats who try to fit going to the gym into their busy lives or for those of us who like to carry lots of stuff to the gym with us.
This bag is made with 100% polyester, has a water resistant bottom, has a large main compartment and a smaller ventilated one, and is a strong and durable with a lifetime warranty from Adidas.
Best of all, it just looks awesome!
5. TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones
Number 5 on the list of best fitness gifts are the TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones are your perfect companion to exercise, whether it’s cardio or lifting.
They are snug and secure so that they stay in place and they have built-in magnets which let you attach the headphones together and wear like a necklace when not in use.
They also have a built-in microphone with noise-cancellation technology and a long battery life (up to 5 hours of continuous music or 175 hours of stand-by time).
We haven’t tried these yet, but the thousands of positive reviews on Amazon speak for themselves!
6. Weight Lifting Belt by Dark Iron Fitness
If you want to get a fitness gift for a serious lifter that they will highly appreciate, look no further! The Genuine Leather Pro Weight Lifting Belt by Dark Iron Fitness is a great choice.
With a height of 4″ across its length and 5 mm thickness, it is made from premium reinforced leather, has a heavy-duty metal buckle and weighs just 1.5 lbs.
What’s more is that the folks at Dark Iron Fitness are so confident in the belt’s quality that they promise to send you a new one if yours ever fails!
7. Rehband 7 mm Knee Sleeve
This is another gem on our list of best fitness gifts and it’s something “hardcore” lifters, especially those who enjoy powerlifting or who just like to squat a lot, will love.
The original blue Rehband Knee Sleeves are, probably, the top-selling knee sleeves of all time – and with good reason. Seriously, if you’ve never heard of these, you must be from another planet!
They are 7 mm thick, designed in Sweden and Made in Estonia by Otto Bock HealthCare, and are extremely useful for injury prevention and rehabilitation. They are also IPF and IWF approved for competition.
8. Adjustable Dumbbell Set by CAP Barbell
If you know someone who is just starting out with home workouts or someone who has no choice but to train at home, this is one of the best fitness gifts you can give them.
The Adgustable Dumbbell Set by CAP Barbell is a 40-pound set which comes with a plastic storage case. It features ergonomic grips, comfortable handles and rubber trim collars which are threaded for a secure fit.
The set is rust and maintenance-free and sold at a very affordable $50!
9. BlenderBottle ProStak System
The BlenderBottle Prostak is a leak-proof, expandable all-in-one solution for the serious lifter, which adds storage capacity for powders, pills and supplements in general.
It includes a 22-ounce capacity BlenderBottle, two separate containers (150 cc and 100 cc) a pill organizer and wire whisk. The twist n’lock jars can be used with or without the bottle to carry powders (like pre- and post-workout supplements, protein, creatine, and other muscle building supplements), while more jars can be purchased separately.
The BlenderBottle Prostak is also dish-washer safe, and BPA- and Phthalate-free.
10. Olympic Fractional Plates by 44SPORT
Last on our list of best fitness gifts, but certainly not least, are the Olympic Fractional Plates (also known as microplates) by 44SPORT. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what these are, because your loved ones who are serious about lifting do!
You see, after a few years of proper weight training, there comes a point where even the smallest weight plates at the gym are too big of a jump for most lifts. Highly experienced trainees still need to increase the load on the bar when training to build muscle, but they need a smaller and lighter plate to do so.
That’s where the Olympic Fractional Plates come in! With a total of 8 plates of 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 lb, these little bad boys allow for small incremental jumps and progressive overload training.