15 Xmas Gifts To Get the Fitness Fanatic in Your Life
Ah, Christmas, a time for family, presents, and far too many roast potatoes. If you’re a fitness fanatic, or likely to be spending your holiday season with one, then it also leads the way into a big month in the fitness calendar and certainly one of the busiest for gyms.
So get your loved one all primed and prepped for January and the New Year’s resolution rush with these fitness gifts for the gym obsessive in your life.
15 Xmas Fitness Gifts
Yogi Bare Lunar Paws Yoga Mat
Regular yogis will tell you the importance of investing in a good yoga mat — it really is a false economy — and as mats go, the Yogi Bare mat, and its brilliant grip, has to be up there. Made from a natural, sustainably sourced rubber that’s readily recyclable and biodegradable, unlike the more commonly-found PVC yoga mats, a percentage of each sale even gets donated to marine conservation charity, Sea Shepherd.
Kenko Walnut Dumbbell Set
If you know a design nerd who likes to lift in style, then boy have we got the gift for you. Made by high-end design studio Kenko, these minimalist dumbbells have been handcrafted from wood and brass to create a sleek take on the clunky gym equipment staple. Plus, once you’re done pumping those biceps up, they make for a beautiful ornament to keep around the house.
Adidas Power Perfect 3 Shoes
When it comes to lifting heavy, having the right footwear on your feet will allow you to push through the floor with more force for a PB just waiting to happen. Invest in these trainers from German sportswear giant Adidas then, with a specially engineered die-cut wedge midsole, added heel support, and an instep strap for complete stability. Trust us, your squat will thank you for it.
Polar Ignite Fitness Watch
Apple and Fitbit attract most of the attention when it comes to the fitness tracker game, but in terms of spec, Polar is hard to beat. The Ignite has everything you would expect, from GPS and sports modes for a whole host of activities to Polar’s Precision Prime optical heart rate sensor technology.
But there are extra levels here, from more insightful sleep data to the super-handy FitSpark, a mode that offers personalised advice and suggested exercises based on your fitness level, training history, and new sleep insights. Oh, and it’s a slick-looking fella too.
CHPT3 Most Days Cycling Jersey
Founded by former Team GB cyclist and multiple Tour de France stage winner David Millar, CHPT3 make the sort of racing kit even the pros dream of wearing. This handsome forest green cycling jersey from the brand has been constructed out of a completely recycled polyester which comes approved by sustainable fabric certificators, Bluesign, and has added antimicrobial and odour control, so you won’t stink up the pub during that post-ride pint.
HoMedics Massage Gun
Anyone whose been to the gym for even just a few weeks will tell you that the way in which you recover is almost as important as the workout yourself. This massage gun from HoMedics is an invaluable tool then, with a high-frequency pulsing action to penetrate deep into the muscle tissue and ease any post-workout soreness.
Reiss x Castore Hybrid Shell Jacket
Leading the British sportswear pack in recent years, Castore is still a baby when compared to the twin monoliths of Nike and Adidas (the brand was only founded in 2015). But in its short history, the brand was already shown some championship-winning form, providing kit for the likes of Andy Murray, Newcastle United, and the McLaren F1 team.
Its latest collab sees the brand enter the high street fray with the ever-luxe and wearable Reiss, for some thoroughly contemporary sportswear — think muted colour tones, high-tech fabrics, and sharp cuts. This lightweight, quilted shell jacket is the edit’s MVP.
Hilly Twinskin Socklet
A sock is a sock at the end of the day, ain’t it? Well, not when you’re wearing these genius creations from British running brand Ronhill. They’re actually two socks for the price of one, with a fine inner sock that wicks moisture away from the foot and transfers it to the drying outer sock. This double-layer construction also prevents friction so you can’t finally wave goodbye to those 20-mile blisters. If you know someone who has their eyes on a marathon next year, you’ll want to nab them these.
Mela Comfort Weighted Blanket
Mela Comfort make weighted blankets designed to apply pressure on the user to mimic a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation which helps relax the nervous system. The results for athletes can be revelatory, ensuring optimum recovery and a better training session than your last.
Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones
A thumping soundtrack is a perfect accompaniment to any and every workout, helping to both delay fatigue and increase work capacity according to studies. Make sure all other distractions are limited with these wireless earphones complete with secure-fit ear hooks customisable for extended comfort, a reinforced design for sweat resistance, and up to nine hours of listening time.
Sweaty Betty Nestle Up Tapered Trousers
The 2021 WFH life has only solidified our athleisure wardrobes going into 2022, and we can’t see anyone dumping the sweats for a pinstripe suit anytime soon. These swish joggers from Sweaty Betty are primed for next year then, with an easy-to-wear tapered fit and a subtle, textured cotton twill that will have the whole gym green with envy.
Under Armour Sports Mask
This sports mask from American sportswear brand Under Armour has been made specifically for athletes, with a water-resistant outer shell and an inside fabric complete with Iso-Chill technology which disperses heat around your skin, so it actually feels cool when you put it on before you sweat up a storm at your next gym sesh. Not that you need to be working out to wear one; it fights pandemics wherever it goes.
Nike Recovery Foam Roller
We’re big fans of a foam roller here at Form HQ. It might look like a lethargic caterpillar, but using one regularly can help improve your blood circulation, iron out those painful post-workout pangs and increase your range of motion. This roller comes well cushioned, with a textured foam exterior and an adjustable carry strap so you can take it on-the-go.
Vitamix A2500i Blender
Long gone are the days when a post-workout protein shake was simply something to shunt down your gullet as quickly as possible. Protein shakes are made to be enjoyed now, and for the protein shake connoisseur, there’s the Vitamix A2500i – quite possibly the finest smoothie making tool around.
We’re talking three program settings for smoothies, hot soup, and desserts, a pulse feature to fine-tune the texture of your shake, and even wireless connectivity so you can update your blender settings according to the latest tech. That’s a protein smoothie you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Form Insulated Stainless Steel Shaker
If you’re still wanted to shake up your protein the old-fashioned way (and on-the-go), there’s always our stainless steel shaker. Mighty and durable, it is both vacuum-insulated and double-walled, so you can keep the contents pleasurably chilled for up to 24 hours. And all while it’s ergonomic design and leak-proof lid lets you glug away in between sets without the risk of spilling your Performance Choc Peanut all over the gym floor.