6 Fitness Gifts for Men That Active Guys Will Love
Shopping for men is challenging, especially because fellas tend to buy the items they actually need instead of waiting for a special occasion. When a holiday, birthday, or anniversary approaches, it’s time to get creative with gift ideas. If you need to find a present for the fitness-focused guys in your life, start with this handy list of fitness gifts for men. From the TRX Suspension Trainer to a magic fitness mirror, there’s something for everyone.
Jumping rope isn’t just for kids and boxers: it’s an excellent form of cardio for anyone. It can increase the elasticity and resiliency of lower-leg muscles, improve coordination, and burn about 10-16 calories per minute. Plus, a jump rope is portable and can be used inside or outside. Anyone who’s exercised with a cheap, flimsy rope knows that finding a proper jump rope makes a world of difference. This Buddy Lee model, $34.95, has comfortable grips and an easily adjustable PVC rope to make jumping more efficient and fun.
Does cryotherapy work? That depends on whom you ask, but athletes like LeBron James, Steph Curry, and Floyd Mayweather all do it. During Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC), clients spend three to four minute in a freezing, climate-controlled chamber. (We’re talking about −148° F to −220° F.) Proponents say it decreases inflammation, increases cellular survival, reduces pain, and accelerates the body’s natural recovery. Prices for WBC sessions may vary according to your location, so a session might cost anywhere between $30 and $70.
Vibrating Foam Roller
For anyone who exercises regularly, foam rolling is an important part of recovery because it stimulates myofascial release. The next generation in rolling incorporates vibration on top of the the standard high-density foam. Manufacturers say vibrating rollers—like the Hyperice Vyper, $199, or Nextrino NextRoller, $130—speed recovery better than by emitting micropulses that boost circulation, improve flexibility, and reduce pain.
TRX Suspension Trainer
Year after year, the TRX Suspension Trainer ($200) continues to be a popular gift because anyone can use it anywhere. It’s an all-in-one fitness solution for a full-body workout, perfect for home, the gym, and travel, and it doesn’t require any special equipment for set-up. If the guy you’re shopping for needs help getting started, the TRX Suspension Trainer also comes with a full year’s access to the TRX App, featuring specially-programmed workouts from the world’s top trainers.
Genetically-Personalized Fitness Plan
Thanks to genetic-testing companies like 23andMe and Color, it’s easier than ever to learn more about the body. Now, genetic information can be used in wellness planning. Muhdo, (£250) runs advanced genetic and epigenetic profiling to encourage users to “exploit their genetic gifts for efficient and sustainable health gains.” In the simplest of terms, Muhdo builds a fitness and nutrition plan that is customized to a person’s genetic background.
Next-Generation Home Training
Following in the footsteps of Peloton’s home cycling studio, there’s a new product bringing the group fitness experience home. Mirror is a nearly-invisible interactive home gym which streams unlimited cardio, strength, yoga, boxing, and barre classes into the user’s home through a $1500 mirror/screen device. The company has more than 50 new live classes each week, as well as an extensive library of on-demand workouts. In addition to the hardware purchase, there’s a $39 per month subscription for classes. Unlike most exercise equipment, which looks like fitness equipment, Mirror, when not in use, doubles as a mirror.
Fitness gifts for men can be inexpensive, (think: sweatbands, socks, or Epsom salts), super extravagant, (hello, Mirror), or somewhere in between, (here’s looking at you, TRX Suspension Trainer). Whatever you choose, these gift ideas are a thoughtful way to support a healthy lifestyle.