Best Gifts for People Who Work Out: 28 of the Most Inspiring Ideas
If you’re shopping for a gym lover then it can be tricky to know what to buy them when it comes to choosing a gift.
We’ve put together a list of exciting ideas, including some of the latest workout-enhancing technology.
Take a look below at our rundown of 28 of the best gifts for people who love working out:
1. Theragun PRO
The power of a deep muscle massage in your hands
Give a gym junkie the gift of a powerful massage!
Theragun’s PRO device is a must-have for serious athletes and personal trainers looking to enhance muscle recovery and improve their performance.
Powering 16mm into the muscle tissue, it can handle an incredible 60lbs of applied force without stalling.
With four adjustable arm positions, variable speed options and six attachments there’s a way to treat even the hardest-to-reach areas.
After taking a really close look at the full range of Theragun massagers, and thoroughly reviewing the PRO, we felt it offered the most to people wanting to maximize their workout.
This is their 5th generation model which has been updated to be quieter, plus it includes visually guided routines and a new micro-point attachment to increase stimulation.
However, if it’s out of your price range, there are a number of affordable Theragun alternatives to consider.
2. PlayMakar SPORT Electrical Muscle Stimulator
Can EMS give your loved one the advantage they’re looking for?
Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) has huge advantages for people who want to take their workout to the next level.
EMS units essentially send electrical pulses to your body making your muscles contract.
Professional athletes have been using electric muscle stimulation for years, and now PlayMakar brings that power to the consumer market.
Intrigued about how EMS can enhance training and recovery?
Thought so! Check out this short video below that shows the PlayMakar SPORT EMS device in action:
Attach the electrodes and choose from six EMS programs including warm up, endurance and recovery. Tailor your treatment further with 25 levels of intensity.
Your loved one can also enjoy the benefits of TENS therapy, as it has four TENS programs to help manage both acute and chronic pain.
This clever machine has two separate channels, allowing you to choose individual intensity levels for different areas (or sides) of your body.
It’s a rechargeable device giving between three and five hours of battery life per charge, and ships with both large and small electrodes.
One user raved about how they used it to activate their leg muscles before a workout, then recovery mode to unwind afterwards.
3. Sweat Deck Exercise Cards
Add a little variety to their workout
Sweat Deck Exercise Cards are a great way to keep your workout interesting.
You get 53 full-body workout challenges that have been designed by a certified personal trainer.
Pick a card then work through each of the exercises to constantly keep your body guessing.
If you don’t want to follow the programmed workouts, on the reverse of each card is a simple instruction such as 10 Burpees, 30 Push-Ups or 10 Overhead Squats.
Pick a couple to create your own workout, before taking on the challenge of the Workout Finisher at the bottom of the card.
Owners of the cards said the pack had replaced pricey HIIT classes, and were amazed at the significant improvements they could feel in their own stamina.
4. Therabody Wave Roller
A smart foam rolling experience
Foam rollers are a really good tool for warm up and recovery.
Therabody have taken the standard foam roller to the next level with their Wave Roller.
Typically known for creating the best gun massagers on the market, their smart foam roller has been constructed to deliver a powerful and efficient rolling experience.
This vibrating roller can increase blood flow, release tension and improve your range of motion. It offers full body support and has a hypo-allergenic surface, making it easy to clean.
Equipped with Bluetooth, you can pair the device with your smartphone to control the five different intensity settings and choose from a range of customized routines.
Once fully charged the Wave Roller will last for up to three hours, so you don’t need to worry about losing power.
Amazingly, it can also be paired with the Theragun PRO through the Therabody app so you can use the devices in tandem.
5. Cossac Fitness Journal & Workout Planner
Start developing healthier habits
Fitness journals are a great way to track performance and reach goals. Even the act of journaling itself has been shown to help improve your physical fitness.
Use this handy journal to monitor the exercise you do each day, including how many sets and the time spent on each activity.
There is also a section to monitor your diet and water intake, so you can see how what you’re putting in your body impacts on your performance.
This fitness journal is designed to motivate you to exercise, by giving you space to record your goals and progress.
With thick pages and a robust cover, owners of the journal love the quality, appreciating the space to record all your measurements to monitor your changing shape.
6. The Mirror
The ultimate gift for the at-home fitness fanatic
Take the energy of a pumping cardio workout class and bring it straight into their living room.
Fitness stats show that increasing numbers of people are exercising at home.
The Mirror takes home workouts to the next level, by bringing the class, personal trainer and atmosphere into your home.
Add it to your home, and when you’re not using it, it just acts as a stylish statement mirror.
Once in use, the mirror gives you access to over 10,000 classes including live daily sessions.
Thanks to advanced camera technology, the screen also monitors your performance and shows your metrics day to day based on the goals you set.
Taught by world-class fitness experts, you can pay for additional services including 1 on 1 training.
This really is the ultimate Christmas gift idea for 2023, and the ideal escape for someone who works from home.
7. Lululemon The Small Towel
No need to carry a bulky towel!
Every good workout ends in a sweaty mess!
Gift someone The Small Towel and no matter where they are, they have a towel to freshen up.
Made from an absorbent microfiber material, it was made for sweaty activities including hot yoga and indoor cycling classes.
Available in a wide range of different colors and prints, it’s a great little stocking stuffer for someone special.
8. Aku Roller
Roll on the healing powers of acupressure
Acupressure is amazing, offering so many benefits, particularly to people who love to workout.
Typically acupressure is enjoyed by lying back on a spike-covered mat. After reviewing many acupressure mats, we named the Aku Mat our number one pick.
Now the creators behind the Aku Mat have created the Aku Roller.
Covered in 570 metal spikes it helps to relax tense muscles and improve blood flow, perfect for workout warm up and recovery.
The metal spikes on the Aku Roller stimulate the energy centers in your body, so you’ll experience a soothing warming sensation that feels incredible.
Worried a spiky roller might be a painful gift?
We’ve reviewed the Aku Mat and the Aku Ball and can confirm it hurts a little at first. However you quickly get used to it and the results are more than worth it.
9. TheraCup 2-Pack
An innovative way to enjoy cupping at home
Cupping is an ancient therapy that creates suction on your skin, reducing pain and inflammation, and encouraging relaxation.
Follow any popular fitness influencer, and you’ll likely have seen a muscled back covered in suction cups!
Therabody, creators of the popular Theragun above, have created the TheraCup, an innovative way to experience the treatment in your own home.
Available as a one, two or six cup set, they combine suction with heat and vibration to deliver localized relief exactly where you need it.
Concerned about the power of the automatic suction? The cups have three built-in safeguards to protect the skin.
Plus with on-device controls and a rechargeable battery, you can use them again and again.
10. E Tronic Edge Waist Pack
Safe space for all the essentials
This E Tronic Edge Waist Pack is a great little stocking stuffer for a workout addict.
Available in 10 stylish colors, it gives you somewhere to store all your essentials when you’re on the go.
Whether you’re running, cycling or simply working out, this waist pack has space for your phone, keys, money, earphones and credit cards. There’s even a holster to hold a small water bottle.
It’s water-resistant and sweat proof, made from a strong but soft neoprene material so it fits neatly around the waist.
Super active users loved how comfortable it was to wear, without the added bulk you often get from similar products.
11. Fusion Workouts: Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, and Barre
Fuse their workout with something new
Fuse their exercise routine with the power of yoga!
Yoga can do incredible things for both your body and mind, which they’ll learn all about in this book from fitness expert Helen Vanderburg.
Not just that but she also demonstrates how you can incorporate pilates and barre to improve your strength and flexibility.
The book contains over 100 different exercises to inspire your fitness fanatic and guides the reader through a five-step system to help them learn more about their current fitness level and activity preferences.
Readers loved how easy the book is to follow with simple instructions and clear photography.
They also appreciated how it added a little variety to their routine, enabling them to get all the benefits of the different practices.
12. Withings Body+ Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale
Track more than just your weight
Withings must make some of the most beautiful body composition scales in the marketplace. Available in two colors, this scale is all style but has substance too.
The Wi-Fi scale monitors how hydrated your body is as well as recording bone mass, muscle mass, fat mass and of course your weight.
It encourages you not to get hung up on day to day changes too, by displaying the last eight days of results, so you can see any changes over a longer period.
With Wi-Fi connectivity you can link it to your smartphone and all results will automatically be stored within the app.
Withing’s Health Mate app is an added bonus, helping you meet your goals with weight and nutrition tracking.
The Body+ Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale can store information for up to 8 users, so it’s something the whole family can enjoy.
Step on it in a morning and it’ll even give you a localized weather report!
13. Apple Watch Ultra
The smartest watch for exercise lovers
The Apple Watch Ultra has been designed for the person who is always on the move.
It’s swim proof and can support recreational diving to 40m. It’s dust resistant and has a rugged titanium case to survive whatever you put it through!
Build for the outdoors, so ideal for a walker, it monitors your blood oxygen levels and can take regular ECGs.
As you’d expect it tracks all your fitness activity throughout the day, including notifying you to high and low heart rates.
If you’re shopping for a health gift for a woman, it can even track your cycle with retrospective ovulation estimates.
14. Therabody RecoveryAir System
Get them back in the game quicker than ever
Recovering after a tough workout can be frustrating, especially when you’re just keen to get moving again!
Speed up their recovery by treating them to the Therabody RecoveryAir System.
Using an innovative pneumatic system to compress the leg, the wearable tech helps to boost circulation and reduce soreness and fatigue.
Therabody, better known for their range of industry-leading gun massagers, put you in control, allowing you to manually set the pressure and session time.
This is a truly unique gift for someone who loves working out, but definitely one they’ll appreciate.
15. Dynamis Weighted Hoola Hoop
Add a fun twist to their workout
If you’re shopping for someone who has all the latest fitness tech, then add a fun little addition to their toolkit.
This weighted hoola hoop from Dynamis is a brilliant way to burn calories.
Weighing just over 3lbs, you can work on your core and waistline while also improving your balance.
Constructed from a plastic core and covered in a thick foam padding, it breaks down into six pieces so it’s easy to store away.
People loved how much fun they could have with their hoop. Tricky to initially master, they eventually found out what an amazing calorie-burning tool it could be.
Parents also found it was a great way to encourage their kids to exercise regularly.
16. Lululemon Double Roller
A stylish way to release muscle tension
Made from a dense and durable material, they can also act as a yoga bolster if you’re searching for a gift for a yogi.
Use the large roller to massage your arms and legs, then pull out the sneaky interior roller and release tension in your back.
Available in two different colors, they look like a stylish present while also being super practical!
17. Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Upgrade their headphones!
Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are ideal for everyday use.
These clever wireless headphones allow you to have noise-free calls by blocking out external sounds.
You can also use your voice to connect to Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant, so you can control your calls and music without touching your phone.
When fully charged in their compact charging case the headphones can last for up to 25 hours and work with any Bluetooth enabled device.
Users appreciated how you can customize the side earbud functions using the supporting Jabra Sound+ app, to create a perfectly personalized workout accessory.
18. BlenderBottle Shaker
Keep your smoothies smooth
Help your someone special keep their protein shake smooth for longer with the BlenderBottle.
BlenderBottle has a 28-ounce capacity and includes a 316 surgical-grade stainless steel whisk ball that helps to blend the mixture.
It has a leak proof seal and a wide mouth so you can scoop in powders with ease.
This shaker bottle comes in a range of different colors, and can be used not just for protein shakes but also for smoothies and supplements.
Complete with a loop top it’s ideal for carrying car or locker keys. Plus it can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher, which was a big selling point for many purchasers.
19. PlayMakar MVPmini Percussion Massage System
Another tool that allows you to gift someone the pleasure of percussion massage is the MVPmini.
This compact massage gun weighs less than one pound, and delivers 3000 percussions per minute for a deep and powerful treatment.
Yet what sets PlayMakar apart from the competition is the ProTip massage heads.
Made from a responsive silica material, they have been created to allow the body to better absorb and reverberate each percussion.
You get four attachments, including the Shoc, which allows you to enjoy a softer massager on sensitive areas, such as around the neck and shoulders.
Buy the PlayMakar MVPmini right now and you get a FREE ShocDuo massage head!
This double-headed accessory is normally sold separately, and allows you to treat larger muscle groups with two massage heads at the same time.
Providing an incredible 15 hours of battery life, it comes with a USB-C power cord for easy charging — an ideal gift for someone who is always on the move!
20. Body Back Buddy Elite
You might look at the Body Back Buddy Elite and wonder if such a simple tool can really be effective.
However for years it has been the trusted massage tool for many Americans.
Based on the original Body Back Buddy design, their latest model helps you do advanced trigger point therapy by numbers!
Each knob on the cane has a number which corresponds to a different area of your body. Use the specially designed grips to get right to the source, for full body muscle pain relief.
Made in the US from a fiber infused material, this manual massage tool can handle a serious amount of user force.
Many described the Body Back Buddy Elite as a game changer, amazed at how such a simple device could yield such incredible results.
21. Wordlock 5-Dial Combination Padlock
Choose a memorable word instead of a number
If your exercise enthusiast is one of those people who really does have every gadget, then take a look at the Wordlock 5-Dial Combination Padlock.
Wordlock uses letters instead of numbers, so you no longer have a number combination to remember, you can instead use a memorable word.
There are over 100,000 possible combinations, so you’re sure to be able to come up with a secret word.
This 5-Dial Combination Padlock is made from strong stuff, with a hardened steel shackle and a case metal body.
People who struggled to remember numbers loved the product as well as those purchasing for a child who they felt would more easily be able to remember a word to access their locker.
22. Fitness Dice
Roll the dice, seal your fate
Encourage someone to add a little fun to their workout by purchasing this set of Fitness Dice.
There are six dice in the set, with different exercises on each one, then roll the last dice to determine your time and repetitions.
Included in the box is also an instruction booklet to walk your loved one through each challenge, as well as 45,000 possible routines to keep their interest.
Those who bought the dice loved them as a motivation technique, appreciating the fun they added to their fitness routine.
23. PlayMakar Leg Compression Socks
These are no ordinary socks…
Socks might seem like an uninspired holiday gift, but these are no ordinary socks!
PlayMakar have created these for feet that never stop moving, whether it’s in the gym, on the track or in the field.
Firstly they have compression zones that help support the feet while keeping the socks securely in place.
Secondly they have added cushioning to key areas, including the toe and arch, to provide stability and comfort.
Finally they’re made of a soft material with strategically placed mesh panels to keep the feet cool and fresh.
Available in a range of sizes, it’s sure to be the pair they reach for time after time.
24. Gaiam Core Sliding Discs
A clever way to strengthen your core
These sliding discs are another great at-home fitness tool for someone special.
They can be used for a variety of floor exercises including planks and side lunges.
Creating a smoother and more consistent movement, it’s a great way to engage and strengthen your core.
Sold as a pair, they’re lightweight and portable, featuring two different materials to work on both carpet and hard flooring.
25. Virgin Experience Gift Voucher
Enjoy a new sporting experience
Virgin Experience Gifts offer lots of amazing activities to choose from, all you need to do is purchase a voucher.
You can choose from over 2,000 experiences including many exhilarating pursuits that will allow your loved to experience a new way to workout.
Whether you choose a golf lesson with a PJA pro or perhaps a private surfing lesson, it’s sure to be an experience they won’t forget.
Plus the voucher doesn’t expire so your loved one is free to use it whenever they like.
26. Zensah Smart Running Gloves with Touch Screen Feature
Gloves made for tech
With technology having more and more features for tracking your running, you need to be able to work with it while you’re out on a run.
The Zensah Smart Running Gloves have touch screen capability so you can still use your devices even with your gloves on.
Runners loved the feature and the snug fit that kept their hands warm.
Zensah’s running glove material has been created to allow breathability, with reflective stripes so you can be seen while running at night.
Probably the best feature of the gloves though is the micro suede thumb, designed to wipe your nose!
27. Rooibos tea from adagio teas
Flavorsome tea for post-workout
Despite being a caffeine-free tea, rooibos is considered to be wonderful for after a workout. That’s because it’s rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium.
It’s this calcium that helps to strengthen your joints, perfect after a heavy workout.
Adagio teas give you a range of different ways to enjoy their flavorsome drink.
Opt for loose leaf tea in different volumes, or choose a box of full leaf pyramid teabags for an easier way to enjoy rooibos.
The rich and deep flavor was appreciated by many tea drinkers. Those looking for teas to improve their sleep were also grateful for the caffeine-free qualities.
28. Personal Training Voucher from Find Your Trainer
Wrap up a personal trainer
Instead of making the tricky choice of a workout gadget, why not treat your someone special to a voucher for a personal training session.
Find Your Trainer has professionals in every state, who can come to your home, personal gym or local park to help you reach your fitness goals. Alternatively you can choose virtual training, so you don’t even have to leave your own home!
The website has so many trainers to choose from so you can read their reviews and specialist areas to find the one that’s right for you.
Find Your Trainer are partnered with the American Council on Exercise, so you know that every trainer will be of the highest professional standard.
They’ll do more than just help your loved one train, they’ll create plans and offer general support too. Plus the voucher doesn’t expire so they can use it when they’re ready.
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Take a look at our round-up of 27 of the best gifts for the health nuts in your life!