Holiday gift ideas for the fitness buff on your list

December 21, 2013

Q: Do you have any gift ideas for my significant other who is very into working out, staying in shape and eating healthy?

A: Having trouble finding the perfect gift for the fitness fanatic in your life? Pick from the following list of fitness gear and gadgets and give the gift of health this holiday season.

Foam roller

If you consistently read my column you know that I am a big fan of foam rollers. This is because foam rolling is a great way to keep your body healthy, loose and functioning at an optimal level. It can reduce muscle soreness and joint stress, and can increase circulation, flushing toxins and helping the body recover faster from tough workouts.

This makes it an excellent gift idea for anyone who spends more than four hours a week in the gym. Foam rollers come in all kind of brands, shapes and sizes, and you can even get a travel-sized roller that will fit neatly in your suitcase and will come in handy after being crammed in an airplane seat for long periods of time. To buy a foam roller, go to

BlenderBottle sports mixer

It’s no secret that anyone interested in working out and building muscle needs to eat plenty of protein throughout the day but if you’re on the go it’s easier said than done. That’s why you’ll need a good-quality shaker bottle so you can mix up a shake or smoothie anytime you want without leaking it all over the place. The BlenderBottle sports mixer is an excellent gift because it’s leak-proof, stylish, and durable. It also comes with a patented blender wire ball that mixes any drink or powder without leaving clumps at the bottom of the bottle, making it a must for serious fitness enthusiasts. To order, go to and pick from a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.

Six-pack fitness bag

Anyone who’s tried to travel and eat healthy knows it’s almost impossible unless you take the time to prepare correctly, but what if there were customized luggage and bags designed specifically for the fitness enthusiast traveling from point a to point b? Well, look no further, because 6 Pack Fitness offers a complete line of products made for people who take healthy eating seriously. Each bag is specifically designed for different circumstances and comes with a complete meal management system complete with storage containers, special pockets for supplements, mixer bottles and even your laptop, tablet and other personal belongings. To order the 6 Pack Bag that’s right for your special someone, go to and check out all of the different models to choose from.

FitnessRx Magazine

The greatest fitness gift you could ever give someone is knowledge, but if you’re not an expert, give them a subscription to a credible fitness magazine that will give them the latest techniques and articles to create their own personalized workouts. There are plenty of magazines out there to choose from, but if you want more bang for your buck, I’d suggest going with FitnessRx. The great thing about this magazine is it’s loaded with new information and ideas, but also prints the latest scientific studies to back them up. It even has specific magazines for men and women, and you can order them by going to or

So if you’re looking for a healthy gift this year, try one of the above ideas and give the gift of fitness.

  • Chris Antonio is a personal trainer and former world-class weightlifter. He has been lifting for more than 20 years and has trained a wide variety of clients ranging from All-American athletes to the average person trying to get into shape. To send a question to the Ask the Trainer column, email Chris at or check out

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