Karen’s Favorite Things – 7 great fitness gift ideas - December 7th, 2010

Are you looking for a gift idea for family or friends that have strong health and fitness goals?  Below is a list of my favorite fitness things.

1. TRX Suspension Trainer. I love my TRX. It is great for those with no extra space in your home for a workout room.  You can mount it to your ceiling at home or in the garage. Or you can use a door mount as well. Great way to get a workout without much equipment. Plus you can take it with you (indoors and outdoors).   – $189.95

2. Calorie Monitoring System. There are several types of systems to help you determine how many calories you have burned. Here are three great systems.  They all work great.  Just find one that works for you!
a. Body Bugg – $165-$219
b. FitBit Wireless Trainer – $99
c. Polar Heart Rate Monitor – $70 – $350 (pending on model)

3. Active Gaming Systems
a. EASportsActive (for Xbox, Playstation, Wii)  – $99
b. Just Dance 2 (for Wii) – $29.99
c.  Many many more possibilities here.  Just look for your favorite game that will keep you moving!

4. Adjustable Dumbbells. Having a set of adjustable dumbbells is great for home use because they don’t take up much space and you can tuck them away when not in use. But, if you use them daily, then you won’t have tuck them away.  🙂 I have two recommendations, one is cheaper, but one is a higher quality. Both will do the job.
a. Reebok Adjust-a-Weight Set. This set is one have used for in-homes. They are affordable and functional. You can buy them at www.amazon.com or Target. Price: $79 (2 pack of 3lbs to 12.5lbs dumbbells) or $79 (1 set 5lbs to 25lbs) or $158 for 2 sets
b. Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells. This is an expensive system, but they are the best adjustable dumbbells that I have ever used. If you are willing to make the purchase, you won’t be disappointed.   If you bought individual dumbbells, you would spend practically the same amount.   Check out garage sales or craig’s list as well.   Price: $290 – 350

5.  Stability Ball.  If you don’t have room for a bench at home or you are looking to increase your core strength, a stability ball is essential.  Rule of thumb, you want to make sure the ball is not too big for you.  When you sit on it, your legs should be at a 90 degree angle.  Unless the person you are buying for is extremely tall, a 55 cm ball will be ideal. –www.performbetter.com or www.power-systems.com

6.  Weight lifting gloves.  An affordable and simple gift.  I love my gloves because they keep excessive calluses away and keep my grip from getting too fatigued.  I have a favorite type of glove, but they sadly don’t make it anymore.  You can find all kinds of gloves online or at any sports store.  My recommendation would be to try them on (whether they are for you or not) to see how easy or difficult they are to get on and off.

7. Home Exercise DVD’s. Believe it or not, this personal trainer loves working out in her home. It is away from my work environment and I am able to focus on me. My personal favorite is TurboFire. It is a great way to get intense cardio in at home without a treadmill or other cardio vascular equipment.  I think everyone should have at least ONE home exercise DVD program to do when you just can’t get to the gym.  Here are my 4 favorite’s for the BEST home workout:

a. P90X: A great strength based workout program for home. If you complete the program, you will definitely see results.  You need access to dumbbells and/or resistance bands – $119.85

b. ChaLEAN Extreme: A strength based workout program that focuses on slow speed, and intense results.  You will alos need dumbbells or resistance bands. – $119.85

c. Turbo Fire: Intense cardio conditioning and high intensity interval training.  This is my personal favorite way of doing my cardio at home.  I first loved Turbo Jam and Turbo Fire is definitely the next level. – $119.85

d. Insanity: An intense home workout program focusing on both cardiovascular endurance and strength and NO extra equipment needed. – $119.85

2 responses to “Karen’s Favorite Things – 7 great fitness gift ideas”

  1. anna says:

    Your list is most helpful! You’re so thoughtful! Merry Christmas

  2. P90X is a great workout system. You can do the workouts with dumbbells or resistance bands. If you get the dumbbells and you can afford it, I suggest the adjustable type like you mentioned. However, a good set of adjustable resistance bands are a better alternative because you can workout your entire body, not just upper body workouts like with dumbbells. You can also take the bands with you if you travel so you never have to miss your workout. Once you get “in the zone”, it’s hard to skip a day without going through exercise withdrawals – sorta like going without that morning coffee!

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