I am definitely not a fitness fanatic, but my 16 year old son Ryan is. He was telling me what he wanted for Christmas this year and everything on his list was related to working out! That sparked the idea in my head of coming up with a gift guide for fitness fanatics and including it in the series.
I asked Ryan to come up with a list of things he either really wanted or already owns and loves. I added a couple favorite things of my own and we came up with this!
keeps liquid cold up to 12 hours
We actually own several of these Thermos water bottles. They are amazing. They are perfect for working out since they have a large spout that allows for bigger gulps. It amazes me how long they really hold the ice! I use mine for when I go play tennis and Ryan uses his everytime he works out.
the wristband that challenges, motivates and makes fitness fun
I love my Fitbit! I have owned the Fitbit Charge and the Alta. I got the Alta because it was a little slimmer and more fashionable, but I really miss the features of the HR. The HR has the added benefit of tracking your heart rate and it also counts up and down stairs. The Alta doesn't do this. I miss my Charge!
effortlessly make power packed, nutrient-rich smoothies
This Ninja Professional Blender is perfect for making healthy smoothies and drinks. It has amazing ice crushing capabilities and comes with convenient to go lids for the blending cups. The cups are dishwasher safe so it makes clean-up so much easier.
the most versatile, space-saving dumbbell available
Ryan owns these Bowflex adjustable Dumbbells, uses them daily and abosolutely loves them. They combine 15 sets of weights into one. Each dumbbell easily adjusts from 5 to 52.5 pounds. We keep our workout equipment in our garage, so it's definitely nice to have these in there instead of a big rack full of dumbbells!
a top quality bag built to take loads of punishment
This punching bag is on Ryan's Christmas wishlist. It gets amazing reviews, and after doing much research, both Ryan and his dad have decided this is the one to get!
these gloves offer an excellent fit and great quality
If you have a punching bag, you need some good punching gloves! They also get amazing reviews and they come in a variety of colors and sizes.
a lightweight, fast rope that's great for fitness training
Apparently you need just the right jumping rope! Who knew! Ryan and his dad researched jumping ropes and agree they each want one of these. It gets great reviews and the price is definitely right!
safe, well-built and heavy-duty with lots of features
So this one is a little hard-core, but he really dreams of getting one. The Power Cage allows for the person working out to do squats and benchpress without having a spotter. It can also be used for pull-ups, chin-ups and dips. A little on the pricier side, but the boy can dream right?
a gym quality workout bench for the home
This weight bench can be used alone or in conjunction with the cage. It can be used for various weightlifting excercises. It's another one of Ryan's wishlist items.
healthy foods to fuel workouts
This is a great recipe book specially formualted for athletes. According to the many wonderful reviews, these recipes give you healthy food that tastes amazing. Another thing noted by lots of reviewers is the fact that most recipes are easy to make. Ryan Jr. loves to cook for himself, and I'm certain he would get great use from this book.
works like magic to eliminate pain
Ryan has been wanting a muscle roller for a while now. This is the one he has decided he's going to get. It helps relieve muscle soreness, eases cramps and relieves muscle pain after a good workout.
comfortable, convenient and stylish
This FlipBelt is a really cool product. It helps the person working out stay hands-free. It has 4 separate pockets for carrying phone, keys, credit cards or whatever needs to go with you while working out. Very comfortable to wear and gets great reviews.
colorful comfort that protects feet
Yup, a great pair of socks is essential when working out. These running socks come with a lifetime guarantee, are extremely comfortable, and keep your feet cool and dry. I'd love to get some of these for when I play tennis!
this indestructible bag provides a great workout
Lifting sandbags is an unconventional way of pushing your body to its limits. My nephew Allan, which is an extreme fitness fanatic, brought one for Ryan Jr to try, and they had a ball using it. This one gets wonderful reviews.
strengthening the athlete's biggest weakness
These Fat Gripz are for those looking to buff up their arms. I personally am not a fan of overly buff arms, but Ryan says they're great. They wrap around barbells, dumbbells and excercise machine handles increasing their diameter which causes greater muscle activation in the arms.
a virtual fitness coach and motivator in your ear
This souped up fitness tracker is basically like having a fitness coach in your ear while you're running, walking, using the treadmill or cycling. You can listen to music, it measures your heart rate, elevation, location, allows you to answer calls and more! Pretty cool technology if you ask me.
get a great workout at an affordable price
These resistance excercise bands provide a very affordable way to get a great workout. 4 and a half stars with over 6,000 reviews! Can't beat that.
high quality, low bounce rubber Olympic bumper plates
And these, these are the weights that go with the high quality barbell. One great thing about them is they are rubber so they won't mess up your floors!