55 Best Fitness Gifts 2018

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Pacterra Athletic Strider

$50.00

Plenty of compression tights from a bevy of companies arrived this year, but there may not be a more comfortable, thoughtful pair than Pacterra’s Athletic Strider. The three-fourths-length tights are made of an extra-soft, super-comfortable stretch fabric, and they include a “hidden” side pocket that’s perfect for keys or a small wallet, making it easier to move hands-free when you hit the trail for a workout. 

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Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing Kickboxing Training Gloves

Sanabul
amazon.com
$19.99

Whether he’s an experienced sparrer or he just wants to knock a heavy bag around, these basic boxing gloves are a great gift for someone who wants to blow off some steam. Just make sure to get some for yourself if you plan on joining them in the ring. 

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Stealth Core Trainer

$199.00

What if planking was a game? That’s the idea behind the Stealth Core Trainer, which, paired with a handy free app, turns this neon green board into the six-pack version of Galaga. It’s perfect for the gamer who wants abs of rock-hard steel. 

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Brooks Bedlam

$150.00

These kicks from Brooks have a soft knit upper on top and the company’s super-energized Amp DNA tech in the midsole. Get them for your favorite runner (or yourself) for a stable, stylish shoe for your most difficult runs. 

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Triggerpoint GRID Vibe Plus

$99.99

A foam roller so small that it almost fits in a backpack. And the best part: Hit one button and the device vibrates at 33 Hz, a frequency that can help relax your muscles. Triggerpoint’s entry into the vibrating sports recovery tool market was intelligent in every way, right down to the micro-USB charging port that won’t be a headache for any traveler with a laptop.

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Onnit Iron Man Kettlebell

$119.95

The only thing cooler than doing kettlebell swings with a 40-pounder? Doing them with a 40-pound kettlebell that’s been cast to look like Iron Man. Onnit’s entire Marvel Hero Elite line of fitness equipment will make you feel superheroic, but no piece stands out more than this Iron Man kettlebell. Get it for the friend who heads to the gym daily trying to carve a superhero torso.

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Apple Watch Series 4

apple.com

For the Apple fan in your life, this is thee ultimate healthy Apple Watch, complete with GPS tech, water resistance up to 50 meters, and some new fit tracking functions. The newly-redesigned wearable also boasts some new heart health features, which are a big draw to anyone worried about their ticker.

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Bird Dogs Knight Rider

$54.95

Gym shorts were all the same until Birddogs came along. Beyond their unique design—they come in colors ranging from khaki to neon pink—they’re super comfortable, the liner doesn’t ride up, and the pockets are perfectly placed. 

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FreeStride Trainer FS9i

$2,799.00

The compact footprint makes this easy to fit into a limited home gym space. Plus, the FS9i’s three stride configurations—elliptical, treadmill, and stepper—give you the benefit of three machines in one. As an added bonus, iFit integration allows you to use Google maps to create custom training routes. Next stop, Swiss Alps! 

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RX SmartGear Jump Rope

$45.00

It’s the official jump rope of Team USA boxing for good reason: Its comfortable, ergonomic handles and smooth bearings make it easy to fire off double-unders.

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Oakley Radar Pace

$449.00

Oakley partnered with Intel to develop the ultimate smart sunglasses for endurance athletes. Pair them with your phone, then use the touch pads on the temples to control your music or take calls. You can also receive in-ear audio cues regarding your heart rate, speed, and power output. 

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Manduka PRO Extra Long Yoga Mat

manduka
manduka.com
$136.00

You’re looking at the perfect yoga mat for guys. That’s because it’s longer and slightly wider than typical mats. It’s also guaranteed for life. 

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ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Sport Mesh

ExOfficio
amazon.com
$24.98

This company has perfected high-tech underwear: Their new SportMesh fabric wicks faster and remains cool and comfortable, no matter how hard you run or work out. 

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Under Armour UA Speedform AMP 3.0

Under Armour
zappos.com
$120.00

Men’s Health fitness advisors and injury prevention experts love Under Armour shoes—they’re lightweight and comfortable, with just the right amount of support and movement where you need it. Wear them for your next workout. 

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Men’s Health MA40

order.hearstproducts.com
$60.00

Give the mature man in your life the gift of a better fitness plan, designed specifically for him. Trainer David Jack guides you through an 8-week program to take guys over 40 to their fullest potential. 

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SmartWool Men’s PhD Run Light Elite Low Cut Socks (Black) X-Large

SmartWool
amazon.com
$17.94

Engineered with runners in mind, these socks come with extra padding for your heels and the balls of your feet, as well as ventilation zones and seamless toes. 

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CycleOps Magnus Smart Trainer

CycleOps
amazon.com
$549.90

Don’t feel like paying $35 for a spin class? Pop off the back wheel of your bike and set yourself up on the indoor smart system from CycleOps. 

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Onnit Sandbags

onnit.com
$82.85

Who needs weights when you can just throw around a sandbag? Sandbag training can help build real-world strength, readying people for everything from lifting weights to lifting the groceries, and Onnit’s version is as durable and sleek as they come. Just note: Whoever opens this gift will need to get (or have) their own real sand to fill the two sandbags.

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EvoShield Pro Team Training Hoodie

evoshield
evoshield.com
$54.99

Need a lightweight long sleeve option that works for your workout or your post-gym outfit? This sleek sweatshirt doesn’t weigh you down like a cotton hoodie but performs like performance workout gear, making it the perfect in-between option. 

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Nemo Helio Portable Pressure Shower

Nemo
amazon.com
$99.95

Nothing beats training outdoors—except maybe the feeling of a shower after a long trail run or hike. Keep this portable, foot-pump shower in your car for those times when you just can’t wait to get home to rinse off. 

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Nike Free x Metcon

Nike
nike.com
$95.97

High-intensity, functional workouts are a quick way to get fit, but sprints, box jumps, and rope climbs put a beating on your training shoes. The Free x Metcon gives you the flexibility for runs, jumps, and sprints, with the toughness to gut through even the most intense WODs.

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Fat Gripz

Fat Gripz
amazon.com
$29.00

Grip tends to be the limiting factor in lifts like farmer’s walks and deadlifts. These grip-widening clips attach to a bar or dumbbell to turn any exercise into a grip strengthener—so your grip never gets in the way of your gains. 

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Black Diamond Iota Headlamp

Black Diamond
amazon.com
$39.95

Consider this the perfect companion for early morning or late night runs: It’s the smallest, brightest rechargeable headlamp on the market, and it’s also rain proof. 

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Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Hydro Flask
amazon.com
$44.95

This BPA- and phthalate-free insulated bottle will keep your water or endurance mix cold for up to 24 hours (or coffee hot for up to six). The robust stainless-steel construction is engineered to take a serious beating. 

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Lalo Tactical Maximus Grinder

lalo.com
$130.00

Designed by one of Men’s Health’s favorite trainers, Bobby Maximus, we like this shoe for lifting as much as we do for hiking or bumming around town on a Saturday. Its drainage ports and quick-drying fabric mean you can wear it in the river or rinse it off after a sweaty workout. 

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UA Pro Series Rock Backpack

Under Armour
underarmour.com
$250.00

Most backpacks don’t have much going for them — but this one is endorsed by one of our favorite fitness personalities, The Rock. You’ll get plenty of pockets to stow your gear, a rugged design, and the reassurance that your pack is good enough for Dwayne Johnson himself.

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SITKA Gear Traverse Cold Weather Hoody

SITKA
amazon.com
$199.00

Sitka is known for making technical hunting gear, but this fashion-forward hoody is the ultimate cold-weather running piece. It regulates your body heat, repels the weather, and—best of all—has a built-in face mask. 

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Altra Footwear Lone Peak 4 Mid RSM

Altra Footwear
zappos.com
$160.00

Both ultra-endurance trail runners and multi-day backpackers swear by Altras. Featuring a waterproof exterior and a padded mid-height ankle collar, the Lone Peak 4 is the brand’s most durable shoe. It still delivers the classic comfort Altra is known for, thanks to the roomie toe box and plush insole. 

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Schwinn Airdyne Pro

Schwinn
amazon.com
$999.00

Coming in at under a grand, this is arguably the best value fan bike on the market. Like all fan bikes, it’s great for tough interval work. (The Tabata study was done on fan bikes for a reason.) But it’s not geared so heavily that you can’t use it for long endurance sessions. 

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Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO with Auto-iQ Boost

SharkNinja
amazon.com
$89.00

One of the keys to putting on muscle is getting enough protein and calories. The easiest way to do that: a daily super shake. All blenders blend, but this one is specifically suited for shakes, so you’ll spend less time scraping caked protein powder off the sides. It’s also a cinch to clean up afterward—just detach the cup and go. 

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