The 2014 Lean It UP Fitness Gift Guide — 12 Killer Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Fitness Junkie
We’re halfway through November. The fat-inducing, holiday assault is officially in full swing. It’s the time of year where workouts go to die, and diets spontaneously combust, only to miraculously come back to life like a phoenix come January 1.
Whether it’s for your own list or a special someone, a stacked arsenal of cutting edge fitness gadgets can help pump a little juice into a stale workout routine, revamp a garbage diet, and push the laziest of people out of hibernation (just don’t tell them that’s your goal).
With so much to choose from, we’ve hand-picked 12 killer fitness gift ideas for 2014, wrapped ’em up, and stuffed everything into our 2014 Lean It UP Fitness Gift Guide. From wireless headphones and fitness trackers, to popsicle machines and workout swag, there’s undoubtedly something that’s bound to make your favorite fitness buff, lean chef, or running junkie melt.
And if you’re in the camp that actively avoids polar vortexes and/or Black Friday chaos, all of our gift ideas are available for purchase or pre-order online. Happy shopping.
1. Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones
Wires and I are never ever getting back together.
You’ve probably seen the commercial non-stop on ESPN—complete with LeBron flipping tires and Cam Newton unleashing a horrifying banshee shriek—but Beats by Dre’s Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones perform are as advertised.
Beats are notorious for sub-par sound. The Powerbeats2 model improves on that considerably by laying off the blaring bass and manufacturing sound that’s much more crisp. But let’s be honest, when you’re crushing weights, chucking medicine balls, or doing vigorous HIIT cardio, do you really care about the intricacies of the treble-bass balance? I want LOUD booming sound and headphones that don’t constantly fall out. It’s all about that bass, right?
They connect wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.0 and sport a 6 hour battery life, which is more than enough to hold a charge through a few intense workouts. The cord is adjustable and fits comfortably around the back of the head, in a way that’s barely noticeable, and the earbuds are snug enough to stay in place during the most explosive movements — even when you’re sprinting like a gazelle or ballistically swinging kettlebells.
Go ahead and channel your inner LeBron or Serena Williams. You’ll feel like an unchained beast. They currently come in Black/Pink/Red/White/Blue.
Get It: Beats By Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless, $199.95
2. Jawbone UP3
Like its predecessors, Jawbone’s new UP3 band features savvy design and tracks all of the essentials — steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep cycles. That’s all fantastic, but it’s nothing revolutionary, especially considering that apps like Argus can track the same metrics, completely gratis.
What is game-changing is the addition of a heart rate monitor. The UP3 packs that. And one without a chest strap. Chuck your Polar, this is better.
Heart rate is invaluable. During a workout, it provides a more accurate readout of calories burned and works as a direct proxy for exercise intensity. Intensity is everything. It’s an easy way to determine which exercises and workouts really get your heart screaming, and you’ll know precisely when you’re slacking and need to kick your ass into high gear. And because the HR monitor is active 24/7, the UP3 is a stellar lifestyle device. Gradually, you’ll unravel a vivid picture of all-around cardiac health, including resting heart rate and unexpected spikes (e.g. coffee, dates, screaming at your football team).
The UP3 uses bioimpedance technology, which measures HR by sending a weak electric current through the body. Because BI is extremely lightweight, it allows the UP3 to maintain a longer battery life, estimated at 7 days. It’s also the same tech that’s used to measure body fat and respiration, and conceivably, Jawbone could push an update that expands its tracking capabilities; much like an iPhone would.
It’s evolving tech that’s just beginning to hit its stride.
Pre-Order: Jawbone UP3, $179.99
3. Fitbit Surge
Alternatively, if you’re on Team Fitbit and don’t mind a tracker that’s a little bit chunkier, roll with their newest “fitness super watch” — the Fitbit Surge. Like the UP3, it’s equipped to track heart rate without a strap (via LED lights on the wrist), sleep, and all of the other standard metrics.
But that’s where the comparisons stop.
Fitbit went all-out smart watch and loaded it up with an LCD touchscreen and 8 sensors (3-axis accelerometers, a gyroscope, compass, ambient light sensor, GPS and heart rate); the biggest differentiator being its baked-in GPS. For runners, it’ll automatically map routes, track distance and elevation, and spit out split times. All data is automatically synced up to their app and online dashboard.
And if your phone’s in range (20 feet), it offers full music control and call/text notifications. It’s an all-in-one runner’s fantasy.
Pre-Order: Fitbit Surge, $249.95
4. ZOKU Quick Pop Maker
If you’re unfamiliar, I’m about to introduce you to a mind-blowing, life-changing device. It’s called the ZOKU and it’s a magical, mysterious popsicle factory where dreams are made and happiness forms before your eyes.
Quite simply — the ZOKU Quick Pop Maker freezes anything (well, not alcohol or anti-freeze) in 7 minutes flat. Really, it does. I do it almost daily. Throw in a Chobani, your go-to protein smoothie, or any funky juice blend and watch it magically transform into a frozen Greek yogurt popsicle or alternative frozen delight. BAM, protein popsicles on the spot.
It’s the easiest way to instantly make guilt-free dessert, without any clean-up or hassle.
Get It: Zoku Quick Pop Maker, $22.99+
5. Noke Lock
Your combination lock might be the least sexy thing in the gym.
FŪZ Designs is gunning to change that with their Bluetooth-powered, boron-secured Noke Lock. Noke has the chiseled frame of an Adonis—sans keys or combos—quickly pairs with any smartphone, and connects effortlessly through their dedicated app. Hit a button and voila, it’s open. There’s even a bike lock attachment for cycling aficionados.
But the coolest thing about Noke (and the most legitimate use) might be its potential for shared use. The Noke app enables the owner to grant temporary access to another phone, without the need to hand out a key or permanent combo. That’s an uber-convenient way to share a single lock with a group of people, effortlessly let someone in when you’re away on vacation, or transfer a house key for an Airbnb rental.
And if you’re just looking to keep your stuff safe, it’s water resistance and bolted down by stainless steel.
Pre-Order: Noke, $54.99
6. All Nike Everything
This is more of an amalgamation of things than anything else, but the hottest Nike workout gear will always make your favorite ab-training, HIIT-dominating, workout junkie light up. And not just from copious neon.
Nike BROUGHT IT this year with a lineup of uber-cool, functional workout gear — highlighted by the Flyknit 4.0 Running Shoes and their new Flash collection. Here are some our top gift picks for both men and women (which we would very much like someone to buy for us):
Get It: Nike Gear (Price Varies)
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto.
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, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid
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