The 2015 Lean It UP Fitness Gift Guide: 10 Hot Fitness Gifts To Light Up The Holidays
Ho-ho-ho. Scrambling to find the perfect fitness gift, last minute, with no legit ideas left in mind? Sounds typical. R-E-L-A-X. We’ve got a wonder emporium of HQ gifts ready to rock.
Fitness gifts are oh-so-tricky. One minute you’re grabbing the hottest new fitness tracker with the purest of intentions. The next, the wrapping flies off, jaws drop, and well, it’s interpreted as full-blown character assault; a subtle nudge that you probably should get off your ass and start working out. Ugh (unless of course that’s your goal, then consider it mission accomplished and carry on).
Or they’re cliché, tired, and completely useless. That step-tracking water bottle, though.
Rule 1 — know who you’re buying for. Once you pass that step, move on to step 2, BUY ALL THE COOL THINGS.
Enter the 2015 Lean It UP Fitness Gift Guide. We’ve scoured the web, ripped through every GQ and Men’s Health, and pulled out an arsenal of THE hottest fitness gifts for your very special fitness aficionado.
Whether you’re shopping for an elite athlete, adrenaline junkie, weekend warrior, or the guy or gal who just wants to look really damn good when they’re sweaty, we’ve got you covered.
1. Training Mask 2.0
For anyone who’s serious about training and wants a hardcore edge like the pros—and wants to do a really badass Bane impression in the process—strap on a Training Mask 2.0.
The Elevation Training Mask is a lightweight, velcro mask (it features a combo of neoprene and silicone) that simulates high altitude training by restricting the inflow of O2 to the lungs, in a way that trains the body to use oxygen more efficiently.
When done over time, altitude training is one of the most effective methods to boost endurance, VO2 max, lung capacity, and overall cardiovascular performance. The only problem with that — most of us don’t live in the Rockies.
The Training Mask makes it practical for the masses to train at “elevation” and is capable of upgrading any workout into an absolute gauntlet. Think HIIT on steroids, any place, any time.
The aesthetic is completely customizable—it offers mask sleeves in everything from Army camo to storm trooper—and comes packed with a set of interchangeable resistance valves that mimic elevations as high as 18,000 feet.
It’s the perfect gift for fighters, competitive athletes, marathon runners and Tough Mudder-ers, or your favorite fitness fanatic who’s looking to elevate their workouts to elite levels.
Get It: Training Mask 2.0, $79.99 | Training Mask Sleeves, $29.99
2. Withing Activité
For the debonair fitness junkie, the Withings Activité is the definition of stylish pragmatism. Unlike most fitness trackers that look obviously fitness-y, the Activité combines Swiss manufacturing with French design for a watch that screams Baume et Mercier, with all the functionality of a Fitbit.
Whether it’s dressed up with a suit or down for a late-night run, it’s a fashionable way to track steps, sleep, and activity, all from your wrist and iPhone.
Bonus points: you don’t need to charge it. The Activité works on a CR2025 button cell that lasts for up to 8 months (and then just change it after).
Get It: Withings Activité, $450.00
3. Withing Activité Pop
And if you’re shopping at a lower price point, for someone who wants all of the functionality sans the Swiss-made design, go with the Withings Activité Pop.
For $99 it’s a funky, fun, and sleek way to track steps, runs, activity, swimming, and sleep; features the same no-charge, 8-month battery life; and records everything with the compatible Health Mate app.
It’s by far our favorite budget fitness tracker made to-date. The Activité Pop is currently available in 4 funky colors—grey, sand, pink, and blue—and if you’re looking to spice it up further, pick up their wristband accessory pack. It offers interchangeable bands in plum, teal, and orange.
Get It: Withings Activité Pop, $99.99
4. Nike Metcon 1
For your favorite sneakerhead or lifting nut, the new Nike Metcon 1 is an absolutely gorgeous sneaker that comes in a variety of colors.
It’s designed as an all-purpose training sneaker that specializes in high intensity workouts — think HIIT, lifting, sprinting, Crossfit, jumping, plyometrics, and other forms of functional training. The fit is pristine, the heel is low and stable, and the silhouette is beautiful, making it one of Nike’s best accomplishments to-date.
It’s a knockout gift for anyone who trains insane and demands constant performance out of their footwear.
Get It: Nike Metcon 1, $120
5. Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones
Dr. Dre’s Powerbeats 2 Wireless Headphones made the list in 2014 and they’re back in 2015 for round 2 — except that they’re $70 cheaper and come in a refreshed lineup of vibrant colors.
Point blank, they’re the pair of bluetooth wireless headphones to own for anyone who demands high ENERGY during their intense training sessions.
The sound is loud and beautiful, the fit is impeccable—even when sprinting or jumping—and they’re durable enough to withstand the elements. They connect seamlessly via bluetooth and last up to 6 hours on a full charge.
Get It: Beats By Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless, $129.95
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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