Updated March 17, 2014
If you have friends or family who are into fitness and love trying new things, consider the TRX Suspension System. It sounds like some kind of torture device, but it's actually a network of straps allowing your exerciser to use his or her own body weight for a variety of exercises. What's nice about it is that it's portable, so he can take it with him on the road, and it allows for a variety of options. He can simply change position to add more leverage to the move or to make it easier. The basic package comes with everything - The straps, an anchor and a variety of videos. I recommend the package with the door anchor included, which is more travel friendly.
This may seem like an odd gift and you may wonder - Why would someone need socks during yoga? Not everyone does, but these are no ordinary socks. There's a five-toe construction, giving your toes freedom of movement, and there are grippers on the bottom so you won't slip and slide during all those downward dogs. They also provide warmth and protection, a nice feature when the weather gets chilly and your feet are chronically cold.
The Jungle Gym is similar to the TRX I mentioned above, but is a bit cheaper and offers some different features. Like the TRX, it's a suspension trainer that allows you to use your own bodyweight to build strength and work the body in different ways. This is a great idea for travelers or for people who like to try different and slightly crazy things.
There's some controversy about giving gift cards because they can seem a little impersonal. However, iTunes gift cards bypass that controversy into awesomeness, especially for the exerciser who considers music a workout essential. Not only can you buy new workout music, you can buy fitness apps, audiobooks or any other audio tool to make workouts.
I've had this on my gift list for the last three years because it has stood the test of time. Yes, taking two rubber balls and rolling around on them with various parts of the body may seem like an odd thing to do, but you only have to do it once before you experience instant relaxation of tight, tense muscles. The FitBALL Pressure Points package is a great gift idea for the stressed-out person in your life. The included DVD and poster show all the pressure points in your body and how to use the rubber balls on each pressure point to reduce stress and pain. I regularly give these as gifts to my personal training clients and they love it.
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