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Best Men's Fitness Gear

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Updated June 10, 2011

For the regular exerciser, there's nothing more important than having quality gear for great workouts, both indoors and outdoors. If you're looking for quality shorts, shirts, footwear and gadgets to make workouts comfortable and improve your performance, check out my top picks for the best men's fitness gear.

1. Asics Gel Intensity Cross-Trainer

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For an all-around quality workout shoe, you can't go wrong with Asics. These shoes offer lateral support, which is great for they guy who enjoys a variety of activities. This is a lightweight shoe and even includes a sockliner for moisture management. If he's a runner, I would stick with dedicated running shoes but for gym workouts and other activities, the Gel Intensity is a great choice.

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2. TheraCane

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I admit, the TheraCane is a little odd, but my husband has gotten quite a bit of use out of it. It's shaped like a cane (thus, the name) with little knobs sticking out in various places that allow you to massage tight, knotty places in the back, neck and shoulders. This is a great gift for the stressed out guy who needs to release a little tension.
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3. Patagonia Men's R1 Flash Pullover

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My husband has one of these, not that he ever gets to use it because I've stolen it (I hid it near the mop and I know he doesn't know where that is). Seriously, this all-purpose pullover is perfect for a variety of workouts and activities. He can wear it alone when it's chilly out or over a thin baselayer when it's colder. It's thin, breathable, comfortable and it looks great.
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4. Body Glide Anti-Friction

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While it can be an embarrassing thing, chafing is a common problem for active men. Body Glide is great for those hotspots on your ankles or feet or if you have a pair of shorts that tends to chafe your legs. This can be a problem in long-distance running, so keep a stick handy to avoid nasty blisters or chafing.
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5. ASICS Running Shirt

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This sweat-wicking shirt is perfect if you want something simple, comfortable and inexpensive.  Made of polyester, it will keep you cool and dry during outdoor activities and it's loose-fitting, which will also help when the temperatures rise.

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6. Men's Nike Fundamental Running Shorts

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My husband will wear a pair of shorts until they're a ratty, tatty mess. Because I'm constantly having to buy him new shorts, I've spent time trying to figure out what he likes and what he doesn't. These Nike running shorts are a favorite of his - they're light, comfortable and breathable and they include an inner lining and a key pocket. They're just the right length - not too short and not so long that they interfere with his workouts. These are a good choice for a variety of activities.
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7. Nike Slides

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Isn't the best part of exercise when you're finished? What better reward than to slip on these comfortable shoes after a hard workout? These durable, lightweight slides have a sporty edge, making them a great choice to wear home from the gym. 

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8. Golf GPS Unit

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If you are a little golf-obsessed, as my husband is, the latest GPS gadget will be your new best friend. The golf GPS unit, made by a variety of companies and with a variety of different features, may actually improve your golf game. Many of the units offer course distances for every green along with the bunkers and other annoying golf hazards. Most range from $299 to $499 but, if you're a regular golfer, it may be one way to lessen golf frustration - a common problem with anyone trying to hit a tiny ball to a hole far, far away.
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