GUEST POST BY ROCQUP FITNESS SPECIALIST, DEE HERDE
Christmas is just around the corner, and for those that observe good old fashioned Aussie tradition, this means a festive season of overindulgence and inactivity. It’s the one day of the year even the fitness freaks let loose and forget about calorie counting and portion control.
But soon after the bubbles and rum balls subside, New Years resolutions set in. Help your friends and family reach their fitness goals next year by investing in fitness Christmas gifts this year that won’t end up for resale on eBay:
~ For Her ~
Shorts and tights can be hard to buy for someone else. Some like it tight and bright, while others prefer loose and neutral.
Training tops are an easier option, and with the rise of ‘activewear’ for everyday activities, they’re a versatile addition to any wardrobe for, well… any activity… really.
If, like me, you turn the house inside-out searching for training tops, only to discover your girlfriend has taken a liking to your singlets, this is the perfect gift for your active partner and ensures there’ll always be a fresh training top in the cupboard for you.
Having long hair myself, I know the challenges this poses for an intense workout… It can end up in your mouth, under your armpits, wrapped around your neck and all over the place if you’re not careful – even caught in machine cables!
Help long-haired friends keep their tresses tamed with Etsy’s range of both stylish and practical handmade fitness headbands.
Aussie-inspired brand Bondi Band also have a wide range of non-slip, no-drip fitness headbands that can be worn on their own or under hats, helmets and visors. They’re made from stretchy, breathable material and will fit virtually any head size or shape.
~ For Him ~
Gym Bags for Gents
Underarmour’s range of fitness bags and backpacks are designed for gym junky men more concerned with practicality than pretense. While great for the gym, these all-purpose bags and backpacks also double as cabin-sized carry on luggage and are perfect for camping and outdoors activity.
For something a little more discerning, checkout AskMen’s Best Gym Bags for Men.
Compression gear is designed to aid recovery and also performance. Its snug fit means the body can move freely with no restrictions, and as it becomes more popular, brands are being forced to diversify colours and designs.
For the brother, hubby or boyfriend with an overinflated ego, Underarmour’s Batman or Iron Man Alter-Ego Compression Tops will be a fitness Christmas gift hit that might even help mask the post-Chrissie beer gut!
Fat Gripz are now hitting gym floors all over the world. They work by wrapping around barbells, dumbbells, cable attachments and exercise machine handles to increase the bar’s diameter, which results in maximum muscle fibre activation.
If the recipient needs some convincing, sit them down to have a watch of this guy’s arm workout…
~ Christmas Fitness Gifts for Everyone ~
Every fitness fiend loves new shoes! After wearing heals, dress shoes or boots at work all day they’ll want a shoe with loads of cushioning for training.
Simple and light shoes have exploded over the last few years and eastbay have a great selection of brands online (everything from wrestling and running to LeBrons and Jordans) for 7- 24-year-old athletes on and off the field.
Be sure to check delivery times leading up to Christmas as most stock is being sent from the USA.
For a quicker fix (but limited range), search The Iconic for sneakers. Not only do they have a free 30-day returns policy, but you can also pay off your Christmas purchase interest-free in four instalments using Afterpay.
Fitness Christmas Gifts That Keep on Giving
Looking for something a little more personal this year? Enquire about PT packages and outdoor group fitness classes in Melbourne for the fitness Christmas gift to help friends and family kickstart their New Year’s resolutions.
Get in touch with me here for locations and costs.
Written by Dee Herde
rocqup Fitness Specialist
Diploma in Fitness
Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach