Expertrain's Christmas gift guide for fitness fanatics
It can be hard choosing gifts for your workout warrior and fitness fanatic friends – what do you buy the gym bunny who has everything? If you're struggling to find gifts for your fitness-loving friends, don't worry. The team here at Expertrain HQ has been working hard, coming up with some great ideas to help you bag the perfect gift this Christmas, from customised running shoes to waterproof fitness trackers.
The good news is that for most of these, you won't even have to battle the Christmas shopping crowds on your local high street – just a few clicks and you're done! Let's get started; it's only 5 days til Christmas!
With their bright colourways, scratch-resistant vinyl coating (so your floors won't be damaged) and powder coated handle, one of these kettlebells makes the perfect gift for workout addicts. Kettlebells are a great way to increase your strength whilst enhancing balance and agility. Kettlebell workouts can also help to blast fat – check out some of our exercises!
Forget plain, boring yoga mats – so last season. This cool, bohemian patterned mat is the perfect way to add interest to any yoga or pilates session and should motivate your friend to keep up their practice, whether they're into Bikram, Ashtanga, Hatha...
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This cool sports watch from TomTom tracks all the usual stuff you'd expect – speed, distance and calories, and comes in two cool colours, dark pink or dark grey. It allows easy wireless syncing via Bluetooth and boasts an extra-large high-res display, so you can easily view your stats on the go without having to stop running and peer at the screen. We love it!
If you're looking to get your other half the ultimate Christmas gift, a customised pair of Nikes is sure to leave them speechless (in a good way!) NikeID customised running shoes and trainers are perfect if you want to get them something personal that you've put lots of thought and creativity into – and they'll think of you everytime they train wearing them!
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Looking for a waterproof fitness tracker that you don't have to take off when you shower? With its long-life battery, the Vivofit tracks calories, sleep, distance and steps and can be paired with a heart-rate monitor to track your workouts. Avoid sitting at your desk for too long during the working day thanks to the helpful activity bar – more motivation for that lunchtime workout! It can be synced with your PC and there's an app for iOS and Android. Plus it comes in 5 funky colours – amazing!
This totally cute sling is a simple and convenient way to carry a yoga mat to class – far cooler than mat bags! It also doubles up as a handy strap to use in your poses and comes in four colours – black, grey, blush or rust, so you can choose the one that suits them best.
A subscription goodie box aimed at athletes and runners, Joggbox is the first of its kind in the UK and was launched in spring 2014, hot on the heels of beauty subscription boxes such as BirchBox. You can gift a subscription to a friend for 3, 6 or 12 months or simply treat them to a one-off box. They'll receive loads of fitness goodies from leading brands, and at the moment their Christmas box includes over £100 of sportswear from Pepper and Mayne, perfect for working out at the gym or going running.
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We don't recommend buying your girlfriend a set of scales this Christmas, even if she is trying to lose weight – but friends will appreciate this nifty little gadget that's far more than your average set of scales. This sleek, stylish analyser can tell you your weight, BMI, heart rate and body fat. Not only that, but it sends the data wirelessly to an app on your phone, which allows you to set fitness and weight goals. Pretty amazing, we think you'll agree, and you can pick it up today at Amazon in time for Christmas!
Treating someone to a block of fitness classes (we also recommend bouldering sessions as a great gift) is a fun and imaginative way to say “Merry Christmas!” It's a gift they'll appreciate long into the New Year as they keep fit and try something new. If you live in Manchester or London, pick up a voucher for Barrecore classes for your fitness fanatic friends. At the moment, the website is offering a special Christmas hamper which includes 5 class vouchers, dairy and gluten-free chocolate truffles, nourishing bath goodies, a tote bag and scented candle. Barrecore combines static stretches with interval training and ballet moves, and it's the perfect way to achieve flat abs, firm muscles and a defined look.
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For your friends who are always out training for their next fitness challenge, running or at the gym, why not buy them a stylish pair of headphones that they can use with their MP3 player or smartphone - they can even listen to the latest health and fitness podcasts! We love the Wesc Cymbal Premium Headphones, which come in a choice of smoked pearl (grey) or hibiscus (vivid pink) colourways. With Soft leather earcups and a cool compact foldable design and detachable cable, these are perfect to pop in a gym bag or take with you to work. Apple 3-touch technology means that iPhone users can control the music volume and take calls, and the sound quality with these headphones is excellent thanks to 20-200 000 Hz frequency range and 40mm sound drivers for deep bass and premium quality sound. We love these headphones!