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It's that time of year, when all we want to do is find that perfect gift for someone we care about. So what do you get the fitness lover who has it all? Here are some of our favorite ideas and recommendations from our CAC crew for the top gifts for the fitness guru in your family this holiday season.
"Music is everything to me during a workout. BOSE Bluetooth head phones are my new faves. They are wireless, so I don’t have to hold or wear my phone while listening to the music that pumps me up during my workout. They fit snugly in my ears and come in some fun colors. " -Sarah Ruhl, CAC Group Fitness Director
What better way to say I love you than with Two-on-One personal training? A gift that gives something to the both of you! Two-on-one training is a great way to keep the fitness fires kindled together, while also motivating each other through the toughest parts of working out, all with the expertise and guidance of your own personal Kick-Butt trainer. Looking for even more social motivation? Sign both of you up for some Small Group Training and feel the power of good peer pressure! Truly the best way to attack the post holiday blues.
Weight lifting gloves are small and easy to carry in a gym bag, not to mention the perfect size for a fitness stocking stuffer. Most people don’t wear gloves but complain of dry calloused hands, and these puppies provide protection and style!
"The MYZONE heart rate monitor is my fav!!! I have had mine for a couple of years and my favorite gift has been the MYZONE watch. I can stay connected to my MYZONE app on a watch instead of carrying my phone with me. It is a winner." - Julie Speck, Group Fitness Manager at CAC.
"I think the Grid foam roller and all it’s accessories are great gift ideas," says Andrew Leonard, Personal Training Manager Specialist Trainer at Lincoln Square Athletic Club. Good advice from the deadlift master himself, who knows a thing or two about how to take care of those hard working muscles. Check out his recommendation.
Especially for those dedicated to consistent and intense workout regimen, sports therapy massage is not often a luxury they get for themselves. Holidays are a great time to set up your friend or loved one with a little "me-time" r&r by booking them a massage session or gifting them a certificate, giving those hard working muscles of theirs some hands on recovery. Not only will their mind and body thank you, but then they can go at their workouts again even harder the next day. A win-win for the ardent athlete.
"This time of year I start telling all my spinners they should ask for cycling shoes," advises Julie Speck. "Cycling shoes make a HUGE difference in spinning and force a rider to target glutes and hamstrings. Any cycling shoe will work as long as the person gets SPD clips. WINNER WINNER!"
You probably know someone who's been everywhere and done it all and is great at everything. Give them the challenge of something new with an F45 Training package. Born in Australia, F45 Training merges 3 separate leading-edge fitness training styles into a combination of interval, cardiovascular and strength training that's proven to be the most effective workout method for burning fat and building lean muscle. All in just 45 minutes. "Members want intense quick workouts and to move on with their day, and this is it" says lead trainer Katie Duffy. Bonus points, your fitness guru friend or family member probably hasn't tried it yet, so go ahead and get them started.
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