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Tech gifts for your favorite fitness enthusiast

For some, the way to the heart is through the stomach. For others, it's through the biceps.

Levitate running shoes by Brooks

Levitate road running shoes by Brooks.

Brooks

Don't know what to get your macro-counting, spandex-wearing, competition-winning fitness-obsessed friend? We've got some ideas.

Hyperice Hypersphere Vibrating Therapy Ball

Hyperice Hypersphere Vibrating Therapy Ball

A high-tech muscle soother.

Amazon

Foam rolling after a beastly workout can help prevent injuries. Typical foam rollers work by using your body weight to loosen sore and overworked muscles. This one has the addition of three vibrating speeds to magnify the effect and make the whole process easier. $148 on Amazon.

Run True Wireless Sport Headphones

Run True Wireless Sport Headphones

Sports earbuds without the tether.

Amazon

Music makes working out better—except when the wires get caught on a barbell or your own arm or another person. These in-ear wireless buds are secure enough to run in. No strings attached. $180 on Amazon.

Wilson customizable tennis racket

Wilson customizable tennis racket

For your tennis partner.

Wilson

Every tennis player has a different combination of strengths, and a racket should hone and enhance their abilities. Wilson will let you choose from various weights, head sizes, and lengths. You can also customize the appearance. Choose the color of the frame and bumpers, size of the grip, and even include a personal engraving. $249 and up at Wilson.

Brooks Running Shoes

Brooks Running

Energy-returning sneakers.

Brooks Running

Runners are picky about their sneakers. But Brooks' Running's latest footwear, which came out this September, is meant to appeal to all runners, from beginner to expert. It also sports Brooks’ highest energy-return midsole yet. You can get them for $150 on Brooks’ site in Men’s and Women’s.

New Balance RunIQ Running Watch

New Balance RunIQ Running Watch

A fitness tracker for hard-core runners.

Amazon

This watch does way more than keep time, pace, and distance. If you know a runner who is looking for a little more effort from their watch this one can’t be beat: You can set ranges for heart rate and pace so you know if you are going above or below your set goals. You can also listen to music on the watch via a bluetooth wireless earbud set, so you don't need to bring your phone. $250 on Amazon.

Sprigs Banjees Wrist Wallet

Sprigs Banjees Wrist Wallet

How not to drop your smartphone while you run.

It's hard to go anywhere without your phone, but when you're running it's also hard to go anywhere with it. Running tech has come a long way, and yet most running apparel still doesn’t come with pockets large enough to fit the newest larger-than-your-hand smartphones. This running band sits on your wrist and can fit all your important stuff. $20 on Amazon.

Whirly Board Spinning Balance Board and Agility Trainer

Whirly Board Spinning Balance Board and Agility Trainer

Your friend can work on their balance. You can watch them flail. Everybody wins!

Boards like these develop the smaller muscles and tendons that keep you balanced. This gift is especially great for skaters, but any athlete can use this device for improving equilibrium. $120 on Amazon.

Wood Mini Parallettes Set

Wood Mini Parallettes Set

A cheap way to get better at push ups.

Amazon

Pushups are a simple and effective strength training workout. These little wooden parallettes give you greater range of motion and keep you off the ground, potentially alleviating wrist pain. $30 on Amazon.

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

Strength training made easy. Or easier.

Amazon

Maybe you have a friend who really wants to become a fitness enthusiast. For anyone who wants to get into strength training, resistance bands (and a few Youtube videos) make for some of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve strength. $11 on Amazon.

TRX Training

TRX Training

Full-body workout kits.

Amazon

Here's a gift for the friend who want to do some serious strength training but doesn't have the room in their tiny apartment for a set of dumbbells and weights. $150 on Amazon.

Under Armour The Works Tote 2.0

Under Armour The Works Tote 2.0

A better gym bag.

Under Armour

Roomy enough for gym-going. Classy enough for heading to work after. $50 at Under Armor

Lumo Run

Lumo Run

A virtual running coach.

Lumo

Professional runners have coaches who help perfect their form. Recreational runners can use this instead. It clips onto the waist and tracks your running gait to provide feedback after the run. $100 at Lumo Run

Altra Smart Running Shoe

Altra Smart Running Shoe

Run smart.

Altra

The angle and area in which our feet hit the ground makes a big difference when we run. The Altra Smart Running helps you figure out how hard you are hitting the ground and whether your left or right side is bearing more of the weight. Proper running stride could make your running more effective and prevent injuries. $220 at Altra Running for Men and Women.

Crossrope Premium Portable Jump Rope

Jump rope, upgraded.

Jump rope, upgraded.

Amazon

Your fitness-loving friend knows that jumping rope is a fantastic way to exercise their cardiovascular system and muscles. This jump rope set, with four weighted ropes that have adjustable lengths, takes it to the next level. $200 on Amazon.

Nokia Body Cardio

Nokia Body Cardio

A smart scale.

Amazon

Yes, it might be a little weird to buy someone a body scale for the holidays. Proceed with extreme caution. That being said, if your loved one is a true fitness fanatic, they will have transcended the morality of the scale and see it as an important tool to track progress and improve body composition. This smart scale from Nokia can do it all. In addition to measuring your weight, it also calculates your heart rate and tracks previous weigh-ins so you can monitor your progress. From your body weight, it can also calculate your body fat and water percentage, as well as your muscle and bone mass. That being said, take these last measurements with a grain of salt. To get super accurate measurements, you should visit your doctor, or arrange for a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. $179 on Amazon.


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