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.

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

Who needs a foam roller? 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.

Run 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.

Pumped up kicks. Amazon


Runners are picky about their sneakers. But Brooks’ Running’s latest footwear is meant to appeal to all runners, from beginner to expert. It also sports Brooks’ highest energy-return mids yet.

A fitness tracker for hard-core people. 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.

How not to drop your smartphone while you exercise. Amazon


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.

Can you find the middle? Amazon


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.

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.

Portable gym. 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.

Skip and a hop. Amazon


Your fitness-loving friend knows that jumping rope is a fantastic way to exercise their cardiovascular system and muscles. This 9-foot, weighted Everlast jump rope allows you to adjust the length.

Intelligent monitoring. 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 Withings 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.

Upgrade your swing. 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.

Claire Maldarelli

Claire Maldarelliis the Science Editor at Popular Science. She has a particular interest in brain science, the microbiome, and human physiology. In addition to Popular Science, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, and Scholastic’s Science World and Super Science magazines, among others. She has a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from the University of California, Davis and a master’s in science journalism from New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. Contact the author here.