Gifts for Every Fitness Level
Consult our handy holiday shopping list for any man, whether his curls come in dumbbell or cheese form.
This guy practically wrote the book on training (or maybe he literally did). Only the most hardcore fitness gift would satisfy his elite athletic status. Demon Bells Kettlebells are great fun to swing, but very boring to look at. That's why owner Ryan Williams felt it necessary to turn the metal blobs into works of art. Each bell is made from injection-molded recycled steel, so they aren't rough on the surface like the cast bell you're probably used to. They offer four different weights: 20, 35, 54, and 72 pounds. Each weight has its own unique demon-face design making it by far the coolest-looking piece of equipment in your collection. Get it at Demonbells.com
Sisu War Hammer Sisu is the Finnish word for "stubborn determination," which seems a fitting name for an exercise device that's basically an ultra-heavy hammer. At the end of a 38-inch handle is a 14 pound head that can be loaded up with sand or lead shot, bringing its final weight to 20 or 28 pounds, respectively. You'll have to provide your own tires to hit with it, but you could easily use it to do heavy club bell swings as well. And hey, should a medieval war break out or if you need to take down a shed, you'll be more prepared than most. Get it at Roguefitness.com
Garmin Forerunner 610 The Forerunner line has been around for a while now, and Garmin just keeps making it better. The 610 does everything you'd expect a solid GPS training watch to do: it tracks your distance, pace, GPS position, heart rate and other metrics you can pore over later using your PC. You can challenge yourself with virtual partners or challenge actual people over their Garmin Connect network. The whole thing is small, light and uses a responsive touchscreen display that makes navigation easy, even if you're in the midst of a lung-crushing workout. Get it at Garmin.com
Burton Burrtech Premium Full-Zip Hoodie $75 If you're buying a gift for someone who's seriously into fitness, chances are they might have all the gear they need. But, if they're still hucking it to the gym in an old tattered sweatshirt they've had since high school, this is a very worthy upgrade. It's made of 100% cotton with a 300G fleece lining. It's water-resistant, so wearing it for a jog isn't out of the question and it's cut specifically to fit someone who is in shape, so it won't make you look like a bloated mess on the long walk between the gym and the car. Get it at Burton.com