The holidays would be a whole lot easier if everyone was as interested in strength and fitness as we are. Then, we could fill every stocking a giant tub of protein powder and get on with the celebration. But, it's not that simple. Don't worry. We have a list of great gifts that will work for the guy who has never heard of a sumo dead lift high-pull to the ultra-pumped athlete and everything in between.
Full-On Couch Potato
This guy is your friend, but he hasn't seen the glorious light that can only be found after a hard-fought personal record on the squat rack or on the pavement during a race. Gift giving season is the perfect opportunity to provide some inspiration, subtle or otherwise. Jawbone Up $100 The first step to getting fit is realizing just how pathetic your current condition is. The Up is a simple bracelet you wear at all times that tracks how much you move, how much you sleep and how much you eat. It then uploads that data to the web where it can all be neurotically analyzed on a PC or through a mobile app. It even has silent vibration alarms that let the wearer know when it's time to get up off his butt and move around a bit. Get it at Jawbone.com
Wi-Fi Body Scale $168 Shame is a powerful motivator and this smart scale is more than capable of dishing it out. Every time you weigh yourself, it analyzes your body composition and uploads all of that data to the web. You can then see your progress using the free mobile app. But, the best part is that you can set the scale to send updates about your progress to Twitter or Facebook, so everyone will know if you fall off the wagon and go on a three-day eggnog binge. You can even set it up for multiple users so the whole family can berate themselves into shape. Thanks, social media! Get it at Withings.com Tapped Out: Rear Naked Chokes, the Octagon, and the Last Emperor: An Odyssey Into Mixed Martial Arts, by Matthew Polly $18 Inspiration is a beautiful thing. In fact, it's one of our favorite things here at Men's Fitness. This book chronicles the journey of an out-of-shape writer as he gets ready for his first MMA bout. His journey is an amazing one and the story is as funny and interesting as it is inspirational. Plus, it has interviews with some of the biggest names in MMA, so it's great for a fan. You can politely suggest that they read it while pedaling an exercise bike. Or, get 'em the audiobook and crank it up on the treadmill. Get it at Amazon.com
New Balance 2-in-1 Running Shorts $45 For someone who hasn't seen the inside of a gym since Alf was still on the air, the thought of going out in public in tiny exercise shorts can be daunting. But, these seven-inch shorts give your giftee no reason to be shy. Lightweight and loose-fitting, there's no worry about hanging butt cheek during dead lifts. And because they have a built-in lining, they'll be ultra-comfortable and it'll be overtly clear that they're not meant for sitting around on the couch. Get it at Shopnewbalance.com