The best tech gifts and fitness gadgets for exercise lovers

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Power up a loved one’s training with these fitness gadgets, designed to help them work hard and recover faster. 

2020 has been a tough year for fitness fanatics. They started strong with New Year’s resolutions to beat personal bests and are ending the year having spent months away from gyms and adapting to new types of training

What gym lovers really need for Christmas is something to bring the sparkle back to their workout routines. That might be in the form top of the range kit that will supercharge at-home exercise, tech that will track every step of their run or gadgets that will help them recover in time for their next session better than an ice bath ever could. 

So, if your friend, relative or gym buddy is in need of some fitness tech, we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch. From watches to massage guns and skipping ropes to headphones, there’s something to make 2021’s workout better than this years. 

  • HONOR Watch ES

    Honor watch
    Fitness tech: Honor watch

    This is great fitness tracker for anyone who hasn’t had one before, with intuitive functions, a big bright display and virtual coaches to guide them through workouts when motivation is low. 

    Shop HONOR Watch ES, £89.99

  • Adidas RPT-01 Headphones

    Adidas headphones
    Fitness tech: Adidas headphones

    A battery life that survives 40 hours of playtime means the new owner of these headphones will be set for weeks of workouts. Even better is that the cordless design doesn’t slip – even during burpees.

    Shop Adidas RPT-01 headphones, £149.95

  • Nurvv Smart Insoles

    Nurvv Smart Insoles
    Fitness tech: Nurvv Smart Insoles

    If the person you’re buying for is not a fan of watches, or you’re looking for something even more impressive, try these run-tracking insoles. They monitor every step from the source of the action to provide real-time insights and tailored training. 

    Shop Nurvv Smart Insoles, £249.99

  • Theragun Elite

    Theragun
    Fitness tech: Theragun

    Forget massage – this gadget does it all for you from the privacy of your own home, tapping away at tense and sore muscles to release knots. Pairing with a phone to guide the user through sessions, they’ll be prepped and primed for their next workout in no time. 

    Shop Theragun Elite massage gun, £375

  • Huawei FreeBuds

    Huawei ear buds
    Fitness tech: Huawei ear buds

    Safety first: just a tap will switch the earphones from blasting music to ‘awareness mode’ so they can hear their surroundings, like cars coming for example. Enhanced voices also mean they won’t miss you calling their name from the other side of the gym. 

    Shop Huawei FreeBuds, £139.99

  • Bowflex 840 Kettlebell

    Bowflex kettlebell
    Fitness tech: Bowflex kettlebell

    Why buy six kettlebells when you could buy one? The clever design takes this piece of kit from 3.5kg to 18kg with just the turn of a switch so that a home gym can be neatly stored away.   

    Shop Bowflex 840 Kettlebell, £249

  • Garmin vivomove Style

    Garmin vivomove Style
    Fitness tech: Garmin vivomove Style

    A smart watch doesn’t have to cramp your style. This analogue watch face has a secret screen that will show daily stats. 

    Shop Garmin vivomove Style, £299.99

  • Tangram Smart Rope

    Tangram Smart Rope
    Fitness tech: Tangram Smart Rope

    An LED-embedded skipping rope that displays data in mid-air and tracks jump count and time spent training, as well as be guided through workouts with recommended workouts.  

    Shop Tangram Smart Rope, £60.26

  • Pulseroll Vibrating Foam Roller

    Pulseroll
    Fitness tech: Pulseroll

    You thought a foam roller was recovery enough? This vibrating gadget takes it to a different level, increasing circulation by 22% and improved range of movement by 14%. 

    Shop Pulseroll vibrating foam roller, £99

  • FeetUp Headstand Yoga Stool

    Fitness tech: FeetUp headstand tool

    For yogi’s who love being upside down, this headstand stool is the perfect tool for them to practice new postures before taking them to the floor. If your giftee is also an eco-warrior then then make sure to tell them a tree was planted with your (and every other) purchase. 

    Shop FeetUp Headstand Yoga Stool, £119

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