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.
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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
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.
Adidas RPT-01 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bowflex 840 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.
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.
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.
Pulseroll Vibrating Foam Roller
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%.
FeetUp Headstand Yoga Stool
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.
Chloe Gray is the senior writer for stylist.co.uk's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).