8 Sep

Ten Perfect Gift Ideas for Any Fitness Fanatic

10 Incredible Gift Ideas for any Fitness Enthusiast–Give Someone You Love the Gift of Fitness

So, it’s that time again.  Someone somewhere is sitting back waiting to be gifted.

And sadly, it’s your turn to ante up that golden gift.

All you’ve managed to do so far is narrow your gift idea down to: Something About Exercise.

Good job!

Step one: check!  Now comes the hard part–sorting through a million ideas for fitness crap online.

Now before you rush off and type ‘Gift for Fit Girl’ or ‘Exercise Gift for Husband’ into Amazon’s fancy mega search monster, let me help you.

I’m a fitness fanatic and I’ve purchased




for exercising over the years.  I’m going to tell you what will earn you a big ‘ol bear hug from your lucky gift recipient.

And guess what?

There are actually 10 Gift Ideas in this list so you’re sure to find something that works.

This is a list I’ve compiled based on products (fitness programs as well as products) I use and love.

Most of the suggestions are for ANY MAN OR WOMAN who loves exercise but I’ve included a few additional suggestions that will generally apply more to a specific gender (and I’ll tell you what those are).

If you use one of my links to purchase something it helps support my business.  Thank you! (No hard feelings if you don’t.)  You can get more information about that here.


Beachbody on Demand 5 Reasons to Try It

A regular subscription will give you access to tons of Beachbody workouts like Insanity, P90X, TurboFire, and tons more.

Here’s a video that explains the membership:


Sign up for a month (the free trial period) and then cancel if he/she doesn’t use it.

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Read my post about Beachbody on Demand before you sign up.  Beachbody On Demand: 5 Reasons to Try It, covers everything you need to know to help you make a decision.


the infomercial image of Insanity Max:30

Insanity Max:30 is a cardio-focused series of workouts by Beachbody.  Each video is 30 minutes long (32 with the cool down/stretch) with Shaun T as your host.  Insanity Max:30 fits Shaun T like a glove.

If the person you’re shopping for loves classic Insanity then they’ll also love this series.

Here’s a peek at Insanity Max:30

A Bonus

Anyone can follow the choreography in Insanity Max:30 and there’s no equipment required.


the Polar M400 in pink is a great heart rate monitor for women

Polar M400

If you decide to go with this idea I recommend a heart rate monitor that has a chest strap.  The styles (with a chest strap) record the most accurate heart rate.

I’ve used the FT4FT7 and the A300 by Polar.

Here’s a handy comparison chart of all of the Polar options to help you decide which one is the best for you.

Only spend money on the features you need.  The more expensive monitors don’t work better they just have more tech features.

TIP-Polar has come out with some new models of heart rate monitors.  I’m using a Polar M400 now.  It has a lot of extra features that I don’t use all the time (but I still love it).  

The best feature is access to Polar Flow (the FT models won’t sync with Polar Flow).


the Body Beast series is a great fitness gift idea

*This idea is more for men but any woman that likes to lift weights (like me) can use it, too.  (Check out this post to see a review of my favorite Body Beast routine for women.)

This is a strength-training workout program by Beachbody and hosted by Sagi Kalev

Here’s a look at Body Beast:

Body Beast is classic weight-lifting. 

Sagi is funny and the series is good (and it works).


Consider an additional gift of 15, 20, & 25 lb. dumbbells to get started with this program for men. 

For women, consider a set of 5, 8, 10, 12, and/or 15 lb. dumbbells.

These are the type (of dumbbells) I recommend (more about why I recommend a specific kind of dumbbells below).


Good Dumbbells

It’s worth it to invest in a good set of dumbbells.  The grip, shape, and covering on the weights all matters.

A grip that’s too rough can cause skin rips and a grip that’s too narrow (in diameter) will cause hands to cramp up.  Dumbbells with rounded ends are annoying because they roll.  (That sounds trivial but it becomes really irritating when they’ve rolled across the room every time you go to pick them up.  It also means you have to store them wedged up against something.)

I prefer hexagonal heads, a decent sized grip, and neoprene/vinyl-covered or solid rubber material dumbbells like these.

A good set of dumbbells to get started with for men are 10, 15, 20, and 25 lbs

For women, start with 5, 8, 10, and 12 lb. dumbbells (ALWAYS buy them in pairs).  

A Woman’s Guide to Buying Dumbbells is a helpful article if you’re looking for dumbbells for a woman.

A Good Pull-Up Bar


If you decide to purchase a pull-up bar throw in a pull-up assist band, too.

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Measure the door frame where the bar will be positioned to make sure you’re getting the right size.

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Make sure you look at the weight limit for the bar you’re buying.  You want the person who’ll be using it to be safe.

Need a few more suggestions?

Keep reading for 5 MORE FITNESS GIFT IDEAS

6. P90X3

the P90X3 infomercial page

Tony Horton hosts this Beachbody series of sixteen different 30-minute cardio and strength training workouts.

P90X3 is my favorite series with Tony Horton. 

If you’re not sure about this one you can read about a few of the workouts to learn more: Agility X, The Challenge, Eccentric Upper, The Warrior, Eccentric Lower, and CVX.


If you purchase P90X3 as a gift for someone then think about adding a pull-up bar, a set of push-up stands, some dumbbells, and/or a pair of workout gloves to help them get started.


Cathe Friedrich workouts is a great gift

This is Cathe Friedrich. She’s a badass.

*This idea is mostly (but not exclusively) for women

I recommend the ICE series for the intermediate or beginner:

and Ripped with HiiT or Xtrain for the advanced athlete:

The awesome thing about Cathe Friedrich is that you can purchase an entire series or just the individual workouts you want out of the series (Beachbody doesn’t do that).

You can find most of her videos on Amazon or on Cathe’s website.


Cathe uses an exercise step and a variety of dumbbells in many of her routines.

I recommend you go ahead and purchase an exercise step an a few pair of dumbbells (for women, a good place to start is a pair of 5, 8, and 10’s…I love the colored dumbbells) to really impress your loved one.

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Do not skimp on an exercise step.  Get a good one like this exercise platform style.

my exercise step

Exercise step by One Strong Southern Girl

I have purchased many versions over the years.  You need a wide step with solid risers and a nonslip surface for safety reasons.  It matters.  I promise.

I like this one because it’s safe (I designed it) and you can purchase more risers to adjust the height for different workouts.


I LOVE this membership service!  Cathe Friedrich creates advanced workouts of every fitness style you can imagine.

The On Demand membership gives you access to hundreds of challenging routines.

Cathe on Demand Info

There are 2 subscription options.  

The LIVE option is $9.97/month and gives you access to all of Cathe Friedrich’s live workouts done in her home gym in New Jersey.  These are fun and there’s a ton of variety. 

The second option is Cathe On Demand and is $19.97/month (that’s the one I have) and gives you access to all of her Live workouts + all of her videos (that’s over 300 workouts).

You can cancel a membership at any time.  Let her try it for a month and see what she thinks.

*Consider getting a Cathe Friedrich gift certificate if you’re not sure what to purchase.*

a Cathe Friedrich gift certificate is a great gift

For more information about this you can read Forget the Gym! Workout at Home–Beachbody on Demand vs Cathe on Demand

And Everything You Need to Know About Cathe Live and Cathe on Demand.

Check out Cathe’s pinterest page to see samples of her live workouts.


Wantable is a subscription program for women’s fitness apparel.

Wantable home page

From the Wantable experts-

“The Fitness Edit is a personal styling service that allows you to try before you buy. This means you get to try on 5-7 handpicked fitness and athleisure items in the comfort of your own home before paying for them. These items feature the hottest styles and latest innovations from brands like Lukka Lux, Shape Active, Chi Chi, Onzie, and Just Live. Item prices are based on your personal preferences but usually range from $30-$70 each.  The Fitness Edit is a monthly subscription, but you can skip a month or cancel at any time. “

Use the ‘Get Started’ button to fill out the style profile and create an account. Then wait for the awesome fitness apparel to arrive!

Wantable profile

Once you receive your personalized selections you try on everything (I usually receive 7 articles of clothing) and keep what you want.  You have 5 days to send back what you don’t want in the enclosed envelope.  It’s awesome!

how Wantable works

I currently belong to several subscription fitness apparel programs including Fabletics, Sweatstyle, and Adidas.

They all have great products but Wantable is the best at communication.

From all the emails you receive about your shipment along its journey, down to the amazing images of your items in the packing slip, the Wantable gurus are experts at keeping you informed.

Wantable packing slip

A Wantable Invoice/Packing Slip

Wantable also offers a subscription program for their Style line.  This is also a membership program for apparel but instead of fitness clothing you can get everyday wear, like the Stitch Fix program.  (I belong to Stitch Fix (love it) as well as Wantable Style.  I love them, both.)

And if you’d rather give the gift of Wantable in the form of a gift card (and let the recipient fill out the profile) you can use this link.

Check out Your Guide to the Wantable Fitness Edit for more information.

*If Wantable doesn’t float your boat my next recommendation is Sweatstyle.  You can’t lose with either program.

Read, The Top 5 Fitness Apparel Subscription Programs–Your Ultimate Guide, for more ideas.

And one more great gift idea…


Who doesn’t need new/more/better exercise equipment?


Happy shopping!

Do you have any great fitness gift ideas to add to this list?  Use the comment section to share them!  Thank you!




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The Best Fitness Gifts of 2017-One Strong Southern Girl-I've used every exercise product and tried every fitness service. These are my recommendations for the best fitness gifts to give in 2017.