55 Fitness Gifts You Will Beg People To Give You

Be it holidays, birthday or anniversary — these gifts are sure to please yourself or others. There is something here for everyone and every price range. If you would like to see something else included in the post, feel free to add it in the comments.

Presents $1.00-$30.00

Black High Density Foam Roller $8.97-$24.95

Progression is as true for myofascial release, as it is to training. If you have been dealing with a white, soft and dented roller – it is time to move on. These high density rollers are just what you need to take it to the next level and get out of your mundane roller routine.

Thera-Bands $10.99-$36.95

These bands are great for ankle and shoulder mobility work. I have all different strengths and sizes for myself and clients.

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook $16.36

This book is a great wealth of information, but incredibly easy to understand and read. If you are dealing with body pains (while not an instant cure) this is a great start to connecting the dots.

Ultimate Warrior Workouts (Training for Warriors): Fitness Secrets of the Martial Arts $22.85

For the badass in your life (that could be yourself).

Valslides $29.95

Always an excellent addition, especially to those who do home based workouts and looking for more challenges without the additions of weighs.

Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-Dial Padlock $8.84

For the brainier gym goer or bike rider.

Free-Up Massage Cream $18.35

Great for all skin types and when you need repeated daily use. Also, a welcome relief for a partner or spouse who is hitting your hard to reach spots for you.

Starting Strength $20.89

If you don’t have it already, you should. If someone is starting out, this is a great place to begin.

Stretch-Out Strap with 40 page booklet $15.95

Great way to get you through relaxed static stretching work when missing the aid of a partner.

Superbands $10.95-$36.95

Superbands are work for pull-up assistance, weight resistance or agility drills. Best of all they have Super in the name.

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar $27.00

The king of doorway pull-up bars without breaking the wallet.

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle $7.00-$31.45

Be kind to the environment and keep your water cold.

STX Six Pack of Assorted Color Lacrosse Balls $19.99

If the tennis ball is becoming to easy on you, it is time to upgrade your soft tissue work. Lacrosse balls make a great and cheap transition. With a six pack you can pass a few around to your friends as well.

Lee Hayward Heavy Grips $17.95 and up

These are not cheap hand grippers. These take grip training to the next level.

PhitGrips $9.99

Paranoid about gym germs? Here is your answer.

MyoTape Body Tape Measure $5.28

Great for those who self measure. The Myotape has a lock on it so your can wrap yourself and get a tight measurement everytime.

LeighPeele.com Membership $9.95 (per month)

Cookbooks, programs, forum support, and me. Could you ask for more under 10 bucks?

Gymboss Interval Timer $19.95

One or two different time intervals can range from 2 seconds to 99 minutes.

H2O Audio Surge Sportwrap & Waterproof Sport Headphones $23.95

One of the few audio cases that protects your mp3 player properly. Make sure to get their headphones or your connection will not be secure.

Fitbook: fitness + nutrition journal $22.95

Environmentally friendly training and nutrition journal. For those weird people that still like paper (myself included).

FitDeck Fitness Cards $9.95 and up

FitDeck is a unique deck of 56 playing cards containing illustrations and instructions describing over 50 different exercises, stretches, and movements. Bodyweight training, intervals, etc.

Brainy Gear $17.99 and up

Welcome to the creative & humorous side of Alan Aragon. I would like the Jurassic, in small please.

Buddy Lee’s Rope Master Jump Rope $27.95

Buddy Lee’s and jump roping go together like white on rice. Get it.

Complete Krav Maga: The Ultimate Guide to Over 230 Self-Defense and Combative Techniques $15.46

Truth be told, you can’t learn a fighting art from a book, but something is better than nothing and Krav Maga is going to help deliver it easier than most I have found.

Presents $30.00-$75.00

Body By Boyle Online $59.97 (per month)

It is constantly updated with new content for trainers and trainees. I never have doubt about Kevin’s ability or passion to deliver to people’s expectations. Check it out.

Kitrics Digital Nutrition Scale $49.99

The scale from the infamous weight video.

Freestyle Trainer $50.00

Looking for an alternative to a TRX or want to turn this into a TRX style trainer?

Nick Tumminello’s Joint Friendly Training $87.00

One of my favorite products of the year, and a great addition to your library.

Power Wheel $59.95

Someone went and put straps on the exercise wheel…

First Place Kettlebells $59.95

This is a good entry level point for the KB’s.

SurfShelf Treadmill Desk and Laptop Holder $39.95

If you must use equipment for cardio, at least have something to read 😉

Target Mitts $36.95

One of my favorite pieces of cardio equipment.

Under-Vest $49.95

An affordable vest for adding weight to movements like push-ups or dips in a more evenly distribution.

Universal Strength & Power Apparatus by BodyWeightCulture $29.99

They get the award for the worst name of a product ever, but it is oh so much fun to play with.

Presents $75.00-$150.00

Training Rope $102.00-$221.00

Taking momentum out and putting work in.

The Single-Leg Solution $97.00

Lot’s of ideas and instructions for single-leg work.

Ultimate Sandbag $80.00-$144.00

Sure, you can make your own but if you don’t feel like DIY, these are quality construction.

Vibram FiveFingers $80 and up

This little piggy…

The Core Bag $129.00

I use mine often and have no complaints about style, wear or space. In fact, it still looks brand new after all this time.

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor $129.99

Runners seem to love these puppies.

Presents $150 and up

Blendtec Home The Professional’s Choice 1500-Watt Total Blender $399.99

This is the most badass blender in existence. It is worth the money if you are a blender enthusiast.

Bodybugg (version 3) calorie management system $159.00


BodyMedia FIT (Formerly GoWear fit) $199.95

You can read their comparisons and what they do here.

Garmin GPS 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator $199.99

Never get lost while running again.

Goaler One Roll-Up Slide Boards $249.95

These things are so fun. If my gym didn’t have one, I would probably buy it for my home.

Apple iPod classic 160 GB Black (7th Generation) NEWEST MODEL $224.00

Up to 160GB now. I use mine for music, audiobooks, videos to take to the gym, movies, etc. Get one, you won’t regret it.

SleepTracker PRO Watch Alarm Clock Sleep Monitor Watch $174.00

This is good for those who travel a lot or change time zones. Very cool little device.

TRX Suspension Training $189.95-$269.95

I love my TRX. I also love the Freestyle trainer. You can read about both here. Until 11/29 they’re offering 25% off everything TRX with the code TRXMAS.


Phillips Blu-Lite $157.99

Great for adjusting your sleep habits, energy or keeping seasonal depression at bay.

Gift Card Ideas:

Perform Better
-Lucky Vitamin
-True Protein

Before starting any new diet and exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise and/or diet changes with them before beginning. I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. I do not claim to cure any cause, condition or disease. I do not provide medical aid or nutrition for the purpose of health or disease and claim to be a doctor or dietitian. This is merely an opinion blog. Read full disclaimer here - http://www.leighpeele.com/disclaimer




  1. shari


    Is that Nick T. dvd set something you think would be good for me with my neck injuries?

    • Leigh Peele

      Shari, I am going to shoot you a email in a lil bit about this.

      • shari

        HI Leigh,
        I am thinking about getting that NICK T. dvd still with birthday money. If you did send me an email about it back in November i dont think I go it?

  2. Niel

    #56: Shake weight.

    • Jenny

      The shake weight… look at the last episode of South Park hilarious stuff

    • Leigh Peele

      Not until I get live performances by all company employees.

  3. Cassie

    Fantastic list! Thanks for the ideas!

  4. Daniel

    Does the philips blue light really work. I have read somewhere that the light can be harmful to the eyes. I have been having trouble sleeping early for years now. I have even tried skipping nights of sleep.

    • Leigh Peele

      I would imagine if you are staring right into it a few inches from your eyes it might not be the best idea, but that isn’t how it should be used. I use mine and keep it about 2 feet from me on various sides of my face in the morning time (when I can’t get outside or it is dreary).

      The light on its own isn’t going to do much, other than help you with feeling more awake/more energy. I can attest to the fact that if nothing else, it makes waking up a lot easier. The problem with sleep is there are so many factors to why someone can’t sleep. From breathing to brain chemistry – take your pick. The process of elimination is going to be your best bet.

      Me personally, I deal with DSPS and vicious nightmares. So, it takes me a while to get to sleep, and when I do I usually wake up due to vivid dreams. So I have come to appreciate naps and general resting more in my life, realizing I would never have a proper sleep habit. Most nights, best I will get is 5-6 hours. Then maybe I can grab a nap. I have stopped putting pressure on myself to have a “normal” sleep habit and honestly that helped a lot. But that is me. For you, it could be a whole different game.

      I use lights, I use goo sleep habits, and I don’t use drugs. I have an article (among many) coming on the research regarding it, but it says in the end the same thing – you have to find what is right for you. If you don’t think it is physical (muscles/breathing) than I would look into routine and mental habits.

      • Daniel

        Thank you for the reply. I need to get up early to go to university, maybe when I am done with it, I will just work from home and play online poker for a living.

        What kind of mental habits can I look for.

        I would buy the light, but the cheapest price here in Europe is from amazon.de €180 (239 dollar). If it really makes a difference in sleep pattern, I will just buy it, otherwise I will save the money.

        • Daniel

          …and I will definitely look into muscle tension, breathing and mental stress. If any of those things is the culprit, then maybe there’s some hope for me.

          • Daniel

            …something else that might help me is putting the window open before bedtime to cool of the bedroom.

  5. Josh Hillis

    Love the Alan Aragon T-Shirts: “Broscience – because real science just isn’t jacked enough” and “Placebo Effect – The strongest ingredient never listed”

  6. Katy

    Valslides are great, but here is a way cheaper version: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=12136331

    2 sets for the price of half! Val charges an arm and a leg for shipping too, so you can bypass that altogether if you pick them up at a store.

    • Leigh Peele

      It is an option for sure. The reason I left the DIY/alternative stuff out (sandbags, suspension trainers, power wheels) out is because you hand someone this and they get it what the gift is about. You give them furniture movers and they might pop you one.

      • Matthew

        Cressey has some awesome shoulder stuff and show and go rocks too.

        Robertson’s stuff is awesome as well.

        New rules of lifting for (Insert gender here) Men/Women

        Perform Better summit entry fee. (When is Leigh Peele presenting? When will there will be a live fitcast at one?… Ohh sorry wrong post!)

        Vitamix blenders are comparable to Blendtec (and just as pricey!)

        Alan Aragon’s nutrition review

        iTunes gift card, when you get someone that new ipod, you should give them something to fill it with!

  7. Gia

    I like the Valslides better, but that is a good deal. I need that myo-tape that is awesome. I would have to add FLTS and BBE to the list.

  8. Sarah

    Oh what about a Wii?

    Also a Blender Bottle W/wire Shaker Ball http://www.amazon.com/Black-Blender-Bottle-wire-Shaker/dp/B001C3CG4M/ref=pd_sbs_hpc_6

  9. Ash

    New Rules Of Lifting (4 women also)

    Great List!

  10. Terri

    It’s nice to see a list that doesn’t have Joel Marion all over it.

    Leigh what do you think of fitbit?

  11. Katie Nemargut

    I really want a free standing ballet bar http://www.matsmatsmats.com/ballet-dance/ballet-bar-free-standing.html

  12. Alice

    Do you need to buy any tools to use the Trigger Point book? I have been thinking about getting it and I want to know what I might need to use it.

  13. Syra

    LOL I am going to direct my mum to this page for presents to buy me. Thanks Leigh!

  14. Ron

    You forgot the RumbleRoller: http://www.rumbleroller.com

  15. EMILY

    When is MRM being released?!!!! That would go on MY LIST!!!!! I am in SERIOUS NEED of metabolic HELP :(~!!!!

    • Leigh Peele

      It is coming as soon as possible. I am going to be working on it over the holidays some in my free time.

  16. Matthew

    okay that was meant for the main part of the list, not a reply dang it!

  17. cannew

    i love this! great ideas. hope santa has saved up some $$ for me 🙂

  18. Fredrik Gyllensten

    Some nice tips here 🙂

    I have a Kleen Kanteen water bottle, 1,9 litres! Love it 🙂

  19. Lori

    Thanks. You just gave me several ideas for my own Christmas stocking (yes, I do my own stocking shopping – husband never remembers – which is why everyone else gets underwear and I get cool gifts like these).

  20. AnnieL

    Check out http://www.fashletics.com – they have awesome “fitness inspired” jewelry. Such great gifts!!

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