Be it for a holiday, birthday, or anniversary—these gifts are sure to please yourself and others. There is something here for everyone and in every price range. If you would like to see something else included in this post, please feel free to list it in the comment section.
Black High Density Foam Roller $8.97-$24.95
Progression is as important for myofascial release as it is for training. If you have been using a soft dented roller—it’s time to move on. These high density rollers are just what you need to advance to the next level and get out of your mundane roller routine.
These bands are great for ankle and shoulder mobility work. There are different strengths and sizes available. I use them myself and in my client work.
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook $16.36
This book offers a wealth of information while being 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: Fitness Secrets of the Martial Arts $22.85
For the badass in your life (that could be you).
Always an excellent addition, especially for those who do home based workouts. A great way to challenge yourself without the addition of extra weight.
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 who hits your hard-to-reach spots.
Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training $20.89
If you don’t have this already, you should. Great place for someone starting out to begin.
Stretch-Out Strap with 40 Page Booklet $15.95
Great way to get you through relaxed static stretching work without the aid of a partner.
Superbands have many uses: pull-up support, weight resistance, and agility drill assistance. 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 that won’t break the bank.
Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle $7.00-$31.45
Be kind to the environment while keeping your water cold.
STX Six Pack of Assorted Color Lacrosse Balls $19.99
If you do soft tissue release work and the tennis ball you’re using becomes too easy, it is time to upgrade your tools. Lacrosse balls make a great and cheap transition. If you purchase 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. They take grip training to the next level.
Paranoid about gym germs? Here is your answer.
MyoTape Body Tape Measure $5.28
Great for those who self measure. The MyoTape locks so you can wrap yourself for a tight measurement every time.
LeighPeele.com Membership $9.95 per month
Cookbooks, programs, group support, and me. Could you ask for more for less than $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 the connection won’t 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 and humorous side of Alan Aragon. I would like the Jurassic in small please.
Buddy Lee’s Rope Master Jump Rope $27.95
Buddy Lee 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 this delivers the self-defense and fighting techniques easier than most I have found.
Body By Boyle Online $39.97 per month
Constantly updated with new content for trainers and trainees. I have no doubt about Mike’s ability or passion to exceed 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 Strength 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 KBs.
SurfShelf Treadmill Desk and Laptop Holder $39.95
If you must use exercise machines for cardio—at least have something to read 😉
Target Mitts $36.95
One of my favorite pieces of cardio equipment.
An affordable vest that adds evenly distributed weight to movements like push-ups and dips.
Universal Strength & Power Apparatus by BodyWeightCulture $29.99
They get the award for the worst product name ever, but it is oh so much fun to play with.
Training Rope $102.00-$221.00
Taking momentum out and putting work in.
The Single-Leg Solution $97.00
Tons 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 not one complaint about its style, available space, or durability. 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 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 160 GB 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.
Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device $157.99
Great for adjusting your sleep habits, energy, or keeping seasonal depression at bay.
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shariNovember 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm
Is that Nick T. dvd set something you think would be good for me with my neck injuries?
Leigh PeeleNovember 24, 2010 at 9:35 pm
Shari, I am going to shoot you a email in a lil bit about this.
shariJanuary 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm
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?
NielNovember 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm
#56: Shake weight.
JennyNovember 24, 2010 at 9:21 pm
The shake weight… look at the last episode of South Park hilarious stuff
Leigh PeeleNovember 24, 2010 at 9:36 pm
Not until I get live performances by all company employees.
CassieNovember 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm
Fantastic list! Thanks for the ideas!
DanielNovember 24, 2010 at 9:42 pm
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 PeeleNovember 25, 2010 at 12:39 am
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.
DanielNovember 25, 2010 at 7:03 am
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.
DanielNovember 25, 2010 at 7:10 am
…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.
DanielNovember 25, 2010 at 7:14 am
…something else that might help me is putting the window open before bedtime to cool of the bedroom.
Josh HillisNovember 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm
Love the Alan Aragon T-Shirts: “Broscience – because real science just isn’t jacked enough” and “Placebo Effect – The strongest ingredient never listed”
Leigh PeeleNovember 25, 2010 at 12:41 am
Can’t trust him though, something about that Jib of his. 😉
KatyNovember 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm
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 PeeleNovember 25, 2010 at 12:43 am
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.
MatthewNovember 25, 2010 at 1:00 am
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!
GiaNovember 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm
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.
SarahNovember 24, 2010 at 10:42 pm
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
AshNovember 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm
New Rules Of Lifting (4 women also)
TerriNovember 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm
It’s nice to see a list that doesn’t have Joel Marion all over it.
Leigh what do you think of fitbit?
Katie NemargutNovember 24, 2010 at 11:46 pm
I really want a free standing ballet bar http://www.matsmatsmats.com/ballet-dance/ballet-bar-free-standing.html
AliceNovember 24, 2010 at 11:49 pm
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.
Leigh PeeleNovember 25, 2010 at 12:48 am
No, you don’t NEED tools. You can aid the work with a thera cane (thought I find more end up hurting themselves) http://www.amazon.com/Thera-Cane-JMAS5000-Massager/dp/B000PRMCJU
You can also use creams with doing trigger point work (which I recommend) to help yourself progress along at an easier pace. But again, you don’t need anything.
SyraNovember 24, 2010 at 11:50 pm
LOL I am going to direct my mum to this page for presents to buy me. Thanks Leigh!
RonNovember 25, 2010 at 12:19 am
You forgot the RumbleRoller: http://www.rumbleroller.com
EMILYNovember 25, 2010 at 12:36 am
When is MRM being released?!!!! That would go on MY LIST!!!!! I am in SERIOUS NEED of metabolic HELP :(~!!!!
Leigh PeeleNovember 25, 2010 at 12:49 am
It is coming as soon as possible. I am going to be working on it over the holidays some in my free time.
MatthewNovember 25, 2010 at 1:01 am
okay that was meant for the main part of the list, not a reply dang it!
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cannewNovember 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm
i love this! great ideas. hope santa has saved up some $$ for me 🙂
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Some nice tips here 🙂
I have a Kleen Kanteen water bottle, 1,9 litres! Love it 🙂
LoriNovember 27, 2010 at 9:52 pm
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).
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Check out http://www.fashletics.com – they have awesome “fitness inspired” jewelry. Such great gifts!!
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