Gift Ideas for Athletes
Have a friend, little brother, sister, mom, dad or coworker (we could do this all day) who's an athlete or avid trainer and are unsure what to the best gift to shower them for a special occasion? Look no further.
It’s a no brainer that being an athlete can come with a hefty price tag – no matter if their beginner, intermediate or elite. Whether it’s through supplements to optimize performance, or spending on services and products to promote recovery – the list can go on and on for the types of expenses an athlete may have.
What better gift can you get a friend or family member than something that is going to fuel their passion and goals as well as reducing the burden on their wallet?
Not only will these gift ideas for the fellow athlete on your shopping list help them get focused on and/or improve their craft – but they also won’t break the bank (some are a little more pricey than others for those with a bit of a bigger budget for their special someone). On top of it all, when their using your thoughtful gift to crush a PR, hone their craft, or recover their sore muscles, they’ll know who to thank.
Best Gift for Busy Athlete: Resistance Bands
One of the top trending fitness products this year are resistance bands. Anyone with any inclination towards fitness and access to the ‘interwebs’ knows that the popularity and sales of at home fitness equipment exploded in the year of 2020… annnnd we all know why.
Working out from home is not going anywhere anytime soon. While we all know that dumbbells, kettlebells, and other gym equipment are great to have at home, they can also be pricey and a rare hot commodity these days aka next to impossible to find. Resistance bands can still be an effective way to strength, stretch, and train your muscles – especially if you have a variety of types and sizes of bands.
Generally, the benefits of elastic bands are that they are cheap, lightweight, and very versatile, but they have other benefits as well. Resistance bands have been used by athletes for years to improve their performance - increasing their speed, power, and agility while protecting them from the dreaded injury. One of the benefits of resistance bands is that they provide constant tension throughout the exercise. Your core and stabilizer muscles get recruited to help keep proper form. Using bands focuses on both active and stabilizing muscles so you get more bang for your buck, and awesome core strength to boot.
These flex bands are an example of the variety packs of resistance bands that can be purchased for use at home and users can perform a multitude of strength and stretching exercises. But you can also purchase specific types of bands based on the athlete’s needs and goals, such as these stronger resistance bands that can be used for pull-ups, rows, curls, etc.
Best Gift for Runners: Smart Watch with Heart-Rate Monitor
Smart watches have been around for a while, they continue to grow in popularity due to their increase in technology and features, especially for the avid fitness freak.
While there are some options out there for smaller budgets ranging from $50-100ish, if you want and have the means to invest a little more, one of the top rated smart watches that is mid-range in price is the Fitbit Versa 3 (let’s be real the Apple Watch Series 6 is an excellent contender for the larger budget).
These products have numerous cool features for someone who thrives off of monitoring, recording and comparing health data such as their heartrate, blood oxygen levels, steps, sleep quality, and so much more, all while being able to keep an eye on important emails, texts, etc.
Best Gift for Serious Athletes: Deep Tissue or Sports Massage
Do not underestimate the importance of healing and recovery for athletes at any level. And let’s be honest, many athletes are so focused and spending their time on honing their craft, that recovery and injury prevention sometimes falls to the wayside.
It’s no secret that athletes experience muscle stiffness, cramps, and prolonged physical exertion. If they are experiencing these effects in a consistent manner without getting treatment, it can hinder performance and even lead to injury.
In order to boost overall recovery time, a deep tissue massage is often recommended ideally a few days after any extreme physical action because it can target key problem areas before they become seriously troublesome. Research also shows that deep tissue massage prompts the production of mitochondria, an energy cell that builds muscle, boosts recovery time and suppresses pain.
Athletes who receive regular deep tissue massages notice an increase in their range of motion because their therapist is actively breaking down all the tightness around the muscles.
During a deep tissue massage, the therapist applies acupressure, trigger-point work (focused on all those tiny muscle knots) and “deep transverse friction” where scar tissue is broken by back and forth movement over muscle.
Or course where you purchase this gift depends on your location, but it would usually come in the form of a gift certificate. If you are in San Diego or Scottsdale you can send them directly to us for a sports massage for that special someone.
Whoever it is, just make sure that the provider is a certified therapist (massage therapist, athletic therapist, physiotherapist, etc.) who specializes in deep tissue/sports massage.
Best Gift for All Around Athlete: Insulated Water Bottle
We all know how important it is for athletes, or anyone into fitness for that matter, to stay hydrated (even more so than the average Joe).
While there are many insulated bottles out there, Yeti seems to be emerging as one of the top brands.
All of their products are built to withstand the elements and keep everything fresh. Whether your special athlete someone is an avid hiker, runner, or just wants to keep their protein shake at a palatable level – this could be for them. The double-walled insulation helps maintain the liquid's temperature while preventing the outside from getting hot or cold to the touch and it is also dishwasher safe and BPA free.
Best Gift for Health Nuts: Supplement Stack
While the best supplement stack for the athlete on your list may vary – you can’t go wrong with these top 3 options for athletes.
Creatine: Of course, creatine is on the list. Hundreds of studies support its effectiveness for boosting muscle size and strength.
Pre-Workout with Caffeine: Caffeine is one of the few legal performance-enhancing substances that actually works. Several studies have found improvements in vertical jump height, reaction time and endurance following caffeine consumption.
Whey Protein Isolate: This is simply the best protein for athletes to take. It digests quickly, it’s rich in branched-chain amino acids that help support muscle growth and recovery, and its peptides boost blood flow. If your athlete buddy is vegan or vegetarian, be sure to choose a blend that contains a complete amino acid profile.
For a more personalized plan, we offer supplement suggestion here as well.
We hope the above gift ideas help you get that perfect gift for that athlete in your life. If you have any questions or are in search of other ideas, our team at Fix Body Group is always here to help. Get in touch with us today!