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2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Ideas for Fitness-Obsessed Loved Ones

For those that like their holidays with a serving of lactic acid


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Turtlebox Gen 2 Speaker ($399)

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Cranked to the max, the Gen 2 is capable of hitting 120 decibels—as loud as a thunderclap. That’s impressive for a speaker the size of a lunch box. Twenty hours of battery life and a USB port mean you won’t run out of tunes during protracted training sessions. It’s waterproof to boot.

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Beam Revive Recovery Capsules ($85)

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Proven anti-inflammatory ingredients including tur­meric and green tea extract complement ten milligrams of third-party-tested CBD in each dose. Testers found themselves noticeably less sore when they took Beam’s recovery supplement after pushing the limits during strength-training sessions.

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TRX Bandit Resistance-Band Kit ($50)

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Resistance bands facilitate an array of low-impact exercises, but gripping rubber can cause uncomfortable chafing. TRX’s Bandit bands solve that problem with an ingenious dumbbell-like handle. A slot down the center lets you swap between four resistance levels (from 5 to 30 pounds).

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The Ness Trampoline ($499)

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Even when skies were blue, testers looked forward to living-room cardio classes on this 32.5-inch trampoline, designed with adjustable firmness. It comes with three months’ worth of access to hundreds of workout videos from the Ness fitness studio in New York.

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Nomadix Hand Towel ($20)

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The sweat towel is the unsung hero of the gym. The moisture-wicking chops of this lightweight, recycled synthetic number sopped up the profuse perspiration of our most intense HIIT regimens. We also appreciated its ample odor resistance and good looks.

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USA Iron 25-Pound Kettlebell ($76)

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One tester with a garage full of different kettlebells chooses USA Iron consistently over the others. Why? Additional handle width (for a total of 7.7 inches) and grippy powder coating make this American-manufactured weight a joy to swing.

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Italic Vibrating Foam Roller ($45)

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Of the five adjustable speeds on Italic’s heavily textured cylinder, the lowest made roll-outs after long runs feel more like a trip to the massage therapist than to a medieval dungeon. Fear not, masochists: the higher settings are here for you.

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5.11 PT-R 100-Pound Weight Kit ($160)

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These sack weights are smartly designed. The two roll-top nylon bags can be used separately for exercises like curls. Or combine them to form an eight-handled beast that tops out at 100 pounds. It put testers on the ground after extended farmer’s carries.

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From December 2021 Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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