Our holiday gift guide for fitness enthusiasts!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year which means it’s also the season of giving. But make no mistake, there’s no shortage of stress for gift-givers when it comes to deciding on what the heck to get!
However, if you have a fitness-lover in your life then fret not… there are many great gift options for the casual lifter, competitor, and anyone in between.
So, we’ve put together a holiday gift guide that we’re sure won’t disappoint… check it out!
No supplement stack is complete without protein powder. And with the countless options on the market, it can be downright confusing to choose one.
Protein is the essential macronutrient for muscle and strength-building so that’s why we’ve selected some top-notch, quality protein powders.
Muscle-Feast Grass-Fed Whey Isolate (Whey)
Muscle-Feast is one heck of a protein powder which most people will love for the simple ingredients and lack of undesirable additions. It’s ranked at the top on Labdoor and the formula consists of whey protein isolate, cocoa, sunflower lecithin, and stevia. Plus, it’s grass-fed.
There are essentially no fats or carbs either.
A serving contains 88 calories, 20.5g protein, .2g fat, .2g carbs, and .1g sugar.
Whey Isolate a more pure form of whey protein and you can be sure you’re getting the best nutrients whether you’re wanting to gain muscle, lose fat, improve performance, or all three.
Whey is also more fast-acting than other forms of protein (e.g. casein, egg, etc.) which makes it the ideal protein post-workout and anytime really! And the amino acids (leucine most importantly) are a must for promoting optimal protein synthesis.
Dymatize is known to have great products that stand above the rest and their ISO-100 is a crowd favorite. It’s obviously a whey isolate which is ideal for those who are typically less tolerant of dairy-based protein powders due to additional filtration steps.
A serving contains 120 calories, 25g protein, 0.5g fat, 2g carbs, and 1g sugar. There are artificial flavors included and sucralose (artificial sweetener) as well.
Plant-Vital Protein Powder (Plant-Based)
Here’s an excellent option for vegans or anyone who just prefers plant-based protein powders.
A single serving will give you 24 grams of muscle-building protein from several plant-based sources which include pea, brown rice, pumpkin seed, and chia seed.
Not too mention, you get 18 superfoods and 1 billion CFU probiotics for optimal gut health support. No sugar or additives are contained in this formula.
KOS Organic Plant-Based Protein
KOS is no doubt one of the top plant-based options and it should be. The ingredients are exactly what you’d want in a nutritious shake, and there’s essentially nothing to be displeased with.
Each serving has 20g of protein from a combination of organic pea protein, organic flaxseed, organic quinoa, organic pumpkin seed, and organic chia.
The flavor and amount of sweetness is thanks to the organic coconut milk, organic Himalayan pink salt, organic Stevia, and organic monk fruit.
Dymatize Elite Casein
Casein protein is a slower-digesting kind which is most effective for maintaining protein synthesis over a prolonged period of time (more so than fast-digesting whey). That’s why it’s recommended before bedtime so that you can have a constant supply of nutrients overnight.
Casein is also loaded with branched-chain amino acids (bcaas) which are an essential component for the process of building muscle.
Dymatize Elite casein protein is at the top of our list due to the quality formula from a reputable brand.
Each serving contains 25 grams of protein plus 5 grams of BCAAs, including 2.3 grams of L-Leucine.
The ingredients include micellar casein, milk, and soy. Although, many people may have an issue with the artificial flavors (also has natural flavors), in addition to sucralose and acesulfame potassium (artificial sweeteners).
But the protein quality itself is on par with any other top choice, not to mention, most would appreciate the palatable flavors in comparison to other casein products.
Ascent Native Fuel Casein
Ascent Native fuel is a great casein product which contains micellar casein for optimal slow-release of nutrients.
Each dose supplies an ideal 25 grams of protein, in addition to 11 grams of BCAA’s and there are absolutely no artificial ingredients which is much appreciated.
The ingredients include micellar casein, cocoa (processed with alkali), natural flavors, gum blend (made of guar, acacia, and xanthan), sea salt, sunflower lecithin, monk fruit extract, and stevia leaf extract.
This product is also informed-choice certified.
When it comes to fitness nutrition, convenience reigns supreme for helping you to achieve your goals. Meal replacements supply protein, carbs, fats, plus micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) which are essential for fueling your body to ensure you’re consistently progressing. And we’ve got exactly what you need…
Ample Meal Replacement Shake In A Bottle (Best For Those Always On-The-Go)
Ample really does have a gem here with the meal replacement shake in a bottle. And if you know someone who is always on-the-go (or maybe you can use some convenient nutrition), then this is the perfect gift because all you need is cold water and you have an instant healthy, delectable meal.
Now, Ample offers a few different options which include either whey protein, keto or a plant-based option. So, there’s surely something for everyone. Bottles come in 400 and 600 calorie options.
The standard Ample shake contains grass-fed whey, hydrolyzed collagen protein, and pea protein. The carbs sources include whole-grain oat powder, organic sweet potato, acacia fiber, and other natural, organic ingredients.
And the powder is sweetened with monk fruit extract and stevia with cinnamon. Ample shakes also supply probiotics.
A serving contains 400 calories, 26g of protein 24g of carbs, 22g of fat, 30mg cholesterol, 10g fiber, and 4g of sugar.
Ample K (ketogenic)
The ketogenic diet is super-popular and the purpose of it is to utilize fat for energy rather than carbs (glucose). When the body has very little carbs, the body creates fat ketones which are a super energy source.
This often results in quick weight loss and studies show that keto dieting can help and even reverse certain ailments like type 2 diabetes.
Ample K contains 400 calories, 13g of protein, 13g of carbs, 34g of fat, 10mg cholesterol, 10g of fiber, and 2g of sugar per serving.
The protein consists of grass-fed whey, egg whites, and pea protein.
And the fat sources are from quality coconut oil, sunflower oil, medium-chain triglycerides, and macadamia nut oil.
Ample V (vegan)
This version is for people who prefer plant-based.
A serving has 400 calories, 20g of protein, 23g of carbs, 26g of fat, 0 g of cholesterol, 11g of fiber, and 4g of sugar.
The protein sources include pea and organic brown rice.
The carbs are from oat powder and acacia fiber, while coconut oil, sunflower oil, and macadamia nut oil are the fat sources. Plus, the powder is naturally-flavored and sweetened.
Field Work Nutrition Co. Primo Smoothie (Anytime Meal Replacement)
When it comes to healthy, effective, and convenient nutrition, well… Primo Smoothie is just that.
A serving has 200 calories, 20g of grass-fed whey and concentrate, 18g of carbs, 5g of fat, 5g of fiber, and 4g of sugar.
The carb sources are sweet potato, organic oats, chia, and quinoa, to name a few.
But you also get 995mg of a pre- and probiotic blend, along with Curcumin and Tart Cherry which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, these ingredients are overall very good for promoting good health.
Then, there’s a fruit and veggie complex, along with 50mg of digestive enzymes.
The powder contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, added sugars, soy, or gluten.
According to research, pre-workout supplements that contain caffeine as the main ingredient (proven nervous system stimulant) plus other beneficial ingredients like creatine, beta-alanine, betaine, amino acids, and nitric oxide agents, are very effective for improving physical performance.
So, we’ve chosen the best of the best for that gym-lover who enjoys a nice performance boost…
ProSupps Mr. Hyde NitroX (Ideal For Most Hardcore Lifters)
Mr. Hyde NitroX is a potent pre-workout formula reserved for only the baddest individuals in the weight room. And with 375mg of caffeine per serving, we don’t need to say anymore.
But there are other effective ingredients as well which include beta-alanine, creatine, arginine (Nitrosigine) and L-citrulline for muscle pumps, choline bitartrate, theanine Teacrine, and Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
The aforementioned ingredients are physical and cognitive performance-supporting according to research.
RSP AminoLean (Best For A Modest Energy Boost)
This product is less potent than the others but not everyone needs a buttload of caffeine before a workout and AminoLean has just enough to give you a clean boost of energy.
A serving contains 125 grams of caffeine from green tea extract. And the main ingredients include Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), L-Carnitine Powder, Green Tea Extract, and Green Coffee Bean.
There are also no sugars, carbs, or calories for those who desire to take a supplement with only what is needed and nothing else.
Legion Pulse is no doubt among the best of pre-workout supplements. A serving contains a whopping 350mg of caffeine per serving plus there are no artificial flavors or sweeteners.
Additional and other beneficial ingredients include citrulline, beta-alanine, and ornithine to increase your endurance during high-intensity activities.
This is a potent formula for the most hardcore lifters!
Old School Labs Vintage Blast
OSL Vintage Blast is a “two-stage” (two stages of ingredients) pre-workout which contains 250mg caffeine plus a sufficient amount of arginine, beta-alanine, and D-aspartic acid for optimal performance.
It’s also a third-party tested product which means you’re ensured purity and potency.
Creatine is the most studied and proven ergogenic aid for boosting performance, inducing muscle growth, increasing strength, and the list can go on.
The body creates this amino naturally but not enough to produce the kind of benefits that a good supplement will.
And it would be very unfair to not include a few top options since we don’t want anyone to leave gains on the table. But the great thing about the following creatine products is that both are super-affordable.
Optimum Nutrition Micronized Creatine
ON micronized creatine is a superior creatine monohydrate, which by the way, is the most researched form. Therefore, we recommend sticking with monohydrate for the best possible results.
Micronized creatine is a finer version of the powder which is believed to have better absorption overall.
One serving contains 5g of creatine which is the only ingredient. The powder is unflavored and no scoop is included.
MuscleTech Platinum Creatine
A very affordable option, MuscleTech Platinum creatine works very well and whether true or not, MuscleTech claims that users of this product have gained up to 6 pounds of muscle in 6 weeks according to a study.
But we do know that it’s popular creatine so it must deliver to some extent.
A serving contains 5 grams of creatine monohydrate.
A good weightlifting shoe is essential for being able to lift the maximum weight from a stable and secure base. An elevated heel is a main feature of weightlifting shoes which can help you big time to maintain good form and conducive body positioning to complete any lift.
And you definitely don’t want to skimp on the material quality because this aspect can make or break your performance. But luckily, we’ve got some great choices from top brands that are sure to take lifting performance to the next level.
Adidas Adipower (Great Overall)
The Adipower is creme of the crop option for the most serious lifters.
It’s 100% leather with top-notch construction and a TPU midsole for maximum stability and a .75” heel which is pretty standard for most lifting situations.
There are few that can compare to the Adipower for quality and durability.
Nike Romaleos 3 (Most Ideal For Women)
The Romaleos 3 is up to par with the many top options on the market currently. And the narrow fit makes it great for most women who train.
The material is a synthetic and mesh upper for optimal breathability, and it has a flexible forefoot, in addition to Flywire technology for secureness and a TPU footplate for awesome stability.
The Romaleos 3 has a 20mm (.79”) offset (heel) for an ideal range of motion during your lifts.
Adidas Performance Crazy Power (Versatile Option)
The Crazy Power is also a viable option for most lifters. It includes a single-strap, has a synthetic upper, TPU heel, and .6 inch heel height.
Reebok LegacyLifter (Solid Shoe)
The LegacyLifter is a beastly platform for big lifts. It has a .75” heel and a TPU midsole double strap for maximum secureness, and an Exoframe heel for added support.
A good weightlifting belt is a must when you’re throwing around big weights because this tool mimics what your core does to stabilize your trunk and spine by increasing intra-abdominal pressure beyond what is naturally possible.
Here are a few must-have belts…
Fire Team Fit Weightlifting Belt (Good Overall Belt)
The Fire Team Fit belt is top of the line with a contoured design and 6-inch back support that tapers down to 3.5-4.5 inches on the front and sides.
It’s made from neoprene (very tough rubber-like material) and is fastened with heavy-duty roller buckles.
Harbinger 4” Nylon Weightlifting Belt (Great On A Budget)
The Harbinger nylon belt is a good versatile budget option and you can rest assured that it will effectively assist you during your most challenging performances. It’s a 4” wide belt with a 3” strap for optimal support.
WOD Active Sports Belt (Recommended For CrossFit)
Hardly anything else can top this belt for versatility during functional training and that’s why it’s a great choice for CrossFit. The belt is contoured for optimal performance and it has a width of 4.75 inches which tapers down to 4 inches.
Harbinger 5″ Nylon Lifting Belt W/ Flexible Ultralight Foam Core (Best For Women)
This one is for the lady lifters out there who need support during the toughest physical challenges. This belt from Harbinger will not disappoint!
The barbell is undoubtedly the best training tool available since compound, bilateral lifts are where we’re going to make the most gains in size, strength, and performance.
Synergee Games 7’ Barbell (Olympic Style)
The Synergee Games barbell weighs either 15 or 20kg and it’ll hold as much weight as you can lift. It’s rated for 1500 lbs and the high-grade steel, cerakote coating with a diamond pattern for a secure grip.
So, whether you’re involved in powerlifting, Olympic lifting, bodybuilding, or any type of lifting, this is the bar for you.
The bar comes with wraps and straps.
XMark Voodoo 7’ Barbell (Good Mid-Range Option)
Here’s a great option for your lifting needs. The XMark Voodoo 7’ barbell can support up to 1,500 pounds and it’s made from high-quality material for safety and function.
Titan Fitness 5’ Barbell (Top Budget Option For Beginner and Intermediate Lifters)
The Titan Fitness 5’ barbell is hard to beat for the price. It’s made from high-quality steel and it has a 500-pound weight limit.
So, it’s ideal for beginner and intermediate lifters who are looking for a cheaper option that will do the job (and it does quite well).
It’s important to note that the bar weighs 25 pounds since it’s 5’ long rather than the standard 7’ bar and it has a length of 36.5″. So, it will not rack on most standard power racks.
Knee sleeves are just another handy accessory which can help with joint warmth, blood flow, and functionality. But it’s definitely advantageous to look good while training in a stylish pair as well.
We think these are great choices…
Mava Sports Knee Support Sleeves (Optimal Knee Support)
Comfort and function are a desirable combination and that’s exactly what this sleeve provides. The material is nylon and spandex which will help to be able to move around while benefiting from the needed support.
Rehband 7mm Knee Sleeve – Model 7051 (Lifting and Overall Versatility)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better knee sleeve that will do everything you need it to.
The Rehband is IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) and IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) approved which speaks volumes about its overall quality.
HVSKY Fitness Knee Sleeves w/Gym Bag (Best Bang For Your Buck)
Quality on a budget eh? Well, who doesn’t want that…
The HVSKY knee sleeve is made from 100% neoprene which means it’s super tough and at 7mm, it’s ideal for maximum support. Plus, you get a cool gym bag with it!
UFlex Athletics Knee Compression Sleeve (Running/Sports)
This knee sleeve is made from anti-slip silicon with 3D stitching to ensure you’re getting the support you need during your physical or daily activities which doesn’t necessarily involve heavy training.
Certain accessories are just a must when it comes to boosting your level of coolness in the gym and/or enhancing your performance. Well, accessories don’t last forever and the holidays present the perfect opportunity to earn some cool points yourself by doing someone a favor and picking up a gift that is sure to see some serious use.
Check out these awesome fitness accessories…
Sometimes getting to the gym just isn’t possible or maybe a home workout is a preferred way to work up a sweat…
Well, resistance bands can give you an amazing workout while helping you to achieve your fitness goals.
Bodylastics Resistance Bands
This resistance band set comes with 19 pieces which consist of seven anti-snap and color-coded bands of multiple resistance levels, plus four high-quality handles, four strong ankle straps, two-door anchors, one bag, and an instruction guide.
The bands are made from natural latex in addition to a strong ABS core and neoprene. And you won’t have to worry about snapping and injury as the patented design prevents this from occurring.
Here are the equivalent resistance levels in pounds (3lb, 5lb, 8lb, 13lb, 19lb, 23lb, 30lb).
Shaker Cups are one accessory where a new one is always appreciated to prevent boredom if for nothing else.
With 28 ounces you can fit a good amount of protein powder, pre-workout, or anything else in your bottle and not have to worry about it leaking with such a top-notch option.
The cup comes with a stainless steel whisk ball to annihilate any clumping and the bottle is BPA-free if you were wondering.
It’s always nice to have to flashy and functional bag to carry around your accessories, equipment, and personal belongings for that lengthy gym session or trip.
Under Armour Undeniable Duffle 3.0 Bag
You can take this bag anywhere and not have to worry about it getting beat up due to the UA Storm technology. There’s plenty of room for storage and space for smelly laundry when on the run.
Starter Duffel Bag (Good Value Option)
This is a great versatile, lightweight bag for an even better price.
Alfamo Cooling Towel
This multipurpose towel provides UPF 50 protection, provides 3 hours of coolness, and can reduce body temperature by 30 degrees.
AmazonBasics 14” Fan
This fan is for smaller rooms but it’s a quality option with 3 settings and it’ll be much appreciated during an intense workout session.
Glofit Freedom Workout Gloves
Here’s an awesome durable, anti-slip glove which is great for protecting hands and supporting performance.
Desired Tools Padlock
Ensure your belongings are safe with this top-notch combination padlock.
We’re confident that there are many great holiday gift choices here that won’t break the bank and, of course, there are a few items that are a little higher in cost as well. But for this list, we chose only quality options for your gifting needs.
So… enjoy the holidays and happy shopping!
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