It's that time of year again where we are running around town like headless chickens looking for those perfect last minute Christmas gifts.
You've exhausted the traditional book, sock and DVD buying. (When was the last time anyone bought a DVD?) Why not buy them the perfect gift which will not only make your friends, family and loved ones smiles but will actually be useful too and can help them get healthier and fitter.
I've hand picked a fine selection of 15 last minute Christmas gift ideas for the fitness fanatic to help you make next year their fittest year yet!
1. Fitness Dice By Strength Stack 52 - £37.97
If you don't have a programme or your are currently lacking motivation this is a great little way to add a fun dimension to your current workout.
There are three different levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced with thirty different exercises per set.
All you have to do is take this pocket size dice set to the gym or roll the dice before you get there. Roll the numbers dice and the exercise dice and you'll have your first exercise with the number of repetitions to do. Pretty cool huh?
2. Morphy Richards Oval Slow Cooker - £29.99
Slow cookers are a great help when it comes to food prep. They make delicious cheaper cuts of meat taste better and they are cheaper to run that your oven. It's no wonder slow cookers are super popular. It's ideal for making healthy stews. There's nothing better than coming home from a long hard day at work, walking back in freezing temperatures knowing that your winter stew will be there to warm you for the core out.
3. Fit Nation Foam Roller - £12.99
Foam Rollers are a brilliant stocking filler. They are used to massage out those aches and pains from all the exercises you have be doing. This foam roller in particular is great for digging deep into your problematic areas and tight muscles due to the large dimples on the roller. If you have never used a foam roller before you can check out how to here.
4. Gym Diary - £6.99
This is a great gift for those who don't run off a personal training programme and freestyle their gym sessions. It's nicely set out and you can record what you have done in the gym. It helps you keep a track of weights, reps, sets and ultimately making it easy for you to track progress to help you achieve your goals. It's A6 making it a handy size to chuck into a gym bag and not take up too much room.
5. My Protein Liquid Chalk - £4.94
An essential product for any gym goer or rock climber. This liquid chalk dries up any moisture on your hands helping increase grip strength when performing deadlifts, pull ups or anything that you feel is slipping out your heads due to sweat. It won’t even look out of place down at your local climbing wall. Not everything has to be used in the gym;)
6. My Protein Shaker - £2.00
A cheap and cheerful stocking filler, not only does it double up as a water bottle this shaker will be the go to for most gym user after a workout. You can add any powdered supplement, shake it up and you are good to go. The most popular supplement is protein powder which helps promote muscle recovery after workouts.
7. Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil - £7.98
Made famous by Mr Marmite himself Joe Wicks Lucy Bee Coconut Oil is an essential for any kitchen. It's a healthy alternative to cooking oil which can be used for practically any dish. It can also double up as a moisturiser, top notch consumer advice right there ;)
8. The XL Water Bottle - £5.99
Hydration is key to losing weight and body fat. By staying hydrated you are avoiding any cravings that may lead onto eating that extra slice of cake of delving into the cookie jar. This monster bottle is a great for people on the go. Staying hydrated also helps with concentration, promotes healthy skin and hair.
9. KeepCup Original - £9.93
For the coffee lover in you life. Millions of pounds a year a spent on take away coffees this means there are also a million coffee cups that have to get recycled and I am not convinced that every take away cup makes it to the recycling plant. This KeepCup is a great alternative, you can take it to your favourite coffee shop and they will fill it for you. A few coffee shops may actually give you a discount on your coffee if you use this cup.
10. MyProtein Fat Gripz - £21.74
What the hell are these guys? I hear you ask.. Well Fat Gripz are a great way to promote strength and develop muscle mass. These rubber grips are easily attached to any set of dumbbells, barbell or pull up bar.
11. CD Fitness Coaching Voucher - £45
The world famous gift voucher from CDPT. You can buy gift vouchers with myself for personal training sessions in Edinburgh.
1 Session £45
4 Sessions £180
8 Sessions £360
12 Sessions £540
16 Sessions £720
These vouchers are great way to start the year on the right path. Those New Year's Resolutions that you know your friends have set on the 1st January can easily stop by week 2. With personal training sessions they can commit to their promise and with my guidance start to notice the change. Check out the shop or please get in touch for more information.
12. Nutribullet - £88.98
One of the most popular kitchen appliances of 2016 and it isn't any wonder when it packs 900 watts of power. This smoothie maker is ideal for adding more fruit and veg to your diet. I don't recommend drinking all your greens but this smoothie maker definitely helps you to hit those requirements. Struggling for smoothie ideas, look know further.
13. Resistance Bands - £6.49
What can't you do with a resistance band is the question I ask? Resistance bands are extremely versatile for those who workout in very little space, those doing post injury rehab or a great addition to any gym programme. They can help stretch and strengthen any muscle group. A great gift idea for any gym fanatic.
14. Kettlebell - £39.99
Kettlebells are fantastic if you want to have a workout in very little space that will get your heart pumping and exercise your whole body.
They’re a must-have for anyone who has a home gym, the list of exercises with use of a kettlebell is massive. You can literally do a whole body workout week in week out and never exhaust your options.
15. Christmas Stocking Bundle - £24.99
Fancy giving your friend or loved one a bundle of exercises goodies this Christmas. Well now you can. I stumbled across this pack from Strength Shop UK and it contains everything needed to hit up the gym in style.
Items include Socks, Massage Ball, Resistance band, Grip Straps and Wrist straps.
Whatever you end up giving as a last minute Christmas present I'm sure the person receiving will be over the moon. Remember this time of year is all about catching up with friends and family and having fun.
Don't stress out about your diet and how much you have eaten on christmas day. One day it's going to undue all the hard work you have done so far.
Merry Christmas everyone,
Personal Trainer In Edinburgh
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My name is Calumn Duthie, founder of CD Fitness Coaching. You’ll find me in and around the gym and helping like minded people just like you get the results they deserve. I enjoy everything from keeping fit, yoga, snowboarding, coffee and making people happy. If you would like to improve your nutrition, training and mindset then you definitely want to be part of my bigger community. Join my Facebook group,Healthy Living With CD Fitness Coaching is a must.