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Christmas Presents for the Fitness Motivated Male

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So thanks to Pandora’s post, 12 Presents for the Fitness Focused Female ] now you know what to get the woman in your life, now it’s your turn.

Feel free to print this post and drop it in her purse, lunchbox or stick it to the refrigerator with your favorite magnet.

You always treat her to the finer things in life (right?), now it’s your turn to be spoiled. So there’s 10 items on my list – two of the ones that I’s add to mine are on Pandora’s list, so I’ll refer you to hers for the Gymboss and RawThreads bamboo shirts.


Moov Band

The Moov Now Band – this is an amazing piece of new technology that will bring your training game to a new level. The Moov Now band is a wearable tracker that syncs with a smart phone app, and it tracks your progress with the disk in the band. Running? It will use GPS and your arm motion to tell you how fast you’re going, how your form is, and how far behind the goal you are. Swimming? It’s waterproof, so you set the app for a swim, and after your swim is complete, it will analyze your strokes and give you feedback and adjustments to make next time. Biking? Wear it on our ankle (it comes with a larger band to wear on your ankle) and the app will tell you when to switch gears, how fast you’re going, and how far to your goal. My favorite part is that it can monitor your workout when you do body-weight exercises. It will give you workouts consisting of such exercises as jumping jacks, planks, crunches, push-ups and lunges, and it tells you how many to do in the allotted time, and monitors your progress. As an additional bonus, it monitors your sleep, so you can track how much rest you’re getting each night.

SpibeltSPIbelt – this is one piece of my workout gear that I never am without. My favorite part of this is it MADE IN THE USA, which is a big selling point for me. The SPIbelt (small personal item belt) is an expandable pocket that I use to hold my items around my waist. I can easily hold my iPhone 5s in it (they do make then in larger sizes to fit the iPhone 6+ as well) but typically I place my wallet and keys in it because my phone is on my arm to access my apps and music easier. The stretchy fabric keeps the items in it snug, so I don’t hear my keys jingling around in it. SPIbelt also makes hydration attachments for these belts, so you can wear it and keep your liquids handy as well.  Not only are these great for running and biking, but they are also a great, low-profile alternative to a fanny pack if you are on vacation and don’t want to have bulky pockets.

Squeak Cheeks
SqueakyCheeks. Ok, so you typically wouldn’t want a bottle of powder as a gift, but as soon as you use this, you’ll thank me. I’ve been a religious user of this all-natural powder for over a year. As a guy, you should already be aware of the benefits of a good body powder. This one is better than the one you’re using.  First up, it’s all natural and is talc-free.  It can be used on your typical body parts to keep you dry and odor free, but as a bonus – it can be used as a lubricating powder as well. I keep my feet blister-free with it on every run and hike I do.   It prevents blisters and keeps my feet dry.  It doesn’t cake up, doesn’t get mushy, and lasts all day. Want an incentive to buy it? Use coupon code BOSTON10 at checkout for 10% off your order.

Fruit of the Loom PulloverSometimes the most basic items are the best. My new favorite piece of outerwear for running is a Fruit Of The Loom fleece pullover I got at Walmart.  I know it’s not moisture-wicking or made of some space-age performance material, but it’s comfortable as hell, keeps me warm, and has a media pocket.  Hidden in the center pocket is a smaller pocket that fits a smart phone or music player. It’s a deep pocket, so I never fear my gear falling out, and it has a reinforced button-hole for the headphones to go into so you can run them to your ears under the garment, keeping them out-of-the-way while you run. For less than $10, you can’t go wrong with this as an outer layer while working out, or while sitting at home watching the game on a Sunday.


Star Wars Collection at Under ArmourSo I’m a geek that likes to run. What’s better than Star Wars fitness gear?  The first I’ve seen is the new Imperial Collection by Under Armour. UA has become famous for their performance fabrics and comfort, and the Force is strong with this collection. Whether you want to pretend you’re a Stormtrooper or Darth Vader in your new compression shirt, or just want to show off your love of the Dark Side, you can’t go wrong with this. Bonus relationship advice: they have a ladies collection too, and if the women in your life doesn’t want one, that’s a sign that you’re with the wrong woman. Also, Kohl’s has released an entire line of Star Wars themed clothing that ranges from great outerwear pieces to running gear. My favorite piece is the new Force Awakens Kylo Ren jogger pants (I’m a XXL if you feel generous).

Brooks RavennaSo you like to run, but you also like to work out those muscles with some cross training as well. Not every running shoe is great for training, and not every cross-training shoe is good for running, What to do? Brooks to the rescue.  I wear Brooks’ Ravenna 6 shoes.  I have had great luck with these in both the gym and on the track. The heel has a wide support base, which is great for side-to-side motion, but the cushion in these is springy and the energy return is wonderful.  If you want the latest version of this shoe (the Ravenna 6 is an older model) the Ravenna 7 is out now.



HeadsweatsI have a gigantic collection of caps. I’m not exaggerating either – I have hundreds of caps. But, when it comes to my favorite to run in, I love Headsweats performance hats. First up, they are extremely comfortable. I have a larger head, and these fit me very well. The fit is snug to the dome of your head, as it should be, but it’s not an uncomfortable feeling at all. Most times, I feel like I’m not wearing a hat at all because these caps are light and airy, and do an excellent job of wicking moisture away from my head. If you want a customized one (I have had several made for Defying Obesity) you can get them made at Family Fan Club.



MYID bracelet by EndevrAs a person that has undergone gastric bypass surgery, it is important to me to have a way to identify my medical issues to emergency crews should anything happen to me. There are many options out there on ways to do this, from dog tags to medical bracelets, but the one I chose and recommend is the MYID bracelet by Endevr. This is a silicone bracelet, much like the ones people wear to support different charities. It comes in many different colors, is comfortable to wear, and offers a lot more information to emergency personnel than any dog tag or metal bracelet can. When you receive the bracelet, it has a QR code, an ID number, and a PIN number. You go online and set up an account with all your necessary information – medical history, instructions for emergency crews, names of emergency contacts, and your insurance and doctor info. In the event that you have an emergency, personnel can call a 1-800 number on the bracelet or scan the QR code to access your info. Simple and safe.

Tesla GearAs an avid runner and biker, I wear compression pants a lot. I found a brand that I feel lin love with.  Tesla Gear makes an incredible pant that has a 4-way stretch to the fabric, is moisture wicking, and blocks 99% of UV rays. The fit is snug, but not too tight, as compression garments should be. These are super comfortable and can work as a base layer or as a pant.





KOR Nava FilterHydration. You need water to keep your body functioning, it’s a fact of life. I love my KOR water bottles.  I have two different ones I use.  The first is the KOR One hydration vessel.  I have this in a chrome finish. Why? It’s the same water bottle Tony Stark uses in Iron Man 2. I use this one for flavored drinks. If I add BCAAs to my water, want to drink something with electrolytes in it, or just want something with some flavor, I use this bottle. It doesn’t retain flavors, and washes out cleanly. But, if I want straight up H20 for my activity, I use the KOR Nava filter water bottle. This bottle contains a replaceable organic coconut husk filter that does an amazing job of purifying water and making it taste better whenever I’ve used it.  You can get these filters on auto-order and they send you 2 every six months – the gift that keeps on giving!

Need stocking stuffer ideas? Gift cards to your local nutrition store are always a good fit. Music gift cards are excellent so that you keep your workout playlists fresh.  Chap Stick is always a good idea (it’s uncomfortable while exercising, but you’ve gotta keep your lips ready for finish line kisses too!).

So there’s my list of ideas for this holiday of giving. I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday!


 Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is a  Cooper Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies and Motivational Speaker studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer.

12 Presents for the Fitness Focused Female

I see shopping lists come out each year with titles like “15 Things For Fitness Oriented Women” and “20 Presents For Women Who Run” and to be honest, half of the time the things on these lists are things that I look at and thing are either over priced, over extravagant or just unnecessary.

So to help you help your friends, family and significant others, I’m writing a list of things that I actually believe women like me would actually like to unwrap on Christmas morning.

Now let’s be honest this is for you ladies, because it’s the fitness focused gal that is reading and sharing articles like this with the people I mentioned above in hopes that you actually get something you want for Christmas instead of something that you’re highly unlikely to use.

So here is my list of 12 Presents for the Fitness Focused Female

FitBitA Fitbit – There are lots of other fitness trackers out there and receiving any of them would be a great present for fitness focused female. But my personal recommendation after trying a lot of them is the Fitbit. — I’m a big fan of both the Fitbit Charge HR and the Fitbit Surge. If the lady you are shopping for is a runner go with the Surge for sure.






Raw Threads Bamboo ShirtsBamboo – There are lots of nice fabrics out there to exercise and run in. Lot’s of them. But in my personal opinion none of them beat bamboo. I’m a huge fan of working out and running in the bamboo shirts from – their line includes lots of exercise themed shirts, tanks and hoodies. If you want to make this an even more special present include a gift card for their Club Membership This will cost you $100 but it will get them a $20 gift certificate, a custom shirt and the opportunity to purchase some of their race registrations through the Raw Threads Club Membership which often includes sold out races.



BondiBand HeadwearBondiBand – There is nothing more uncomfortable than sweat in your eyes. Whether you are in a group exercise class, lifting weights or on a long run. These amazing headbands are a no slip, no drip athletic head-wear. I swear by these wicking headbands. I try to never leave for a workout without one. They even offer a feature that allows you to design your own and put your own message on them to make them extra special and a more personalized present.




Victoria Secret Gym BagGym Bag – I could never have enough of these. Really. I have one that goes to the gym with me. One that stays packed for a last-minute run in the back of my car. One that stays packed with extra gym clothes and an extra change of clothes just in case I need them. I even have one that serves as a sauna bag. As far as brands go, there are two that I’d really love to have under the tree this year, the Under Armor Watch Me Duffle and the Victoria’s Secret Sport Essential.




New Balance Heat Hybrid JacketCold Weather Sport Jacket – Whether your Fitness Focused Female is a runner, jogger or walker, getting that cold weather cardio in can be really unpleasant without the right gear. These three jacks, which I will admit were some of the few items featured on one of the other Christmas lists I read. Other lists will list them as three different items. I’ll list a cold weather jacket as one but give you a few ideas of ones this runner chick would pick if you were shopping for me. ( In the order I’d select to receive them ) New Balance Heat Hybrid,  Saucony EXO Jacket, Brooks Seattle Shell



Sparkle SkirtSparkle Skirt – Lot’s of other lists will put other running skirts on their list. Here’s the thing, if you are going to buy someone a running skirt, skip the typical brand names that don’t offer anything special and unique and go for what runner chicks everywhere are in love with. The Sparkle Skirt. The Sparkle Skirts address the need for comfortable, FUN and efficient active wear giving you a great, no riding,no chaffing fit and the amazing addition of pocket room to carry everything you might need on a run in! If you order one of these amazing skirts please tell Sparkle Momma Leah Powell that Pandora sent you! If you want to buy me one I’m a size medium and really want the Big Bang, Haunted and Flitter Green and Red Queen versions.



Balega SocksSocks – I’m not kidding here. A Christmas without socks and an orange in my Christmas Stocking is a sad year for me. Really. And if you’re buying athletic socks, there is really in my opinion only one brand to be buying. Balega. They make lots of different styles but as a runner I am married to the blister resistant Hidden Comfort style. Though if you stuffed my stocking with anything by this company I’d find an exercise to wear them doing.




Altra Intuition Running ShoesShoes – Okay so if you’re talking about me there is only one running shoe that I recommend. I’m an avid Altra fan. You can’t get me out of them. I’m currently bouncing back and forth between 4 pairs of Intuitions ranging from 1.5, 2.0 and two pairs of the 3.0 model. I also have a pair of the Torins that I wear when I want a little more cushion for my run. But as a runner chick myself the last thing I want is someone buying me shoes I don’t want or getting me the wrong size. So here’s what you do. Look at the shoes your lady friend is wearing right now and jot down the brand and size. Now go buy THAT brand in THAT size. If you can tell the model stick with the same model. You can even take a picture of them and take them to the store with you to get an associate to help you. If you want to thank me for this list and buy me some shoes I’m a 9.5 in Altra Running Shoes 🙂


GymBossGymBoss – Whether you’re interval workout is Circuit Training, HITT Training, Kettlebell Workouts, Weight Lifting, Tabata or you are timing Running Intervals the GymBoss is where it’s at. I use mine (which I received as a present) all the time. This small, easy to set and easy to hear interval timer makes sure that I know when my work period is and when my rest period is when I am doing my Circuit Training and makes sure that I stay on track with my run times and walk times when I am out on the road doing a run. I recently broke the clip on mine so hopefully a new one shows up for Christmas!



Moving Comfort Sports BraSports Bra – Okay so I always promise I will tell you the truth. Here is the truth. You probably shouldn’t buy your fitness focused female a sports bra. Even though she probably really needs a new one. So many women are wearing bad sports bras! But do you and her both a favor and make her go pick it out herself and try it on, bounce around, do some jumping jacks in the dressing room and make sure she likes it. Buy her a gift certificate to a store that carries the Moving Comfort brand ( owned by Brooks ) In fact, go to their website, click on shop local, find a store that carries their sports bras and go buy her a gift certificate. Get creative with the presentation on this. Maybe grab her a Starbucks gift card or a gift card for her favorite place to buy a drink ( Tropical Smoothie Cafe ) if you’ve got one is a great choice and make it a fun little day trip for her.


Brita Sports BottleWater Bottles – I can’t go on enough about how much we love our water bottles. There are lots of different brands and lots of different uses. In the gym I like the Brita Sport Bottle that lets me refill it from a water fountain and have fresh filtered water. I’m also a fan of the Nathan Hydration Handhelds as well as the CamelBack 25oz Podium Insulated if I am on my bike for a long ride. If you are buying her a Sparkle Skirt like I mentioned earlier ladies that use them swear by the FredWater Bottles that fit in your pocket nicely because of the shape.




LUSH Beauty ProductsPamper Products – So anyone that is really into fitness as days when they really could just use a relaxing hot bath to help soothe those muscles. If your lady isn’t a bathtub type girl maybe it is a long shower with some products that just make her feel special and pampered. Either way LUSH products is the way to go. I’ll tell you right now the way to my heart is with a bath bomb. Seriously. From bath bombs, bubble bars and bath melts to shower gels, shower smoothies, shower jellies and shower scrubs LUSH has got something that is going to make your fitness frenzied female feel pampered, spoiled and relaxed. Put together a basket of a mixture of products so that she has them on hand those nights she really needs a little tender loving care after pushing her body to be the best that it can be. She’ll appreciate it.


stockingstuffersDon’t forget the stocking stuffers! If you’re shopping for stocking stuffers always think of things like gift cards for her favorite places, shoe strings, energy beans, energy gels, blister band-aids, anti-blister sticks, chap-stick, tissue packs and gum. These are things I’d love to find in my stocking Christmas morning and

There you have it. Twelve presents ideas that any fitness focused female would love to find under the tree Christmas morning and several ideas for stocking stuffers that say you thought about the things she enjoys and the things she might need when she was doing them.



The most important thing about Christmas presents is the thought that goes into them and any of these presents are sure to tell a fitness freak like me that you put a little thought into what you put into the box this year.


 Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is a  Cooper Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies and Motivational Speaker studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer.
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