The Holiday Gift Guide: Gym Rats

Five great gifts for the fittest person you know, no matter your budget

for the gym rat

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Speed Rope 2.0
Fraser • $45

When it comes to portable fitness equipment, you really can’t beat a good old-fashioned jump rope. Compact enough to fit inside a shoe, the humble jump rope not only provides a hell of a cardio workout, but helps with coordination and cognitive function as well.

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9" Mako Lined Short
Rhone • $78

If we had to choose one pair of shorts to serve all our fitness needs, from lifting at the gym to running local trails or doing yoga in our living room, it would without question be Rhone’s Mako short. They’re cut perfectly — not too slim but far from baggy — and they’ve got more than enough pockets to hold your essentials, including two side pockets that make them suitable for running errands after your workout. And perhaps most importantly, they hold up to washing like it’s nobody’s business.

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Charcoal Gym Duffel
Aer • $150

There are cheaper options out there, for sure, but none of them come packed with as many features as this superlative example from Aer. First off, it looks great, with no gaudy logos all over the place. It has a nicely designed shoe compartment that, unlike shoe compartments in other bags, actually fits shoes in sizes that a grown man might wear. There’s a padded laptop sleeve, a ventilated compartment for your nasty, wet gym clothes and a separate one for your clean clothes. All that and it feels like it’ll last forever.

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Delphin Waterproof Streaming Media Player
Swimbuds • $220

In terms of a workout, tough to beat swimming: low-impact, works your whole body, great cardio, torches calories. Only problem is it can get a little ... monotonous. Enter the Delphin, a waterproof streaming music player and earphone set that rocks everything from Spotify playlists to Audible audiobooks while you swim laps. And for those looking to dial up their aquatic regimen, workouts narrated by Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni will surely prove useful.

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Mirror Interactive Home Gym
Mirror • $1495

When off, it’s an unassuming (and useful) full-length mirror. When turned on, it’s an interactive fitness wonderland boasting 50+ live classes a week covering everything from yoga to strength training to boxing with real time instruction from pro coaches. An included Bluetooth heart rate monitor tracks biometric data to help optimize your workouts and drive results. Come January, you’re gonna want this thing.

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