The 10 Best Gifts for People Obsessed With Working Out

We polled Philadelphia's fitness trainers for the very best gifts this year.

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The fitness biz is booming, and that means that the number of things you can buy in the fitness biz is booming, too. Thankfully, Philadelphia is filled with smart trainers who know the good from the bad when it comes to everything you could need to work out. Here, we asked Philly’s trainers to point us to the things they own and love — or the things they sure wish someone would give them this year.

For Carrying to Workouts: Lululemon Assert Backpack 

Lululemon Assert Backpack, $148 at Lululemon.

“While it is technically a men’s product, I am absolutely obsessed with it. It has a ton of pockets for every possible thing I could think of (shoes, water bottle, keys, sunglasses, cell phone, lap top/tablet, hygiene products, space for a change of clothes and a little zip pocket for the gross sweaty/stanky ones).” — Shoshana Katz, BPM Fitness co-founder

For Recovering After Workouts: Roll Recovery R8 Muscle Massager

Revolutionary R8, $119 at Roll Recovery.

“The most insane self-massage ever. Puts a foam roller to shame.” — Emily Leaman, Fitness Alive co-founder

For Cycling Workouts: Asics Quick Lyte Socks

Quick Lyte Single Tab socks, $15 at Asics.

These are REVive Studio owner Lauren Tornetta’s fave socks for indoor cycling.

For Anywhere Workouts: TRX Home2 System

TRX Home2 System, $200 at

“I have TRX straps that I am obsessed with. It’s basically an entire gym that you can bring anywhere.  They’re so light and don’t take up much room — I just throw them in my bag and take them to clients, parks, the beach — wherever. They are definitely a must for someone who is always traveling or wants to add a little something extra to their outdoor workouts!” — Tracy Simmons of Tracy Leigh Fitness

For Indoor Workouts: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus, $110 at Nike.

“I have to be very particular about my footwear. I currently swear by my Nike Pegasus sneakers for any indoor cardio or boxing-related classes. They are comfortable, have non-slip soles, and you can customize a pair with the Nike ID, making it a personalized gift for anyone special (I actually bought a pair of Nike IDs for my husband last year!).” — Jen Crompton, owner of Fuel Cycle Fitness

For Winter Workouts: Patagonia Quarter-Zip Fleece

Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter-Zip Fleece, $99 at Patagonia.

This is definitely my go-to sweatshirt that can be used for just about anything — pre/post workouts, outdoor hikes in the city, biking on Kelly drive, or just pairing with jeans. The fit is always flattering on any shape and is super warm for those cold, winter days. It’s great for traveling as well!” — Robyn Weisman of Results by RW Personal Training

For Tracking Workouts: Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit Blaze, $150 at

“It’s a smartwatch that tracks my heart rate and calories burned during our boot camps, as well as tracking my sleeping. ​It’s also loaded with workouts like ten-minute abs so I can do some workouts on my own.” — Bianca Solari of Fit Academy

For Running Workouts: On Cloudflow Sneakers

On Cloudflow sneaker, $140 at

“Hands down my favorite pair of shoes I own right now. And I have a lot of them. Unbelievably comfortable, can run, jump, cut, or just use them for daily city errands.” — Osayi Osunde, owner of Fit Academy  

For Mind Workouts: The Mindful Athlete by Geroge Mumford

“The Mindful Athlete” by George Mumford, $11.50 on

“It’s an easy read and even if you are not a diehard athlete, this book is incredibly relevant. The concept of integrating mindfulness into your workout routine is helpful and allows you to focus and reboot —which is why many of us do like to sweat it out!” — Jen Crompton, owner of Fuel Cycle Fitness

For At-Home Workouts: Exercise Resistance Loop Bands

XBNIAO Resistance Loop Bands, Set of Five, $10 on

“They come in a pack of five, with varying resistances. I throw them in my gym bag, and frequently add them to my workouts for added difficulty.  I’ve also taken them on a run with me for a mid-run resistance band circuit.  So convenient!” — Katie Barrett of Fit Academy  
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