When it comes to fitness stuff, shopping isn’t easy. While something may look good, function is just as — if not more! — important. That’s why we asked Philly’s fitness pros for the things they can’t live without — the gifts they’d give to anyone and everyone, or the items they’ve got on their own wish lists this year — to create this health gifts guide. Now all you have to do is try to avoid buying it all for yourself…good luck!
$98 at Lululemon.
People are obsessed with these pants. Heck, forget people, I’m obsessed with these pants. They’re super-soft, stretchy, high-waisted, and basically the only thing I want to wear when I’m chilling at home (though, I guess you could wear them for yoga, too). They’re so good that not one but two of the trainers I reached out to for this article recommended them. Mariel Freeman, owner of Three Queens Yoga says they’re her “number-one go-to gift” and Shoshana Katz, owner of BPM Fitness, calls them the “softest, coziest pair of leggings you will ever own.”
$42 for 30 tablets at 8Greens.
These little green tablets are super-packed with vitamins, and they contain no sugar, gluten, dairy, or salt. The Bar Method Rittenhouse owner Gina Russo says she just bought a bunch to use as stocking stuffers. “They’re great for days when I feel like I didn’t get enough vitamins from what I ate or when I just need an extra boost — AND they taste great!”
$250 at Garmin
Fitness trackers are always good go-to health gifts, but especially for runners. Vincent Carrano, one of the leaders of the Philadelphia November Project chapter, says this watch has “really changed the way I train.” After using it while prepping for the Chicago Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon, he appreciates it both for its ability to track distance and time during runs and to show him text messages and the weather when he’s not working out.
$55 at Hidrate Spark
If you go long stretches of time without drinking water — but know hydration is super important for your overall health — then let me introduce you to the Hidrate Spark. It uses Bluetooth technology to sync with an app to keep you up-to-date how much you have — or, err, should have — been drinking. BPM Fitness, City Fitness, and Embrace Your Fit coach Shannon Brennan loves it because it “not only tracks your water, but it also adjusts your daily goal based on how much you’ve exercised or where you’re located.”
$52 at Endeavor Athletic
Philadelphia-based athletic wear brand Endeavor Athletic added sports bras to their shop with their latest collection, and we’re thrilled. The smart, functional and fashionable sports bras are a new fave for Flywheel lead instructor and Rhythmlab creator Jackie Dragone, who says they’re “beyond comfortable and move with my body.”
$125 at Tiem.
For indoor cycling shoes that don’t look and feel clunky, Tiems come highly recommended. Plus, Katz notes, “They are SPD compatible, so they work at BPM, SoulCycle, Flywheel, and Revel Ride, or really any studio.” Just don’t try to go running in them, warns Katz — they’re really intended for one kind of exercise: spinning.
$349 at Hyperice
Yes, it’s expensive. But if seriously sore muscles are making it hard for you to get back to the gym, it might be worth it: “It’s one of the most amazing muscle prep, soreness relieving, knot releasing devices I’ve ever used,” says Osayi Osunde, owner of Fit Academy. Plus, according to Osunde, it’s quiet. “It’s a game changer, and every wellness pro should have one.”
$65 at FRE Skincare
People who work out a lot know that sometimes all that gym time can have less-than-great effects on their skin. That’s why many trainers turn to FRE Skincare, which was designed specifically for women who frequently exercise. Dragone particularly loves this serum, which helps keep the skin hydrated and nourished with minerals.
This luxury spa is what Katz calls “legit an oasis in the city.” And she’s right — their facials are amazing, as are their selection of high-end skincare products. A gift card to go get a facial is a spectacular gift, and Katz says you can’t go wrong with the cult-favorite Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 sold by the spa.
Starts at $299 at Oura.
Love the *idea* of a fitness and sleep tracker, but not the chunky bracelet look? Good news: Oura makes chic rings to replace your rubber wristbands. They’re cute and functional — and that’s why Russo has one on her wish list this year.
$13 at Tune Up Fitness.
While Freeman has used tennis balls to roll over sore muscles and pain points for years, she’s “so ready to upgrade” to the real deal. “These balls provide targeted self-massage trigger point therapy by using specially designed massage balls and focused movement routines to massage deeply into high-tension areas,” says Freeman. Sounds good to us!
$165 at Lululemon.
If Millennial pink had a mascot, it’d be these shoes. They’re not only the most lovely dusty rose color, they’re also “super light and feel great in the gym or on the run,” says Robyn Weisman, the trainer behind Results by RW.
$89 at Athleta
Now that the colder weather has hit, it’s nice to have something cute and comfy to throw over your gym clothes when you’re going to and from a workout. Enter this draped sweater, which Russo loves so much she owns more than one in different colors.
Giving the gift of a weekend away may be exactly what your overworked, stressed-out loved one needs. This luxury resort has a stunning spa (you can buy a gift card here), fitness classes, hiking trails, and more to help someone totally unwind. “It’s three hours away and set in the beautiful Pocono mountains. This is a true gift of wellness!” says Weisman.