Health is better than wealth, or so the old saying goes. Thankfully, you don’t always need loads of the latter to support the former. Just check out this roundup of workout-ready gifts and stocking stuffers, featuring a baker's dozen of handy items under $50, three more under $100... and a few flashier options for a higher-end pump.
The official sports drink of the MLS and UFC packs quite a (fruit) punch. BodyArmor boasts potassium-packed electrolytes and coconut water to quench thirst, prevent cramps and support optimal performance.
We’re kinda obsessed with ProBar, a Utah-based brand that makes incredible energy and protein bars with surprising flavor. These bites provide quick, healthy calories during extended adventures. The protein-packed meal bars are awesome too.
Super-breathable, moisture-wicking, supportive and comfortable… what else can one really ask for in an athletic sock? These no-show Swiftwicks hit the mark without making a big fuss about it, and they’re made in the USA, too.
Kalahari Biltong was founded by three endurance athletes wowed by this local treat during a trip to race in South Africa. They describe it as a cross between “dry-aged beef, jerky, and prosciutto.” We find it delicious, and at 32 grams of protein and zero sugar per 160-calorie serving, it’s something of a superfood to boot.
This seemingly simple tumbler cracked last year's GP100 thanks to an ingenious design. It has no internal edges, which not only cuts down on waste but enables the pureeing of fruit with bit of vigorous shaking. The result is convenient, flavorful protein smoothies on the go with minimal mess.
Fanny packs have taken more than their share of abuse over the years, but they’ve stuck around for one inarguable reason: they make it easy to stash a few essentials — say workout gloves, towel, protein powder — till you need them. And this elegant, double-zippered Osprey option is more than up to the task.
This no-nonsense kit featuring anti-bacterial body wipes, shampoo + body wash + shave gel, deodorant and SPF 30 moisturizing lotion is the perfect addition to any exercise enthusiast’s gym bag.
When it comes to working out with with a mask, comfort and breathability are key. Thanks to polyurethane open-cell foam and Iso-Chill fabric, this one still leads the pack at a price that's nice. (You can also get two for $50.)
GU is the leader in on-the-go energy gels. And this box of electrolyte-loaded 100-calorie packets is the ultimate stocking stuffer for the IPA-loving endurance athlete.
Those lacking funds or space for a full weight set can get quite a bang for the buck from bodyweight moves. This clever bar hooks under a door frame for all manner of pull-ups and chin-ups — and can also be used for for really deep, chest-expanding pushups.
For the fitness fiend who is always looking to amp it up, these gloves carry extra weight across the top side, boosting the impact of everything from lifting to cardio. The palms, meanwhile, feature foam gel to prevent calluses and blisters.
Whether you crave CrossFit, hoist heavy weights or bounce around, there's a sneaker here for you.
True to its name, Mack Weldon's new workout shirt is one of the sleekest we've ever tried. Body mapping tech and seamless construction make it both supportive and comfortable, perfect for punishing workouts. Great aesthetics and affordability are two sweet bonuses.
Endurance junkies will love these gels, which are used by record-breaking runners, cyclists and triathletes all over the world. This combo pack features six packets each of Maurten's standard gel and its caffeinated one, both awesome sources of quick, easy-to-digest carbs on the go.
Life is too short to hit the gym in crappy mesh basketball shorts. Upgrade to these stylish, quick-drying winners featuring four-way stretch, a breathable boxer brief liner and what can only be described as majestic levels of comfort, and your workouts will never be the same.
Anyone currently getting hosed on $6 green juice bottles needs to be introduced to Athletic Greens. A $77/month subscription ($97 for a one-time purchase) saves money and time while supporting digestion, immunity, energy, anti-aging and more with 75 proven ingredients.
Ten Thousand’s Interval Short, with nearly 4,000 five-star reviews, represents the pinnacle of workout shorts. The newer long-legged version — rocking the same premium performance fabric and zippered, no-bounce hip pockets — is equally fantastic.
Lightweight, sweat-wicking Rula fabric, reflective details and thumbholes make this zippy pullover perfect for chilly runs in the early morning or late evening.
Zero-drop shoes that provide a stable platform for CrossFit WODs and HIIT workouts are hot right now, but Altra has extolled the benefits of zero drop for the past decade. The gym-specific XTs boast balanced cushioning, a foot-shaped toe box and a flexible midsole. Yes, you can run in them too.
With the weather warming up, bike rides come calling, but unless you're training for Le Tour, why not mix a little style with your substance? The HD+ lens tech in these lightweight frames ensure you'll see as good as you look.
These IPX7-rated waterproof buds offer five hours of workout-fueling music per charge, plus an extra 20 hours in the low-profile case. Coolest feature? Simply tap the left one to drop the volume, so you can hear your surroundings (or workout partner) while still rocking out.
With three speeds and 150 minutes of battery life, the Mini packs loads of muscle-relaxing percussion massage power into a pocket-sized profile. A portion of the purchase price of this limited-edition RED version goes to the Global Fund to fight pandemics around the world.
On the heels of the award-winning KettlebellConnect comes this high-tech set. Hoist 8–50 pounds per hand at the touch of a button, join live or on-demand workouts (via the JaxJox app, 30 days free, then $12.99 per month) and track your pump with real-time data.
Whether you’re a newbie or an expert, these superlative mats will support you through any practice.