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101 Affordable Gifts for Gym and Fitness Fanatics

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GYM ACCESSORIES

45. ZFOsports 60LBS ADJUSTABLE WEIGHTED VEST

zfosports weighted vest gift

A weighted vest is a fantastic purchase for bodybuilders, powerlifters and even runners!

It is a great way of adding resistance, whether you want to perform push ups and pull ups or just go for a run.

You may want to work out at home but feel that you are limited to just performing body-weight exercises unless you shell out for expensive machines or free weights. With a ZFOsports weighed vest, you can add up to 60lbs of resistance without spending big bucks.

You will struggle to get bored of a weighted vest because it can be worn to make so many exercises more challenging. For example: ab wheel rollouts, planks, squats, lunges, pull ups, sit ups, and pull ups, to name but a few!

The fact that the ZFOsports vest is adjustable means that you can benefit from progressive overload by continually increasing the level of resistance as you get stronger.

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46. Fat Gripz – The Ultimate Arm Builder

fat gripz on a barbell

Fat Gripz grips are cylindrical pieces of silicone. They are slipped around barbell and dumbbell bars and other fitness equipment to increase the thickness of the area gripped.

These are a fantastic gift for fans of old school strongman style training, which champions the use of thick handles.

Fat Gripz have become very popular among gym goers and are used by NFL players, champion bodybuilders, special forces soldiers, UFC fighters and Crossfit athletes.  They are primarily used in order to increase forearm and grip strength by generating greater muscle activation in these areas when compared with simply using a standard diameter bar.

Fat Gripz can be used with a range of different fitness equipment, including barbells, dumbbells, cable machines, kettle bells, and even pull up bars. They are said to be virtually indestructible!

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47. Harbinger Polypropylene Weight Dip Belt with 34-Inch Steel Chain

harbinger weight belt

A weight belt is a great gift for any gym rat. It is used to add additional weight to body-weight exercises, such as dips and pull ups to make them more challenging. You typically do this by slipping weight plates onto the steel chain.

This accessory is an absolute necessity when it comes to progressive overload. With a weight belt, you can keep improving and may find that you smash through strength plateaus. The belt can be used at home, for example with a pull up bar or you can take it to your gym.

The harbinger weight belt is made out of polypropylene for strength and durability and has a speed clip to allow you to add and remove plates with ease. In addition, it is adjustable and has a contoured construction to maximise comfort.

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48. Harbinger Men’s Power Weightlifting Gloves

harbinger weightlifting gloves

Say goodbye to calloused hands with these half-finger weightlifting gloves from Harbinger.

Weightlifting gloves are perfect for anyone lifting some serious weight at the gym, as they protect your hands from tearing. They are also great if you just want to prevent callouses.

Harbinger’s products always have excellent attention to detail and these gloves are no different. There is a mesh material on the back of the hand and between the fingers to increase flexibility. In addition, the leather palm protects your hands and provides grip.

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49. Anvil Fitness Lifting Straps

anvil fitness weightlifting straps

Lifting straps are used by lifters to aid their grip. They allow you to hold onto heavier weight without it slipping out of your hands.

Straps are particularly useful if you don’t train your grip strength specifically, as you are likely to get to a point where your muscles are capable of lifting a certain weight but your grip hasn’t kept up. This can be a frustrating situation. Thankfully, straps allow you to push past the limits of your grip strength, so that you can keep making gains!

The weightlifting gloves from Anvil Fitness are extremely popular and highly rated on Amazon.

It is clear that they were designed with thought. They incorporate a 5mm neoprene foam support pad into the wrist support to increase comfort and prevent bruising. In addition, they are approx. 22 inches long, so you can wrap them at least 2 – 3 times around most standard diameter bars.

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50. Bigger Leaner Stronger

bigger-stronger

In an industry often clouded with misinformation, it’s important to have a touchstone. And, with over 200,000 copies sold, Bigger Leaner Stronger is the number one best-selling natural bodybuilding book. In it, you’ll find advice on everything from effective exercises and specific routines to diet and tracking.

It’s all backed by sourced research papers and written by one Michael Matthews, a personal trainer with over a decade of experience. Bigger Leaner Stronger is also delightfully accessible, applicable to veterans and those just starting out alike, whether they’re looking to lose a bit of weight or pack on that extra bit of muscle.

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51. Under Armour Storm Undeniable II SM Duffle

gym-duffel-bag
Fan favourite Under Armour have long been a byword for durability and they’ve now brought their famous no-nonsense style to the world of gym bags. But, with a name like ‘Undeniable II’, they’ve got a lot to live up to.

Thankfully they do; the duffle bag’s strengthened base is abrasion-resistant, its finish highly water-repellent and it’s padded in all the right places. We especially like the extra-large zippered pocket – ideal for keeping your gym snacks at hand. In all, it’s a great gift for any sports-lover, especially if their old faithful is getting a bit whiffy.

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52. ProFitness Knee Sleeves

profitness knee sleeves

Knee sleeves help to provide knee support when doing squats and deadlifts.

They are ideal for weightlifters, powerlifters and cross fitters. Compression sleeves are designed to protect the knee from future injury or risk of damage. In addition, they are said to reduce pain and speed up recovery.

As knee injuries are such a common injury, it is worth investing in knee sleeves if you are lifting heavy.

These sleeves from PROfitness are made from 7mm sturdy neoprene with reinforced stitching. Their erognomic design will ensure maximum comfort.

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53. Lock-jaw Olympic Collars

lock-jaw collars

Olympic collars are clamps that are placed on the ends of an Olympic bar to secure weight plates to prevent them from sliding off.

Most commercial gyms only provide “spring clip” Olympic collars, which are not very secure and are a pain to put on and remove. If you use a barbell frequently, it is worth investing in a pair of personal collars, which will make your time at the gym much more enjoyable.

Lock-Jaw collars are incredibly user friendly and can be applied and removed in just a couple of seconds.

However, they are also robust enough to deal with the kind of weight that 99% of people will be lifting.  Lock-Jaw collars are said to be able to withstand 200lb per collar. That means that you can feel comfortable using them with Olympic dumbbells, where force may be applied directly upon the collars (for example when performing hammer curls).

See our full guide to Olympic collars here.

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54. Fire Team Fit Weightlifting Belt

fireteam weigh-lifting gift belt

Weightlifting belts are worn to ensure that your core is evenly stabilized during lifts for extra power and strength. They may also help prevent injury to the low back during heavy lifts.

A weightlifting belt will be useful for Olympic lifting and powerlifting. In particular, it is suitable for exercises such as squats, power cleans, and deadlifts.

The Fire Team Fit belt has a velcro support strap, which can be adjusted to the desired level of tightness. Belts with holes at set intervals do not have such unlimited adjust-ability. 

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55. Fitness Gym Towel for Workout & Sports

gym towel

Bringing a towel to the gym is a good idea. Use it for drying sweat and covering benches and machines. However, full size bathroom towels don’t quite cut it. They are too big and cumbersome to use.

Thankfully, this micro-fiber towel is specifically designed for use during physical activity. It is lightweight and measures only 44″ x 16.5″ making it perfect for the gym.

The waffle texture makes the towel extremely absorbent. It is also described as “odor-free”.

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56. Barbell Squat Pad

barbell squat pad

I have used many gyms over the years and have found it quite curious that virtually none of them have provided barbell pads. If you squat a lot, then you could benefit greatly from taking your own pad to the gym.

Barbell pads are great for reducing the pressure of a barbell on your back when you squat. Just think – no more aching shoulders after leg day!

These pads come with motivating messages to get you through heavy squats.

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57. Zobha Essential Mat Carrier

yoga gift idea

Rather than trying to stuff your yoga mat into a bag that is clearly not big enough, get yourself a Yobha mat carrier.

This open ended carrier makes yoga mat transportation easy and comfortable. It has compartments so you can also store water bottles and your valuables. The pockets are zippered and latched ensuring that your belongings will be secure.

As the carrier is small itself, you won’t have a problem storing it in your locker.

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58. Slingshot by Mark Bell

slingshot

The slingshot is used to overload safely whilst bench pressing. It helps you to lift more weight and so bust through strength plateaus.

It is very easy to use. Simply slide the sleeves up your arms and onto your biceps. The slingshot acts like a spring when you bring the barbell down towards your chest. It helps to force your arms back together pushing the weight up easier than you would have done otherwise.

The makers of the sling shot claim that most athletes see a 10-20% increase in the amount of weight they can bench press when using it. Whilst the sling shot is a useful tool for lifters, it’s not especially suitable for beginners.

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59. Slim Guide Skin Fold Caliper in Black with Booklet

gift calipers

Bodyfat is a very important metric for bodybuilders to track whilst they are cutting (dieting).

The body fat caliper can be used to provide an estimate of body fat percentage by measuring the thickness of skin folds in certain places on your body.

Whilst a caliper will never give a reading that is 100% accurate, it will definitely be enough to measure progress over time. The Slim Guide caliper is a good option if you want an accurate caliper on a budget.  It is said to be the most widely used caliper in the world and is even used by professionals and researchers world wide.

If you are looking for a gift to get a bodybuilder, this would be hard to beat.

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60. Bodyweight Exercise Poster

bodyweight-poster
Don’t want to go to a gym? Don’t have enough time? Don’t want to shell out on expensive equipment? Then this will introduce you to the world of bodyweight fitness. Its comprehensive selection comprises the best in bodyweight exercises, organised by type and ranging from core workouts to cardio regimes.

Diagrams not only ensure that you maintain perfect form, but handily demonstrate which muscle groups you’ll be targeting. Ideal if you’re looking for a way to work on a particular part of your body. It’s all positioned on an easy-to-read, laminated chart, meaning you won’t have to keep checking your phone mid-workout. Overall, it’s a great addition to anyone’s home gym.

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61. Rogue Fitness Wrist Wraps

wrist-wraps
For the weightlifter in your life, straps are fast becoming a must-have accessory, ever-present in gyms around the world. Bound around the wrist, they loop the bar to keep you firmly supported throughout your lift. This means you won’t be let down by your grip, allowing you to focus on your form and targeted muscle group without bowing out early.

Rogue Fitness’s wraps are particularly good. They come in a range of sizes – longer means more support – while the blend of elastic, polyester and cotton forms an ideal meeting point of comfort and durability. The only problem? They’re not allowed in competition, so maybe not the best present for any Olympic hopefuls

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