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Training / November 2019
Jihan Thompson, Contributor

6 Gifts for the Gym Junkies, Gym Rats, and Fitness Lovers

For people who really love working out, you already know what they want.

There’s probably someone in your life who’s always talking about their WODs, favorite gym class, or how they just signed up for yet another race. They live in the gym. And if you’re not already their workout buddy, odds are they’ve probably tried to recruit you. For them, fitness is far from a slog but something they look forward to many days a week. So what to give a person who loves to chase the endorphin high of a workout and probably already owns a ton of gear? More workout gear, of course! While every gym rat probably has host of gear, it’s not a bad idea to help them update their collection with fresher items with more upgraded technology to help them perform at their peak and hit even more PRs in the year to come. So you really can’t go wrong with any of the items on this list, all thoughtfully curated for exactly what a gym junkie will love, from your stocking stuffers (hello, tech socks!) to a complete workout look (with the gym bag, too). 
 
 
Whether it’s a staple pair of running shorts or a standout new tank, you’ll indulge every athlete’s need for fresh gear if you shop this list to surprise and delight them this holiday season. Help them finish the year strong and put their best fitness fashion forward in the new year. Check out the full collection here.
 

Men & Women's Nano 9 Training Shoe 

This is for your CrossFit-loving friends and family. You’ll want to make sure they have the right shoes to avoid injury and perform at their best, especially as they take on new, challenging workouts. The Nano 9 is the latest in the series of specially designed cross training shoes that can handle WODs, from lunges to box jumps to bench presses. With input directly from the CrossFit community to update the shoe’s design, Reebok has developed the Nano 9 to handle whatever’s on tap for each sweat session. The Nano 9 will provide the comfort and support necessary to feel secure with every step you take around the gym, thanks to its newly engineered Flexweave that outperforms the flexibility of traditional Flexweave.
 
So what if your gym rat friend isn’t so keen on CrossFit? No worries. These sneakers are perfect for any exercise and can flow seamlessly from cardio kickboxing to HIIT workouts. Why? The updated light-weave Flexweave upper offers more flexibility to handle dynamic movements. Meanwhile, the additional midsole cushioning will make your sprints far more enjoyable (who ever thought sprints could be enjoyable?!). And since Nano’s aren’t known for being running shoes, this is a huge plus for those who want a shoe that can take them comfortably from short runs to circuits at the gym. The Nano 9’s new technology can do both. And since they’ll most likely want a cross training shoe that can keep up no matter what direction they’re headed, the redesigned outsole has been split into to two pieces for improved heel-to-toe movement. 
 

Women's "Meet You There" Tank Top

For your fashionable fitness junkie, she’ll want her style to make a statement in the studio and out. She probably already has plenty of workout tops, but does she have any that look this good? We didn’t think so. She’ll be excited to add this women's tank top to her rotation because it brings a modern edge to her daily workout with high slits and a revealing racer-back design. She’ll appreciate that the slightly longer back hem adds extra coverage without sacrificing style. It’s a slim fit that we promise will stun in all her workout selfies. And you’ll win major points for gifting a workout top that’s both fashionable and functional, thanks to Reebok’s signature moisture wick technology that gives it a superior breathable, lightweight feel she’s come to expect from her workout gear. 
 

Women's Reebok Lux 3/4 Tights 2.0 

Whether your gym junkie is always trying a new class or just needs a pair of leggings to throw on for a casual afternoon, Reebok’s Lux Tights 2.0 have been reengineered to deliver a superior tights experience for every possible situation. Not only do they now come in high rise and sport a handy side pocket, the construction has been updated to have a no-slip waistband (no more rolling down while you’re mid-squat). And of course it still delivers on the basics she’ll want in a solid pair of tights: The durable, sweat-wicking fabric will keep her cool and dry through any challenging sweat session, while the curved, flatlock seams offer chafe-reducing comfort. She’ll appreciate that the wide, mid-rise waist helps shape and hold her in for max security through every move, from her mountain climbers to her squats. And while she probably already has a ton of workout tights, you may want to buy her two pairs as we think she’ll be pulling double duty with this versatile pair, from brunch with friends to the gym to running errands. Their a comfortable fit for anything she has to get done. Bonus: These leggings now come in more sizes, from 2XS – 3X.
 

Men's One Series Training Epic Shorts 

Designed for high-intensity workout sessions, these epic shorts will be a crowd-pleaser for any gym rat on your gift list who’s always chasing another PR. Why? He’ll be able to meet the high-intensity demands of his challenging workout sessions in these shorts without feeling constrained. The sweat-wicking fabric will help balance the heat, while the stretchy build encourages a total range of motion with every rep, sprint, and post-workout stretch. And he’ll appreciate the hand pockets with a zip storage pocket for added security as he’s traveling to the gym or if he’s taking it outside. These are truly a versatile staple that ever athlete will want to have on hand for any workout, any day. Pair them with a simple workout top, and his look will be complete, giving him the training gear he’ll need to look good while he’s crushing it. 

Tech Socks 

You know what someone who’s always in the gym can’t have enough of? Yep, you guessed it: Socks. They’re a simple staple that often get overlooked (we all seem to hang on to our socks for far too long or resort to mismatched pairs). So an extra pair is always a welcome gift. And this is one of those stocking stuffers that will be well appreciated as a practical but delightful mini surprise. But you don't want to gift just any pair of socks, opt for Reebok’s tech socks. These lightweight training socks feature built-in arch support for added stability, ventilated mesh inserts to help keep feet cool and dry through every session, and ribbed cuffs to ensure a stay-put fit (no slipping!). They’re an all-around perfect sock and can be the perfect combo if you’re already planning to gift a new pair of sneakers. And if not, they’re a great gift all on their own. 
 

Training Deruta Backpack Extra Large 

 
Now, for the person who truly has everything and can’t use another pair of shorts or leggings or sports bra, consider gifting the thing they really need: A place to stor it all when they’re on the go! If the gym junkie in your life is always lugging their stuff to and from the gym, help them stay organized with a backup designed to hold all their gear and keep essentials in place before and after the gym. Featuring front pockets for easy access, this training backpack is built with a separate mesh compartment to store shoes and (smelly) post-workout gear. Adjustable, padded shoulder straps keep carrying options comfortable, so it works well as just a gym bag or can double as bag for your work commute thanks to it’s external laptop compartment. They’ll love just how roomy it is—it can truly hold it all. And if you want to make this bag part of a larger gift, consider tossing a few extra items from this list into the bag for an added surprise when they open it. 
Training / November 2019
Jihan Thompson, Contributor