Top gifts for gym fiends

 
Laura Williams
FITNESS & DIET EXPERT

Whether you’re trying to nudge a loved one in a healthier direction, or stuck for a gift for your fitness fiend friend, these are the fitness gizmos that would make my Christmas list.

The perfect stocking filler for the gym bunny, the new SmartShake is no ordinary shaker cup. With three different compartments, you can store anything from a handful of nuts to your keys in one section while sipping your protein shake from another. Ace. £9.99, smartshake.co.uk.

Technogym describe their home cable and pulley resistance system, Kinesis Personal, as “a piece of fitness equipment like no other”. I can’t really argue with that. A flat, 3.5 square metre station designed to accommodate 200 exercises, it comes with a hefty price tag (£6,877) but is a fine looking bit of kit. Finer still if you have a budget that can stretch to £12,982 for a 24k gold leaf covering. Check it out at technogym.com.

If you’re stuck for a pressie for the person who has everything, how about this for original? Ellis Brigham’s Learn-to-Ice-Climb voucher is just £50 and entitles the recipient to a one-hour session of ice climbing at their Covent Garden store (where there’s an 8m ice wall). Head www.vertical-chill.com

StepSuccess is no ordinary pedometer programme – not only does the activity monitor (aka pedometer) give you an accurate calorie burn (most pedometer-type devices respond to a gentle shake so you can cheat), you also have access to a huge online community and apps galore with the 12-month subscription. http://www.stepsuccess.com.

TRX are the market leaders in suspension training and they’ve just added the Rip Trainer to their range, a piece of kit weighing less than 2kg that enables you to increase muscle strength, challenge your core and – perfect for the golfers among you or your family – boost your rotational power. For more details go to www.trxtraining.com.

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