From yo­gis to barre lovers, 10 gift ideas for gym rats

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

Be­cause golf balls and yoga mats are so pre­dictable. From spin­ners to Cross­fit­ters and all the barre lovers in be­tween, here’s a look at 10 gift ideas to keep ev­ery sweaty body in your life mov­ing and mo­ti­vated.

Stock­ing stuffers

Exo pro­tein bars: The lat­est ‘it’ bars will hit ev­ery picky di­eter on your list. Exo bars are gluten-, soy- and dairy-free, of­fer­ing 10 grams of pro­tein per bar from cricket flour. Yep, as in in­sects. The com­pany says crick­ets are full of zinc, iron and cal­cium to help power you through a spin class. They’re sweet­ened with nat­u­ral sug­ars like dates and come in fla­vors like peanut but­ter and jelly and ba­nana bread. $3 per bar or $36 for 12-pack

Tava DVD: Celebrity to the stars Tracy An­der­son’s new­est DVD feels more like a dance party than a work­out. Ex­pect some se­ri­ous booty shak­ing since the car­dio rou­tine was in­spired by her ses­sions train­ing Jen­nifer Lopez. $19.99

Yoga and barre lovers

On­line barre class: For­mer New York City Bal­let dancer Mary He­len Bow­ers trained Natalie Port­man for Os­car-win­ning role in “Black Swan.” Now the founder of the Bal­let Beau­ti­ful work­out streams classes on­line for those who can’t work out along­side her. Tay­lor Swift, Gigi Hadid and Kar­lie Kloss are all reg­u­lars. Try the Ul­ti­mate Su­per­model Work­out. $12.99

Warm-up hoodie: Spir­i­tual Gang­ster’s hip ath­leisure line of­fers a new kind of street cred. This cozy “love is the an­swer” hoodie will keep your warm post savasana. Sizes tend to run a bit small. $78

Cross train­ers/run­ners

Jabra Elite Sport: Whether they’re into boxing, jump-rop­ing or one-armed hand­stands, ev­ery gym rat is look­ing for one thing. Wire­less head­phones that will stay put de­spite se­ri­ous sweat and move­ment. Two mi­cro­phones in each bud help fil­ter out back­ground noise for up to three hours. Works with An­droid or Ap­ple Ios. $249.99

Nike Lu­narEpic Flyknit Shield: Ice, snow and mud are no prob­lem for Nike’s most pop­u­lar run­ning shoe which now fea­tures a wa­ter-re­pel­lent bootie to keep feet warm and dry. The cool kicks are also safety con­scious with re­flec­tive de­tails on the heel and laces as well as multi-sur­face trac­tion. $200

Work­out re­cov­ery

“Taller, Slim­mer, Younger: 21 days to a Foam Roller Physique” and travel foam roller: Learn to im­prove pos­ture ailed by too much time slumped over the com­puter. Lau­ren Roxburgh’s method is a great bal­ance to high-in­ten­sity work­outs that fo­cuses on align­ment. The mini foam roller’s raised cir­cu­lar bumps aid in lym­phatic drainage and de­creas­ing in­flam­ma­tion. Book $13.95. Travel roller $14.95

Power Dust: Gwyneth Pal­trow says she puts Moon Juice dusts in her daily pro­tein shakes. The power dust in­cludes Chi­nese herbs like rho­di­ola, as­tra­galus and eleuthero that the com­pany says helps sore mus­cles re­cover and re­duce in­flam­ma­tion. Use it to heal from a heavy lift­ing ses­sion or find stamina for the next one. $30

Work­out new­bies

Fitmo: The app con­nects users with real per­sonal train­ers. Choose your coach from a list of pro­files and let them cre­ate a per­son­al­ized diet and work­out sched­ule. Train­ers give feed­back and daily mo­ti­va­tions through mes­sag­ing and video chats. $10 a month or $60 a month de­pend­ing on which coach you choose and the amount of in­ter­ac­tion you want to have with them.

Pressed Juicery: Don’t let poor meal plan­ning spoil your hard-fought boot camp class. The juices come de­liv­ered to your door with enough fla­vor op­tions to sat­isfy sweet-tooth skep­tics and hard­ened gree­nies. $130 for a three-day cleanse of 18 juices de­liv­ered.—AP

In this un­dated photo pro­vided by Bal­let Beau­ti­ful, Mary He­len Bow­ers teaches the Su­per­model work­out in the Bal­let Beau­ti­ful stu­dio in New York.

This un­dated photo pro­vided by Nike shows their Lu­nar Epic Flyknit Shield run­ning shoe.

This un­dated photo pro­vided by Exo shows dif­fer­ent fla­vors of their pro­tein bars. Exo bars are gluten, soy and dairy free, of­fer­ing 10 grams of pro­tein per bar from cricket flour.

This un­dated screen shot from a mo­bile phone and pro­vided by Fitmo shows the Fitmo App, which con­nects users who want to achieve fit­ness and health goals with real per­sonal train­ers.

This un­dated photo pro­vided by Pressed Juicery shows some of their pressed juices. Don’t let poor meal plan­ning spoil your hard fought boot camp class.

This un­dated photo pro­vided by Moon Juice shows a jar of their Power Dust.

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