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8 last-minute present ideas for the fitness fanatic in your life

From protein bar selection boxes to steel shakers, these products are all the rage this year.

1. Protein bar selection boxes

DUBLIN-BASED NUTRITION store Bodyfirst Nutrition have produced these pretty cool protein bar selection boxes.

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Retailing at €14.95, you can pick any five bars to fill the box and are available to purchase online – plus they deliver anywhere in Ireland.

Word of warning, however: they are already proving to be extremely popular so you better get your skates on if you want one to be in the stocking on Christmas morning.

2. Wireless headphones

The majority of people prefer to listen to their own music whilst working out but struggling with wires when you’re trying to bench can be frustrating.

So wireless headphones are a common sight in gyms these days and would be a nice gift for someone this Christmas. There are a wide variety available and price depends on brand and whether you want high end or cheap and cheerful.

3. Meal delivery

Fitness isn’t just for Christmas and to ensure the novelty doesn’t wear out come January, a meal delivery voucher would be a good start.

Fighter Food are an Irish company offering such a service and once you’ve got your order in before 5pm, you’ll have a healthy and nutritious dinner delivered to your door that evening.

4. Gymshark clothing


Gymshark have become a leading player in the fitness clothing market and their logo is now commonly seen in gyms up and down the country. They’ve recently launched a new women’s range and while their clothing can seem expensive, it is perfect for working out as well as being stylish and sure to meet your aesthetic needs when you’re deadlifting and the like.

5. Weightlifting shoes

Another relatively recent part of the gym kit, a decent pair of weightlifting shoes can really make the difference. They give you increased ankle support which means you can squat deeper while Adidas have made them more pleasing on the eye.

The Power Perfect 2 is a good mix of quality and price, retailing at €80 upwards.

6. Kettlebell

You’ll never miss a workout if you have your own kettlebell at home. The range of exercises you can perform with one of these is unlimited and you can target most areas of the body.

Just make sure you’re strong enough to lift it home from the shop though!

7. Soft tissue equipment


Most gyms are unlikely to have this equipment readily available on the gym floor so it’s always useful to have these at home or in the car. If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper gift idea, the next few fall into that range.

Foam rollers, lacrosse balls and resistance bands all help to reduce aches and pains and a selection are available here.

8. Steel protein shaker

Anyone who’s used a protein shaker will know that, despite your best efforts, they will naturally stink after a few weeks. So why not invest in a stainless steel shaker instead?

They are slightly dearer but will prevent that lingering smell.

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Ryan Bailey

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