The Holiday Gifts Top Trainers Want

No one knows great fitness gear better than personal trainers. Here are the 25 products they hope to find under the tree this year

November 15, 2012
Kangoo Jumps
1/25
Kangoo Jumps
Kangoo Jumps

From $249; kangoo-jumps.com

"I know these are funny looking, but I tried on a pair and after I got the hang of 'running' in them, I fell in love. The rebounding was fun and challenging but also easy on my joints."

--Suzanne Bowen, Nashville, TN-based creator of BarreAmped, BarreAmped Fire, and BarreAmped Boot Camp (Related: Learn the Top 10 Insider Tips from Top Trainers)

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Nike X-Rated Tight
2/25
Nike
Nike X-Rated Tight

$90; store.nike.com

"These tights are beyond rad and will make my legs happy when I run, spin, and jump!"

--Lacey Stone, Hollywood-based fitness expert

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Sorinex KettleClamp
3/25
Sorinex
Sorinex KettleClamp

$199; store.sorinex.com

"This is a very innovative, cost effective and space efficient way to turn any dumbbell into a kettlebell without having to buy (and store) a full set of kettlebells."

--Nick Tumminello, owner and operator of Performance University Fitness Continuing Education in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Adidas by Stella McCartney Run Performance Jacket and Kattega Boot
4/25
Adidas by Stella McCartney
Adidas by Stella McCartney Run Performance Jacket and Kattega Boot

Jacket: $250; adidas.com
Boots: $240; adidas.com

"Finally, a stylish running coat! And these boots are the perfect choice for my winter walks and hikes. Plus, they're cute enough to throw on après-ski when I go home to Canada for the holidays."

--Amanda Russell, fitness/lifestyle expert, founder of the AR Program and host of AmandaRussell.TV

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Surge 360
5/25
Surge Performance Training
Surge 360

$2,495; surgept.com

"Most equipment for cardiovascular training is based on lower extremity movements. The Surge 360 works the upper body by incorporating pulling and pushing motions against omnikinetic resistance--hydraulic cylinders that adapt to the strength of the user. It's great cardio exercise for a person who has lower-extremity issues or anyone who wants to change up their workout routine."

--Stefan Aschan, personal trainer, integrative movement specialist, and naturopath

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Atlas Elektra 923 Snowshoe
6/25
Atlas
Atlas Elektra 923 Snowshoe

$17; atlassnowshoe.com

"I'm an outdoor workout fanatic, but it's so hard for me to find ways to work out during the winter months in New Jersey. This year, I'm dying to get my hands on a good pair of women's snowshoes for hikes with my family. I found this adorable pair for women in a coral color."

--Rebekah "Bex" Borucki, fitness and yoga instructor and healthy living advocate at BexLife.com

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Adidas Supernova Glide Bra
7/25
Adidas
Adidas Supernova Glide Bra

$55; adidas.com

"I am really into this new concept of heart rate monitors built into sports bras, and this one seems to be semi-affordable. Historically, most things athletic, and gear-oriented, have been created/built/developed/evolved with men in mind and lots of things for athletes and fitness people are less than female-friendly. This sports bra--while being cool in and of itself as a product--is a bigger sign of the changing times."

--Leanne Shear, co-founder of Uplift, a New York City-based women-only fitness and social movement

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ViPR
8/25
ViPR
ViPR

From $158; viprevolution.com

"The ViPR is a brilliant whole-body tool to foster strength and mobility connections throughout multiple movement planes. I play with it at the gym, but have not bought one for my home studio. Yet."

--Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up

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Nike Fuel Band
9/25
Nike
Nike Fuel Band

$149; store.nike.com

"This watch looks like a fun way to track your steps taken and calories burned and compete with yourself to be more physical in your everyday life."

--Geralyn Coopersmith, National Director of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute

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Under Armour Storm Duffel Bag
10/25
Under Armour
Under Armour Storm Duffel Bag

$90; underarmour.com

"I travel on a weekly basis to rainy cities like Madison, Wisconsin, so I need luggage that can handle the weather and protect my personal property. This Under Armour bag from the company's Storm Collection is water resistant."

--Keoni Hudoba, creator of DRENCHED and creative director of the CYC Method

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Giant Trance X1 W
11/25
Liv/Giant
Liv/Giant Trance X1 W

$3,200; giant-bicycles.com

"The Trance would be a fun way to exercise outside on a state-of-the-art mountain bike. And it was created specifically for women riders."

--Michelle Lovitt, Hollywood-based personal trainer

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Acuball
12/25
Acuball
Acuball

$30; acuball.com

"The acuball is like a foam roller for hard-to-hit trouble spots like the piriformis, a muscle that lies under your big butt muscles, as well as the gluteus medius. It's cheap and would be great to travel with."

--Craig Craig Ballantyne, certified Turbulence trainer

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Bellicon Rebounder
13/25
Bellicon
Bellicon Rebounder

From $629; bellicon-USA.com

"I've been using rebounders for years, and the Bellicon is absolutely perfect. The tension across the mat is excellent--no rolling ankles if you are barefoot--and it's SILENT--great for apartment living! The different dimensions are also a plus for people who feel safer bouncing on a wider surface."

--Ashley Borden, fitness and lifestyle consultant and author of Your Perfect Fit

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Halo Sport Headphones
14/25
Halo
Halo Sport Headphones

$40; healoheadphones.com

"These slickly designed earbuds slide right into a fashionable bandeaux headband that allows you to literally wear your music. No more fussing with headphones while exercising!"

--Eva Redpath, women's fitness expert

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Zobha Biker Jacket
15/25
Zobha
Zobha Biker Jacket

$140; zobha.com

"This jacket would be cute to wear out or throw on after a yoga class if I'm meeting friends or running errands--super stylish and multi-functional."

--Michelle Lovitt, Hollywood-based personal trainer

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TRX Rip Trainer
16/25
TRX
TRX Rip Trainer

$190; trxtraining.com

"This resistance cord and bar combination can be used for a fun, dynamic strength-training routine that challenges your control, power, mobility, balance, and coordination. And it's completely portable--you can use it anywhere you have a secure anchor point and a bit of room."

--Ken Szekretar, New York City-based personal trainer and triathlon coach

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Lululemon Trainer Pant
17/25
Lululemon
Lululemon Trainer Pant

$108; lululemon.com

"It's hard to find a good pair of workout pants with zipper pockets! Whether you're a trainer or the trainee, having a comfortable pair of training pants where you can hold keys or money without worrying about them falling out, is a huge plus."

--Steve Ettinger, New York City-based personal trainer and the author of Wallie Exercises

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PrAna Crissy Jacket 

18/25
PrAna
PrAna Crissy Jacket 


$110; prana.com

"I love to hike and run outdoors, and as the months grow colder and the hours of daylight dwindle, having the right fitness gear to safely exercise outdoors in these cooler temperatures is of the utmost importance to me. (Search: Most Scenic Hikes) I love apparel from prAna (it's always high quality and flattering), and this new item is made of quick drying material that is perfect for foggy, dewy morning runs along the coast here in San Diego. Plus, I'm a huge fan of the functional thumbholes--they're just so comfortable!"

--Jessica Matthews, exercise physiologist at the American Council on Exercise

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Prowler
19/25
EliteFTS
Prowler

$369; flexcart.com

"This would be great for 'strong man' conditioning workouts you can do while scaring everyone in your neighborhood into thinking that you're completely nuts. Just load up the weight and push. So simple even a caveman can do it."

--Craig Ballantyne, certified Turbulence trainer

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Klutch Club
20/25
Klutch Club
Klutch Club

From $16/month; klutchclub.com

"This subscription service delivers you a box of different health and wellness products each month. It has so many different surprises--from seaweed in a cup to earbuds to eyeliner--and is a fun way to try out new things I normally wouldn't spend money on."

--Andrea Metcalf, healthy lifestyle expert and the author of Naked Fitness

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GoFit Stability Disk
21/25
GoFit
GoFit Stability Disk

$25; gofit.net

"This product provides an amazing core workout. It allows for a wider range of motion and forces the body to stabilize, which intensifies the core."

--Jackie Warner, celebrity fitness trainer

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Fat Bar Trap Bar
22/25
EliteFTS
Fat Bar Trap Bar

$259; flexcart.com

"You can reduce the low-back-injury worries of deadlifiting with this modified 
version of a trap bar. Plus, the fat bar works your grip strength harder than normal. Great to use in your garage or backyard, or out on the street to keep up your 'crazy old man' reputation."

--Craig Ballantyne, certified Turbulence trainer

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LifeSpan Standing Desk Treadmill
23/25
LifeSpan
LifeSpan Standing Desk Treadmill

$1500; lifespanfitness.com
 
"We all know that if you sit for most of the day, but then get your exercise in after work, you're still at increased risk for chronic disease compared to those that are more active during the workday. I wanted to do something about this so I researched treadmill desks online and found this one. It only goes up to 4 mph, but it doesn't need to go any faster (after all, it's a workstation). It's very easy to put together and tracks time, steps, calories, distance, speed, and weight. It takes some time for it to get up to speed, but that doesn't bother me."

--Brian Zehetner, personal trainer and chief science officer for Anytime Fitness

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BelleCore HoneyBelle Fit Bodybuffer
24/25
BelleCore
BelleCore HoneyBelle Fit Bodybuffer

$395; bellebodybuffer.com

"This product is amazing. It irons out muscle soreness while working on cellulite and smoothing the skin."

--Kathy Kaehler, personal trainer and co-author of Mom Energy

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3rd Nut Rough and Ready Baseball Cap
25/25
3rd Nut
3rd Nut Rough and Ready Baseball Cap

$24; 3rdnut.com

"I want this cool hat I saw a golfer wearing. It's super fitted and cute."

--Michelle Lovitt, Hollywood-based personal trainer

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