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Top 10 Fitness gifts: Holiday gifts for the fitness diva

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Holiday fitness finds

Whether the fitness diva on your holiday gift list is dedicated to the gym or prefers to work out at home or outdoors, our top 10 fitness gifts are designed for the hardcore athlete or female fitness buff.

1TRX Suspension Training Pro Pack

TRX Suspension Training Pro Pack

Considered by American Council on Exercise as a fitness tool in line with the fitness trends of 2011, the TRX Suspension Trainer will give your avid fitness gal a full-body workout (seriously – more than 300 exercises) that she can do anywhere, using the TRX and her own body weight. Revered by top trainers, pro athletes and physical therapists, the TRX Suspension Training Pro Pack is a complete total-body training kit that comes with a TRX Suspension Trainer, DVD, Quickstart Guide, and one-year warranty. (Door anchor not included.)

Available at: www.fitnessanywhere.com
Price: $189.95

2KettlebellsKettlebells

One of the best full-body workout tools your fitness diva will ever use, kettlebells are weighted cast-iron balls with a handle,which can range from five pounds to more than 100 pounds. The benefits of kettlebell training are boundless – not only do you get a superb strength-training workout, kettlebells boost your cardio and tone your body like no other exercise modality. Consider getting a kettlebell and instructional DVD for your fitness gal, or sign her up for kettlebell training at a local fitness facility.

Available at: www.ironcorekettlebells.com
Price: Depends on weight of kettlebell

3The North Face Ultra 105 GTX XCR Trail Running Shoe

The North Face Ultra 105 GTX XCR Trail Running Shoe

If your female fitness fanatic loves rugged outdoor exercise, she may never take these trail-running shoes off! The Ultra 105s are made especially for long, wet runs over gnarly, unforgiving terrain. With a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane and a tough synthetic-leather upper, this is the shoe of choice for endurance trail -running in rough conditions. A Northotic contoured footbed and EVA midsole add ergonomic cushion, while the injection-molded TPU shank plate reduces shock when small boulders, roots and other trail debris get in the way. These trail-running shoes rock!

Available at: www.backcountry.com
Price: $109.95

4Digifit EcosystemDigifit Ecosystem

The perfect gift for your fitness technophile, Digifit is a full suite of apps – including iCardio, iRunner, iBiker, iSpinner and iPower – that accurately track heart rate, pace, speed, cadence, power and weight using the leading standard in wireless technology. You can even map your outdoor fitness routes! Digifit, which won the Hot for Holidays Award by CTIA Wireless 2010, is also the only heart rate monitor on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, turning your tech device into your very own fitness and health computer.

Available at: www.iTunes.com
Price: Digifit is available for free (while supplies last) with a paid $14.99 upgrade

5SheaNetics Fitness DVDs and CDsSheaNetics Fitness DVDs and CDs

SheaNetics is a revolutionary new fitness program created by expert fitness trainer Shea Vaughn (that would be actor Vince Vaughn's mom), which blends the most popular forms of exercise, including tai chi, yoga, Pilates, gyro-kinesis and more, giving the home fitness diva a complete mind-body workout. The DVD/CD collection includes three core-building, full-body workout DVDs and three empowering all-original music CDs. As a bonus, the set comes with Vaughn's booklet The Five Living Principles, a life-changing guide to finding your path to fitness and well-being.

Available at: www.SheaNetics.com
Price: $87.77

6Exhale: Core Fusion Boot Camp Fitness DVDExhale: Core Fusion Boot Camp Fitness DVD

In line with the mind-body fitness trend, the Exhale: Core Fusion Boot Camp fitness DVD is a heart-pumping, total-body workout from the bestselling spa fitness line, combining the slimming effects of cardio with the toning power of strength training. Featuring the brand's proven formula of five 10-minute workouts, the fast-paced, dynamic sequences also provide an intense calorie burn to help sculpt muscles and shred calories. Your fitness diva can work out like a star; Core Fusion classes' celebrity clientele include Charlize Theron, Brooke Burke, Anna Paquin, Heidi Klum, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Mariska Hargitay, and Mario Lopez.

Available at: www.acaciacatalog.com
Price: $16.99

7Women's Health Big Book of ExercisesWomen's Health Big Book of Exercises

The fitness-lover on your gift list doesn't need to worry about workout monotony or lack of results with this exercise-packed resource. The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell, fitness director for Women's Health magazine, boasts more than 600 exercises and literally hundreds of workouts (including a Skinny Jeans Workout!) that guarantee lean sculpted muscles, a tight torso, kicked-up metabolism, and absolutely no excuse to slip into a lackadaisical fitness routine. If you're also looking for a partnering gift for your favorite fitness guy, consider the Men's Health Big Book of Exercises, another invaluable resource of the best exercises and workouts to get and stay in shape.

Available at: www.Amazon.com
Price: $24.99

8THE NO OM ZONE Yoga BookTHE NO OM ZONE Yoga Book

Kimberly Fowler speaks to the hardcore no-time-to-do-foofy-workout fitness buff – as well as all yoga skeptics – in her book The NO OM ZONE: A No-Chanting, No-Granola, No-Sanskrit Practical Guide to Yoga. This book proves that yoga is far more than a cultish practice, and offers a truly a beneficial results-oriented workout for everyone. Whether you're looking for sport-specific poses, stress-reducing and energy-boosting postures, or exercises to strengthen specific muscle groups, THE NO OM ZONE will have you off the treadmill and on the mat in no time. This is a fitness book for anyone who wants to experience the healing, strengthening and restorative rewards of yoga … without all the other stuff. The book also has an accompanying yoga DVD.

Available at: www.thenoomzone.com
Price: Book $19.99; DVD $14.95

9Jack Black's Performance Ready Gift SetJack Black's Performance Ready Gift Set

To soothe your female fitness buff's achy muscles, give the gift of topical comfort and healing. Jack Black's Performance Ready Gift Set was developed specifically for the athlete who needs to protect her skin, sooth her muscles and help her body recoup and replenish after strenuous workouts. The naturally based treatments are designed to help fight fatigue, invigorate the senses, speed recovery and promote peak performance. Gift set includes a recovery balm, energizing cleanser, SPF 45 sunscreen, and intense therapy lip balm.

Available at: www.GetJackBlack.com
Price: $32

10Oasis Ultimate Hydration CollectionOasis Ultimate Hydration Collection

Sweaty workouts sap the hydration from your body, including your skin. Fortified with a hydrating seaweed blend and time-released liposome formula, the Oasis Ultimate Hydration Collection is made for the fitness diva who does her workout and beautifying at the gym. The luxe gift set includes cleansing water, hydrating booster and treatment, moisture replenishing treatment for the eyes, and a refreshing mist. Your favorite fit girl can easily tuck these travel-sized bottles in her gym bag and pamper her skin every day after her hardcore sweats.

Available at: www.H20Plus.com
Price: $78

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