Best Fitness Gift Ideas to Start His or Her Exercise Routine

It can be a challenge to surprise a fitness enthusiast.

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Best Fitness Gift Ideas to Start His or Her Exercise Routine

It can be a challenge to surprise a fitness-loving friend or family member with the perfect fitness gift. After all, they probably already have their fitness routine, closet, and playlist down to a science. But what about fitness newbies? The best fitness gift could provide major motivation to someone just finding their groove (or getting back into it). But, since they might not even know what they want or need, the question is what to get.

If you have decision paralysis, we’ve compiled a list of the 45 best fitness gifts that every fitness enthusiast should have in their home gym. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, dad, cousin, friend, neighbor, or anyone in between, these picks are sure to inspire regardless of where they are in their journey.

Best Fitness Gifts by Journey

1) Best Fitness Gifts for Getting Started

2) Best Fitness Gifts for Recovery

3) Best Fitness Gifts for Getting Back on the Wagon

4) Best Fitness Gifts for Weight Loss

5) Best Fitness Gifts for Muscle Gain

 

Best Fitness Gifts for Getting Started

Shopping for someone new to fitness, but is ready to get moving? These gifts are exactly what they need to get started.

1. NO. 074 Yoga Mat

Say om. A good yoga mat opens up a world of yoga, stretching, calisthenics, and even strength workouts. This extra wide and long mat doubles down as a surface for cardio equipment, but we love the extra space for workouts, too.

 

2. NO. 021 Dumbbells 

Dumbbells are the gift that keeps on giving. You can get away without them in a home gym for a while, but once you give in and invest, you’ll use them for years to come. We recommend snagging a few pairs to level up as you get stronger.

 

3. NO. 014 Adjustable Dumbbells

Speaking of getting stronger, adjustable dumbbells are perfect for people with limited space, who want to make a big impact on their strength. The adjustability makes it easy to lift heavy when you want to push and lighten the load for smaller muscle groups.

 

4. NO. 066 Kettlebells

A trusty kettlebell is a perfect way to challenge your strength and stability. The altered center of gravity means your core, back and hips will constantly be fired up as you build power and intensity.

 

5. NO. 088 Resistance Bands

If you want to target every muscle in your body, resistance bands don’t come to play. And this set comes with four different bands at 10 LB, 25 LB, 50 LB, and 75 LB to provide low impact, variable resistance through a wide range of movements.

 

6. SF-S020027 Mini Stepper with Handlebar

A mini stepper is an ideal way to start getting your steps in. On this mini stepper, every step you take counts a little extra since this machine uses hydraulic resistance to make it harder. Plus, if you’re still a little unsure of yourself, the handlebar is there to help you gain confidence.

 

7. SF-E3872 Magnetic Under Desk Elliptical

What better way to add movement to your day than sneak it under your desk? This under desk elliptical makes it possible to get a workout and get work done simultaneously. It even comes with different resistance levels to change it up if you’re in the mood to push yourself. 

 

8. NO. 077S Row-N-Ride™

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop fitness machine, look no further than the Row-N-Ride. This unique machine is designed to combine squats and rows—two compact exercises to amp up your calorie burn. Increase the resistance to build strength, or pump up your speed to boost cardio.

 

9. SF-T7945 Under Desk Treadmill

Appealing to your practical side, this under desk treadmill makes it possible to walk both when you’re working, or after hours. It comes with a remote so you can easily adjust the speed up to 3.75MPH to push the pace, but maybe bring it down a touch for those long zoom meetings.

 

Best Fitness Gifts For Recovery

Know a special someone recovering from an injury? A fitness gift will help them recover faster and come back stronger. Here are our favorites.

10. SF-E3959 Motorized Under Desk Elliptical

When recovering from an injury, sometimes the best you can do is simply work on gaining mobility, and this motorized under desk elliptical will do the trick. Sit back while this fully automated machine does all the work, increasing circulation and stimulating your muscles.

 

11. SF-RB420046 Elite Interactive Series Recumbent Bike

A recumbent bike is one of the best choices for those recovering from particular injuries, because the wide and supportive seat and backrest provide stability, while the workout is low impact on sensitive joints. Connect to the SunnyFit app and your favorite Sunny trainers will be there with each ride you take towards recovery.

 

12. SF-RB4631 Magnetic Recumbent Bike with Arm Exercisers

For a full body workout with all the low-impact magic, and comfortable ride of a recumbent bike, this bike does it all. The arm exercisers mean you can gain strength and circulation in your arms in between cardio intervals or during your ride.

 

13. SF-B220045 Elite Interactive Upright Bike

Like recumbent bikes, upright bikes are low impact, making them a great choice for recovery. Whether you’re looking to recover in between sessions, or from an injury, this connected upright bike allows you to connect to the SunnyFit app, and start cycling with Sunny Trainers.

 

14. SF-T7857 Recovery Walking Treadmill

If you’re looking to build functional strength and stability, walking on a treadmill prepares you for everyday life. This recovery walking treadmill is designed with handrails and is a lower impact than walking outside, reducing the jarring on your joints as you build fitness.

 

15. SF-E3903 2-in-1 Elliptical Upright Bike

This 2-in-1 elliptical bike gives you all the options. With the ability to sit or stand, you can push yourself exactly as you need at the moment. On harder days, sit down and use the bike, on days where you’re feeling up to it, stand up and push on the elliptical.

 

16. NO. 042 Pilates Bands


If you have a physical therapist-assigned recovery routine, odds are Pilates bands are a part of it. These stretchy resistance sheets are great for building strength through unlimited ranges of motion and stretching out hard-to-reach spots.

 

17. NO. 064 Folding Gym Mat

Often recovery routines call for floor exercises to strengthen common areas of weakness like the hips, core, and back. While any workout mat can suffice, this folding gym mat excels. The extra cushion is a welcome comfort to achy knees and joints.

 

18. NO. 055 Anti-Burst Gym Ball

 

The great thing about exercise balls is they’re relatively unstable, which makes them a great tool for building stability in beginners, people recovering from injury, or people looking to improve their balance. Not sure where to start? Give this exercise ball routine a try.

 

Best Fitness Gifts For Getting Back on the Wagon

If you’re shopping for someone who’s paused their fitness routine, but they’ve been talking about getting back to it, here are the gifts to help get the ball rolling.

19. Power Zone Gym Rack

Any fitness veteran knows both strength and cardio are important for a balanced routine. This squat stand has everything you need to start barbell strength training and regain lost muscle.

 

20. Smith Machine

When you’re ready to build muscle, but lack the confidence for training with free weights, that’s where a smith machine comes in. You can still perform squats, deadlifts, chest presses, and even lunges all with the security of the guard rail. Plus, this machine comes with external j-hooks for when you’re ready to transition to free weights.

 

21. Power Zone Strength Flat Bench

A flat bench is a necessary addition to any strength training routine. This bench has a high 550LB weight capacity, and a convenient dumbbell storage rack to help keep your workout space tidy.

 

22. SF-S0979 Total Body Advanced Stepper Machine

Coming back to your fitness routine is like riding a bike, it always comes back faster the second time. This mini stepper is our most advanced version, with twisting steps, and resistance bands it has everything you need to recover your fitness and set new limits.

 

23. SF-B2715 Zephyr Air Bike

Nothing will whip you back into shape like a fan bike. Perfect for high-intensity workouts, this bike features unlimited fan resistance so the harder you push the harder it feels. The full-motion handlebars mean you’ll work your full body—upper, core, and lower—to amp up the calorie burn.

 

24. SF-B1877SMART Cycling Bike

There’s nothing better than embarking on a new fitness journey with someone else by your side. With the SF-B1877 SMART, ride your heart out, while watching your real-time metrics displayed live as you workout alongside the Sunny community.

 

25. SF-T7705SMART Treadmill

If you’re interested in joining a community, but prefer running to cycling, this smart treadmill is a perfect choice. With 15 levels of inclines, and up to 9MPH of speed, this treadmill offers endless options for leveling up as you build fitness.

 

26. SF-RW520050 Air Rowing Machine

Rowing is one of the best workouts you can do to increase your overall cardiovascular fitness and strength. We love this rower because it provides unlimited fan resistance to make your workout harder when you want it, and easier when you need it.

 

27. SF-E322002 Essential Interactive Series Elliptical

Ellipticals may be low impact, but they’re anything but easy. This full body workout machine is everything you need to build your cardiovascular capacity while burning all the calories. Level up by using 8 levels of magnetic resistance, or connect to the SunnyFit app to track your workouts.

 

Best Fitness Gifts for Weight Loss

Losing weight is all about consistency. And what better way to be consistent than having a convenient option to work out whenever you need it? We’ve shared our durable go-to equipment that’s designed to handle high volumes of workouts for years to come.

28. SF-B1805SMART Indoor Cycling Bike

This smart cycle bike is perfect for interval training, and long endurance sessions alike. The dual clip-in/caged pedals and multi-grip handlebars are everything you need for a fast ride. Connect to the SunnyFit app to work out with our instructors and view performance metrics in real-time.

 

29. SF-B1851 Synergy Pro Cycling Bike

The Synergy Pro bike is a classic for a reason. Solid, smooth, and quiet this bike features everything you need and more for a top-of-the-line ride. If you’re looking for a trusty companion to build fitness for years to come, you’re looking at her.

 

30. SF-RB4850SMART Recumbent Bike

 

Recumbent bikes are designed for longevity, and this bike is no exception. With a wide and comfortable seat and backrest, and a low-impact ride this bike will keep your body happy along the journey, so you can consistently put in the time.

 

31. SF-E3865 Elliptical Trainer

 

When it comes to weight loss, burning calories is king. And when it comes to burning calories, ellipticals are arguably one of the best ways to do it. This elliptical is one of our favorites because it’s comfortably spacious, and the stride feels so natural.

 

32. SF-E3919 Premium Cardio Climber

 

If you love an elliptical workout but want to spice up the intensity give a cardio climber a try. The set incline means your lower body and core will work harder with each step. This cardio climber is perfect for HIIT workouts, or low and slow climbs.

 

33. SF-T7955 Evo Fit Incline Treadmill

Walks, jogs, runs, sprints, and hikes—the Evo-Fit treadmill is designed to support it all. It can handle speeds up to 11.5MPH and 18 total levels of incline, while the wide 20-inch tread deck offers extra space for more comfortable workouts.

 

34. SF-RW5713 Obsidian Surge Water Rowing Machine Rower

Did you know rowing works approximately 86% of the muscles in your body? More muscles worked means more calories burned, for faster weight loss results. And, there’s no better way to row than the smooth and vigorous ride of the Obsidian Surge Rowing Machine.

 

35. SF-RW5938 Carbon Premium Magnetic Rowing Machine

Are you after a more intense rowing session? The Carbon Premium Magnetic Rowing Machine is up for the challenge. It offers two modes of resistance—progressive fan resistance, and magnetic resistance—to elevate your workout options.

 

36. SF-BH621002 Stretch Training Machine

If you’re working out regularly, your body deserves some much-needed TLC. That’s where this full body stretching machine comes in. It allows you to get into a deeper stretch than you could on the floor with ease and comfort.

 

Best Fitness Gifts for Muscle Gain

Making gains is all about building your volume and lifting heavy. The gifts below allow you to do it all and then some to increase strength and muscle mass.

37. SF-XF9925 Power Cage Squat Rack

Owning a good strength rack is a rite of passage to building serious strength. A strength rack should provide the safety to lift without a spotter, the security to lift heavy without concern, and the space to provide mobility for all of the exercises on your wish list. This power cage checks all the boxes.

 

38. SF-BH6920 Full Adjustable Heavy Duty Bench

Just like a solid strength rack, an adjustable heavy-duty bench will open up your workout options. Make full use of the incline setting by completing incline bench, flies, lateral raise, and rows; or, drop it down to flat for standard variations.

 

39. OBC-86 Olympic Barbell

 

An Olympic barbell is essential to strength training. Of course, you can train with dumbbells, but eventually, some exercises become easier to load with a barbell. Olympic barbells are the standard, so it’s what you’ll need to pair with standard plates and a strength rack.

 

40. OB-TRAP Hex Bar

Like an Olympic barbell, a trap or hex bar is a classic for any strength collection. Hex bars are great for deadlifts and rowing exercises because they allow you to hold the weight with a neutral grip. We love this hex bar because it allows you to switch your grip based on your comfort level.

 

41. SF-XF9927 Lat Pulldown Attachment

If you’re hoping to work your way up to a pullup, lat pulldowns are one of the best exercises to build the strength to get there. This lat pulldown attachment is compatible with all Sunny strength racks. It offers an anchor at the bottom so you can use it for upright rows, bicep curls, and more.

 

42. SF-XA004 Landmine Attachment

Have you mastered crunches and planks? Give a landmine a try. Landmines aren’t only one of the best ways to target your core, they can build full body strength and mobility through a full range of motion. Even better, our landmine attachment is compatible with all Sunny strength racks.

 

43. SF-XF921050 Multi-Function Dip Bar

Ready for a challenge? Calisthenics is an underrated way to round out strength. This multi-function dip bar is compact, and diverse offering an all-in-one station for dips, incline pushups, mountain climbers, and inverted rows.

 

44. NO. 088 Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are a versatile, portable, and cost-effective way to add resistance to any workout. We love these bands because they’re great on their own, or when paired with strength training equipment. The bands are sold individually and come in 100, 140, 160, and 180 pounds.

 

45. NO. 077PLUS Row-N-Ride Plus

 

Row-N-Ride your way to serious muscle! Featuring 4 resistance bands at 22LB each, the Row-N-Ride Plus delivers on resistance. The upgraded Row-N-Ride includes all the features you know and love in a new durable design.

 

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