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/ October 2019
Jihan Thompson, Contributor

12 Fitness Gifts for Active Men in 2019

Our fave holiday finds for the men in your life.

Workout clothes make for excellent fitness gifts for a few key reasons: They’re perfect for the active men in your life who are already hitting the gym regularly (you can never have enough workout clothes) and for the newbie resolving to start the year off on the right foot (and needs the clothes to match his goals). That’s why you can build the perfect gift or stocking stuffer from our list of top ideas. 
Whether you’re looking to create a complete outfit or just want to add a smart piece to his arsenal of fitness apparel, start here. We’ve got something he’s going to love. And if you need more fitness gift ideas, shop the full collection here.


If you’re always asking him if he has a hat as he’s headed out the door, this is the fitness stocking stuffer for him. It adds the finishing touch to any outfit made with durable canvas to keep the cool factor when things heat up in the gym. It also has an adjustable snapback for a custom fit. Its simple, understated design doesn’t relegate it just to workouts. From the gym to the office to hanging out with friends, this hat is a must-have for almost any occasion.



If you’re headed somewhere warm for the holidays or live somewhere warm all year, these short tights belong on your short list of fitness gifts for active men. Why? For a runner who likes a close fit, the Boston Track Club Short Tights deliver a comfortably snug look along with moisture-wicking fabric to keep him cool and dry no matter how many miles he’s clocking. Bonus: For outdoor night runners, the reflective details help add visibility so you won’t have to worry about your road warrior. Consider this a great combo with a running shirt if you’re looking to complete the look.


This running tee pairs perfectly with any running shorts on this list. Not only is it a quality, lightweight running shirt with a cool design, but the details built into this one matter: The breathable, moisture-wicking fabric will help him stay cool and dry in any weather while the stretchy, slim fit design allows him to move without restriction. Plus, if your guy is used to running in ratty old t-shirts, it’s time to upgrade his style by giving him a simple, understated design that’ll have him reaching for this shirt for his next workout. 


The Nano 9 are an excellent and versatile shoe for him, too. While the Nano 9 provides the stability and support necessary for any WOD, these sneakers go beyond the box and are perfect for any exercise, from a cardio kickboxing to HIIT workouts. Why? The updated light-weave Flexweave upper offers more flexibility to handle dynamic movements. Meanwhile, the additional midsole cushioning will make sprints far more enjoyable. And since Nano’s aren’t known for being running shoes, this is a huge plus for those who want a shoe that can take you comfortably from short runs to circuits at the gym. The Nano 9’s new technology can do both. And since he might also want shoe that doubles as a cross training shoe that can keep up no matter what direction he’s headed, these have a redesigned outsole that has been split into to two pieces for improved heel-to-toe movement for pretty much any movement he can think up.


For avid road warriors or aspiring runners, these shorts will certainly fit the bill. They’re also a strong gift choice if you know your guy prefers to run in short shorts to maximize his movement and speed. These three-inch, slim-fit shorts will be a winner, because the fabric and design were created to pull sweat away from the body, making for a much more satisfying workout. And, like most Reebok shorts, the reflective details will keep him safe when he’s running on the open road before the sun comes up or after it's gone down. As a fitness gift, we suggest pairing these with an equally light running tee to give this runner a lightweight look that’ll fit comfortably through a long run or an intense set of intervals. 


Whether you’re shopping for fitness gifts for an exercise buff who never misses a CrossFit class, or someone who is just starting to get back in the gym, or a loved one who sails through a brisk morning run, he’ll always need one thing: A solid basic tee for layering to keep him warm and dry throughout any workout. The Myoknit tee delivers soft comfort and effortless stretch. Made of a seamless knit fabric that gives you full freedom of movement and a distraction-free fit, its Speedwick technology also wicks sweat away from skin. Plus, he’ll love the knit-in mesh panels that add ventilation to help him stay cool. He can certainly rock this on its own or layer over it if he’s heading outside. 


This bag will keep all of the gym essentials in one place. It features front pockets for easy access and storage not to mention a crucial component; built in mesh compartment to store shoes and post-workout gear. It also includes a separate laptop compartment and adjustable straps This training backpack is the perfect way to gear up for the new year ahead.


These jersey-inspired workout shorts are a solid choice for a fitness gift if he needs a pair of workout shorts that make all the effort he’s putting into each gym session just a little more comfortable. Made of seamless knit jersey, these shorts provide a soft feel against his skin as he powers through each move. Cut in a slim fit, they have a stay-put elastic waist so he can take on burpees, squats, and box jumps with confidence. The deep pockets are great if he likes to be hand free and wear these when he’s on the go. We have a feeling he’ll be wearing these more than just to the gym.  


Believe us when we say these running shoes were built for speed. The Floatride Run Fast cushions feet while staying incredibly lightweight making it easy to glide through a run straight to a PR. Reebok’s Floatride foam will stay responsive to his movements throughout the gait cycle, providing support every step of the way. Every piece of these high-performance men's running shoes is engineered to reduce irritation, friction, and anything else that might weigh him down as he’s racing toward the finish line. If you know he’s planning to run a race next year, consider this the ideal fitness gift to surprise him with so he can start his training on the right foot (wink, wink). 



If you’re shopping for a Crossfitter, keep these leg tights on your list. They’re the perfect base layer that feels as soft as his favorite tee. And these men's training tights are made of seamless knit fabric to help eliminate chafing and irritation, which he’ll thank you for as he’s powering through his WOD. Smartly designed with lots of stretch for a full range of motion, these tights hug the body with a compression fit so he can move without distraction, whether he’s working on perfecting his box jumps or his short sprints. Plus: the cold grey color pairs well with any short or shirt he’s planning to wear, which make them just right for any workout. We suspect you may want to grab two. 


Finding the right running shorts isn’t always easy. From long to short, tight to loose, it can be difficult to discover the best pair for him. Let us help: When he’s ready to up the intensity on the track or the trail, we can bet he’ll want to be wearing these men’s running shorts. The sweat-wicking fabric helps pull moisture away from the skin for a drier, more comfortable experience. And the drawcord-adjustable waist provides a reliable fit that’s personalized by him. The side slits make it easy for him to increase the speed without feeling even a little bit constrained. Whether he’s an outdoor or indoor runner, these running shorts are an essential pair for his workout clothes rotation.



The Floatride Run 2.0 shoes were designed for the everyday runner, logging miles around his neighborhood or on the treadmill at home or the gym. These shoes deliver the responsive ride he’ll love as he finds his groove, thanks to the Floatride Foam technology that provides ultra-lightweight cushioning. They also have a lightweight knit upper with a soft, flexible TPU cage and an updated lacing system for an optimal fit. And the molded sockliner provides contoured cushioning that hugs the arch for more support, while high abrasion-resistance rippled rubber outsole adds traction and security. Bonus points go to the padding at the heel which reduces slip. The soft, feather-light cushioning provides a comfortable and stable feel so he’ll feel great every step, from start to finish. If he’s mentioned needing new running shoes, this fitness gift will hit the mark. 
/ October 2019
Jihan Thompson, Contributor