The ULTIMATE Gift Guide for the Functional Fitness Fanatic!


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As you all probably know by now, I am a functional fitness fanatic and have acquired quite the collection of “fitness tools” over the years for my home gym.  While some of it has been purchased by me, I have also been gifted a lot of the equipment on various holidays.  Since I often get asked what to buy and where, I figured that it’s the perfect time of year to list all my favorite things and make it into a gift guide! 

The Ultimate Functional Fitness Gift Guide: DVRT Ultimate Sandbag, Lebert Equalizers, Kettlebells, TRX Suspension Trainer, Crossropes, Battle Ropes, Gymboss, Mio Global Heart Rate Watch, The Beardy Apothecary,


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Let’s get my obvious suggestion out of the way, shall we? It’s no surprise that if I had to recommend any one of these functional training tools as a gift for the functional fitness fanatic/enthusiast, it would the the Ultimate Sandbag

DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Fitness

It’s probably the most VERSATILE piece of fitness equipment I own.  It’s fun, it’s portable and most importantly it’s effective.  I could go on for a while about it or you could just read my post about WHY I love DVRT (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training) and the Ultimate Sandbag and all of it’s amazing benefits.  

Prices range from $70-$160 per bag depending on the size of the bag and if there is a sale going on.  Ps.  There is currently a sale going on right now! 😉 

Next up? A kettlebell, of course! If your functional fitness loving friend doesn’t already have a kettlebell at home I can guarantee it’s on their wishlist.  Another extremely versatile fitness tool that’s also fun and effective.  


Give the gift of iron by purchasing one here.  Prices also vary depending on the weight. 

Another fav of mine that I don’t get to spend nearly enough time with is my beloved battle ropes. While they require a little more room than the previously mentioned tools, if your functional fitness fanatic happens to train outdoors, in a garage or basement then you can go wrong with battling ropes.  

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Battle Ropes


They typically sell for around $200 depending on length and width of the rope. Perform Better sells quality battle ropes and are currently having a holiday sale- woohoo! 

Another rope that I love is of the jumping variety! Crossropes takes jump ropes to the next level with their interchangeable handle options that are precision bearing, designed to protect the joints. 


The ropes also come weighted too which really challenges your muscles making jumping rope just that much more intense.  I have the Burn Set system featured, it’s a lot of fun and definitely worth the $70 price tag! 

And of course, a functional fitness fanatic also needs a TRX Suspension System for their home gym! 

TRX Training System

Quick to set up and take with you anywhere making it easy to build strength and improve flexibility.  Really any fitness lover who workouts from home would appreciate this gift.  System typically sells for around $199.00. 

Last but certainly not least on my list of equipment are the Lebert Equalizers! 

Lebert Equalizer

These were one of the first purchases I made after my sandbag and kettlebells for my home gym. The Equalizers are extremely versatile and great for bodyweight and cardiovascular training as well as stretching.  While they are shown here in black (the XL version) they also come in pink, lime green and the original yellow! They sell for around $110 but you can take an extra $20 off when you use the code ALLF20 and purchase them through my link here

Not looking to spend that much on your functional fitness fanatic? That’s okay! I’ve got you covered here with some less expensive items that would be perfect for your co-worker, friend or even as a stocking stuffer! 

If you had to ask me one item that I just couldn’t live without when it comes to any kind of workout it would probably be my Gymboss.  Since I do a lot of HIIT workouts, I am constantly in need of mine.

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 Actually, I have three.  One for each of my dedicated workout spots so I am never without and for just $20, they’d make a great little gift for any fitness fan in your life. 

Another item I can’t live without? My Mio Global heart rate monitor and tracker

It’s a strapless heart rate watch that uses optical technology to read your heart rate.  I literally live in it.  While I do have the ALPHA and the LINK, the one pictured is the FUSE, you can read my review on the Mio FUSE here.  If you are interested in purchasing I do have a code that can save 25%, just shoot me an email or let me know in the comments! :)



One last item that would make an excellent gift for any fitness fanatic on your list is a new to me product called Beardy Balm from The Beardy Apothecary

The Beardy Apothecary

This stuff is ah-mazing. It’s all natural, hand crafted petroleum-free balm that literally is the cure for anything from dry hands to calluses.  Comes in handy (pun intended) for anyone who does a lot of training with kettlebells, pull-up bars or just is in need of some repair! Sells for $7 for .5oz or $18 for 1.5 oz tin. 

So that’s all folks…for now at least.  My list could have been a lot longer if I wanted to get into more gear and accessories but I’ll save that for another day! This will get you started in the meantime, happy shopping! 

Let’s chat!

What fitness equipment has made your wishlist this year? 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Reply December 2, 2015

Love gift's fun to dream! I definitely want everything!!
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    There are so many things I want too, haha!

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply December 2, 2015

Looking Fierce in that first photo Annmarie!! TRX straps are on my list this year for sure.
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Reply December 2, 2015

and now? I need cross ropes :-)
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    They really are amazing- I did a workout with them yesterday, it was killer!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply December 2, 2015

Currently, I can't lift anything and I shudder to think what a fitness tracker would say, so I'm going to go with the sandbag because at least I can carry things in it :D
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    Haha that would work!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply December 2, 2015

I would be happy to get everything on this list, but I really want one of those Gymboss interval timers.

    Reply December 3, 2015

    Seriously, you need one. Don't even think about it- just buy!

Autumn @AutumnPTW
Reply December 2, 2015

Great gift guide! Dear Santa, I love functional fitness gear, my faves are the liebert bars, cross ropes and gym boss!
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    They are all awesome!

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply December 2, 2015

This is a great gift guide! I didn't realize jump ropes had so many different options/configurations! I've only used a kettlebell once and loved the possibilities!
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    There are SO many possibilities with kettlebells and the crossrope jump ropes are amazing!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply December 2, 2015

I love my battle ropes! They are quite the workout. Still have not gotten a sand bag but i still want one. Great guide and thanks for the link up
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    I love my battle ropes too, I don't use them often enough! Thanks so much for linking up! :)

Crystal Renaud
Reply December 2, 2015

Great list! I guess I am going to have to add some of these to my wish list! Gym Boss and Beard Balm are two things I could def use! I will be sure I let Santa know ;)
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    They would both make awesome stocking stuffers! ;)

Kimberly G
Reply December 2, 2015

I love the term functional fitness fanatic! I think I'll need to start using that term more often to describe myself!

This is a really great list. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply December 3, 2015

    Haha, I am just a huge fan of alliterations! :P

Reply December 2, 2015

All this equipment will make you quite a gym warrior! You really made me want a sandbag! :)
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    When I use it all bootcamp style it does make me feel like quite the gym warrior! And the sandbags really are such a great investment- so many things you can do with it!

Reply December 2, 2015

Ooooh! I love the gym boss! I'll definitely have to check that out! Thanks for a great list!
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    Definitely do- it is a must have! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple
Reply December 2, 2015

I want every single think on this list!! Discreetly sending it off to family members :)
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    Mwahahaha...hope you get some stuff! ;)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply December 2, 2015

Great ideas! I love my home kettleball set!
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    Makes working at at home so much more fun! :)

Reply December 2, 2015

This is such a great list! Not just for Christmas but anytime!
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    So true! They'd make great gifts for anytime of the year!

Reply December 2, 2015

So many good ideas! I love my Gymboss timer. I left mine at the gym one weekend after teaching and I was CRUSHED because I thought I lost it, so I immediately bought a new one. Nice job on owning three...I'm sure my third will be purchased soon. I would love to get a pair of equalizers this year!

    Reply December 3, 2015

    Oh man, I would have been crushed too! Glad you found it!!!

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply December 2, 2015

A TRX would be beyond fun!

    Reply December 3, 2015

    They are a ton of fun!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply December 2, 2015

You're so sweet to get me all of this for Hanukkah! ;-P
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    Oh you are so welcome, friend! <3

jill conyers
Reply December 2, 2015

I've been wanting a TRX system forever.

    Reply December 3, 2015

    You definitely need one!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply December 3, 2015

great list! those battle ropes are intriguing me! The only fitness thing I put on my list this year is a kayak. I am waiting on all the results from the cardiac testing to see how I need to move or alter my training :)
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    Reply December 3, 2015

    Oooh I hope you get your kayak! How fun!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply December 3, 2015

I would LOVE a TRX Suspension trainer!!

    Reply December 3, 2015

    I love mine- so many different exercises you can do!

Reply December 3, 2015

I WANT IT ALL! I love the TRX and use it religiously and encourage all my clients to use it. Kettlebells are amazing and I have A Ultimate Sandbag on my Christmas List!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply December 6, 2015

Ahh it's so refreshing to see a unique gift guide like yours :) I use the TRX SO MUCH with my clients and during my own workouts. A must-have, for sure!
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