23 Fitness Gifts That Improve Flexibility, Mobility and Performance
Originally published 12/15/17
Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for the fitness buff in your life? Don’t go the scented candle route – instead opt for fitness tools that your active loved one will use and truly appreciate.
I have compiled the ultimate list of 23 fitness gifts that improve flexibility, mobility and performance. In this list are mobility and flexibility tools, resources, and aids that are guaranteed to be a hit with the workout buddy in your life. They will help ease pain, increase range of motion of joints and muscles, and improve recovery time.
These fitness gifts apply to runners, CrossFitters, yogis, hikers, bodybuilders, dancers, weekend warriors, and everyone in between. Heck, these are great gifts for people who do not participate in organized activities! Athletes are not the only people who need to worry about staying mobile and loose: desk-bound employees, gardeners, and even stay-at-home-moms suffer from the aches and pains of tight muscles/pinched joints and will benefit from any gift on this fitness gifts list.
23 Fitness Gifts That Improve Flexibility, Mobility And Performance
From double-duty sporting equipment like lacrosse balls to the tools that the pros rely on (like muscle stimulators and myofascial releasers), here are my favorite mobility and flexibility tools that release tension, boost recovery, and keep the body functioning efficiently and properly. Check them out!
Myofascial release and trigger point therapy tools
Everyone should have The Stick Massage Roller in their recovery arsenal. It’s something I use every day. The Stick is effective at loosening muscles, increasing range of motion in your joints, and decreasing pain. It’s a handy tool that will successfully hit areas such as your calves, hamstrings, quads, hips, neck and more. With The Stick, you control how deep or light the massage pressure is. It is compact enough to carry in your gym bag, keep at your work desk, store under your bed, or throw into your suitcase.
From $23.71 | Buy it here
A great stocking stuffer, lacrosse balls are perfect for hitting trigger point areas that foam rollers miss, like the smaller muscles in shins, hips, glutes, shoulders and pecs.
From $7 | Buy them here
Spiky massage balls are durable massage tools great for myofascial release, trigger point/acupressure therapy, and plantar fasciitis prehab. They increase flexibility, enhance mobility, and reduce muscle tension and pain in hard to reach muscles. Spiky balls are great at targeting areas such as the fascia on the bottom of your feet, the pecs, and back muscles. A bonus is that they come in a range of fun colors!
$8.95 | Buy them here
I love this The Orb dense massage ball. It’s a perfect myofascial release tool for when a foam roller is too big and the lacrosse ball is too small and hard. It’s great for releasing tight hip flexors, IT band, glutes, quads and pecs.
From $14.97 | Buy it here
The Tune Up Fitness Treat While You Train Self-Care Kit is a myofascial toolkit designed to help you with performance, injury prevention, and recovery. It comes with 2 instructional DVDs, all of the Roll Model® Method Therapy balls (which are absolutely amazing and super effective), and a black mesh drawstring travel tote. The tote makes this kit easy to travel with – take it to the gym, on the road, or wherever your next adventure takes you. Whether you are an office dweller (sitter), runner, cyclist, lacrosse plater, CrossFitter, yogi, or traveler, the therapy balls and program will help you get on demand pain relief, improve mobility, enhance performance.
$87.95 | Buy it here
The RumbleRoller Foam Roller is the rough and tumble foam roller. It is a mobility tool designed to mimic thumb-like, deep tissue massage pressure over the larger muscles of your body such as hamstrings, quads, back and lats. This effect helps to break up knotted muscle fibers, decrease muscle tension, and diminish tightness. The RumbleRoller is more aggressive than most conventional foam rollers and is able to dig deeper into the muscle fascia to reach the toughest trigger points.
From $44.95 | Buy it here
If a full-size foam roller is a bit much for your workout space, check out the 13-inch Trigger Point GRID Foam Roller. Its smaller size makes it more portable and easier for storage. The TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller features a multi-density exterior constructed over a rigid, hollow core for effectiveness and durability. Its surface helps to channel blood, improve oxygen flow, and heal tissue. This helps users recover from injuries, relieve muscle and joint pain, and improve circulation, flexibility, balance and mobility.
From $39.95 | Buy it here
Made out of stainless steel, the Original Myofascial Releaser tool is a small but mighty badass. When foam rollers and massage balls aren’t precise enough, this is a great go-to tool for breaking up your fascial adhesions. The Myofascial Releaser is an easy to use self massage implement that provides instant relief for muscle pain and tightness. Athletes, weekend warriors, and clinicians can use this on themselves and patients/clients to treat tight muscles and chronic pain.
$139.95 | Buy it here
The Thera Cane is a simple yet effective self-massager that makes it easy to apply pain-relieving deep compression directly to hard, knotted trigger points anywhere on the body. It is a fantastic tool for reaching some of the hardest-to-reach muscle areas. The TheraCane massager helps to restore muscle function by breaking up adhesions in muscle fibers, thus making the muscle work more efficiently. It’s the perfect remedy for a recurring injury, an intense game day, an active afternoon in the garden, or a tiring day at the office.
$28.99 | Buy it here
The Armaid Self Myofascial Release Roller is a device designed to keep your triceps, elbows, forearms, hands, and wrists in their best working condition. This self-care massage tool gives you the ability to do 3 professional massage techniques which can rapidly help relieve and prevent arm and hand problems. The Armaid is your go-to tool if you suffer from any of the following: tennis elbow, golfers’ elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury (RSI), overexertion injury, cubital and radial tunnel syndrome, or scarring from injuries or surgeries.
$72.95 | Buy it here
Serious Steel Resistance Bands will help you get deeper into stretches and activate your muscles and joints with active mobility drills. From helping you touch your toes to opening up your hips, shoulders, and ankles, resistance bands are an important part of your tool kit. Serious Steel Bands are also useful resistance tools that will help you build strength and assist you during pull ups, dips or muscle-ups.
From $9.90 | Buy them here
The Serious Steel Mobility and Recovery Floss Band is an essential performance tool and should be a staple for anyone looking to improve range, restore joint mechanics, or unglue matted down or previously injured tissue. Compression tack and flossing helps to re-perfuse tissues that have become stiff or cold after injury and compresses swelling out of tissues and joints. Use this band on shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles during movement to assist with restoration of range of motion and tissue mobilization.
From $15.95 | Buy it here
The TheraBand Stretch Strap is an elastic band stretching strap that will help you stretch, increase joint range of motion, and perform dynamic stretches without a partner. This Theraband Stretch Strap includes small and large loops to enable users to securely and correctly hold positions to improve form. It is a great mobility enhancer that will help you improve alignment and develop greater flexibility over time.
$18.81 | Buy it here
Muscle stimulation and air compression
The Compex Edge Muscle Stimulator 2.0 is used for muscle warm-up, recovery, injury prevention and pain management. Listed at a lower price point than Compex’s wireless model (see below), the Edge makes for a more affordable option for anyone looking to maximize the benefits of their workouts – from the beginner stage to the professional ranks. The Compex Edge Muscle Stimulator 2.0 comes with four programs (two strength, one recovery, one TENS) and five levels of progressions. Within the muscle-training program, one targets endurance by promoting blood flow and activating slow-twitch muscle fibers. The other program caters to resistance training by targeting both slow and fast-twitch muscle fibers. When you’re finished training, the third program helps to reduce lactic acid build-up, thereby speeding up recovery time and reducing the likelihood of sore muscles the day after.
$209.99 | Buy it here
The Compex Wireless Muscle Stimulator 2.0 is amazing and is on my wish list! It is Compex’s most advanced electrotherapy device, and the first wireless system of its kind to earn FDA approval. The system comes with ten programs and five levels of progression to help you maximize the benefits of a workout from warm-up to recovery. From weightlifters and football players to sprinters and cyclists, any high-performance athlete can benefit from the Compex Wireless Muscle Stimulator 2.0. The complete wireless kit includes a docking station for charging, along with a convenient carrying case and instructional guide. No matter your goals, this muscle stimulator lets you choose the type of electro-stimulation you want and target the muscle groups that need the most attention.
$899.99 | Buy it here
Now you can recover like professional athletes and Olympians! The Rapid Reboot Recovery System will help speed up your body’s natural process of healing and recovery through air compression. The system improves circulation, mobilizes metabolites and other toxins like carbon dioxide from muscle tissue, flushes out lactic acid, mitigates edema, reduces exercise-induced swelling, alleviates inflammation, and facilitates protein synthesis by increasing blood flow to muscles.
From $995.00 | Buy it here
Ice and heat therapy aids
Fight inflammation with Hyperice Pro Wrap Cold Therapy. Available in back, knee, shoulder, and utility sizes, these sleeves are a must for anyone looking to treat and repair back pain, injured knees, hurt shoulders, sprained ankles, elbow tendonitis, and bumps and bruises throughout the body. Hyperice’s Pro Wrap Cold Therapy has a machine washable compact design fitted with an ice cell, for targeted cold and compression treatment.
From 75.00 | Buy it here
The Hyperice Venom is a really cool product that is a wearable, vibrating heat wrap that gives its users a customized recovery treatment for lower back pain and stiffness. It has a Neoprene wrap that includes a detachable lithium-ion battery pack and a built-in digital touchscreen control to instantly adjust the temperature, vibration pattern, and timer/countdown for each treatment session. All you have to do is simply wrap the Venom around the lower back area. Then, select your desired settings, press “Start,” and get a precision pre or post-workout massage while on the go.
$249.00 | Buy it here
Hand care body care
The RipFix Hand Care Kit with Pumice Stone is a must have for anyone who tears their hands up with intense gym sessions or yard work. It is a hand tear/rip remedy that helps you quickly get back to training. It comes with a hand balm that soothes and heals and a volcanic rock pumice stone that smoothes out gnarly calluses and dead skin. Say goodbye to rips and lumberjack hands for good!
$14.99 | Buy it here
Dr. Teal’s Pre & Post Workout Epsom Salt Soaking Solution soothes muscles, relieves sore feet, relaxes and rejuvenates the body, and reduces stress. Made in the USA, this Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soak is pure Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate) combined with natural essential oils and guaranteed to help the body recover at a long’s day of work at the office or in the gym.
$4.97 | Buy it here
I love Arnicare Gel! It is a topical homeopathic product made from Arnica montana (a mountain plant from the daisy family) that is 100% natural. It is highly recommended by doctors and surgeons to reduce muscle pain and inflammation, bruising, and stiffness. Arnicare gel (or cream) is my go-to whenever I am seeking immediate pain relief for sore muscles and joints pre and post workout. This stuff rocks and is an awesome stocking stuffer!
From $14.83 | Buy it here
Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance by Kelly Starrett
Becoming a Supple Leopardis a practical self-care guide to have on hand if you want to improve performance, treat stiffness and painful joints, and prevent and rehabilitate injuries. The author, Kelly Starrett, is the founder of MobilityWOD.com and is a genius when it comes to improving mobility and function of the human body. This books teaches you all of the important movement hacks you will need to know so that you can live an optimal and less painful life. Buy. It. Now!
$35.45 | Buy it now
The Roll Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body by Jill Miller
The Roll Model by Jill Miller is another must have in your fitness library. It is a book that guides you through easy-to-perform step-by-step self-massage techniques that will eliminate pain and improve your performance in activities whether they be gardening, desk-jockeying, CrossFit, cycling, swimming, etc. If you are someone living with constant pain, seeking to improve your mobility/flexibility, and/or trying to avoid medication and surgery, this book provides effective solutions for overcoming all of this. Pair this book with The Tune Up Fitness Treat While You Train Self-Care Kit and you will add some powerful tools to your movement recovery, performance and mobility arsenal!
$25.53 | Buy it here
Wrapping it up
So there you have it. My list of 23 fitness gifts that improve flexibility, mobility and performance. Included in this list is a little bit of everything: from your traditional myofascial release tools, to hardcore muscle stimulators, heating devices, icing tools, and great how-to mobility-hack resource guides. Having a few tools at home makes it a lot easier to consistently work on your mobility and flexibility.
Any of these items will make for a wonderful gift for that special fitness person in your life. Wrap some fitness gifts and place them under the tree and toss some smaller items into your loved one’s stocking and I guarantee your active friends will be HAPPY with the surprises!
Are you in the market to buy a new endurance training machine such as a rower, bike, treadmill, or SkiErg? Whether you are new to working out or are a competitive athlete, here are 6 of my favorite endurance training machines that improve strength & conditioning: 6 Endurance Training Machines For Pro Athletes And Weekend Warriors.
I want to hear from you!
- What are some of your favorite fitness recovery and performance enhancing tools?
- Are you buying any of these tools as a gift for someone or yourself?
- What’s on YOUR fitness wish list?
When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.