Holiday Gift Guide for Group Fitness Instructors
So you’ve been going to group fitness classes this year and there’s that instructor who you just LOVE. She motivates you. Then she makes you sweat. And she just kills you for an hour but you can’t even be mad about it because you enjoy it the entire time. Or maybe your friend/sister/girlfriend/mom/neighbor/uncle is a group fitness instructor and you need a gift guide for group fitness instructors because you JUST don’t know what to buy for Christmas because they seem to never shower and wear nothing but sweats or damp spandex.
I don’t know anyone who fits that description, by the way.
Well fret not, I am here to help you out this year! I have a nice list of gift ideas for a fitness instructor ranging from stocking stuffers to Santa surprises. Take notes!
Microphone Wind Screen: Your instructor would be embarrassed to tell you how many of these fuzz balls they go through in a year. These get left on mics at the gym, thrown into every purse or pocket, and are shot on the ends of NERF bullets throughout their house. Every group fitness instructor could definitely use extra wind screens.
Manduka Yoga Mat: When you want a good quality mat that will last, Manduka mats are one of the best around. I mean, you could just use the mats at the gym…but who really likes the idea of planking on top of the sweat and body odor of 82 other gym members?
Athleta Gift Card: No gift guide for group fitness instructors is complete without a good gift card. If you aren’t into gift cards, you could just get any of their sustainable tights or sustainable tanks, but I recommend a gift card instead. Fitness Instructors can get 30% off their Athleta purchases in store, so your gift amount will go further if they just buy for themselves! Plus gift cards are one size fits all, so no worries about it getting returned.
Headbands: There are a lot of cute headbands out there, but none as effective and non-slip as Sweaty Bands and Bolder Bands. I personally wear Sweaty Bands more in class because they sit on top of my head, but I wear Bolder Bands when I’m running and don’t mind covering the top of my face a bit.
Moving Comfort Sports Bra: Not everyone has a need for this level of support, but for a girl who wants to tame her tatas during class — Moving Comfort bras are the way to go. So far I haven’t found a Moving Comfort bra I didn’t like, but I will say the Juno is my favorite. The Fiona or the Maia may actually hold things down even better than the Juno, but I prefer the racer back style to the over-the-shoulder style. No matter which one you get, you really can’t go wrong. And if you’re wondering, YES they are worth the price.
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ASICS Cross-Training Shoes: I have these shoes in purple and they are my favorite trainers so far! Not every shoe is made the same, and running shoes just aren’t safe to wear when teaching (or participating in) fitness classes like INSANITY or P90X. A lower profile sole and wider base will allow for lateral movement without the risk of injury to ankles and knees.
Really good socks: You might think socks are a silly gift (unless you are my Granny, and then you don’t), but I promise you any fitness instructor would be happy to get new socks! Whether solid black or fun colors, we are always searching for clean socks to wear. Sometimes I go through 2-3 pairs per day! Stinky feet are never fun, and neither are socks with holes. With a low price point, these are one of the more affordable gift ideas for group fitness instructors – and also one that’s appreciated. Under Armour socks are my go-to, but Ballega socks are pretty amazing too.
Motivational Jewelry: Next on the list of gift ideas for a fitness instructor… What better reminder to wear to your class than a necklace that reminds you to be the change you wish to see? We can all use the reminder that we need to be the example for others. This cute necklace is a great way to serve that purpose.
Water Bottle: Here’s a simple stocking stuffer for you – a Healthy Human water bottle. Possibly more boring than those socks, but we need these because we tend to lose our water bottles almost as much as we lost our microphone wind screens. Here’s an idea: Stuff a new water bottle with some new socks and you’ve got yourself a whole gift set!! Winner winner chicken dinner!
Gym Bag: For instructors who teach multiple formats like yoga, sports training, spin classes, etc…we need to drag around tons of gear with us. Studio wrap shoes, spinning shoes, clean socks (hint hint), training shoes, clean bras, wind screens, class notes, water bottles — are you getting the idea here?? — and it takes a good bag to hold it all. Besides, how cute is this bag? I think I’d take it everywhere.
Fitbit with Heart Rate Monitor: Have you ever wondered if you were working hard enough in a workout, or how many calories you were burning? You might think your instructor just teaches without a second thought (or maybe you think she knows how many calories she’s burning with her workouts), but she probably does wonder just how many calories she burned in those three classes she taught yesterday because she wants to know if she can eat an extra slice of pizza. Probably. I’m just guessing.
iTunes Gift Card: Whether we are running Spotify premium, Pandora Radio, or buying our own music and apps for class, we never stop needing iTunes gift cards. No matter what monetary value you choose, it won’t be unappreciated.
And don’t forget to use Rakuten for cash back if you shop online. It’s like getting a little Christmas gift for yourself while you shop for someone else! It can be our secret.
Did you see anything in this gift guide for group fitness instructors that you’d want to have? Or even want to buy for yourself? Did I leave out an important gift item that you think I should add next time? I’d love to hear your ideas!