Gift Guide for Group Fitness Instructors | 2021 Edition

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This gift guide for group fitness instructors includes the best gift ideas ranging from stocking stuffers to major Santa surprises. Show how much you appreciate your group fitness instructor with one of these gifts they are sure to love!

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! Take notes! (Click the title of each item to shop.)

Gift ideas for Group Fitness Instructors

The Happy Planner

The Happy Planner fitness notebook kit

You don’t see the behind-the-scenes planning for classes, but I can assure you that your instructor does more planning than actual teaching! The Happy Planner fitness notebook kit is the perfect gift for your instructor to create the ideal notebook system.

Each box comes with an assortment of fitness themed accessories (633 pieces!) including: a classic notebook, pocket folder, note paper, stickers, washi tape, and more. Everything is motivational with quotes like “You Got This” and “Listen to Your Body” to remind your group fitness instructor that you’re cheering them on just as they cheer you on in class.

While you’re adding this to your list of gift ideas for your group fitness instructor, go ahead and grab a Happy Planner for yourself! This would be great for you to keep up with your own classes and workout plans during the week – or check out their other wellness planners and meal planners too!

Microphone Wind Screen

microphone wind screen for gift ideas for a fitness instructor

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.

Under Armour Face Mask

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Made with high-performance Under Armour materials, this face mask is designed to be comfortably worn all day during exercise and when playing sports. Available in a variety of colors, your group fitness instructor will be thankful to have an extra mask handy when they are headed to their next class! (This one is currently a #1 best seller on Amazon too!)

Manduka Yoga Mat

Manduka Welcome Yoga Mat gift ideas for a fitness instructor

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.

Sweaty Bands Headbands

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There are a lot of cute headbands out there, but none as effective and non-slip as Sweaty Bands. I personally wear Sweaty Bands more in class because they sit on top of my head and keep flyaways out of my face. In total honesty though, I also wear these when I’m not in class because they are super cute!

Moving Comfort Sports Bra

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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.

ASICS Cross-Training Shoes

Asics Cross-Training Sneakers

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.

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Really good socks

Under Armour ankle socks in gift guide for group fitness instructors

You might think socks are a silly gift (unless you are my Granny, and then you think socks are a GREAT gift), 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

Be the change bar necklace

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

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Here’s a simple stocking stuffer for you – a motivational 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

Gym Bag in gift guide for group fitness instructors

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

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.

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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!

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  1. haha I love that you drink pre workout before cleaning your house, I used to do that too! Sending love and great ideas! xo C

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