In lower weight dumbbells, you can easily find a slightly heavier weight to progress to. At Body & Soul, I have 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12 pound dumbbells. However, once you hit 15 pounds, dumbbells increase by 5 pounds.
That can be a big jump, especially for some exercises and that's where Plate Matescome in. Each pair contains two 1-1/4 pound magnetic weights that attach to each end of the dumbbell. So, instead of trying to jump from 15 pounds up to 20, you can make a 17.5 pound dumbbell using Plate Mates.
Just a reminder- because they are magnetic, they only work on metal dumbbells. Also, you'll need to get two pairs because you need two Plate Mates per dumbbell.
Get Plate Mates ==> PlateMates Hex Pair, 1.25-Pounds Each
TRX® Training System
Suspension training is becoming more and more popular. The TRX is a portable workout system that allows the user to use his/her own body weight to perform a variety of strength, flexibility, endurance and balance exercises.
The TRX provides a great total body workout for athletes, beginners, military personnel and all levels of fitness enthusiasts. The package comes with everything you need to get started: a ceiling or wall anchor, the adjustable straps, training tips and a comprehensive full body workout that can be adapted as your fitness improves.
You can get 20% plus free shipping (in the U.S. and Canada) if you order by 12/25/2011 at 8:59 PM PT (Pacific time)
Just enter code TRXGIVE during checkout.
Get the TRX at www.TRXTraining.com
If you're buying for someone who bikes, walks, or runs after dusk, they really should have a good flasher to improve their visibility. This one comes with an arm strap, belt clip and bike mount.
Bike & Runner's Safety Light 4 Pack
Spri Resistance Bands
Resistance bands can be found at many discount stores and they may be fine. I haven't had a lot of experience with different brands. An aerobics instructor once told me that she had tried many different brands in her classes and found Spri bands to be the most durable. They're the ones I use at Body & Soul and I've been happy with the quality.
Each band below comes with a door attachment and exercise chart. Regardless of which brand you buy, you will probably do best to get at least two different resistances because you'll be able to use more resistance on some exercises than others- just like with dumbbells. (Please don't tell me that you do all your exercises with the same weight. If so, you're definitely doing yourself a disservice.)
The different colors signify different resistances, going from "light" to "very heavy"
SPRI ES500R Xertube Resistance Band with Door Attachment and Exercise Charts (Green, Light)
SPRI ES501R Xertube Resistance Band with Door Attachment and Exercise Charts (Red, Medium)
SPRI ES502R Xertube Resistance Band with Door Attachment and Exercise Charts (Blue, Heavy)
SPRI ES503R Xertube Resistance Band with Door Attachment and Exercise Charts (Purple, Very Heavy)
I hope to have at least one more gift post coming up soon. Here's the link to part 1, if you missed it...
2011 Gift Suggestions For Your Favorite Fitness Buff, Part 1