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Top 20 Unique and Unusual Fitness Gift Ideas for Athletes

Don't give an ordinary gift. Here are the gifts any athlete will love


Updated June 19, 2014

Athletes can be hard to shop for, but these unique and unusual fitness gift ideas will make even your toughest competitor smile. Here are a few unique gift ideas that every athlete will appreciate.

1. A Weight Vest

A Weight Vest
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For hardcore workouts, strap on a weighted vest and immediately increase the effort and calorie-burn of any workout. Choose a vest that allows you to easily add and remove weight in small (1-2 pound) increments. Start slow, and build up over time, and you will feel light as a fleather, and faster than ever when you take it off.
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2. TRX Suspension Trainer

TRX Suspension Trainer
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This unique product could be the gift that keeps giving. Created by a former Navy SEAL, the TRX Trainer uses your own body weight to get a full-body workout almost anywhere. It comes with instructions for doing hundreds of different movements.

3. Injinji Toesocks

Injinji Toesocks
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Who wouldn't smile after opening a package of Injinji toe socks? If you've ever had to tape specific toes to avoid blisters or crowding in your sports shoes, you'll appreciate these socks. They are designed to help prevent foot blisters by reducing friction and wicking moisture away from the feet with CoolMax fabric.

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4. The Grid Foam Roller

The Grid Foam Roller
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The latest foam roller on the market has a unique construction--hollow core--which prevents break down over time. It also offers various foam patterns and densities that provide a targeted trigger point massage feel. One is made to feel like fingertips, one like palms and one like a thumb. By using the different zones, you can also vary the amount of pressure on specific muscles.

5. Ipod Shuffle

Apple iPod Shuffle
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What athlete doesn't want a great workout soundtrack in a small, package? The iPod shuffle can hold 1G (250 songs) or 2G (500 songs) of music in a tiny player that clips on your collar, cap or anywhere else you want to stow it and forget about it.

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6. Trigger Point Massage Balls

Trigger Point Massage Balls
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These tiny massage balls are great for getting a targeted, trigger point release. Simply position the ball over teh painful point. Apply pressure with the ball by using the floor, wall or any hard surface. To achieve deep muscle massage, apply moderate pressure for 5 - 7 seconds. This product is ideal for relieving minor aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, back, chest and calves.
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7. Finis SwiMP3

Finis SwiMP3
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Have a swimmer on your list? Keep their swim more interesting with a little music, or an audiobook or swim workout instructions that plays while they swim. The technology behind the SwiMP3 uses bone conduction, so sound vibrations are directly transferred from the cheek bone to the inner ear, giving the swimmer clear audio lap after lap.
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8. Arm Warmers

Smartwool Arm Warmers
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Cyclists, runners, hikers and climbers are the most likely to wear arm warmers, but I use a pair for almost every outdoor activity. Changing temperatures can make for difficult clothing selection, but a tiny pair of arm warmers let's you wear a tee-shirt and still have sleeves if it gets too cold.

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9. Luminox Navy Seal Dive Watch

Luminox Navy Seal Dive Watch
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Another one from the Navy SEALs, this watch meets military specifications of all branches of the US Armed Forces and can withstand water resistance of 20 atm/200 meters/660.

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10. Foam Rollers

Foam roller
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Every athlete should have a foam roller. Using a foam roller before or after workouts offers many of the benefits as sports massage and myofascial release. It helps stretch soft tissues, reduces the formation of adhesions, and increases blood flow and circulation within the soft tissues which may improve recovery.

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