Holiday Fitness Gift Ideas from San Jose Boot Camp

Christmas hollyHappy Holidays!  It’s that time of year again to begin creating a holiday gift shopping list.

If you have a fitness enthusiast on your list, giving them a fitness/exercise related gift is a great way to give them a very personalized gift you know they’ll use and enjoy.

If you have a person on your gift list who is currently out of shape and wishes to improve their health, what better way to support and encourage them than to give them an exercise or health-related gift!

Just about everyone we know (including ourselves) needs to change up their routine, get some new workout gear, or pamper their hard-working body.

So….. with improved or continued health and fitness in 2012 as the theme, here are 12 holiday gift ideas that will fit any budget:


Gifts under $25

Drop-in pass for yoga, pilates  or boot camp class

We all need to “change it up” from time to time.  Giving a  friend a pass  to try new workouts is a great way to encourage them to try new things or simply get up off the couch.  Buy a pass for yourself and make it an opportunity to spend quality time with someone you care about.

Ideas:  Tru-Balance Pilates,  lifeSport Fitness boot camps! 😉  (shameless plug!!)

Jump rope

A jump rope is one of my favorite go-to pieces of equipment for interval training and circuit training.  It’s also a great travel workout accessory.  It’s easy to pack and can be used almost anywhere.  A jump rope makes a great stocking stuffer!

Foam roller

Foam rollers are wonderful for massaging sore muscles and working out kinks in tight muscles.  You can click the image below to learn more about foam rollers
Foam Rollers at Power Systems


Gifts under $50

Medicine ball

Medicine balls are a great addition to someone’s home workout arsenal.  You can use them for core training, strength training and cardio training!


Exercise DVD

For people who work out at home, an exercise DVD is a great gift!  You can find DVDs on any type of exercise including strength training, yoga, pilates, kick boxing, and even complete medicine ball workouts.


Gift card for a sporting goods store

If you don’t know what your fitness enthusiast friend might like, a gift card to a local sporting goods or activewear store is an idea to consider.


A set of exercise bands

Bands are another great tool for a home exerciser’s workout tool box.  They’re also great for travel. You can get 4 bands of different strengths for well  under $50! Click the image below for more information:

Resistance Bands Category


Gifts Under $100

Massage gift certificate

I haven’t met a fitness enthusiast who doesn’t love a good professional massage. ‘Nuff said.

Ideas:  Roman Paradigm Massage,  Dana Dobrenz massage therapy, BodyWork by Roger

Cross training shoes

Good shoes are important.   It may be hard to choose the right shoe and size for someone else, but a gift card to a shoe store that offers professional fitting advice is the next best thing

Ideas:  Athletic Performance  (Willow Glen and Los Gatos locations)


Gifts under $200

One month at a fitness bootcamp

This is giving a true gift of fitness!  One month of professionally designed, calorie-blasting workouts and personalized attention for the special person on your list!

Idea:  BootCamp in San Jose (yes, I know, another shameless plug)

A package of personal training sessions

If the person on your list isn’t a “group” person, or  needs one-on-one help, a few sessions with a professional fitness coach may be just what they need to get them started safely.

Ideas:  Personal training in San Jose  (oh, geez, there I go again!)

TRX Suspension Training System

This is one of my all-time favorite home exercise devices!  You can use it at home, at the park, and even in a hotel room.  Click on the image below to find out more about this amazing exercise equipment.

Okay.  So that’s my list of a dozen ideas for great exercise, health and fitness related gifts.

Let’s get some more exercise and health related gift ideas going!

What other items should we add to my list?  Leave a comment here your exercise or health related gift ideas!


Wishing you a happy holiday season and a healthy 2012!



Help Fight Leukemia at Ladies Nite Out!

In honor of my friend Skip who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, I’m taking a break from blogging about fitness, nutrition, and my boot camps in San Jose in order to tell you about a really fun event coming up in Campbell next week.

Julie Adiutori and Jen Jaciw, two women who belong to The Sassy Networking group to which I also belong, will soon be walking a 1/2 marathon with Team in Training to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Team in Training is a wonderful organization that raises money to fund research to find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma.

Julie and Jen have put together an amazing fundraiser for their walk and I wanted to make sure to give you all the details.

Next week YOU can have a boatload of fun, AND help raise money for a worthy cause, and we’ll all be  doing something positive for folks who are battling leukemia or lymphoma right now or may battle them in the future.

Please, please tweet about this event, post it to your Facebook page, tell your friends, and, of course, make an effort to attend.

Here are the details!

Hot August Ladies Night!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

5:30-8:30 pm

Sonya Paz Fine Art Gallery

195 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell 95008

What’s happening at the event:

Sexy Boudoir Dance lesson

Wine Tasting

Entertainment by comedian and cancer survivor Leslie Lang

TONS of raffle prizes (yep, I’m giving away two weeks FREE at one of my boot camps!)

Suggested entry fee for all this FUN:  $5.00 —-but I KNOW you’ll be more generous 🙂

If you can’t attend, but would like to make a tax deductible donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, please click on the link below

If you are healthy, be thankful.  If you are in a position to help a cause that is looking for a cure for leukemia, please give what you can.

If you are a prayerful or spiritual person, please say a prayer for my friend Skip.  He’s an amazing person and businessman, a loving father of two sons, and a wonderful husband to one of my lifelong best friends.  He deserves a long and productive life.  Your donation will help find the cure.

Yours in health,