Gifts fit for the fitness buff

December 17, 2004|By Desonta Holder | Desonta Holder,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE

Making your list and checking it twice for the fitness enthusiasts in your life? Here are a few ideas:

On the run

She loves to run. Loves the camaraderie and competition, too. Waking up and placing her feet on the marathon rug's "I can do 26.2!" slogan will surely get her out of the door and on the jogging trail. On the front: a diverse field of stick-figure runners journey toward the finish line. On the back: a label with space for the runner's name, race date and finish time. The 3 1/2 -foot-by-5 1/2 rug, made of hand-tufted acrylic, is available in blue, red or gold. $99 at www.classicrug.com.

Smoothie for one

If you know someone who likes to drink their meals, give him or her a Tribest Personal Blender so they can easily make smoothies at home. Just toss your favorite ingredients into the single-serving cup, screw on the blade attachment, set it into the base and blend. Then, drink your fruits and veggies right out of the cup. The blender has a 200-watt motor and includes two 16-ounce and two 8-ounce cups, a blending blade attachment and a two-pronged blade for grinding coffee beans and nuts. $79.99 at www.personal blender.com, or call 888-254-7336.

Tell me about it

If your fitness nut likes to talk, give her the NEC 232E fitness phone. It puts a mobile trainer, dietitian and supportive friend in the palm of your hand any hour of the day. You get daily encouragement, meal plans and health and fitness tips via text messaging. The phone, carried by AT&T, also allows for fast access to fitness-related downloads. It features a camera, voice command dialing and tools for syncing PC applications like contacts, calendar, tasks, e-mail and notes. $249 at www.nechdm.com. After rebates, the price drops to $50 or less.

Getting serious

Help him take his fitness routine to a higher level with a Compex Sport electronic muscle trainer. This nifty device is great for use at the gym or while sitting at home watching television. More than 70 customizable programs allow you to train muscle fibers for specific fitness goals. It transmits electromuscle stimulation pulses to muscles via electrodes placed on the skin. Silently, it produces muscle contractions, and it's clinically proven to increase strength and endurance, as well as speed muscle recovery. $899 at www.compex.us, or call 866-826-6739.

No shortcuts

Whoever came up with "no pain, no gain" surely wasn't talking about chafing. There's nothing to gain from seams tearing into your skin after a marathon workout. Zensah compression shorts for men, with seamless construction, fit just like a second skin. Their ultra-breathable Zensah fabric allow for moisture management, keeping you cool, light and dry when you hit the playing field. $34.95 at www.zensah.com.

Call it a wrap

Are your muscles in agony after all those push-ups, crunches and lunges you toughed out? Apply a topical pain reliever and your cat will keep his distance and give you the evil eye. Avoid the stench and soothe yourself with Sunbeam's heated sports wrap. It contours to your body, securely wraps aching muscles and applies heat where it's needed most. $29.99 to $39.99. Available at Walgreen's, Wal-Mart and Kmart.

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