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Fitness Gift Ideas


Well, it’s just about here! Of course I’m talking about Christmas! We are only 5 days away. I wanted to give you some gift ideas for a fitness enthusiast or just the person who wants to get going with a workout routine or an improvement in their nutrition.


If you or anyone you know has back pain you need this book. Stuart McGill is the world’s foremost authority on spine health and back pain and this book is a step-by-step guide on how to fix yours. His research and methods have completely revolutionized fitness training. How do you know if your trainer or chiropracter is with it? Are they having you do crunches? Then they’re not.


We all have issues with food. If you or someone you know struggles with food, eating, and body image issues, conventional self-help or diet books might not always hit the right note. This one takes a different tone and is simply fantastic. The author, Krista Scott-Dixon is one of the heads of Precision Nutrition and has changed the way many coaches approach nutrition. This is not just a diet book. It’s actually much more important. Oh, and it’s very funny too.


Almost all of our members start their sessions with a foam roller. You should too. If you haven’t used one before it might be a little wierd and uncomfortable at first but, trust me, if you give it time within a few weeks much of that will go away and it will actually start to feel good! One thing to remember here is that the more uncomfortable it is, the more you need to do it!


In my time training people I’ve seen a huge change in the way women approach strength training. It’s been great to see that women are realizing that being strong looks greats, feels great and is incredibly empowering and healthy! In truth there shouldn’t be a big difference in the way that men and women strength train but although this book has been around for a while it is full of great workouts and nutrition advice. If you know a woman who wants to get started strength training (and she should) this book is a great way to start.


How can you fit an entire gym in a duffle bag? Bands! You may be very surprised to find out that one or two resistance bands can give you one heck of a full body workout. Bands are perfect for people who travel a lot, don’t have a lot of money or room for equipment or even want to take their workout outside. On the site I gave you they’ll even give you some free workouts so you can learn to use them. We use bands all the time at our gym.


Weightlifting belts have a pretty specific use. They help you lift more weight! If you know someone who has some ambitions to really push some weight around with their squat or deadlift, a good belt is a must.

Well, I hope I was able to give you some ideas albeit a little late. Let me know if you have any questions to help you pick out that special gift for someone.

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Level 2 Lean Eating Coach, FMS Castro Valley Fitness 2861 Grove Way 510-755-9191 Mitch@CastroValleyFitness.com Discover Your Strength!

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