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My Annual Fitness Enthusiast Shopping List

Happy holidays, everyone!! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are getting ready for a great Christmas and New Years.

We’ve had a fantastic season so far and Kristi and I are really looking forward to our Christmas present to each other. We’re seeing The Book of Mormon this Saturday!

We’re both very excited.

Well, each year I like to give you ideas for gifts you can give your favorite fitness enthusiast and this year is no different! I have some good suggestions so let’s get started.

Resistance Bands: How would you like to be able to carry an entire gym in your backpack? How would like to have one tool that lets you work on strength, flexibility, cardio, and mobility that you can carry in your backpack? Well, resistance bands are your ticket! We use bands a ton in our gym and you can absolutely give yourself one heck of a workout with just one or two. You can pick up all sorts of packages and accessories here. There’s even some packages that come with a workout you can do at home, a playground or anywhere else.

The Gymboss: For any of those home workouts it really helps to have a reliable and durable timer. Who wants to exercise while staring at a clock? I’ve had a bunch of these. They’re cheap, they last forever, and they come in all sorts of cool colors!

Foam Roller and a Lacrosse Ball: Not everyone needs a foam roller and a lacrosse ball. You just do if you workout or don’t workout. Really, though these tools help you if you’re sore, hurt, tight, inflexible, or if you just want to put yourself in the best position to get a great workout! Every one of my clients starts their session with some kind of work with these tools.

Converse All-Stars: I don’t care what color. These are still the best shoes to lift in. I don’t have time to get into too much detail but here’s a few reasons why:

  1. they keep you low to the ground

  2. they help your balance

  3. they allow the muscles in your feet to work

  4. they give you better stability

Your feet are responsible for sending a ton of signals to the brain to tell your body what to do. When you wear those big fluffy shoes with all that padding, you’re in effect muffling those signals. It would be like trying to feel something with your hands hile wearing mittens. Please don’t buy into the hype!

A Personal Trainer: One time I turned a broken toilet seat into the needs for a new toilet. I once had a VCR that wouldn’t record so I decided to try to fix it. By the time I was done it wouldn’t even turn on. What I’m trying to say is this: I don’t know how to do certain things so I call people that do. If you need to lose weight, feel better, etc. Why wouldn’t you call someone who can tell you exactly how to reach those goals? Just saying.

If you need any more help with some suggestions for the fitness enthusiast on your list, don’t hesitate to let me know.

P.S. You could also get them my free Holiday Survival Guide! It has workouts, nutrition tips, recipes and lots more. Did I mention it’s free?

Happy holidays!

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Lean Eating Coach, FMS

2861 Grove Way In Castro Valley


I Help People Discover Their Strength!

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