Maximize your strength training routine by cutting out these time wasters.Read article
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to incessantly remind friends and family via text, e-mail, social media, and unannounced house calls that you’re expecting them to gift you every item on your holiday wish list.
1. NIKE PRO HYPERWARM LINE CREW FITTED SHIRT
$65 @ NIKE.COM
Nike’s form-fitting long-sleeve crew top uses Dri-FIT Max friction-reducing fabric to sop up sweat. The thermal mesh lining and underarm mesh gussets retain heat while allowing for greater breathability.
2. TIMEX IRONMAN RUN X20 GPS WATCH
$80 @ TIMEX.COM
If one of your goals for 2016 is to trade the treadmill for the open road on cardio days, Timex’s x20 GPS watch is a lightweight option that’ll keep tabs on metrics like speed, distance, and calories burned. What’s more, the watch’s interval timer makes for a useful feature during indoor or outdoor HIIT sessions.
3. HARBINGER GRIP STRENGTH SYSTEM
$20 @ HARBINGERFITNESS.COM
Strong wrist, grip, and forearm strength translate to better performance in lifts requiring you to push or pull. Unrelated, a pair of big-ass forearms look super-freaky! This adjustable grip set offers 60, 80, or 100 pounds of resistance and won’t tear up your paws like grippers with unforgiving knurled handles.
4. POWERBEATS2 WIRELESS EARBUDS
$200 @ BEATSBYDRE.COM
Sometimes your only training partner is your playlist, which is why it pays to invest in a set of quality headphones. Angled earbuds and flexible ear hooks keep the sweat- and water-resistant Powerbeats2 Wireless attached to your dome, while the dual-driver acoustics and six hours of playback keep the bass thumping in your ears.
5. CARDILLO WEIGHT BELT
$170 @ CARDILLOUSA.COM
Cardillo made their name by churning out high-quality, customizable weight belts. Now they’ve made it so you can support more than just your back. From training straps and wrist supports to knee wraps and training gloves, Cardillo’s new line of lifting accessories has you covered top to bottom.
6. ADIDAS TEAM ISSUE FLEECE PANTS
$55 @ ADIDAS.COM/US
Whenever Old Man Winter cranks up the AC, step into these fleece-lined sweats to turn up the heat. As if that’s not enough, the reinforced stitching increases durability, so there’s no need to worry about splitting your pants at the seams after you add five inches this bulking season.
7. LIFEPROOF FRE POWER IPHONE 6 CASE
$100 @ LIFEPROOF.COM
Drop your iPhone 6 or 6s on a sidewalk? No problem. Drop it in the toilet? Gross, but it’s all good as long as the device rests inside of the FRE Power case. The unit not only protects phones from water damage and falls of up to six feet, it’s also a backup power source that doubles battery life.
8. MIZUNO WAVE INSPIRE 12
$120 @ MIZUNOUSA.COM
When the snow melts and it’s time to get shredded you’ll need a comfortable pair of kicks that’ll keep your dogs from barking when you ramp up the cardio. Mizuno’s lightweight runners feature more support and a retooled midsole than the previous model, providing more stability and comfort with each stride or strut.
9. AXE MAX HYDRATE
$4 @ AXE.COM
Think of it as a 30-second rep: Work Axe’s two-in-one shampoo and conditioner into a lather and rub it into your hair, and then rinse. Doing so will moisturize your locks and remove dirt, oil, and whatever nastiness that leeched onto your scalp after using the incline bench that some scrawny punk neglected to wipe down!
10. DEGREE MEN DRY SPRAY
$5 @ DEGREEDEODORANT.COM
Whether you have a physique like Mr. Olympia or an Oompa Loompa, if you’re spewing rank body odor from your pits, that’ll be the lasting impression you leave on people. Knockout underarm odor with a spritz of Degree’s woodsy-scented antiperspirant to keep your pits dry, smelling clean, and feeling fresh for up to 48 hours.
11. BOWFLEX SELECTTECH 560 DUMBBELLS
$449 @ BOWFLEXSELECTTECH.COM
Sync your Bluetooth-enabled tablet or smartphone to the 560s to track rep speed, rep count, range of motion, calories burned, and more. The data automatically transfers to an app for safekeeping. How smart is that? Each dumbbell adjusts up to 60 pounds. Add-on weights make each load 100 pounds.
12. RHONE MAKO 9-INCH SHORTS
$68 @ RHONE.COM
Clingy gym shorts that ride up your crack and impede range of motion are distracting and uncomfortable. Avoid these hassles with Rhone’s lightweight, moisture-wicking four-way stretch fabric. Five pockets, including a zippered one for your media device, provide plenty of storage.
13. ALL-CLAD COPPER CORE ALL-IN-ONE PAN
$280 @ WILLIAMS-SONOMA.COM
It’s the only pan you’ll need for all your cooking—on the stovetop, in the oven, or using the broiler. Use the four-quart copper and stainless-steel pan to sauté, sear, bake, and broil, then put it in the microwave for easy cleaning. The Copper Core will make cooking so easy the most difficult part will be choosing which recipe to whip up next.
14. BELLECORE BABYBELLE FIT BODYBUFFER
$200 @ BELLECOREFITNESS.COM
Want to improve your training and recovery? Pamper yourself with a muscle massage every day pre-and post-workout. The handheld BelleCore bodybuffer can improve circulation and range of motion, as well as flush out metabolic waste and lactic acid from your muscles.
15. JORDAN CP3.IX
$130 @ JORDAN.COM
The CP3.IX feature a nine-chamber Zoom Air unit and internal bootie that team up to provide maximum cushion and an ultra-snug fit. Put another way, midway through a 100-rep set of walking lunges, your hammies and glutes will be on fire, but your feet will feel as if they’re wrapped in Jordan Brand marshmallow- covered unicorn fur.
16. TIGI BED HEAD POWER PLAY GEL
$10 @ BEDHEAD.COM
Keep your coif in line with a non-flaking gel that’ll supply a firm hold without looking like you dipped your head in a tub of grease. The alcohol-free formula also protects your hair from free radical damage, and conditions and moisturizes as it tames your mane.
17. UNDER ARMOUR HI-ROLL GRAY STORM POLARIZED SUNGLASSES
$185 @ UA.COM
Living in a winter wonderland can leave you susceptible to blinding snow glare and eye damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The Gray Storm’s glare-reducing, polarized lenses can help protect your peepers by blocking 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. And coincidentally, the square aviator style looks super badass.
18. DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING PS4 BUNDLE
$400 @ PLAYSTATION.COM
The limited-edition glacier white 500GB PS4 console comes with the popular first-person shooter game, Destiny: The Taken King and a digital game expansion voucher. When you’re done battling the nefarious “Taken” forces, use the PS4 as a Blu-ray player or media-streaming device.
19. LAGOSTINA GRILL PAN
$150 @ BEDBATHANDBEYOND.COM
The 11-inch pan’s triple-wall construction distributes heat evenly to help you achieve the perfect sear on steaks and turkey burgers. And while cast-iron pans are a bitch to clean, Lagostina’s stainless-steel pan is dishwasher safe.
20. ALL-CLAD KITCHEN SCALE
$100 @ BLOOMINGDALES.COM
If your chicken breasts need to be an exact 8.7 ounces, then All-Clad’s elite food scale should find a home alongside your cutting board. The KS22’s 22-pound capacity can also measure the craziest of cheat meals. Even better, the unit’s 9-inch, removable stainless-steel tray is dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze.
21. SONOS PLAY:1
$200 @ BESTBUY.COM
Use the Sonos app to access more than 100,000 free radio stations and music streaming apps (including Spotify, Pandora, and SiriusXM). And then let the Play:1’s dual speakers blast your tunes wherever the sleek, compact, and humidity-resistant device fits best—including your bathroom or home gym.
22. B-FORCE BANDS MINI BUNDLE
FROM $99 @ BFORCEBANDS.COM
When the weather outside is frightful, and the roads are not delightful, stay home and use B-Force Bands to add up to four times the tension on just about any exercise in the book. The Mini Bundle includes bands, lateral bands, straps, handles, and sliders.
23. MICROSOFT SURFACE 3
$500 @ BESTBUY.COM
Microsoft’s versatile Surface 3 features a 10.8-inch LCD screen, full HD display, 10 hours of battery life, an integrated kickstand, and a USB port, allowing for use as a tablet or to run desktop software. Available in Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 4G LTE models. Keyboard sold separately. – FLEX