5 Gifts for Fitness Fanatics

Under Armour HOVR Mega 2 Clone

It’s the season of giving, and you’re no doubt searching high and low for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. If you’re after the ideal gift for a loved one who loves to break a sweat, then you’ll love our picks for the gift ideas for fitness fanatics. From must-have running shoes and trainers to recovery tools and apparel; it’s all here!

Under Armour HOVR Mega 2 Clone

Under Armour HOVR Mega 2 Clone

The new UA HOVR Mega 2 Clone running shoe features, more UA HOVR Foam, and a new Adaptive Upper Technology to create a running shoe that is built to perform. The newest member of the UA HOVR running shoe family offers maximum cushioning for ultimate cruise-control comfort. With 32mm stack height, the new UA HOVR Mega 2 Clone is for the runner who wants the most protection for their training.

Designed for zero-gravity feel and great energy return, the HOVR Mega 2 Clone offers runners a more plush feel with a smooth transition from landing to toe-off. The shoe is built to provide a soft and pillowy, yet responsive ride, with comfort as a priority in the design. It is also Under Armour’s first running shoe offering a 1:1 personalised fit with the new UA Clone technology that flexes and adapts to your foot as you move through your stride. This running shoe feels like it was made for you. The cushy but efficient HOVR Mega 2 Clone running shoes are great for long runs and high mileage training and would make for an ideal gift for an avid runner.

Not only do these shoes form to your foot, but they also coach you as well. Connect your shoes to UA MapMyRun™ for real-time Form Coaching tips based on your cadence, pace, and stride. An embedded sensor tracks, analyses and stores detailed running metrics to inform ways to improve performance.

The Under Armour HOVR Mega 2 Clone running shoe is available online at R3,199.

Puma Bright Heights capsule

Puma Bright Heights

Of course, even the biggest gym bunnies need a break from the gym. So, why not gift a special fitness-loving woman in your life with a few pieces of athleisure for ultimate comfort when they’re not breaking a sweat. Puma’s Bright Heights capsule bring fresh, fun and fearless energy to each and every summer adventure, featuring bold streetwear pieces with hiking-inspired details and soft pastel colours.

These pieces are ideal for relaxing at home and can also be thrown on for a sea-side walk, a day out shopping, or even lunch with the gals. The collection includes footwear in the form of the Hedra, Mayze and RS-Curve while apparel pieces include the Classics Oversized Jacket, Boyfriend Tee, Cargo Sweatpants, High Waist Leggings and Hoodie.

The collection is now available from PUMA.com, in PUMA stores, sportscene, OFFICE London, Shesha, Superbalist and selected retailers.

2XU Core Compression Shorts

Core Compression Shorts
Women’s Core Compression Shorts, R999.

Wearing good quality compression gear during and after your workouts can help to enhance your performance, improve blood circulation while you train, and reduce post-workout muscle soreness.

The 2XU compression shorts are designed to take the place of regular workout shorts. These comfortable compression shorts are the perfect training partner at the gym, on the field, on the court, or when pounding the pavement. The powerful, lightweight PWX fabric with circular knit 360-degree stretch, reduces muscle movement and damage whilst compression boosts blood flow to muscles, improving performance, lowering the risk of injury, and speeding up recovery. While the high quality, durable, moisture-wicking yarns outlast the competition and keep the skin cool and dry.

These shorts are sure to be a great gift for active types who value recovery gear; whether they’re into running, strength training, or even trail running and hiking.

2XU Women’s Core Compression Shorts are available at R999 from the 2XU website.

Adidas Ultraboost 22

Adidas Ultraboost 22

The legend returns, but this time around, Adidas’ much-loved Ultraboost running shoe is offering something even more unique. Adidas says the latest addition to the iconic Ultraboost line-up provides runners with 4% more supreme energy return than the Ultraboost 21, plus, the shoe was designed with our oceans in mind, and includes a Continental natural rubber outsole and an upper made with yarn containing 50% Parley Ocean Plastic. Even more exciting for female runners in particular is that the new version of this running shoe has been specifically designed for the female foot.

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Adidas says the new Ultraboost 22 was informed by women-specific insights to provide runners with a shoe that is specifically comfort-tailored to their feet. A shoe which has been at the forefront of performance running since its first iteration in 2015, the Ultraboost 22 delivers supreme energy return technology, combined with a refined design for ultimate comfort.

Tapping into women-specific insights and using an online anatomy database of 1.2-million-foot scans, conducted and analysed by footwear and technology researchers Jura, Žabkar & Džerosk (2019), Puma’s design team identified key differences across instep height, heel anatomy and females’ gait cycle trends and re-engineered and refined the Ultraboost last to better reflect the female foot. The new last, born from the foundations of the signature S-curve UB21 last, was fine-tuned to create a narrower heel pocket, shallower forefoot profile and lower instep area, whilst the newly refined outsole is designed to help you say goodbye to overpronation.

The Adidas Ultraboost is now available in-store and online on Adidas.co.za at R3,599.

Vibrating Massage Roller:

Hyperice Vyper 2.0

A vibrating massage roller is a solid everyday-use recovery tool. This innovative play on a typical foam roller, balances power with portability, so you can feel your best at home or on the go. Shake up your self-care routine and energize your body with this compact vibrating massage roller. With a 3-speed high-intensity vibrating core, you’ll always be ready to roll and target those tight muscles.

While it can take a bit of getting used to, having a go-to massage roller is ideal when relaxing watching TV and focusing on recovery after a tough gym session or sports match. It does come with a cost, but factoring in the amount of physio and massage sessions people spend money on, it’s well worth the price tag. This easy-to-use recovery tool will make for a stellar gift for a sports-mad loved one who has everything!

South Africans can purchase Hyperice products on Takealot, Gear4UEveryShopebucks, and Momentum Multiply.

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