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March 1, 2020

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50+ Tools for workout motivation and inspiration for the female in your life who loves exercise (and needs a gift)!

Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are more confident and successful in all aspects of life.

That’s why most women today make fitness a priority.

Check out this list of tools that will help any woman stay motivated and inspired in her exercise routine.

There are 11 categories of Women’s Fitness Stuff on this list and over 50 individual tools for any woman who loves to exercise.

As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some of the following are affiliate links. You can get more information about that here.

Let’s get started…

workout apparel in navy and pink on a white table

MUST-HAVE ACCESSORIES FOR EVERY WOMAN’S WORKOUT (THE BASICS)

A COOL HEADBAND

a cool headband is a great woman's gift idea

Check out the price of these headbands.

SWEATPROOF BLUETOOTH EARBUDS

Check out the price of these sweatproof bluetooth earbuds.

GYM BAG

There are a TON of beautiful patterns to choose from here!

a gym bag is a great fitness gift idea for women

Check out the different styles and colors now.

A COOLING TOWEL (SO REFRESHING AFTER INTENSE CARDIO)

a cooling towel is a lifesaver after intense cardio

Check out the colors and styles of cooling towels.

THE BEST WORKOUT APPAREL

GEAR BUNCH TIGHTS

This company has a ton of graphic prints to choose from!

graphic workout leggings are a great fitness gift idea for women

Check out all the graphic prints at Gearbunch!

SOCK LEGGINGS

Sold by Bombshell Sportswear, of course!

sock leggings are a stylish fitness gift option for women

Go see all the sexy styles made by Bombshell Sportswear!

COMPRESSION WORKOUT SHORTS (AKA-BOOTY SHORTS)

booty shorts are one fitness gift idea for women

Shop for your favorite booty short prints!

TALL RUNNING SOCKS

I love to wear fun socks when I run!  These are compression socks made for running.  There are a lot of fun prints to choose from.

a fitness gift idea for women who run-compression running socks

Check out all the fun prints!

ALL-PURPOSE GYM SOCKS

The perfect option for every form of exercise!

the perfect socks for every kind of exercise

These socks are so comfy! Shop for a pair now!

REEBOK GEAR OR GIFT CARD

Reebok doesn’t sell only shoes!  They have incredible sportswear and workout gear of all kinds.

Reebok gear is a good fitness gift idea for women
Don’t forget about Reebok!

Shop Reebok gear now!

ATHLETA ANYTHING!

Athleta sells high quality athleisure wear and sportswear for every kind of activity you can think of. 

They also have shoes, accessories and gift cards!

athleta sells apparel and sports gear for women--a great fitness gift idea
Athleta

Shop Athleta now!

UNDER ARMOUR

Everyone loves Under Armour!  Check out all the stuff they sell!  (Including gift cards!)

every woman loves Under Armour-the perfect gift for any active woman
Under Armour Apparel & Gear

Shop Under Armour!

Suggested reading for more information:

Athletic Leggings—Your Guide to Vibrant, Quirky, Cool, Sexy and Practical Workout Pants

AMAZING EXERCISE TOOLS & SOME WAYS (WORKOUTS) TO USE THEM

PRO TIP-Some of the stuff I link out to on Amazon goes out of stock on occasion. If you click on a link and the product says ‘currently unavailable’ then you can scroll down and find similar products (that are in stock).

DUMBBELLS (YES! WOMEN NEED THESE!)

Light dumbbells (like these pink 3 lb. DB’s) have a place (for beginners and high rep routines targeting smaller muscle groups) but if you exercise regularly you’ll need heavier dumbbells. 

Using the link you’ll see 3, 5, 8, 10, 12 and 15 lb. colored weights.  The ones I use the most often are 10-15 lbs. but I also use my 20, 25 and 30 lb. dumbbells for certain exercises.

PRO TIP-Make sure you buy these in pairs!

dumbbells are a great gift idea for athletic women

Check out the price on these dumbbells!

A WORKOUT TO USE THOSE DUMBBELLS

muscle max is a Great workout for using those dumbbells for women

Go check out the price for the Muscle Max video.

PULL UP BAR

a good fitness gift for women is a pull-up bar

Check out the price for this pull up bar!

PULL UP ASSIST BAND

Most women (and many men) will need one of these to do more than one pull up.

most women will need a pull-up assist band to do pull ups

Shop for a pull up assist band now.

PUSH UP STANDS

I use these for every workout with push-ups.  You get deeper range of motion and it’s easier on your wrists than push-ups on the floor.

If this style is out of stock then try and find a different style that do NOT swivel. Most women don’t need that swivel. (It puts extra strain on the wrists and makes an exercise that’s already difficult almost impossible–and dangerous.)

push up stands are a good gift for active women

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AEROBIC STEP

This tool is a gamechanger for most women’s home exercise programs (and my favorite piece of equipment).

These come in hot pink and blue and you can buy them with 4 or 6 risers.

an exercise step is the best exercise gift for any woman

Shop for your own gym-sized aerobic step now!

AEROBIC STEP WORKOUT

*An advanced workout to do with an aerobic step.

To the Max is a great workout to do with an exercise step

Check out the price of this workout now!

ANKLE WEIGHTS

black ankle weights

Shop for these ankle weights.

A WORKOUT WHERE YOU CAN USE THOSE ANKLE WEIGHTS

Butts and Guts is a great workout using ankle weights

Go buy the Butts and Guts workout now!

SLIDERS/GLIDERS

These are super fun but do take a little bit of coordination. These are my favorite style to use on carpet.

purple gliding discs for carpet

Check out the price of these gliders (these are made to be used on carpet).

FITNESS TUBING

exercise tubing is a good present for a woman who loves exercise

Go shop fitness tubing now.

AN EXERCISE BAND

If you’re not sure which tension to buy then start with medium.

an exercise band is a great fitness gift for a woman

Check out the price on resistance bands.

A WORKOUT YOU CAN DO WITH THAT EXERCISE BAND

To the Mat Legs and Glutes is a great workout using an exercise band

Go see the price on this Cathe Friedrich workout!

EXERCISE LOOP

an exercise loop is a gift idea for a woman who exercises

Shop for an exercise loop now!

A STABILITY BALL

For most women a 55 cm size is a good place to start. Go up a size if you’re over 5’4″.

stability ball-perfect gift for women

Check out the price for a stability ball.

A MEDICINE BALL

I recommend a 6 or 8 lb. ball for most women (you don’t need to buy them in pairs).

a medicine ball is a fun fitness gift for a woman

Shop for a medicine ball now.

A BARBELL

This barbell holds up to 65 lbs.  It’s been a great barbell for my own home exercise routine (I do a lot of high rep routines with lighter weight).  It’s perfect for most women who workout at home.

a barbell is a great gift idea for women who exercise

Check out the price on this barbell.

Suggested reading for more information:

A Woman’s Guide to Buying Dumbbells

ON-DEMAND EXERCISE OPTIONS

BEACHBODY ON DEMAND

Sign up for a free trial of Beachbody on Demand!

CATHE ON DEMAND

Check out the price of a membership to Cathe on Demand (she has gift cards)!

Suggested reading for more Information:

Beachbody on Demand—5 Reasons to Give it a Try

Everything You Need to Know About Cathe Live & Cathe On Demand

How to Use Your Cathe Live or Cathe On Demand + Live Membership

Stop Going to the Gym! Workout at Home—Beachbody on Demand vs Cathe on Demand

ON-DEMAND FITNESS APPAREL

*A membership to one of these means new workout clothes every month. Both of these companies have gift certificates, too!

WANTABLE

Wantable is a great fitness gift for a woman

Go check out Wantable!

FABLETICS

any woman would love to have Fabletics as a gift

Check out Fabletics!

Suggested reading for more Information:

Your Guide to the Wantable Fitness Edit

Sweatstyle Will Put the Excitement Back in Your Workout

Fabletics-An Honest Review

The Top Fitness Apparel Subscription Programs–Your Ultimate Guide

CARDIO (CALORIE-CRUSHING WORKOUTS)

INSANITY MAX:30

insanity max30 is a great fitness gift idea

Shop for your copy of the Insanity Max:30 program now!

CORE DE FORCE

core de force is a good exercise gift for women

Shop for this kickboxing workout now!

SHIFT SHOP

shift shop is a good exercise gift for women

Shift Shop is a hidden gem by Beachbody! Go check out the price for this program now.

Suggested reading for more Information:

8 Things You Should Know About Insanity Max:30

All the Facts About Core de Force

Your Complete Guide to Shift Shop

TONING & STRENGTHENING (STRONG & SEXY TOTAL BODY WORKOUTS)

BODY BEAST

body beast is a total body fitness gift

Shop for a copy of the Body Beast program now!

P90X3

any woman would love P90X3 as a fitness gift

Check out the price of the P90X3 program now.

STRONG AND SWEATY

Strong and Sweaty is a great fitness gift idea for women

Shop for a copy of the Strong and Sweaty program.

ICE

ICE is an exercise program by Cathe Friedrich that would be a perfect exercise gift for a woman

Check out the price of the ICE series by Cathe Friedrich.

Suggested reading for more Information:

Beast: Cardio—Body Beast IS for Women

Find Your Inner Badass with P90X3 Triometrics

Strong and Sweaty Boot Camp—A Perfectly Balanced Workout

The Ultimate Guide to ICE Boot Camp Circuit

Xtrain Super Cuts is the Perfect Bathing Suit Workout

YOGA

PRO YOGA/PILATES MAT

a pro yoga mat is an ideal gift for women

Shop for a pro yoga/pilates mat by Manduka.

YOGA/PILATES/BARRE SOCKS

women who love yoga would love to have yoga shoes

Check out the styles of yoga/pilates/barre socks now!

A YOGA SWING

buy a yoga swing for a woman who loves yoga--a gift

Shop for a yoga swing!

CHECKING & MONITORING YOUR FITNESS PROGRESS

VI

Technology is a beautiful thing! I love this product.  It’ll change your next run!

Go check out Vi now!

A HEART RATE MONITOR

a Polar heart rate monitor is a wonderful fitness gift for women

Check out the price for this heart rate monitor.

A FIT BIT

a fit bit is a smart exercise present for women

Shop for the latest Fit Bit model now.

A FITNESS JOURNAL

a fitness journal is a practical fitness gift for women

Shop for a fitness journal!

A RUNNER’S CALENDAR

*The link goes out to the current year’s calendar

a runner's calendar is a great fitness gift idea for a woman

Shop for a runner’s calendar now!

HYDRATION STATION

AN INSULATED WATER BOTTLE

an insulated water bottle is a handy exercise tool to give a woman as a gift

Shop for an insulated water bottle!

A YETI

a yeti thermos is an exciting exercise gift for a woman

There are a ton of colors to choose from! Shop for a Yeti now!

AN INSPIRATIONAL MUG

an exercise inspirational mug is a cool gift for active women

Check out the price for an inspirational mug!

POST-WORKOUT LUXURIES & NECESSITIES

A TOMMIE COPPER SLEEVE

Tommie Copper is a smart gift for active women

Check out the current price for a Tommie Copper sleeve.

AN ICE PACK THAT DOUBLES AS A HEAT PACK

an ice pack that doubles as a heat pack is a neat fitness gift for women

Shop for an ice/heat pack now!

BUBBLE BATH FOR POST-WORKOUT MUSCLES

bubble bath is the best gift for women who exercise

Shop for the perfect bubble bath now!

MUSCLE RECOVERY BATH SALTS

muscle recovery bath salts is the best gift for women who workout

Shop for muscle recovery bath salts.

Happy shopping!

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S1 Ep.12 The Piyo Program--Don't Make This Mistake if You're Thinking About Trying it Out

S3 Ep.7 An Honest Review of Les Mills on Demand (I wish I'd tried this sooner!)

S3 Ep.3 Morning Meltdown 100--An Honest Review (and my recommendation)

S2 Ep.8 A Deep Dive Into the Body Groove Program (Is it right for you?)

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