The 10 Best Gym Gear Gifts For That Special Training Partner In Your Life

Looking for the perfect gym gear gifts to spoil your partner with? You're in luck. We've tested all of these products and certified them worth your money!


Kelleigh Korevaar |

Let’s just start off by making one thing clear; if you’re looking to buy that special someone gym gear gifts or something similar never (we repeat, never) buy them a scale. There’s no scale that could accurately measure how much of a bad idea that is. Trust us, we know someone who did that and unsurprisingly it did not go down well.

Now that we’ve made that public service announcement and you can confidently avoid that post-present-unwrapping fake smile, we’re good to go. The below gym gear tested by the MH team will not only make your partner’s day, but it’ll take their training to the next level, too.

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These are the best gym gear gifts to give on any occasion:

adidas Adapt to Chaos Shorts

A quick scan of the QR code on the shorts connects you to a website filled with info on running groups, routes and training tips – and a playlist for your run. It’s the perfect gift if she’s into running, music and tech. And if she doesn’t have a lot of time? Even better, she’ll never have to worry about sorting out the right playlist, it’s right there.

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Inspired by insights from runners in Paris, Berlin and New York, these shorts are made for the urban running experience.

R 749

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The Mocana Nimbus Yoga Mat

Here at MH most of us aren’t small or nimble so the fact that the Mocana Nimbus is longer and wider than other mats is a winner.

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The alignment line that runs vertically down the mat to guide you during your downward dogs just certifies its spot at the top.

R 1 349

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Under Armour HOVR Infinite

UA asked pro distance runners what they needed and then created a neutral running shoe. Best part? The tracker built into the shoe that tracks, analyses and stores almost any running metric you can think of (pace, calories, cadence etc.).

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Plus, it will give you personalised feedback and tips.

R 2 499.95

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You can get the men’s pair here.

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Run Angel

This personal safety wearable emits a loud sound to attract attention in an emergency. It also will alert three contacts by SMS and email with the date, time and your location when activated.

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Our friends at Women's Health tested this and the peace of mind that this little gadget provides is unmatched.

R 1 495

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SKLZ Elevation Ladder

What’s great about this speed ladder over others is that you can raise it for an extra challenge; making it impossible to cheat by stepping on the rungs.

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It’s easy to transport and quick and easy to set up and break down again.

R 599

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ASICS Silver SS Top

This short-sleeved running top is made from a luxuriously soft knit and has flat seams which reduces the risk of chafing. The sleeve’s design offers plenty freedom of movement. Bonus:  the fabric is quick-drying making it ideal for those hectic sweat sessions.

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It comes in both male and female and was on MH tester's favourite training top.

R 360

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Get the female ASICS Silver Icon Top here.

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PUMA Hybrid Astro

These are really nice and stable with great cushioning in the midsole. The tongue is more padded than usual so laces don’t cut into your foot. They’re a great all-in-one option if you’re looking for something to wear in the gym, with jeans and on a run – up to a half marathon distance. Even though the heel drop is quite high, the heel counter and cage over your mid foot make them stable enough for functional training.

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They’re suitable for broader feet, but not so roomy that narrow feet will slide around. The mesh upper also allows enough wiggle room for your toes.

R 2 299

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Salomon Agile Wind Jacket

This lightweight jacket is perfect for short runs or hikes. The vents along the upper back allow for airflow to seep through keeping you cool as you heat up during your run.

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Overall the jacket provides protection against the winds and a slight drizzle.

R 1 099

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Hi-Tec Leo Leggings

Tights so comfy your partner would wear them all day if she could. And they don’t just feel great on casual Friday, they pack a punch in the gym and on the trails too. High wasted, and 7/8 in length, they are ideal for running, pilates or HIIT workouts (no slipping down or up and no dodgy sweat marks to speak of).

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They’re flattering to wear and a real confidence-booster. Oh, and the handy internal back pocket is a win for keeping keys while you work out. (Except when doing crunches – for obvious reasons).

R 549

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Under Armour FLASH True Wireless Headphone

JBL teamed up with Under Armour to create these waterproof earbuds that stay secure in your ears no matter the activity. They deliver solid bass pep, too, but not enough to drown out the world. Ambi­entAware tech means you always hear just enough of everyone else to stay safe.

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Did we mention you get 25 hours of battery life?

R 2 999

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And there you have it! For more great gym gear gifts (or to get yourself new fitness gear), check out the October issue of Men’s Health which features our annual MH Fitness Awards 2019. We have ten pages dedicated to the best fitness gear that was tried and tested by the MH team. You can get it here.

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