Napa Boot Camp’s Top Fitness Gift Ideas…

We always have one or two people on our list that stumps us in the gift giving department every year.

You want to get them something that they will love and get great use out of, right?

Then why not get them a gift that helps them look better, live better and most of all feel their best?

I mean, everyone wants to look and feel better and perform better at their sport or in the daily game of life.

Here at Napa Valley Adventure Boot Camp we have come up with our Top 10 list of the best last minute “look good & feel better” gifts for 2011! You may even find something here to add your holiday wish list;-)

1.) A Foam Roller

Everyone should have a foam roller! And they should have a good one, not one of those squishy ones that breaks down in a couple months that come from the local everything stoor.

Most of us spend our whole day either tied to a desk or a car and we barely have time to work out let alone daily stretching!

That’s where a foam roller comes in. It’s by far the best self-massage tool that will dramatically boost up injury prevention and improve performance. A foam roller massages and lengthens the muscles and connective tissue making it the ultimate tool to use for 10 minutes a day to promote circulation, thus healing the micro-tears in your muscles that result from high intensity training or from 8 hours at a desk or in a car! For $30 the foam roller will relieve and possibly eliminate aches, pains and tension in the back, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, legs and more.

If you are going to get a foam roller here is an insider tip, they come in different density levels and for the average person or a beginner roller any foam roller will do but for a larger person or someone that generally prefers more pressure you will want to get denser foam. You can purchase foam rollers HERE

2.) Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are by far the most simple, convenient, and affordable equipment option in the fitness industry. They supply total portability for killer workouts that can be done anywhere. If you are a busy professional who does a lot of traveling, bands are the perfect lightweight training tool to take your workouts with you on the road as they can fit in the smallest of bags without a problem. If you are a busy Mom looking to work out in the comfort of your own home, bands can make this happen too. Bands are the perfect pair to your body weight circuit training workouts for added variety, allow for multiple levels of resistance with practically zero transition and set-up time, are easy on the joints, and are fun to use!

In my travels, I have had the pleasure of meeting and learning from the world’s premier resistance band training expert, Dave “The Band Man” Schmitz. This guy is wild and creates the most innovative fat loss workouts with bands that you’ll ever see. He has his own line of resistance bands that are virtually indestructible and I use them at home, on the road and even at boot camp. To get the best bands in the business check out

3.) A Kettlebell

 I can’t say enough about the versatility and    efficiency of training with the Kettlebell. This single tool can provide you with the cardio and the strength training you need in one workout, you won’t find that with any other gadget out there. This ancient tool has stood the test of time for good reason you can order your own Kettelbell and kettlebell accessories from the leader in the Kettlebell industry, Dragon Door.

4.) A Gift Card to Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or Other Premium Grocery Stores

Be unique and rather than spend the money on an overpriced restaurant, why not give a week’s worth of groceries to a 100% organic grocer like Whole Foods to a friend or loved one. After all, everybody’s got to eat, but how many of us actually eat the right stuff to support our fitness goals? You can set up an appointment with a local professional (such as us) to give your giftee a grocery store tour so they can learn the ropes of a store such as Whole Foods and how to make the most of their money and choose the healthiest choices in the store.

I must admit, several years ago I thought Whole Foods was just for the elite, but boy was I wrong. I shop there almost exclusively these days, particularly when buying produce to avoid foods that are typically loaded with hormones and pesticides at other regular run of the mill grocery stores. The key is to go in with a budget in mind (e.g. spend $50 bucks on protein, $20 on fruits and veggies, and $10 on miscellaneous items) only buying what you need.

5.) A Gift Certificate to a Massage Therapist

Most of us are crazy busy and super stressed out during the holiday season and nothing eases the tension like a good massage. I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t be happy with a massage, unless you know someone who doesn’t like to be touched. It’s nice to be pampered on occasion, and though the foam roller I mentioned above can do wonders for the majority of your body, nothing can alleviate tension in your upper back, neck, and head like a good massage therapist!

With the right therapist, you can also work on nagging injuries, painful scar tissue and learn techniques on how to manage it after the massage is over.

We have gift certificates for an excellent sports massage for $75 to $90 depending on your budget. You can purchase a gift certificate here or email/call us and we will hook you up.

6.) Supplements that Work: Protein Powders, Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin

I have helped hundreds of people lose thousands of pounds of fat. In my journey, I have found only three supplements to be a mandatory part of the optimal fat loss program: protein powders, fish oil, and multi-vitamin supplements. I know this seems like a strange gift, but many times, this is something that someone wants but won’t spend on themselves and could create a new life changing habit.

Protein powders provide great liquid workout nutrition and a convenient meat alternative for on-the-go snacking. For a protein powder, look for a brand low in sugar and carbohydrates and with a mix of both whey and casein (fast and slow absorbing proteins).

Fish oil, or more appropriately entitled an essential fatty acid (EFA) supplement, is critical to providing key omega 3’s to maximize overall health, performance, and body composition. Studies show that krill oil provides the most effective dosing of EFA’s.

A multi-vitamin provides keys vitamins and minerals that are tough to obtain unless your diet is near picture perfect. I don’t know about you, but I like to cover my bases when it comes to my health. Be sure to choose a multi-vitamin supplement that is made from whole foods rather than synthetic materials, in addition to being made specifically for your gender.

You can find these items here: Protien Powder EFA, Multivitamin

If you make a purchase, let me know and I will send you a BONUS gift for yourself or to share with the person recieving the gift: SMOOTHIES 101 RECIPES – a guide to making delicious and nutritious protien shakes.

7.) Fitness or Nutrition Book or Subscription to Fitness Magazine

Everybody needs bedtime or bathroom reading baby! If you have just read a good fitness book that you know a friend or family member would benefit from, hook them up with their own copy. Better yet, people love magazine subscriptions. Personally, I am a big fan of Cooking Light, Health, Shape, Clean Eating and Vegetarian Times. These magazines are filled with tons of nutrition, fitness, wellness and lifestyle tips. Some great books that I always highly recommend are Ultrametabolism, The Coconut Oil Miracle, The Omnivores Dilemma (just to name a few).

8.) Polar Heart Rate Monitor

If the person on your list is serious about keeping track of their goals then they will need to know where they are at so they know where they are going with regards to heart rate, calories, mileage and more there are many varieties of the heart rate monitor that can help keep track. Check out Heart Rate Monitors Here

9.) A Gift Certificate to a Group Fitness Program or Personal Training Program:

You knew I wouldn’t leave this out! Group personal training provides a fun and exciting team environment that guarantees better results than a regular gym membership.

Look for a local fitness program with tons of social proof (client testimonials, especially in the form of pictures and video) to make sure they have a solid reputation and a bunch of raving fans of people just like you. 

If there is a person on your list that could use the guidance of a fitness professional and needs a program that will regress or progress them safely and effectively then there is no better gift than a gift certificate to Napa Valley Adventure Boot Camp (Napa/Sonoma/St. Helena) you can purchase a 3 week life altering trial for only $87.

I hope this post helps you with giving a gift or perhaps, you can forward it to a friend or family member that is looking for a gift for you ;o) Pass it on or share it on FB.

I would love to hear some of your favorite health, wellness and fitness gift ideas… leave a comment for us!
Enjoy your holidays and have a very happy, healthy and safe New Year!

Tiffany & Jeff Larson


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