Holiday Presents for the Athlete
Six Gifts that Truly Matter
What do you give the athletes in your life this holiday season? You
could go for the same old sweater or sweatpants. Or you could give them
something that they will truly treasure and, more importantly, will help them
be better, faster, stronger. Athletic Republic, a national network of training
centers that has helped nearly one million athletes achieve their goals over the
past 25 years, has assembled a short list of gift suggestions for the athlete
on your shopping list.
1. Inspiration Six-time Hawaii Ironman Champion Mark Allen has
assembled an inspirational book for the athlete, The Art of Competition. Pairing
carefully crafted messages from Allen with spectacular images from Nick
Borelli, the book offers entirely new ways of understanding the challenges and
rewards of athletic competition and, indeed, of life.Allen's
award-winning book can be purchased online here.
2. Perfect Preparation
quarterbacks, big league ball players and pro golfers know the value of a good
warm-up. That's why some have started to use the Warm-up Cord to
strengthen and loosen critical throwing and hitting muscles, reduce their
warm-up time, and reinforce correct mechanics. You can place a Warm-Up Cord in
your athletes' gym, bat, tennis, or golf bag this holiday and help them prepare
like the pros. Visit http://www.warmupcord.com
for more information or to make a
3. Relief The GRID Foam Roller from TriggerPoint is
for anyone who wants to move better. The GRID can be used after a hard workout to
roll through the tight muscles, knots, and kinks that keep athletes from feeling
good and moving well. Effective on nearly every major muscle in the body,
the GRID is easy to use and feels oh-so-good … you may be tempted to get one
for yourself, too! Go here to learn more or to purchase.
4. Recovery Compression clothing has been proven to improve athletic performance
before, during, and after activity through improved circulation, muscle
containment, and reduced muscle vibration. Great for post-workout recovery and
air travel, 2XU Compression Socks are
just the thing to put in that certain someone’s stocking. Visit 2XU’s website to learn more about performance compression or to make 2XU
Compression part of your holiday.
5. Intelligence The Garmin
VivoSmart activity tracker helps your athlete stay on top of his or her
training by monitoring sleep, heart rate, speed, workouts, and calories burned.
It also enables him or her to stay connected during a workout via Bluetooth
technology, with easy-to-view notifications of texts, calls, and email.
6. The Gift of Speed Speed is a defining attribute of athleticism. Long
considered a genetic gift, speed is actually a skill that can be taught.
Athletic Republic's individualized training programs improve first step
quickness, explosive power, lateral movement, and flat-out speed. Visit parkcity.athleticrepublic.com to learn how you may give the ultimate gift – the
speed, agility, and strength that will make next season their best one ever.