21 Gift Ideas For Gym Junkies

It’s back – more anticipated that the John Lewis Christmas advert, SFN EXPO’s gifts for Gym Junkies! Is your friend a serial gym junkie? Well we’re here to save the day for you! 21 gift ideas for gym junkies!


1. SFN EXPO 2017 Early Bird Tickets – Gift Ideas For Gym Junkies!

Did we just go there? Of course we did! The SFN EXPO 2017 is the ultimate gift for gym junkies because you can provide your gym junkie friend with an experience they’ll never forget! AND… the first tier of Early Bird prices make your budget a whole lot easier to manage! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? This is the perfect gift for your gym junkie friend, but we’ll give you 24 more, just incase…

Get your SFN EXPO 2017 Early Bird Tickets from £12.50 Here Now



Gift ideas for gym junkies nutribullet

2. Nutribullet

Super high powered blender that will pulse through just about anything your gym junkie friend would think to put in it! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? An awesome gift for gym junkies – especially if they’re known to chain-drink healthy smoothies!

Buy Nutribullet from £79.99 – Here



Coffee Machine Gift ideas for gym junkies

3. Nespresso Coffee Machine

It’s not a secret in the fitness World that a coffee is a big part of our lives! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? If your gym junkie LOVES their coffee, they’ll love this gift for gym junkies!

Buy a Nespresso Coffee Machine from £34.99 from John Lewis – Here



Promixx Gift ideas for gym junkies

4. PROMiXX 2.0

The original vortex mixer has evolved in to the PROMiXX 2.0 – an electric shaker for smooth protein shakes at the switch of a button. It’s so good that your gym junkie will actually remember to wash this shaker rather than chucking yet another smelly shaker away! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? This is an epic gift for gym junkies!

Buy PROMiXX 2.0 from £39.99 – HERE



Fitbit Charge Hr Gift ideas for gym junkies

5. FITBIT Charge Hr

Your gym junkie will be able to accurately track how many steps they’ve taken, how many stairs they’ve climbed, distance travelled, calories burned and overall active minutes per day. Additionally, the Fitbit Charge Fitness Band takes note of how many hours you sleep and also the quality of your sleep to monitor and ensure you are having enough rest.  Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? This is an amazing gift for gym junkies!
Buy FITBIT Charge Hr from £64.99 at Curry’s – Here



George Foreman Grill Gift ideas for gym junkies

6. George Foreman Grill

Gym junkies would cook cereal on this thing! Fire anything on here and within minutes you have it cooked to perfection, tasting phenomenal with a high % of the fat/water drained! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? This is an epic gift for gym junkies!

Buy George Forman Grills on Argos from £14.99 – HERE



JimBag Gift ideas for gym junkies

7. JimBag

Ultra fashionable gym bags in different styles, colours and male, female and unisex ranges! If your gym junkie trains anywhere outside of their house, they will love this gift!

Buy Jimbag’s direct from £34.99 – HERE



Reflex RBars Gift ideas for gym junkies

8. Delicious Box of Bars!

A great box of bars as a gift for gym junkies will secure your friendship for life. Reflex RBars have epic reviews and pack an excellent nutritional punch! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? This is a great gift for gym junkies!

Buy a full box of Reflex RBars from Powerhouse Fitness from £17.99 – Here



Gold Standard Whey Protein Gift ideas for gym junkies

9. A GREAT Tub of Protein!

It’s petty simple.. have you seen them with a tub of protein or a protein shaker? Check for the flavour and make their present special with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey!

Get Gold Standard Whey from from £27.27 – Here



Protein Pow Mixes Gifts For Gym Junkies

10. Protein Pow Cooking Mixes

These cooking mixes make it easier than ever to create your very own home made protein filled goodies. Protein bakery is HUGE – and Protein Pow are the biggest and best. Welcome their awesome Protein Cooking Mixes! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? An amazing gift for gym junkies of any background!

Buy Protein Pow Cooking Mixes from £21.99 – Here



Trigger Point Foam Roller Gifts For Gym Junkies

11. Foam Rollers

Foam rollers have come a long way, from being seen as an accessory for the elite to becoming a staple in the recovery and mobilisation of anyone who trains hard. They are a perfect gift for your favourite gym junkie because they are SO useful and vary from £8 right up to £100, with all price points being a useful tool!

Buy a Foam Roller from Amazon from £7.99 – Here



Linwoods Gifts For Gym Junkies

12. Linwoods Variety Packs

These wee variety boxes are thoughtful, useful and give someone a couple of weeks of daily experiences… for £2.99! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? This is a great gift for gym junkies as it can add value to their nutrition and create a fun tasting experience!

Buy Linwoods Variety Packs from £2.99 – Here



selectabells gifts for gym junkies

13. Bodymax Selectabell Dumbbell Set

Is your gym junkie friend more of a home-gym junkie? When space is an issue, these are the greatest gift you can give them! A simple click and lock system allows you to quickly change your dumbbell from 5kg up to 32.5kg! Visit Powerhouse Fitness to get yours now!

Buy Bodymax Selectabell Dumbbell Set from £299 – Here



TRX gifts for gym junkies

14. Suspension Training Gear

The real gym junkie NEEDS to train wherever he/she goes and this makes it incredibly easy! Attach to a door, to a tree, or anything you find that’s sturdy, and you can have a brilliant workout! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? Anytime Leisure’s huge range will allow you get an amazing gift, whatever the budget!

Suspension Training Gear from £13.99 at Anytime Leisure – Here



Audible Gym Junkies Gifts

15. Audible Vouchers

Now you can get your learn on while you exercise by downloading audiobooks! The biggest database of audiobooks in health and fitness can be found at Audible!

Visit their gift centre for 3 months membership from £23.99 – Here



Personal trainer gifts gym junkies

16. Fitness Training Qualifications

A training course is an amazing gift and potential career for your gym junkie friend! Whether you know that they want to be a personal trainer or maybe a kettle bell enthusiast turned instructor, what a great gift! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? Check out Fitness Training Scotland for a full range of courses available as gifts!

Buy a Fitness Training Course Now From £195 at Fitness Training Scotland



Wolverson Kettlebell Gym Junkie Gifts

17. Competition Kettlebell

The smallest and most versatile piece of home gym equipment you’ll find! They are incredible as a present for any gym junkie, because regardless of goal, you can use it!

Buy a competition Kettlebell from Wolverson Fitness now – Here




Prepped and Packed Gifts For Gym Junkies

18. Prepped & Packed Bag

These bags are AWESOME! They come with tupperware boxes and convenient sleeves to store them. If your gym junkie friend ‘preps’ his/her meals in advance, this is an incredible gift! Convenience is the key to this product, and it offers so much value!

Buy a Prepped & Packed Bag direct from £44.99 – Here


Blend Bros Gift ideas for gym junkies

19. Blend Bros – High Protein Sauces

Where flavour lacks in a ‘clean eating’ diet, Blend Bro’s have stepped in with an incredible new product that your favourite gym junkie friend is going to love as a gift! Heaps of flavours available to match your favourite gym junkies palette, so check out their website and get a tin now! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? Great gift for gym junkies!

Buy Blend Bros from £18.99 on MuscleFood’s website


Protein Pow Cookbook Gift ideas for gym junkies

20. Protein Pow(d)er Cookbook

Yes, it’s a second feature for Protein Pow, but that’s because they’re awesome! The cookbook has 276 pages packed full or protein bakery recipes from the #1 protein bakery website, Protein Pow! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? Great gift for gym junkies!

Buy your Protein Pow(d)er Cookbook from £10 at MuscleFood – Here



Gift ideas for gym junkies SFN EXPO 2016 Early Bird Tickets

21. SFN EXPO 2017 Early Bird Tickets

Did we forget to mention?? The SFN EXPO 2017 is the ultimate gift for gym junkies because you can provide your gym junkie friend with an experience they’ll never forget! AND… the first tier of Early Bird prices make your Xmas budget a whole lot easier to manage! Looking for gift ideas for gym junkies? The perfect gift for gym junkies!

Get your SFN EXPO 2017 Early Bird Tickets from £12.50 Here Now

Neil ‘Yoda’ Hill’s Top 3 Tips For Building Muscle

  1. Building muscle is more than just moving a weight from A to B. It’s about the tension you are able to create via these two points.
  2. Rotating rep ranges to target all muscle fibres is essential for maximising muscle growth.
  3. Optimising insulin sensitivity and testosterone is key, so don’t allow your body fat to go too high!

Check out more Muscle Building Tips from Phil Learney, Phil Graham and Layne Norton now!

3 Top Tips For Building Power – By Paralympic Bench Press World Record Holder, Ali Jawad

  1. Always practice safe technique (tucking elbows). Even when reaching for a PB – if you can’t do it with safe technique, you can’t do it.
  2. Be consistent with training. Acting like a ‘pro athlete’ in bursts doesn’t work for building explosive power.
  3. Don’t keep even one training session the same during training cycles.

3 Top Tips For Weight Loss – Emma Storey-Gordon

Focus On The BIG Factors

That means hitting your calorific, macronutrient, activity and training goals consistently each week. Don’t get bogged down with specific timings, meal frequencies, or fancy supplement regimes. Get the basics right first!

Be Flexible

Your nutrition and training plan is a guide. Remember fitness should improve your life; not make you feel restricted. Long term sustainable lifestyle change should be the key consideration when creating a fitness plan. There is a time and a place for more structured and restricted periods e.g. competition or photo shoot preparation but these should have defined end points.

Be Patient

Results won’t come over night and after an initial drop in weight your progress will slow, this is normal. Take progress pictures and track your weight and gym performance so you can look back and see how far you’ve come – this is a HUGE motivator.

The Club Gym (Glasgow) – Press Release

Glasgow’s Freshest, Most Exciting, New Gym

We are delighted to finally announce the launch of The Club Gym, a new gym experience opening in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City in January 2016.  You can expect DJ fuelled intense training sessions, elite personal trainers in stunning boutique facilities with world leading fitness equipment.

The Club Gym re-writes the rules of the modern gym arena with many unique features such as a resident DJ, a boutique class based training studio, circular spin zones, Life Fitness Cardio machines, UK made elite lifting equipment, vast weights and functional zones, UK made Iso Lever strength machines and even the world’s first incline prowler ramp!

We have recruited some of Glasgow’s finest personal trainers to be on hand to help you with your training and nutrition, providing tailored plans that work with your lifestyle.  Post workout you can relax in our Protein bar with fresh protein smoothies and cocktails made from the latest sports nutrition products on hand to aid and progress recovery. Our ultimate aim is to help you achieve your goals quicker than ever before!

Finally, you can expect lots of events, seminars and workshops to be happening in The Club throughout the year.  We can’t wait to welcome you to The Club, register on our website and like us on Facebook for exclusive launch offers.

5 Common Protein Myths – Scott Baptie

Myth 1: Protein is bad for the kidneys

Read somewhere that protein can strain your kidneys? There actually is no published evidence that shows a high protein diet is detrimental to healthy individuals. Yes, a high protein intake increases the work your kidneys have to do (glomerular filtration), but this hasn’t been shown to be harmful.

Myth 2: More protein = more gainz

Some people think that in order to build muscle then you need to increase your protein intake considerably.  More protein means more muscle right? A lot of people go overboard with their protein intake when trying to add on size but the research actually recommends a protein intake of around 1.6-2.0g per kg of body weight per day if building mass is the goal.

Myth 3: You need a protein shake instantly after training

Dropping weights, running down the stairs and necking a protein shake in the changing room to have protein within your anabolic window? The good news is that recent research in the JISSN suggests that the window of opportunity lasts considerably longer than 45 minutes! In reality, the “window” is at least 3 hours long, if not longer than 24 hours! Take home – just consume a 25g+ serving of protein at a convenient time after exercise. It doesn’t even need to be a shake. A high quality source like chicken, fish, beef or dairy in your meal after exercise is just as good.

Myth 4: Any more than 30g protein per serving is a waste

Whist you only need 20-40g of protein per serving to maximally stimulate muscle protein synthesis (MPS), the additional protein you eat doesn’t go to waste or it isn’t instantly be stored as fat – as some would tell you. Although monumental steak isn’t going to be more gains educing than an ordinary steak, the extra protein will simply help to keep you feeling full and it just contributes to your overall energy intake for the day.

Myth 5: Chicken, fish, turkey…nothing else.

Boring! Aim for variety as much as you can. Try to consume a wide range of protein rich foods including all meats,  fish and dairy produce, that you enjoy! Beans and pulses can help vegetarians reach their protein targets too. Shakes, such as  high quality whey protein, can also be beneficial but they’re not essential.  By mixing up your protein sources, not only will you benefit from a range of amino acid profiles but it also helps keep food interesting.  There is more to protein than just plain old chicken and protein shakes. Variety is the spice of life, so be sure to mix up your protein sources as much as you can. Need some high-protein inspiration? Check out these high protein recipes.

Scott Baptie is a nutritionist and online personal trainer based in Aberdeen. He helps people move, look, feel and perform better.

Layne Norton on Carbon Supplements & How Supplements SHOULD Be Used

Great to speak to you again Layne. The big news is that you have teamed up with to create your own supplement brand, Carbon Supplements. What inspired you to create this line of supplements?

Well over time I’ve gotten a bit of a reputation as someone who destroys broscience and when you look around in the supplement industry you see a lot of broscience and BS.  I wanted to develop a company that was completely transparent, science based, with no outrageous claims and no lying to consumers.  I hope that Carbon can create a new benchmark of what the supplement industry SHOULD BE and stand for science and integrity.  And yes, they will be available in the UK in the coming months.  

What are the key differences between your brand and so many others on the market?

We are no frills.  Every ingredient has a purpose and is PROPERLY dosed.  There are ZERO proprietary blends.  There are also no ingredients that are thrown in for the sake of being ‘novel.’  So many companies will put in ‘novel’ ingredients for the sake of being novel.  The issue is that many of these ingredients have zero evidence to support their usage.  With Carbon, we will use novel ingredients if we find them, but only if they are supported by data.

What’s your professional ethos on how supplements should be incorporated into a training and diet plan?

Supplements are there to SUPPORT what you do.  They do not replace proper training or nutrition.  Carbon supplements are designed with intention to help you train harder, longer, and recover faster.

An Introduction To #LifePrep – Kezza D

Why it’s important to focus on LIFE as well as aesthetics :
Everyone wants to look good right? Many try and fail, diet after diet loosing their target weight, reducing body fat in record time THEN slapping it all back on. Why is this?
Generally what happens is, you set out on a mission to eliminate lots of things you enjoy from your daily life such as sweets, treats, meals out, alcohol, trips to the cinema and so on. As you see the results coming in fast and furious you also begin to feel tired, slightly isolated as you’re not really participating in events you normally would do and generally feel fed up. Time goes on you run out of motivation cravings get the better of you, you miss having fun and “fall off the wagon”…… I’m sure you can relate to this sequence of events!
A new approach to your aesthetic goals is needed here, I am sure you will agree? Balancing your life and still making progress towards your goals. Sounds good but how do you actually do this?
This approach is what I call #lifeprep and it’s simple. Set yourself small realistic targets and aim to change small things in your life bit by bit. Rather than going all out crazy, do it in gradual steps like so……
Research healthy nutritional foods and slowly implement ones you like into your diet.
Vary it up, rotate your meal choices and don’t get bored.
Set yourself a realistic meal plan you feel you will happily stick to.
Rather than ditching the nights out reduce the alcohol qty but still have one or two.
Don’t miss being social, just make better menu choices while out.
Set a treat event weekly, go out for that coffee and cake and enjoy it, you earned it this week.
Pick exercises you enjoy and buzz from, it then becomes something you look forward to.
Don’t obsess about the scales, be aware and track progress but chill a bit and remind yourself it’s a lifestyle change and it will benefit you long term.
This is a more appealing and realistic way to reach towards your goals. A healthy mind a healthy plan and long term healthy results!
#LifePrep workouts and diet plans to follow soon!

Phil Graham’s Top 3 Muscle Building Tips

  1. If you aren’t assessing you’re just guessing. Always keep a close tab on key measures like lifts, body measures and food intake. This will allow you to measure the effectiveness of your approach.
  2. No pain, no gain – is quite possibly the most stupid approach of all time. Listen to your body, if you’re in pain, back off, and find something alternative to do. No one gets a medal for an injury. 
  3. Surround yourself with high achievers. This will bring a whole new level of motivation to your diet and training. You are a product of your environment. Ask yourself: is this helping me or ruining me?

Key Lessons Learnt When Opening My First Personal Training Facility – Ross Stewart (RSF: Improve, Glasgow)

There’s a massive difference between a Personal Trainer (PT) and a personal training facility owner.

To give you a very brief overview of my career, long before opening my first personal training facility, I started off as a ‘self-employed PT’ five years ago. I spent the first 18 months of my PT career working in Glasgow, then moved to Sydney, Australia and coached over there for just shy of a year.

I hired my first trainer to work for my ‘company’ one year after returning from Sydney, hired another 6 months after that and moved into my first personal training facility 6 months after that.

I suppose I learned a lot of lessons in the year leading up to our personal training facility opening as the first year of being an employer was probably always going to be the most challenging, for me, but here’s a quick-fire run through of the major lessons I’ve learned over the past 5-6 months since opening RSF: Improve.

You cannot do everything yourself.

I would absolutely love to coach every session in my gym, answer every email/text/message and greet everyone at the front door, but it’s just not humanly possible.

Hiring people who are good coaches and that you trust is vital for the growth of any facility, but something that’s massively over looked is how passionate those people are, whether or not their values and philosophies match up with your own/your business’s and whether they actually care about the people they’re coaching.

The goal when opening a personal training facility shouldn’t be to open it at 6am and close it at 9pm. It should be to build a team of people who work towards the same end goal. If you choose to be there all the time, that’s cool.

Choosing to be somewhere and having to be somewhere are two entirely different things; the former ensuring enjoyment and the latter leading to fatigue, resentment and poor performance.

You have to go above and beyond for your gym’s community.

Let’s face facts, this is an absolutely insane time to open your own fitness facility.

There’s £5.99, £10.99 and £15.99 per month gyms opening up in every city in the UK. They’re breeding like rabbits on viagra. Each and every one have 10-15 PTs in them, they’re massive, they’re new and they’re in city centre locations.

Depending on your business model, you’re going to be AT LEAST double the price of the most expensive ‘budget’ gym. And, in order to justify the higher price point, you’re going to have to deliver for your clients/members.

The fitness industry is moving very much towards massive, impersonal, hospital-like facilities, but I see this very much as an opportunity to go against the grain and offer people something different.

Offer nutritional support, drop your members messages out of the blue to see how they’re getting on, have regular conversations with them and ask if there’s anything else you can do for them, review their progress, put on events for them; i.e. seminars, workshops, charity events and social events.

As simple as it sounds, you have to show that you care or else you’ll be just another face in the crowd…and a far more expensive one, at that.

The community you build is far more important than the size of your personal training facility, how much equipment you have or how fancy it is.

Without any shadow of a doubt, the most impressive aspect of our personal training facility is our community.

We have people show up an hour before their sessions just to hang out with us and those they train with. They keep in touch with each other out with their training with us, congratulate each other in our private Facebook group and genuinely look forward to their next session.

During their sessions they’ll support, encourage and cheer each other on, and whenever we welcome anyone new to the facility our current members go out of their way to make them feel welcome and comfortable.

In an industry where it’s ‘cool’ to be super technical on the training and nutrition side of things, something that is so much more important and cannot be under-looked is the strength of your community in your personal training facility.

No one cares how technical your sessions or how great your understanding of macros are if they’re showing up to train with a bunch of people they don’t like, who ignore them and make them feel unwanted and like an outsider.

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