Giving the gift of Fitness this Christmas

Are you looking for a gift this holiday season for someone who is keen on fitness and nutrition? Whether it’s for a colleague at work or for a partner/ loved one, check out my suggestions for what I reckon are the must haves for anyone who is passionate about their nutrition and training.

1) PT/ Programming gif cert

Lean Performance is located in Caringbah, Sydney and is a professional, experienced, and results driven personal training business. We offer a variety of services including one on one personal training, outdoor group sessions as well as online programming for training and nutrition so we can work together anywhere in the world.

This Christmas we have a great little deal on Personal Training which includes a Full Body Composition Analysis and 2 x Personal Training sessions. It’s a great way to help kick start your new year’s goals whether it be fat loss, fitness or athletic development. Jump on board and let 2015 be your time to shine!

We also do online training and nutritional programmes so if you aren’t in the local area, we can still organise a gift voucher for anyone, anywhere in the world to train with us.


Price: Christmas One on One PT special $99. (Usually valued at $219.95)

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2) The Protein Pow(d)er Cookbook  pro cook book

Protein is the food to consume if you want to lose weight, build muscle, have more energy, perform better and feel your best.

Most people toss a scoop into a protein shake and call it a day, but Anna Sward realised that she could use protein powders to make her own high-protein bars, breads, quiches, pizza, muffins, pancakes, cookies, cakes and more – all without sugar, refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats and preservatives.

Anna Sward’s recipes have been published in magazines all over the world, including Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Health and Oxygen.

Price: $30

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3)Fat Gripz fat gripz

Grip strength is becoming an increasingly valued quality and in many cases, the missing link in an athletes’ strength training. When you think about it, you can only shift as much weight as you can take a hold of. Conventional wisdom for improving grip has been to increase purchase on the bar, whether using lifting straps, rubber grip aids or even chemical compounds. Fat Gripz, fly in the opposite direction: by increasing the difficulty of the grip, they focus on building that attribute.

Price – $39.99            

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4) Wholesome Food Hamper – GoodnessMe Box goodness me

GoodnessMe Box has been designed to get you excited about eating pure and wholesome food that is always natural and GMO-free. Quite simply, it is a health food sampling service.

Each month, GoodnessMe Box surprises you with 5-10 health food goodies so you can get your hands on the most sought-after clean eats the world is going nuts about! The GoodnessMe Box experience is all about discovery so each month the content of the box is a surprise. Plus, each GoodnessMe Box includes nutritional recipes. Expect to get your hands on the latest and greatest superfood, wholefood bar, nut butter, kale chips, coconut oil, herbal tea, raw chocolate, natural protein powder, gluten free muesli and more!

GoodnessMe Box also have hampers available which would make a perfect gift for someone you know who is into their nutrition.

Price: Monthly GoodnessMe Box – $25/month                     Gift Hampers from $55-$70

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5) Enviro 2.2 Litre Water Bottle enviro

If you find that the average water bottle just doesn’t carry enough water for the whole day or you are finding it hard to drink as much as you should, then the 2.2 litre BPA free water bottle is for you! The plastic is a non-porous, glass like material and provides clear fresh water with no leaching of that plastic taste. With a wide 5cm opening it is perfectly suited for everyday use, hiking, camping or for sports.

I have one of these and think it is a must for anyone who is trying to increase their daily water intake.

Price: $15 – $20

Available From: most health food stores locally or look online


6) Joseph Tri Scale – Compact Potable Kitchen Scales joseph

Compact, neat and efficient make the Joseph Joseph scales a great little gadget for those of you who want to keep a closer eye on your nutrition. Whether it’s to use in your home or take with you when you are away, these little beauties will take the struggle and guess work out of keeping track of your macros helping you to stay on track with your nutritional goals. Their folding design allows for use with large measuring tools when opened yet when closed they become a compact, space saving pod, making them great option for when you are away from home or just to free up your kitchen bench. Max weight 5kg

Price: $65 – $75



7) Foam Roller and Foam Rolling app foam roller pic

Soft tissue work is extremely important especially as the general public is exercising more and more. As we contract muscles in either exercise or just everyday movement we develop trigger points. These little points cause the muscles and surrounding connective tissue to not function as well as it should further increasing the risk of injury. Foam Rolling will help to release muscle tension, improve flexibility, help to prevent injury, improve muscle performance, release stress in the body and remove muscle knots.

You can find step by step information and videos for foam rolling every part of your body with Jono Freeman’s, Foam Rolling App and eBook ‘The Complete Guide to Foam Rolling’.   Jono is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Sport Scientist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist so certainly knows a thing or two about this subject.

Foam Roller and eBook Price: $29.95          Available From:

Foam Rolling App Price: $1.29                      Available from: App Store


8) 6 Pack Food Storage Bag     6 pack bag

The 6 Pack Bag is a new cutting edge device, tailored to simplify your daily nutritional commitments. The clever and innovative design makes for a convenient diet aid for fitness enthusiasts and busy individuals that want to keep their diets in check. The 6 pack bags have room for 3-5 meals (depending on size) as well as room for drink bottles, shakers, supplements, snacks and cutlery. The BPA free polypropylene containers are kept cool by custom made ice packs that fit perfectly in the sides to help you keep your meals fresh and crisp for longer. The 6 pack bags are a definite must for those looking to take their diets to the next level.

Price: Various styles and $

Available From: or check your local health food store


9) Activewear  – Love Movement lm logo b;og

Love Movement is more than an online store; it’s a lifestyle designed to have you looking & feeling amazing. The girls at Love Movement were inspired to create a place where active women could find high quality, fun, affordable workout & swimwear labels in the one beautiful place! And that’s exactly what it does. Featuring a careful edit of activewear brands Love Movement is all about being inspired to live an active life while looking great & feeling amazing.

Whether you are looking for a gift for your mother, sister, girlfriend you will find a great selection of activewear to suit her interests and personality.


Head over to the website and join the movement!

Price: Various

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10) IKEA Non Stick Fry Pan ikea
Are you frustrated that every non-stick frying pan that you’ve paid a fortune for has never remained non-stick for more than a few months? Do you find you use large amounts of oil when you cook your meals? I’ve tried so many super expensive brands and have always been super disappointed with the result – that is until I bought this nice and simple frying pan from Ikea! I’ve been using it for a good 18+ months and not a stick in sight! So, if you are frustrated at your omelette ending up as scrambled egg or are attached to perfect looking protein pancakes have a look at the range of non-stick frying pans at Ikea.

Price: $39 + depending of style

Available or visit in store


11) Michaels Natural Therapies michael logo

The clinic is run by Michael Ransom who is fully qualified in a vast range of therapies and has over 17 years’ experience in the industry. Michael specialises in Remedial Massage, Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. Michael’s Natural Therapies is also home to a fully operational float bath, medical grade infrared sauna and a hyperbaric chamber. So if it is rest, relaxation and rejuvenation you’re after, Michael’s Natural Therapies is for you.

Address: 306/29 Kiora Road, Miranda. NSW 2228

Phone: 02 9526 8560

Price: Various

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12) Training Books – Unleashing the Inner Nerd starting strength

Is the person you are buying for always reading and searching for more information online or in a book trying to educate themselves, wanting to learn and better understand how to achieve their training goals? These two books are a couple of my favourites and perhaps two of the ‘classics’ of the training world.

Starting Strength – Mark Rippetoe The Starting Strength System makes use of the body’s most basic movement patterns – barbell exercises that involve all the body’s muscle mass – utilized over the longest effective range of motion and loaded progressively, to force the adaptations necessary for increased strength. Unlike other popular exercise protocols, Starting Strength is a training system – a long-term process designed for getting stronger over time, not a random collection of exercises that just make you hot, sweaty, sore, confused, and tired today.


The Encyclopaedia of Modern Bodybuilding – Arnold Schwarzenegger Referred to as the “Bible of Bodybuilding” Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition, with sections on diet and nutrition, sports psychology, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training. Covering every level of expertise and experience, it includes comprehensive information on health, nutrition, and dietary supplements to help you build muscle, lose fat, and maintain optimum energy

Price: Approx $50

Available From: Most online bookstores or visit your nearest bookshop.