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Six Christmas Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic

‘The Mirror’ Interactive Home Gym, $1,450

The Mirror

If the gym isn’t an option, this is the next best thing. Offering a personalised training experience and linked to certified trainers from some of the most sought-after classes and fitness studios around, The Mirror offers unsurpassed feedback, customised playlists and syncing to your heart-rate monitor of choice to track your fitness goals. When not in use, it returns to being just your standard gym mirror. You’ll never miss a gym class ever again.

Available at Mirror.

Garmin Forerunner® 945 Smartwatch, £519.99

Garmin Forerunner

In the crowded market of wearables – most of which feel cheap and tacky – Garmin’s performance fitness watch is well ahead of the pack. As well as your usual heart-rate monitor and fitness trackers, it has dedicated profiles for different activities and can tell you what to expect in changes in heat and altitude. Powerful, versatile and fit for everything from a quick morning jog to a full triathlon, it’s the training partner you never knew you needed.

Available at Garmin.

Caddyboo Golf Towel, €21

Caddyboo Golf Towel

The last thing you want is dirty balls – and that goes double for golf, where a stray fleck of mud can upset your swing and add a vital shot to your game. The Caddyboo Golf Towel is a pocket-sized, waterproof cleaning system to solve any unforeseen club-ball connection issues that might arise. It’s simple, effective and a perfectly valid way to take your time while you plan your next big swing.

Available at Caddyboo.

Nohrd Dumbbells, £5,749

Nohrd Dumbbells

Dumbbells aren’t often the most pleasant looking additions to a home gym, but Water Rower – best known for its incredible manual treadmills and rowing machines – has applied its minimalist cool to the humble hand weight. Housed in a space saving wooden rack, this comprehensive set of nine pairs of weights is made from nickel-plated steel with ergonomic grips and a lovely wooden finish in cherry, club ash or walnut.

Available at Nohrd.

Palace Clipper Bag, £262

Palace Clipper Bag

Elevate your gym bag above the usual scuffed, funky-smelling fare with this incredibly bright and equally versatile duffle-bag-come-rucksack from skating specialist Palace. Made from durable nylon with a rubber base, the detachable padded shoulder straps let you wear it in whatever way’s most comfortable for you, along with an additional side strap specifically for a board. It’s the perfect gym buddy, even if you’re more comfortable in a half- moon pose than a halfpipe.

Available at Farfetch.

Hövding 3 Self-deploying Airbag for Cyclists, £249

Hövding 3 Self-deploying Airbag for Cyclists

Since lockdown everyone’s been on their bike which, given the capital’s propensity for arsehole drivers, isn’t all that safe. Enter the HÖVDING 3, the self-deploying airbag head protection for cyclists. Once set, it will automatically deploy if the wearer comes off their bike and is eight times more protective than your standard helmet. Plus, it goes around your neck rather than on your head, meaning no helmet hair. Not the most important part for sure, but good to know.

Available at Hövding.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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