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Your dad (or dad figure) means a lot to you, but let’s face it––buying gifts for him can be a real challenge. He says he doesn’t want anything, but of course, you want to give him something. Whether he loves trail running, CrossFit, yoga, or powerlifting, we have you covered with the best fitness gifts for Dad. 

The items on this list make stellar surprises for Father’s Day gifts, a birthday, or any other special occasion. Plus, we’ve included our favorite budget options for Dad, so you don’t have to spend a pretty penny to get a wonderful present.

Best Budget Fitness Gifts for Dad

Primo challk ball
Under $10

Primo Chalk Ball

Whether it’s for pull-ups or a heavy barbell, the Primo Chalk Ball will help Dad keep a strong grip and little mess. Made with five essential oils, it can also leave his hands feeling better after the workout than before he started.

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xwerks steel shaker blue bottle on white background product photo
Under $25

XWERKS Steel Shaker Pop Top

Made by the famous Blender Bottle brand, the XWERKS Steel Shaker Pop Top is a great gift for the dad who loves a good protein shake on the go. This budget-friendly shaker bottle comes in five colors, including my personal favorite, Plum.

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An image of the VersaLifts V2 heel lift
Under $30

VersaLifts V2 Heel Lift Inserts

For the dad who loves to squat, give him the gift of better balance (sans a $200 pair of Romaleos) with the VersaLifts V2 Strength Heel Lift Inserts. These inserts are made in the USA and can fit into most regular pairs of training shoes for an extra half-inch heel raise.

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CAP Barbell Weight Vest
Under $40

CAP Barbell Weighted Vest

A rare weighted vest that actually comes with pre-inserted weight and is affordable? Sign Dad up! The CAP Barbell Adjustable Weighted Vest can be purchased with as little as 20 pounds all the way up to 150 (which obviously costs more).

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Rogue USA Collars in a bright red color.
Under $55

Rogue USA Aluminum Collars

The Rogue USA Aluminum Collars are functional, durable, and let’s be honest, look darn good. Dad will love that these collars are constructed with aircraft-grade aluminum and a rubberized lining for a better grip on his barbell. Who knows, maybe Dad will hit a PR because of your awesome gift?

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Snake River Farms logo
Under $100

Snake River Farms

This ranch-to-table brand offers high-quality steak, seafood, and pork that is humanely raised and sustainable. Give dad the gift of a few steaks to grill out, or, if you want to splurge, buy him a full box to continue to give him the gift of delicious meals.

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rep slam ball
Under $45

REP Fitness V2 Slam Ball

Dad can get his frustration over a long work day out with a toss or two with the REP V2 Slam Ball. Made with a double-thick rubber shell, it’ll endure some impacts. Plus, these slam balls go from 5 to 70 pounds (the heavier ones are a bit more pricey though).

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Best Strength Training Gifts for Dad

Lit Axis
Best Portable Home Gym

LIT Axis

This compact and portable home gym system allows for up to 200 pounds of cable resistance, sure to challenge Dad through most movements. The Axis sensors help track movement patterns and metrics, to help you avoid injury and build strength.

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Titan wall mounted pull up bar
Best Pull-Up Bar

Titan Wall-Mounted Pull-Up Bar

Help Dad crush his pull-ups from almost anywhere in the house (or garage) with the Titan Wall-Mounted Pull-Up Bar. This 25-pound, lightweight steel constructed bar seems little, but boy, is it fierce—it can hold up to 500 pounds!

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The Rogue Fitness Ohio Bar
Best Barbell

Rogue Ohio Bar

Dad probably already has a barbell–– but get him the best on the market with the Rogue Ohio Bar. This USA-made home-gym staple can be used for powerlifting, weightlifting, or CrossFit. Plus, it has a lifetime warranty so Dad can feel good about using and abusing it for the best workout possible.

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American Barbell Urethane Pro Series Plates
Best Weight Plates

American Barbell Pro Series Plates

See the rainbow, lift the rainbow. And thanks to the space-saving design of the American Barbell Urethane Pro Series Plates, that allows more weight to be stacked on the bar, Dad will be able to make his rainbow as colorful as he likes.

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snode adjustable dumbbells
Best Adjustable Dumbbells

Snode AD80

Your dad is sure to enjoy the weight range of the Snode, going from 10 up to 80 pounds—that’s hefty for an adjustable dumbbell. With a one-year warranty that covers drops, he can be a little rougher with these cast iron dumbbells, too.

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The 2POOD weightlifting belt in black
Best Weight Lifting Belt

2POOD Weight Lifting Belt

Support Dad from wherever you are by buying him a 2POOD Weightlifting Belt. Not only is this the belt of USA Weightlifting, but there are oodles of choices when it comes to colors and patterns. Go for a traditional black option or something more fun like taco or skull prints.

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Best Cardio Gifts for Dad

the CLMBR vertical climbing machine on a white background
Best Vertical Climber

CLMBR

Does Dad love interactive programming or fun workout classes? Gift him a CLMBR, a new vertical climber that combines all the components of a heart-pounding workout with the music of a karaoke night out with friends.

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RXSG Rapid Fit
Best Jump Rope

RXSG Rapid Fit

For an on-the-go piece of cardio equipment Dad can take with him on his travels, give him the RXSG Rapid Fit. This jump rope features an adjustable cable, comfortable handles, and 21 different color options. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

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NordicTrack 1750
Best Treadmill

NordicTrack 1750

Whether Dad wants to walk, jog, or sprint until he barfs, he’ll want to do it all on the NordicTrack 1750. This large-and-in-charge treadmill features iFIT programming on an HD touchscreen, plus incline and decline settings.

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nobull ivory runner
Best Running Shoes

NOBULL Runner

The NOBULL Runner will win major points with Dad for both the comfy midsole and fun colorways. Choose from standout options like Neon Lime, Black Ivy, or Dark Forest Camo, plus dozens more.

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Assaultbike pro
Best Air Bike

AssaultBike Pro X

Low-impact and a tough workout? Dad (and his joints) are all in! The AssaultBike Pro is a user-powered air bike with durable steel construction and a multitude of adjustments–– ideal for a piece of cardio equipment that will stand the test of time in Dad’s gym.

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Best Rowing Machine

Concept 2 Rower

As the gold standard for rowing machines, the Concept2 Rower is likely a machine Dad has used in his local CrossFit affiliate. Give Dad one of these home gym staples, so he can perfect his form anytime–day or night.

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Best Apparel Gifts for Dad

asics unisex quick lyte cushion single tab socks
Best Socks

ASICS Unisex Quick Lyte

GGR Head of Content and competitive weightlifter Kate Meir says these socks have “a typically athletic feel with a snug fit around the arch.”

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nike metcon 7
Best Shoes

Nike Metcon 8

For an uber-stable pair of cross trainers Dad will love, check out the Nike Metcon 8’s. These cult-favorite shoes come in a wide variety of sizes and colorways (with customization options), so you’re sure to find Dad’s ideal match.

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lulu mens shorts pace breaker
Best Shorts

Lululemon Pace Breaker Lined Shorts

No matter the activity, the Lululemon Pace Breaker Lined Shorts (available in three different lengths) will keep Dad comfortable and dry. Plus, these shorts have a convenient zippered pocket for keys and other small must-haves.

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ten thousand full-length tight
Best Lifting Tights

Ten Thousand Lifting Tight

Durable and high-quality, the Ten Thousand Lifting Tight will be a staple in Dad’s wardrobe. These sweat-wicking bottoms can be worn by themselves without concern or under shorts for extra coverage. Plus, Dad will appreciate the convenient pockets for his phone and keys for a worry-free workout.

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reebok ubf backpack
Best Backpack

Hyperlite Daybreak 17L Backpack

This hiking backpack is incredibly lightweight, weighing less than a pound, and is useful for any occasion for Dad. With the front pocket doubling as a hydration sleeve, there are also laptop sleeves inside, making it great to hit the trails or the office.

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camo trucker hat
Best Hat

GORUCK Trucker Cap

For a cool hat Dad is sure to frequently reach for, give him a GORUCK Trucker Cap. This one-size-fits-most accessory features an adjustable snapback and camo colorway. Plus, you can feel good about your purchase––GORUCK donates 1% of all sales to military-based non-profits.

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Best Tech Fitness Gifts for Dad

Product photo of the Theragun Prime on a white background
Best Massage Gun

Theragun Prime

For the gift that keeps on giving (massages), pick up the Theragun Prime. Dad’s post-workout sore muscles will thank you. With a wide speed range and four included attachments, he’s sure to find a setting that will hit the spot.

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Whoop strap in black
Best Fitness Tracker

Whoop 4.0

There’s a reason the Whoop 4.0 is used by a bevy of high-profile athletes–– it’s one of the most in-depth fitness trackers on the market today. Dad will be able to easily monitor his sleep patterns, strain level, vitals, plus recovery for better workouts and rest with this wearable.

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tonal
Best Smart Home Gym

Tonal

Want to spoil Dad? Purchase the Tonal for a smart home gym that uses AI to customize workouts just for him. Plus, with up to 200 pounds of digital resistance, Dad is going to make some serious gains and you’re to thank (hello, favorite child status).

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Sonos One Smart Speaker
Best Speaker

Sonos One Smart Speaker

A sleek-looking speaker that delivers great sound? Music to Dad’s ears! Grab him the Sonos One Smart Speaker for a user-friendly experience he’s sure to reach for in his home gym.

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FLEX TIMER
Best Gym Timer

Flex Timer

Give Dad something handy to add to his garage gym––the Flex Timer. This lightweight timer can be mounted to the wall and controlled via a smartphone or Apple Watch. My favorite part? When the alarm goes off, the Flex Timer will shut off your music so you can hear the buzzer with ease.

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future app
Best Workout App

Future

After a long day of working or taking care of the kids, the last thing Dad wants to do is program his own workout. Solve this problem by getting him a subscription to the Future app! This virtual personal training service will help Dad crush his fitness goals with daily accountability.

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Best Supplement Gifts for Dad

transparent labs bulk black
Best Pre-Workout

Transparent Labs BULK Black

If your dad is no stranger to pre-workout, then he’ll love Transparent Labs BULK Black. An upgraded version of their BULK formula, it contains a higher caffeine and Infinergy content. And with transparent ingredients, he’ll never have to worry about what he’s putting in his body.

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Legion Whey
Best Protein

Legion Whey+

With over a dozen great-tasting flavors and natural ingredients, Dad is sure to enjoy Legion Whey+ protein powder. The sourced milk for this whey also comes from small dairy farms with sustainable farming practices, too. He can get strong, and be ethical about it.

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huge supplements huge BCAAs
Best BCAA

Huge Supplements Huge BCAA

Dad can get a big boost of branch-chain amino acids with every serving of Huge BCAA. Coming in four different flavors, this supplement mixes well and also has coconut water powder, which will help him rehydrate after a grueling workout.

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xwerks lift creatine
Best Creatine

XWERKS Lift

If your dad is looking for creatine to build muscles, he won’t go wrong with XWERKS Lift. Simply micronized creatine monohydrate, this flavorless creatine supplement is perfect to mix with any drink to help him in his quest to build muscle strength and size.

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Kaged Omega
Best Fish Oil

Kaged Muscle Omega-3

With a purification process that makes for a clearer fish oil, Kaged Muscle Omega-3 will help Dad keep his heart, head, and joints healthy—all without the fish burps. Filled with lots of EPA and DHA per serving, he’s sure to get plenty of good fats, too.

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onnit total human vitamins
Best Multivitamin

Onnit Total Human

This multivitamin pack is sure to help Dad get his essential vitamins and minerals throughout the day. Additionally, these 16 pills are split into day and night packs, prioritizing focus in the daytime and rest and recovery at night.

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Other Gift Ideas for Dad

We’ve tested thousands of pieces of gym equipment, apparel, and supplements; and we then listed out some of our favorites. If you’re still looking for the right gift for Dad, check out our best-in-class roundups below for more inspiration. 

What to Look for in Fitness Gifts for Dad

There are a few things to consider when looking for the right gift for Dad. If you’re stumped on what to get him, here’s some things to consider for your gift to your dad.

Interests

Make sure whatever you get your dad fits in with his interests, especially in the fitness world. If he likes to lift, it’d be best to start looking at barbells or the best squat racks. If more into running, then some running shoes might be a great pick. Whatever his interest is, focusing on his interests is a great way to narrow down your search.

Size

If you’re looking to get him some nice cross-training shoes or some apparel, then you’re going to need to know your dad’s sizing. And unless you’ve had extensive conversations about what size he wears, you might be guessing unless you can figure it out. This might be a good time to ask Mom…or you can be sneaky and take a peek in his closet.

Footprint

Whatever you get him, you need to make sure that your dad has room for your gift. If he has a home gym set up and plenty of room, then go ahead and get him that treadmill or exercise bike. If he doesn’t have the room for large machines, then it might be wise to consider smaller gifts like apparel, or compact exercise equipment.

Fitness Gifts for Dad: FAQs

Is Amazon the place to find the best Father’s Day gifts?

As much as we love Amazon, it isn’t the end all, be all when it comes to present-shopping for Dad. Plenty of these items can be ordered and received quickly via other sites—like directly from the manufacturer—so don’t let that hold you back.

What are your favorite resistance bands for an active dad?

I’m partial to the Rogue Monster bands. They can be used for a variety of accessory movements (in tandem with a barbell) and also for pull-up assistance.

My Dad is a cyclist–– what are some father’s day gift ideas for him?

For a cyclist, I’d take a look at some high-quality water bottles he can take on the road with him so he can stay in hydration mode. Some earbuds like the Powerbeats Pro or a Fitbit fitness tracker are other great options.

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