Find something for every type of athlete on your list this year at these local gyms and sports shops.
Gift the fitness freak in your life a membership to a local gym! If they’re already addicted to fitness they’ll appreciate the ability to keep up their routine at a low cost, and if they’re newer to working out but have a New Year’s resolution on the radar you can help motivate them to achieve it! Some great local gyms to try include Orange Theory with personalized workouts for every customer based on their skill and ability, Fit Body Boot Camp with team workout classes full of comradery and energy, or powerlifting and full-body training at CrossFit 616.
Don’t want to lock them into a membership? Offer them a trial run! Several local gyms offer punchcard options which are a great way to test out a new fitness class and see if you like it.
Punchcards to consider include Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse(10-pack for hot yoga classes), FLEXcity Fitness (10-pack or 20-pack for hit cardio classes), Higher Ground Climbing Wall (punchcard for 10 climbs), and Beer City Barre (5 class pack and 10 class pack).
Send them to the slopes with a gift card for skiing, snowboarding or downhill tubing at Cannonsburg (season passes and punch passes available). You can also update their ski equipment and keep them warm with new snow gear from Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus.
Several local ice rinks, including Patterson Ice Center, offer open skate times several days each week. If someone on your list loves to be on the ice, gift them some rink time so they can practice their figure skating or their stick-and-puck skills. Or buy them a pair of ice skates from one of the local sports shops in town and send them out to Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink.
Gazelle Sports will have everything you need for the runner in your life, and Dunham’s Sports has all the sports clothing and team gear you could want. If you have a fashionable fitness friend on your list, check out great athleisure attire at Lole and Athleta.
Get everything you need for the biker in your life from tires, seats, helmets, eyewear, and more at Grand Rapids Bicycle Co. Are they a seasonal biker? Make year-round biking a possibility for them by gifting them a fat tire bike for mountain biking trails and snowy sidewalks at Central District Cyclery.
Give a gift that keeps on giving with something they can use over and over again to explore the great outdoors. Find kayaks at KL Outdoor, snowshoes and camping gear at Moosejaw, or put a shiny bow on a brand new ATV from Impact Power Sports.
*Main photo courtesy of Orange Theory Fitness. All other photos courtesy of individual organizations mentioned in captions.