If you know a woman who competes in figure contests or bodybuilding contests, you might want to consider getting her a gift that complements her passion, when it comes to Christmas or her birthday.
I’m a certified personal trainer, but I don’t compete in figure, physique or bodybuilding contests. So I asked Juliet Deane, Elitefts staff member, Elitefts-sponsored figure athlete, personal trainer (NSCA) and co-owner of The Training Studio, NJ., to offer some suggestions for gift ideas for the bodybuilding or figure-competing woman.
Deane hits the nail on the head with her first suggestion: a 60-90 minute deep tissue massage. What an awesome gift this would be, and massage therapists usually provide gift certificates.
You might want to, in passing conversation, find out from the prospective recipient if she already sees a massage therapist. To avoid arousing her suspicion that you’re planning on getting her a gift certificate, inquire about massage therapy under the guise that you yourself would like a good deep tissue massage; can she recommend someone?
Deane also recommends a “personal shopper experience to fit body to complimentary clothes,” as well as a weekend at a health spa – the latter being a very big-ticket item, of course.
If you’re short on money, you can still get great gifts for a female figure competitor or bodybuilder. Deane suggests a reflexology foot massage. Another great gift item is a certificate for a manicure or pedicure; female figure competitors desperately need these, as their feet are exposed on stage, and usually develop calluses on their hands from lifting weights.
Another possibility that Deane suggests is the so-called beautiful journal (Google this to see selling sites).
And don’t forget stocking stuffers for the woman who competes in bodybuilding or figure contests. One gift option is an iTunes gift card. Speaking of gift cards, how about a gift card to a sporting goods store? Or an outdoor gear store? Maybe she likes to go to climbing gyms; climbing gyms offer punch-card passes.
A sure pleaser would be a gift certificate to her own health club’s supply shop, where she can choose clothes, supplements, protein powders or protein bars.
Deane also suggests “‘Quotable’ products like mugs and magnets for daily inspiration while still being totally cool with punchy graphic designs.”
You also won’t go wrong with a renewed subscription to whatever bodybuilding magazine she already subscribes to. Note what kinds of magazines are lying around her house.