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Perfect Father's Day Fitness Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Work Out

Your dad will find these gifts useful on rest days and while breaking a sweat.

Giselle Castro-Sloboda Fitness and Nutrition Writer
I'm a Fitness & Nutrition writer for CNET who enjoys reviewing the latest fitness gadgets, testing out activewear and sneakers, as well as debunking wellness myths. On my spare time I enjoy cooking new recipes, going for a scenic run, hitting the weight room, or binge-watching many TV shows at once. I am a former personal trainer and still enjoy learning and brushing up on my training knowledge from time to time. I've had my wellness and lifestyle content published in various online publications such as: Women's Health, Shape, Healthline, Popsugar and more.
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If your dad -- or any father figure in your life -- values staying fit or self-care, you can't go wrong with a fitness or wellness gift this Father's Day. There are plenty of options to choose from, whether he likes to go on solo runs, is into the latest wellness trends like cold plunging or even indulges in sweets from time to time. Dad deserves some TLC on his special day as well, so why not give him a gift that can add to his health?

These are some of our top picks that we think just about any dad can appreciate. 


If your dad is into keeping track of his steps and health and is overdue for a new Apple Watch, he'll be impressed by the latest Apple Watch Series 9. This upgraded version has new features such as emergency SOS and fall detection for safety purposes, temperature sensing, a larger display, and Siri can even answer health-related questions. Another fun function is that you can navigate your Apple watch with a simple double tap of your thumb and index finger together. 

Battery Life Rated up to 6 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (ANC)Multipoint NoHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX4 -- splash-proof)

You can't go wrong with gifting a pair of wireless earbuds. If your dad enjoys running, the Beats Fit Pro True Wireless earbuds are a solid pick and a CNET favorite. He'll be able to train for a race or enjoy the open road with his favorite tunes in his ear. These noise-canceling earbuds are stylish, and lightweight and include Apple's H1 chip (since Apple owns Beats). 

Ice Shaker

If your dad is focused on achieving his daily protein goals, protein shakes make it easy to hit those numbers. One of CNET's favorite protein shakers is the Ice shaker, which doubles as a protein shaker and water bottle. The shaker has a twist-off netted mixer on the bottom of the cover and serves as a mixing tool or infuser. This also makes it quieter than some shakers that require a metal shaker ball to dissolve the protein powder.

Weight Range 5 to 52.5 lbsSize 16.9" L x 8.3" W x 9" H (43 x 21.2 x 22.8 cm)Warranty 2 yearsStorage Base Included Yes

Having a pair of adjustable dumbbells at home makes it easy to get a quick workout in without stepping foot inside a gym. CNET's top pick is the BowFlex Select Tech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells because of their sturdy design and easy-to-adjust dial. These dumbbells replace 15 sets of weights, with weights ranging from 5 to 52.5 pounds. Because these weights take up minimal space, your dad can keep them stored seamlessly in just about any room.

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There's always one dad keeping up with the trends, and cold plunging is all the rage right now. Ice plunging is useful for recovery after a tough workout. If Dad's dedicated to cold plunging, he may want to have his own tub at home. The Ice Pod can hold 84 gallons of water and can fit people as tall as 6 feet and 5 inches. It has a 250-pound maximum capacity and is small enough that you can set it up in the backyard. It's also well-insulated and can stay cold for up to 24 hours. You have the choice between the standard (ideal for beginners) and pro Ice Pod, which has some slight differences in insulation and height and weight capacity. 


Vivobarefoot makes shoes that are great for bodyweight enthusiasts and those who practice calisthenics. CNET liked the Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III as a weightlifting shoe because of its minimalist sole. Its latest shoe, the Motus Flex, has the same minimalist and lightweight feel but also has a flexible outsole. According to Vivobarefoot, it's the company's most barefoot-feeling performance shoe and is designed for those who enjoy working out using their own body weight or doing calisthenics. If your dad has been using his own body weight to exercise, he may find these shoes helpful. 


Lululemon has stylish clothes that are appropriate for all types of workouts, including golfing. The ShowZero Polo is the latest fabric innovation by Lululemon and is designed to conceal sweat by combining sweat-wicking materials. The breathable fabric is appropriate as a casual polo that can be worn for everyday wear or on the golf course. If your dad is a golfer, he'll appreciate a polo that keeps him dry after spending the whole day on the golf course.


Chocolate can be part of a well-balanced diet, and you can't go wrong with a gift box full of them if your dad has a sweet tooth. Hu is a popular organic chocolate brand that keeps its chocolate simple, free of sugar alcohols and other additives, but maintains that satisfying sweet taste. The Hu Milk and Dark Chocolate Gift Box offers selections of both types of chocolate bars if you can't figure out which your dad prefers. I've had both types of Hu chocolate bars and can vouch that your dad will have a hard time picking a favorite. He'll enjoy these if he's health conscious and cares about the ingredients in his food, but doesn't want to sacrifice the sweetness and flavors when that chocolate craving hits.  


There's nothing like a case of delayed onset muscle soreness that can make it difficult to go up and down the stairs. If your dad values his recovery as much as the work he puts in at the gym, he'll appreciate the Normatec Elite air compression boots. The latest iteration of the popular Normatec air compression boots now comes free of the hoses and attachments. It also has an extended 4-hour battery life, so your sore legs can enjoy a wireless massage anywhere without feeling restricted.

The Entire Gym is an excellent gift for Dad if you're part of a family that works out together. It comes in a wheeled case with the footprint of a suitcase. You'll find dumbbells, a straight bar, a workout mat, five mini cones, a jump rope, multiple tension resistance bands and more. It includes a Bluetooth speaker and a phone (or tablet) holder so you can jam out as you follow along with your favorite workouts.

The two 3-pound dumbbells are secured by the long bar, while the eight 5-pound weights lock in place with twist knobs for hassle-free transport. This makes workouts a breeze in the park, in the yard or even while camping.

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