A highly adaptable tool for an on-the-go individual. The most popular suspension trainer brand is the TRX, but I have found other brands to be worthy of use for half the cost. In particular KB Duo.
Suspension trainers are great because they are portable, light weight, yet you can use them in a tremendous amount of ways manipulating the bio-mechanics of your own body weight to get a great work out in anywhere you can find a secure anchor point. Perform pushups, pullups, deeper squats, more secure lunges, plyo-metrics, and core work. The variety will help to stave off boredom and allow you to progress.
Kettlebells are great for individuals trying to add more cardio, grip strength, and function to their strength training routine. Dumb-bells have their weight evenly distributed and are more often used for hypertrophy or bulking up muscles. Kettlebells with their spherical shape, smooth handles, and bottom heavy weight are more suited for cardio exercises such as figure 8's or the kettlebell swing. Also, the variety of ways in which you can grip the kettlebell makes for more grip strength workout, whereas you only have a few grips with a dumb-bell. Lastly, in real world situations weight is not evenly distributed when you are putting groceries in your bag or lifting something. A kettlebell with its uneven weight distribution allows one to mimic real-life situations more readily during their workout compared to the dumbbell.
Another great workout tool that has been used for centuries. You have a variety of different brands made from different materials. Made popular by CrossFit, Dynamax, makes a soft shell medicine ball that is tremendous for throws and working on rotational power. A little bit on the pricier side, but I have found Dynamax is the best brand out there. There are other soft-shell brands that work, but are not of the same quality in terms of that mix of soft yet firm. Some other medicine balls are rubber, they have grip to them, are better used to do push-ups on since the soft medicine balls sink, I have found these are good for bounce exercises as they return back to you rather than having to bend over a lot, and they are more affordable for large groups.
Fit-Bits and Garmins
All the rage these days are wearable devices to track activity. Today I just mention two different brands. The fit-bit and the garmin gps running/cycling watches. Fit-Bit is the one everyone probably recognizes as they were the brand that brought activity tracking to the masses. As a first mover they have been able to garner feed-back that benefits the consumer. With sleep tracking, calorie tracking, an app ecoystem, badges, and a social network Fit-Bit has turned activity into a game. Most other people have fit-bits and this only adds to the value of you having a fit-bit as you can join groups that have daily or monthly calorie goals. This adds camaraderie or competition, whichever is your cup of tea. The Fit-Bit also has many different models from the more affordable to the high fashion. It has become a cultural phenomenon.
The garmin is more for the geek in your family and is for someone who is logging many more miles running or cycling. It saves your maps, shows elevation profiles, gives you your distance and overall pace. Plug it in to Garmin Connect and you have your own personal data that you can use or have a coach take a look at. Garmin is always working on their software turning it into an online coach that gives you your training zones and even makes recommendations on how long to take as recovery now. Garmin forerunner for runners and garmin 501 for cyclist.
Fitness Classes and Personal Training Sessions
This time of year training studios and gyms are offering specials as they prepare for their busiest time of the year. Be on the look out for great deals on everything from fitness classes to personal trainers. There are trainers out there that can come to your house, meet you at a park, or at a gym. There are cycling studios, yoga studios, or gyms that combine both. A gift such as a month of Classpass where they can try out a bunch of different classes may be a good option. Or just buying a 10 session class pack to their favorite studio.
One of the newest up and coming things in the fitness industry is a fitness retreat. During a fitness retreat you travel to meet a group of strangers from around the World and the host may bring you on different running tours, cycling tours, or lead you through yoga. You can experience the World in a different way than just a vacation. You can be led by expert fitness instructors that also have tour guides and other amenities built in as well. Wake up, work out, have the day to yourself, maybe learn about some nutrition, and then work out again in the evening if you would like. Go on runs through mountains or practice Yoga over looking magnificent views. Some great websites to find out more include TripTribe and Rogue Running Expeditions.