health fitness specialist grad is here with a guest blog post to help.Valentine’s Day is nearing, and you may be searching for some last-minute gift ideas for the fitness buff in your life. Brandon LaBelle, a Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth
LaBelle, a 2011 grad, is a U.S. Navy sailor, personal trainer and blogger working full-time as a personal trainer in the Twin Cities. After 12 years of active duty, he returned to his native state to be closer to his daughter, Jasmine (17), and son, Ashton (13).
Through his travels and experiences Brandon came to believe that a majority of men were losing touch with their masculinity and the essence of what a “gentleman” is. This was the inspiration to create his website Imperfectly Distinguished, were men can embrace their imperfections in their most distinguished way, no matter their size or social stature.
The site is designed as a “how-to” for the average man, discussing everything from style to honing new “man skills”. He is passionate about writing, fitness, photography, music, film, and most of all, helping others. He spends his free time with friends and family and plans to do more traveling after his children graduate.
Need some last minute gift ideas for Valentine’s Day, ladies? With spring break and summer just around the corner, here are a few items that will surely help your guy get his rear-end in gear and reignite that fitness fire in his life.
- Gymboss Interval Timer – Gymboss is the perfect gift for someone who likes to get in a short intense workout. It is best paired with a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) style like Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, or Crossfit. Retailing at a low $20, it’s perfect for someone who is on a shoe-string budget. Shipping originates near the Twin Cities, so delivery will only take two days!
- INSANITY: The Asylum DVDs – Insanity is perfect for a person who cannot afford a personal trainer. These disks literally have hours and hours of workouts and you can do them in your living room. The best part is that you don’t have to buy any equipment. The series is over $100, but you could luck out by hitting up Craigslist or Amazon, and get a great deal from someone who hasn’t even taken the plastic wrap off yet.
- 500 Paleo Recipes by Dana Carpender – This is a recipe book that is going to help your guy eat “The Caveman Way”. No processed foods to mess with his wonderful body. The premise behind the diet is that If it can’t be grown in the ground, or is from an all-natural meat source, it does not go in the body. This book can be found at nearly any major bookstore for around $12 and is one of the highest rated Paleo recipe books around. Buy this book and help your guy get in touch with his inner caveman.
Any guy looking to get back on the workout train should be excited to receive any one of these gifts. That being said, the gifts won’t do the work for him, so he may need some help and additional motivation. Don’t be afraid to hitch a ride on the train with him–you’ll both be happy with the results!