The Midlife Male Holiday Gift Guide

Updated: Nov 27, 2019

Health & Fitness:

First, nothing beats the gift of health & fitness! Looking to get fit or add something new to your routine...Look no further.

The Trainers: If you're in Houston book sessions with Dose @dose_9 or Taj Khan @tajkhan9 at 9 Innovations. They're working their magic in a nondescript warehouse off 59 & Chimney Rock. The secret is getting out on these guys and you're just as likely to be training alongside Harden, Capella, Cushing or Andre Johnson as some of Houston's top exec's and entrepreneurs. BONUS: Dr. Tony Tran is set up in the back to fix any aches, pains and injuries you may be dealing with.

The Champ: Also in Houston, Former Heavyweight Champ Lou Savarese recently opened Savarese Fight Fit in West U. Boxing is an incredible workout and the classes are a fun and challenging way to sweat out some aggression. The 30 min one-on-one Focus Pad sessions with any of their kick ass trainers (most are pro fighters) are my favorite. Download their app and use promo code MidlifeMale30 for 30% off!

The Movement: Mekanix is Houston's first Calisthenics gym. Focused on calisthenics, a time-tested form of body weight training that provides superior strength, mobility and flexibility training. Calisthenics provides a powerful pathway to exploring your body’s physical (and mental) capabilities and a lifetime of physical fitness. They also have an amazing Performance Breathing class as well as Fire & Ice classes which consist of alternating Ice Bath and Hot Sauna (Trust me on this one...You'll get hooked)

Ok...So you can't make it to any of these places....OR, you'd rather workout on your own or at home...Here are two of my favorites to help rid the DadBod!

Project Dadbod: Sean Garner's amazing DadBod transformation program. Project DadBod is designed to help you become the person you were meant to be, so that you can be the Dad they need you to be.

Dr. John Rusin Foundations Program: $99 and worth every penny. If you’ve fallen off the wagon, don’t worry. You’re in good company. EVERYONE has setbacks that jeopardize their health and fitness. It could be long work-hours at a new high-stress job. Or maybe raising kids. Or an old injury flaring up. Oftentimes, it’s a combination of those factors stacked on top of one another…and we get buried underneath and lose all our progress. It’s not fun…but it’s not a death wish either. Over the past 10+ years, I’ve worked with everyone from desk jockey’s to Olympians, and I can tell you this: At some point in their lives, they need a “reset”. A reset that will get them back in the gym and back to moving consistently without pain. That’s when they call me.

Fashion & Style:

As you get fitter & healthier you're gonna want to take your style game up a notch...

WOLACO: For the best compression shorts and compression pants, check out WOLACO! I don't have a promo code myself but for 15% off, use my homie Eric Hinman's (@erichinman) Promo Code: erichinman

DSTLD T-Shirts: I love these shirts. I can't stand those t shirts with the thick heavy band collar and these are soft, modern and have a relaxed, narrow collar that fits so much better. Depending on how tall you are they may be a little long. I always get mine shortened a bit...

Helm Boots: This Austin company makes boots that are timeless and versatile. My favorite is The Pablo. I practically live in mine. You know they're cool when you get stopped walking along Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach, CA and guys ask you about what boots you're wearing. "We made the boots we wanted to wear. Boots built for the boardroom that work well on the weekend".

Bald guys love hats and I wear my Alex Mill Cashmere Beanie's all the time - Never has being bald felt so good. I got mine at Stag Provisions but you can also pick them up here

Yeah, they're a hundred bucks but you'll thank me.

RHONE: Rhone is premium activewear engineered for men. Our mission is to inspire each other to dare and achieve in the pursuit of progress, performance, and wellness. It doesn’t matter if your busy life requires long hours at the office, international business trips, climbing the highest mountains or surfing the best waves around the world. Rhone is premium men’s athletic apparel and gear for every active lifestyle. Looking for the best gym clothes for men? Look no further. Rhone is perfect for the gym, yoga, cross-training, biking or any other sweaty activity.

Randolph Engineering Sunglasses: Randolph builds eye wear for anyone who expects better. For the individualists, the singular, the uncommon. For those with a spirit that’s hard to define and a story that needs to be told.

SAXX Underwear: Give your nuts a hug! Guy's treat yo self! Underwear reinvented with the BallPark Pouch™. Best underwear I've ever owned. Almost don't want to take them off...Except for when, well you know.....

Greats Brand Sneakers: My everyday sneaker. Simple, clean, affordable...Can wear 'em with a suit, jeans, sweat pants...Doesn't matter, they always look great. I always get asked about these when I'm wearing them...Don't bother with the Common Projects, go Greats instead

Recovery & Self Care:

We ain't gettin' any younger...So we gotta take care of our bodies, skin and mind...

Ursa Major Face Wipes: Revitalize Your Skin. The entire line of products is great but these award-winning, individually-wrapped bamboo face wipes are the ultimate skin care multi-taskers. I use them after every workout and even in my office. They're infused with a generous dose of 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic formula, they clean, exfoliate, soothe and hydrate - leaving your skin feeling refreshed, firm and alive.

Hyperice: If you've been reading my blog and following me on Instagram then you know how much I love and use my Hyperice products. The hypersphere, vyper and my favorite The Hypervolt. It's literally changed my life. I'm constantly drilling that thing into sore muscles and it reduces soreness, lactic acid buildup and helps me to move well, reduce soreness and get back to work. BONUS: Women ask about it even more than men and with 5 different attachments and long lasting battery life, this thing may help you out in other ways....

Normatec: The NormaTec Pulse Recovery System helps you recover faster between workouts by reducing muscle soreness and improving circulation. Your personal, on-call, massage therapist. I'm in these boots 3-5x per week. Even my kids use them after school, baseball, basketball and lacrosse practice. A little pricey but compared to what I was spending on massages, cryo, etc. these have been a great investment.

Symbio CBD Oil: I've been using CBD oil for the past year and this is the best I've found. Private label from my man Dr. Tony Tran I use it nightly. Relieve chronic pain and inflammation. Improve quality of sleep, and treat sleep disorders. Reduce stress, anxiety, and increase mental acuity. Promote antioxidant protection & digestive health.

Vital Proteins: My wife turned me on to this and now I use it in my coffee every morning. We got on the subscription program so it's the gift that keeps on giving. Provides collagen based products – like coconut creamer and more! Check some out today!

Athletic Greens: Along with Vital Proteins, Athletic Greens is part of my morning routine. Just dump a packet into water and boom! All the greens you need....75 vitamins, minerals and whole food sourced ingredients. When we say you’d be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive supplement, we mean it. It’s the Ultimate Daily All-In-One.

And Because we really should be reading....

Becoming Ageless: I'm a big fan of Strauss Zelnick and follow #TheProgramNYC online and really enjoyed this book. Four secrets to looking and feeling younger than ever. Becoming Ageless presents a three-month, detailed diet and exercise plan to create a leaner, more muscular and happier you. Developed by business mogul and fitness buff Strauss Zelnick--founder of the private equity firm Zelnick Media Capital and president and CEO of Take-Two Interactive, the company behind blockbuster video games such as Grand Theft Auto and NBA2K-- the strategies contained in Becoming Ageless are the same tactics that allowed Zelnick to evolve from a skinny, out-of-shape business executive (a workaholic wunderkind who headed the film studio 20th Century Fox in his early 30s) to one of the world's fittest and most physically active executives who reached his best-ever shape in his late 50s! "If you believe my fitness buddies," Zelnick writes, "I have a body that's aging in reverse...And Becoming Ageless is filled with the amazing tips and unique principles you'd find if you trained with me."

Texture: I love magazines and Texture is the Spotify of magazines. My subscription to Texture saves me a lot of $ and I read all my favorite magazines on my ipad. The Texture app is the only digital reading experience that gives you an all-access pass to the world’s best magazines. Texture plans offer unlimited access to an expansive catalog of magazines—including back issues—for one low monthly price.

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