A former professional MMA fighter who turned a career-ending hand injury into a career-starting venture as a gym owner, Gabriel Varona, aka Stunna, never slows down. He’s up before dawn to lead his first workout class at Stunna’s Fit in South Miami at 5 a.m. Afterward, he gulps down a colada and keeps training and leading all day. Outside the gym, Varona founded a charity called Shoes for Streets that collects gently worn sneakers and donates them to the homeless and others in need. Their most recent batches have gone to hurricane victims in San Juan, Houston and Key West.
Stunna shares his seven must-have holiday gifts for fitness buffs. Click here to see all of our experts’ suggestions.
1. Membership to Stunna’s Fit
“A Stunna’s Fit membership gives you the inspiration you need to push yourself to do better for your body.”
From $20 a class. Stunna’s Fit, 5850 Commerce Lane, South Miami; 786-728-6737; stunnasfit.com.
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2. Bose Wireless Headphones
“The Bose Sport Pulse Wireless Headphones are comfortable, sweat-proof, have great sound and, most importantly, stay in my ears when I run and shadow-box.”
$200. Best Buy at Dadeland, 8450 South Dixie Highway, Miami; 305-662-7073; bestbuy.com.
3. No Bull Trainers
“The couple that trains together stays together. My wife and I like No Bull trainers. They’re versatile, durable, breathable and cool.”
From $160. nobullproject.com.
4. Buffalo Jackson Bag
“My Buffalo Jackson bag represents me: practical and rugged. This one can easily go from the gym to a weekend expedition.”
5. Title Boxing Gloves
“Boxing is not just about getting into the best physical shape of your life, it’s about confidence and self-defense. These Title Distressed Glory training gloves are snug, secure and have protective inner foam that make them good for sparring at all levels.”
6. S-Works Venge ViAS Bicycle
“When I’m not boxing I’m training for my next triathlon. I love the S-Works Venge ViAS for the everyday group cyclist: versatile and light with disc brakes for all weather and elevations.”
$11,500. Mack Cycle & Fitness, 5995 Sunset Drive, Miami; 305-661-8363; mackcycleandfitness.com.
7. Apple Nike+ Watch
“With the Apple Nike+ watch, I can stream music, track my training with my apps, and it’s water-resistant. Perfect training buddy.”
$399. Apple at Brickell City Centre, 701 South Miami Avenue, Miami; 786-842-4350; apple.com.