Just like any specialized sport, the gear or equipment you choose can help you become better.
For instance, you will never see a professional golfer take a set of clubs off the rack and take them out on the golf course to play in a tournament.
Professional golfers spend hours tinkering with their golf clubs to ensure the clubs they use fit their playing style.
CrossFitters are no different.
If you’ve ever watched the CrossFit Games, you probably noticed most of the athletes are dressed the same, in that, they wear a specific kind of shoe, and the shirts and shorts they don are very similar.
There’s a good reason for this.
Let’s take some time to go over the gear you need to pay attention to if you want to excel.
We’ve talked on this blog before about the different movements CrossFit athletes must endure during the course of a workout. Therefore, the shoes they wear need to accommodate.
Running shoes aren’t ideal because we do more than run, and weightlifting shoes don’t provide the versatility needed for other movements.
That’s why there are shoes designed specifically for CrossFit. They provide the support needed during weightlifting, while being flexible enough to give the athlete room to maneuver during box jumps.
While they are not cheap, they provide support during a workout, so getting the proper CrossFit shoe is vital.
We do a lot of work on the rig at Grand Trunk, which means your hands are going to take a beating over the course of your time with us.
If you are not protecting them properly, you’re going to learn quickly how much pain you can endure in the form of nasty callouses.
Wrist wraps are valuable because they help to protect your wrist when doing chest-to-bars and pull-ups, while also protecting the palms of your hand to avoid callous build-up.
Injuring your wrists or hands will limit your ability to push yourself during your workouts, so investing some money in wrist wraps will go a long way in staying fit.
Shirts and shorts
CrossFit will make you sweat. A lot. So you need a get-up that provides ample breathability and is designed to let your body jump and bend without being prohibitive.
You also want something that will wick away sweat during the workout so you don’t have to worry about moisture building up.
There isn’t a specific kind of clothing designed for CrossFit, but if you follow this guidance, you’ll find something that will let you get the most out of your workout.
Like we said, there’s a lot of sweat involved in a WOD. A headband, whether you are a man or a woman, will come in handy so you don’t have to worry about sweat dripping in your eyes.
There’s nothing worse than sweat dripping down into your eyes while you try to set your persona best on the power clean (except maybe callouses, but we’ll assume you’ve purchases your wrist wraps already if you’re going for a personal best).
If you are new to CrossFit, we don’t suggest running out and spending your hard-earned cash on top-of-the-line CrossFit gear.
Like anything, you won’t truly know what you need until you have given CrossFit a fair shake.
But down the road you’ll need to invest in some gear if you want to get the most out of your workouts, so this guide should help you get started.
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Each month, we will profile a Grand Trunk CrossFit member who has seen incredible results since joining our “box”.
It is our hope, that by showing you what can be accomplished through regular workouts and a commitment to fitness, you will be encouraged to take the leap and come in for a workout.
This month’s spotlight is on Bridget McRell, a Grand Trunk member since 2017.
When did you join Grand Trunk, and why?
Bridget: As a Type 1 diabetic who was worn out of chain gyms and solo workouts, I was trying to find a fitness option that would hold my interest and help me manage my health.
What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit?
The variation of the WODs keeps you mentally and physically engaged and the environment at GTCF, the encouragement from the coaches and members, it’s an awesome feeling to be part of such a great group of people.
What is your favorite movement?
Back squat or chest press.
What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of?
As I round out my first year of being here, I am proud of each progression, whether it is moving from box steps to box jumps, being able to do a handstand hold (finally), all those positive steps, big or small, motivate me to see what else I am capable of.
What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish?
Getting my kipping pull up / C2B; I am seeing progression and am hoping to knock this one out.
What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?
Don’t underestimate yourself; it all seems big and scary coming in but the beauty of it is that everything is scalable; and before you know it you are doing things you never thought possible.
How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym?
CrossFit is teaching me to carve time out for myself. Amazingly, the house isn’t going to fall down if I go to the gym after work instead of going home; and a little less “mom-guilt” goes a long way.
What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?
That even as a late forty-something, my dream job would be a cowboy: horses, dogs, being outside, what’s not to love?
If you could create your own WOD, what would it be?
Back squat or chest press, followed by:
7 squat cleans
9 push ups
11 wall balls
7 C2B pull-ups
Fill in the blank: I CrossFIt (because/so I can): I want to live a long and healthy life that is not defined by my medical challenges but is enhanced by the combination of CrossFit and my stubborn attitude.
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