So you’ve taken a few classes with us and you’ve probably noticed other members showing up with gym bags full of equipment. You see them putting on wrist wraps, using grips when there are pull-ups, taping their thumbs before barbell work, etc..
Now the truth is that part of the beauty of CrossFit is that it can be done with minimal equipment as opposed to other sports or activities. If you have a t-shirt, shorts, and running shoes, you can take a class and have a great workout.
That being said, there is no shortage of CrossFit gear to be found online and getting the right equipment can help you to perform better in your WODs.
So what gear should you get? Keep reading for our recommendations…
When should you buy them? As soon as possible.
Investing in a pair of good CrossFit shoes is a must. We perform a large variety of movements in our workouts, from olympic weightlifting to distance running, and you want to have shoes designed to specifically support those movements. CrossFit shoes tend to have flatter, stiffer soles to help with weightlifting, are lighter, and more durable to take the abuse you’re going to give them in your workouts.
Here are our recommendations:
The Reebok Nano was the original CrossFit shoe and a favorite of ours. Available in a variety of colors, they are a solid choice for both new and experienced athletes. BUY THEM HERE
Nike entered the CrossFit game in 2015 with the Nike Metcon. A great all around shoe with lots of color and style options. BUY THEM HERE
When should you buy it? As soon as possible.
Double unders are, without a doubt, one of the trickiest things to learn when you first start CrossFit. We have ropes available for members to borrow, but having your own jump rope with a length set for your exact height will save you a ton of frustration.
Choosing the right rope really depends on what level you’re starting at, so here are our recommendations:
RX Smart Gear – A great rope for beginners that comes is a ton of colors and styles. Cable comes at a set length that you choose when you order, so it can’t be adjusted afterwards. They also offer different cable weights to allow you to “feel” the rope more when you’re first starting out. BUY IT HERE
Rogue Fitness SR1 – A great beginner/intermediate jump rope that is half the price of the other ropes on this list. But don’t let the price fool you… this rope has been used by some of the best CrossFitters in the world. It offers longer handles to help you spin the rope faster with less effort and an adjustable cable so you can fine-tune your length. BUY IT HERE
RPM Training – A lightning fast jump rope for the more advanced athlete, the RPM Session 4.0 is one of the fastest jump ropes on the market. BUY IT HERE
When should you buy it? When you start learning kipping pull-ups and toes to bar.
Grips are not mandatory and there are still some people who prefer to do bar work barehanded. But the majority of athletes, from other gym members to games level athletes, prefer to wear grips.
Swinging from a pull-up bar creates friction between the bar and your hand. Given enough repetition, this will cause your hands to tear. And while torn hands are kind of a CrossFit rite of passage, nobody likes them.
There are several brands of grips out there, but we swear by Victory Grips. They last longer and give you a more “locked in” feeling on the bar than any other grip we’ve tried in the past. There are several styles and materials available, but we recommend the 3-finger tactical grips to start. BUY THEM HERE
Just make sure to pay attention to the sizing chart when ordering. If you have questions or need advice on what size to get, ask one of your coaches.
When should you buy them? When you want to.
Up until this point, the gear we’ve mentioned is somewhat required if you really want to improve your performance on WODs. Wrist wraps aren’t necessary and many athletes never wear them.
The athletes that do wear them like the extra support they provide during lifts or other movements that put extra strain on their wrists or just as padding under their gymnastic grips.
But at just under $25, wrist wraps are a small investment. We love the cloth wraps available from Rogue Fitness. Their design makes them easy to put on and take off, as well as to adjust them during your workout. BUY THEM HERE
Other items to consider…
After you’ve purchased your shoes, grips, jump rope, and wrist wraps, are there any other pieces of gear you’ll need? The answer is yes and no.
The 4 items we’ve talked about so far are kind of a “Beginner’s Kit” to help get you started. But as you progress you may find that there are other things that you need or want. Honestly, some people just come down with a case of “Gear Acquisition Disorder”.
Like we said at the beginning of this post, one of the great things about CrossFit is your ability to get an amazing workout with minimal equipment. But that being said, if you were to dump out our coach’s personal gym bags, here are some of the other items you might find:
We hope you find this equipment guide useful as you start your CrossFit journey! If you have any questions or need advice on what to buy or what size you need for any of these items, please let us know!!