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When you first start Crossfit, the sheer amount of gear can be overwhelming. Which shoes should you wear? What kind of clothes? What type of equipment do you need?
Tips For Picking Crossfit Gear
Don’t worry. We’re here to help. Here are 10 tips for picking out Crossfit gear to look and feel your best in the gym.
1. Find a good pair of shoes
This is probably the most crucial piece of gear you will need. Crossfit shoes should be comfortable and support your feet and ankles. Look for a sports shoe with good traction to prevent slipping and a wide toe box to allow your toes to move freely.
2. Invest in a quality jump rope
A good jump rope can make a big difference in your workout. Look for a comfortable rope to hold that doesn’t get tangled easily. You may also want to get a speed rope if you plan on doing a lot of double unders or other speed work.
3. Get a gym bag that fits all your gear
You don’t want to be lugging around a giant duffel bag to and from the gym. A good gym bag will have enough room for your shoes, clothes, towel, water bottle, and any other gear you may need.
4. Wear comfortable clothes
You’re probably sweating a lot during your workout, so make sure you wear comfortable and breathable clothes. Avoid cotton shirts as they get soaked with sweat and become heavy and uncomfortable. Look for performance fabrics that wick away moisture and help keep you cool.
5. Invest in a quality weightlifting belt
If you plan to do some heavy lifting, a weightlifting belt can help support your back and prevent injury. Look for a belt made of sturdy material and has a good fit.
6. Get a jump mat
If you plan on doing much jump work, a jump mat can help protect your knees and ankles from the impact. Jump mats are also great for burpees and other floor-based exercises.
7. Get some grips
Grips can help improve your grip on the barbell during lifts like the deadlift, snatch, and clean and jerk. They can also help prevent your hands from getting calluses and blisters. Look for grips that are comfortable to wear and easy to put on and take off.
8. Use lifting chalk
Lifting chalk can help improve your grip on the barbell or dumbbells, especially when your hands are sweaty. Chalk can also help prevent the bar from slipping out of your hands during lifts like the deadlift and snatch.
9. Wear a headband or sweatband
If you manage to sweat a lot, a headband or sweatband can help keep the sweat out of your eyes. They can also help keep your hair out of your face during workouts.
10. Get a good pair of socks
You will be doing a lot of jumping and running in Crossfit, so make sure you have a quality pair of socks that will protect your feet and prevent blisters. Look for socks that are soft and breathable with a good fit.
There you have it! Ten tips for picking out Crossfit gear. Now get out there and start working out!
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