Being relatively new to Crossfit and hating to be underprepared, it wasn’t long before I started splashing the cash on some new ‘box bag’ essentials.
Some things can be bought pretty cheaply and others are 100% worth saving for…
So, I thought it would be a good idea to provide any budding Crossfitters who may read my blog, with a list of items you will need (and some you will simply lust after)
A speed rope – when I first started I had a normal cheap ‘skipping’ rope I picked up at a local store but it wasn’t until I purchased a decent speed rope that I really saw my double unders improve. You don’t have to spend a fortune on one either, I picked mine up from Amazon for less than £5.
Top Tip: Never leave it at the gym!
Wrist wraps – from the moment overhead lifts were programmed during my classes I used wrist wraps. At first I felt silly as I wasn’t necessarily lifting a massive amount of weight but if you have weak wrists like me (and a lot of other female crossfitters I know) I would highly recommend getting a pair… and again you can pick these up really cheaply on Amazon.
Training shoes – Reebok Nano’s are the dream but again if you can’t afford them (there is a theme here) or you are waiting to see whether you want to make Crossfit a regular thing you can pick up some decent trainers for a decent price. I have the Adidas Adipure which I would highly recommend, they are really lightweight and can be worn during a variety of exercises/workouts. I wouldn’t suggest using your running or regular trainers for your workouts as they have extra cushioning which can affect your balance and in turn mess up your knees. I use mine in all my Crossfit workouts but if you get obsessed with Crossfit (like I am becoming) you might want to buy my next item…
Oly lifting shoes – Since starting this blog post – (it’s been sat on my desktop waiting to be completed for a while now – I can be very lazy) – I went and purchased my very first pair of lifters. They will give you better stability during lifts and make you look badass (or possibly all the gear no idea), plus these ones were actually on sale so who could refuse.
If you haven’t got these or are unsure about spending the money you can use an old (or new) pair of Chucks. These are ideal as they have a thin, hard, flat sole helping you stay on your heels during the lift as well as being well balanced. They are also great for box jumps, wall balls etc, the only thing you wouldn’t wear them for is those pesky long runs that are sometimes programmed to keep us on our toes.
Foam roller – To be honest I did have this before but never realised it’s importance. When you are training hard almost every day it’s imperative to take the time to stretch and work on mobility; whether it be static, dynamic or myofacial, we must treat it as part of the workout. Most decent gyms will have these for you to use but I like to multitask and do my stretches sat in front of the TV.
A PB Card or journal – We have these at the gym which are perfect for keeping up to date with PBs or workout times. Remember: it’s you vs you – you are the competition!!!!
My final few needs wants are definitely for the girls –
Bootay shorts (and a bit of my idol Julie Foucher) – Give it a few months and you will take any opportunity to get that ass out – Just be careful who is stood behind you!
Headband – This is a no brainer, I hate seeing girls working out with their hair down (I mean COME ON!!) or with their fringe in their eyes. Focus on the lifting – not what your hair looks like!
Ring Cozy – This is my personal favourite and I would be lost without it. If you have a special ring on a certain finger you will definitely be getting fed up with taking it off and on, not to mention the sore dry skin this can cause. With a ring cozy you can leave your ring on, cover it up and even have a little peak now and again – just in case you forget what it looks like!
…and there you have it!
Now I know there are definitely things I’ve missed off, so please comment and let me know, What are your Crossfit / workout essentials?