Having joined a CrossFit gym two years ago, I’ve finally decided to share my CrossFit essentials kit list; what’s in my kit bag and why I need it for each class. The list has gradually grown over this time as my CrossFit kit has grown to match my new skill set. Obviously a water bottle, towel and trainers are essential but I thought it would be useful to build out the list below to show the other items I’ve been adding in for each element. CrossFit is generally made up of various movements falling into these three categories – gymnastics, weightlifting and metabolic conditioning.
Here’s what I’ve been adding to my bag for each area.
CrossFit Essential Items
The Basics for any CrossFit (or gym) Class
CrossFit MetCon shoes
So yes this is more of an investment but it does make a difference. Metcon shoes have less bounce than your usual running shoes and in a workout which can have you running between box jumps, wall balls and deadlifts in a (elevated!) heartbeat, you want an all round shoe. Having a more solid and flat base is key for enabling you to lift heavy weights in a deadlift, front squats etc. I have the Reeboks.
CrossFit Weightlifting Belt
Initially I just thought these were for the pros but I’ve actually found they make a huge difference in ensuring you have decent back support regardless of what you’re lifting. Go for a Velcro one if possible as these can obviously fit you regardless of how big your lunch was! I always seem in between holes for my buckled one
A bit of extra wrist support goes a long way to avoid over extension when lifting weights. These are also useful for gymnastics when working on the bar too with pull ups or (if you’re a real pro) muscle ups. Full lifting gloves will protect your hands further but sometimes those calluses can be a good thing! Oh and sorry ladies but if you’re a woman the colour options are generally limited to pink – wow! How very progressive. I managed to find these on the right which actually come in back too 🙂
Whether you’re working on the bar practicing knees to chest, toes to bar, kipping or butterfly pull ups…better get ready for some blisters! Building up calluses can help toughen up your hands but during a long work out like Murph (includes 100 pull ups!) having some tape will help get you through it.
You doing want to go swinging off the bar so strengthening your grip with these nifty little things is a good idea. Often its your grip which gives out before you arms to pack these in your bag and get them out whenever you have five minutes. Small enough to take anywhere you can even do them on the train on your commute.
If you want to get better, buy your own. Make sure its the right length for you and get practicing. Start with a really basic one as a beginner and work your way onto a speed rope. Personally, I use the BeastGear rope on the right here, I like the weight of this one and how easily it is to adjust it without having to actually cut it. As someone who’s only 5′ 2″ being able to shorten them is key and I’ve just never got on with with screw end ropes.