What to bring to WOD
Published October 22, 2017
I am asked often by members, what to bring to the gym. Once you realize that your workouts are truly a part of your life, it is definitely wise to invest in some items that can help your performance, provide comfort or just allow you to keep as much of your own DNA on your own stuff as possible. ;-)
Below is my own "go-to" list for my gym bag. I've added links for ease of use. Most of these items can be found on Rogue or Amazon.
1. Jump Rope. I prefer RXSmartgear or RPM ropes for custom fitted ropes. RX will make your rope to your own measurements, RPM ropes are custom fitted/cut after purchase. We can do it for you at CFW. http://www.rxsmartgear.com/ or http://rpmtraining.com/
2. Hand protection. Whether you Victory wraps or Wod-n-Dones, the idea of hand protection is important. It allows you to perform without focusing on your hands and cuts down on the possibility of tears. https://www.victorygrips.com/
3. Sports tape. I am not a huge fan of taping. I only do it when I am snatching, but many like to tape their digits and wrists for security. You can buy Goat tape or even regular 3m surgical tape. A roll should last awhile! https://www.amazon.com/Goat-Tape-Athletic-Weightlifting-Crossfit/dp/B0176LP1LS/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1508704306&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=goat+tape&psc=1
4. Knee sleeves. Even if you don't have knee issues, knee sleeves are great for walking lunges, high repetitions of burpees and turkish get-ups. They also are great rash guards for rope climbs if worn loosely around the ankle. Coach Nicky and even use them on our arms when we do Zercher holds or walks. I recommend Rehband or Exosleeve. https://www.rehband.com/ or https://www.exosleeve.com/
5. Lifters. These are an investment. I personally only wear lifters when I snatch or C&J. Some like to wear them for back squat and dead lifts, but I generally only rely on them for the more dynamic of movements. These will provide needed stability. http://www.reebok.com/us/search?q=lifters or https://www.roguefitness.com/nike-romaleos-3-weightlifting-shoe-soar-bright-crimson-white?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6eTxlIqF1wIVwoZpCh2FMAL9EAAYASAAEgIM8fD_BwE
6. Low profile sneakers such as NoBulls, Nanos or Metcons. These shoes are specifically designed for CrossFit. They slightly mimic the profile of the lifters allowing you stability in lighter dynamic moves but also allow the flexibility to run, jump, burpee, lunge and land with support and without the limitations of a running shoe. https://www.nobullproject.com/ or https://www.roguefitness.com/shoes/training-shoes/nike?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuoWir4qF1wIVBGSGCh1srgLtEAAYBCAAEgKHz_D_BwE or https://www.roguefitness.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=nanos
7. Extra clothing. I know this is going to sound strange. But getting back into my car in wet shorts or pants can be uncomfortable. I bring an extra change of clothes so that I am at least dry for the ride home and I don't stink up my car.
8. A water bottle and a pre-measured shaker bottle with protein. So that is two different bottles. But it works for me. I put my aminos in my water for intraworkout and then grab my pre-measured shaker bottle and fill it up after workout. This saves me from needing to schlepp around an entire bag of protein.
9. Long socks. Don't miss out on rope climbs because you didn't read the blog the night before and showed up in shorts and little socks. Keep a pair of tall socks in your bag. There are some fun websites that make socks that will protect your shins. https://thesoxbox.com/
First aid kit
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