Something that we are always discussing with members is wardrobe. From sneakers to headbands, people are always curious to know what we like to wear and which attire is CrossFit friendly. This is especially becoming more prevalent in the summer months. Here is a list of things that I tell people to come in here with:
1. Wicking clothing– you want something that is lightweight and has some kind of synthetic material that will wick away sweat and dry quickly. Cotton is NOT one of those materials. That old tee that you got when you won the county football tournament in high school is going to stick to you like glue and stay wet all day long. Look for shirts that say “dri-fit” or “play dry” or really anything that says “wicking.”
2. Wrist wraps– not just for meat heads, folks. We are constantly loading our wrists in here, whether it be while doing thrusters (holding a bar in the front rack position) or handstand push ups. Wrapping your wrists for some of these movements will help give some extra support and prevent pain. Plus they are cheap, most of us have gotten from Amazon.
3. Lightweight, flat shoes– check out Reebok Nanos, Inov8s or New Balance Minimus. You want something with a flat sole that will give you a wide base of support for lifting and a flexible sole since you will be doing just about everything in them. Your typical running shoes with a thick sole makes movements like squats and Olympic lifts a lot less stable and pretty. You’ll need to run, jump, lift, etc. in these shoes so don’t buy a new pair of Nike Shocks just because you think they look cool.
4. A towel– it’s hot in here. Wipe yourself off.
5. Waterbottle– those dixie cups are not gunna be cutting it in 90 degree weather. Water is the most important element that you need to replenish in your body post workout. Buy a Nalgene and don’t stop drinking water. Ever.
6. Jump rope– not required, but if you need work on your double unders, you need to practice. And if you don’t show up to a class with double unders in time you just KNOW that other short girl is going to get to that 100″ rope first, so bring your own.
7. Spandex– As you know we do some crazy stuff in here, some of which requires you being inverted. Wear some kind of compression short so you don’t have to worry about your loose basketball or short running shorts revealing anything that you don’t want to be seen.
8. CrossFit on the Hill tee and/or tank– get them before they’re gone!
This is just a start. Don’t feel like you have to go out and buy a new wardrobe before you start; these are just suggestions. We want you to get the most out of your time here and I believe that adding some of these items to your gym bag will help.