Welcome to Tuesday. I am sorry I wasn’t there on Sunday (6 Flags I was exhausted by the time I got back home) and yesterday as you know I was in a bog battle with bite size candies…in which I lost. However, I may have lost yesterday but I am not losing today! But, that isn’t what this post is all about. This post is about CrossFit and what you need to succeed at this amazing sport and workout.
So get out your pinterest and your wishlists Virginia is about to show us what we are going to be looking for under that Christmas tree this year ^_~
Essential CrossFit Gear to Put on Your Wish list
While it’s true that CrossFit is simpler in structure than a lot of other workout options, it does require some solid, reliable equipment.
The program involves aerobics, gymnastics and Olympic style weightlifting–combining all of them into a fast-paced, highly intense program that’s certainly not for the faint of heart. The equipment they use can be slim to none, and the idea is even based on getting away from the gym-style machines and equipment.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can forgo the gear to take full advantage of CrossFit, particularly if you want to implement a CrossFit-style workout routine at home.
Here are a few items that you’ll want to have on hand, whether you’re attending CrossFit classes, or doing the exercises on your own in the garage:
1. Lifting belt — Since there is a lot of Olympic-style lifting in CrossFit, you’ll need a reliable lifting belt to use for cleans, deadlifts and some of the other movements that are hard on your spinal cord and lower back.
A lot of CrossFit members will even bring their own belts to class as opposed to using what is provided.
2. Jump rope — A good jump rope is something that you’ll need for both classes and the home-based routines. Not only that, but a jump rope is something that you will want to break-in and get used to. Having your own that’s the right length and weight for you is going to be a lot better than switching them up constantly.
3. Pull Up bar — You can buy pull-up bars that can hitch onto a door frame and be taken down at a whim. They’re a simple alternative to more complicated pull-up bar systems that need to be installed in a garage or outdoors.
Since pull-ups are such an integral part of the CrossFit program, it doesn’t hurt to at least have one available to you at home.
4. Plyo box — Plyometrics and jumping exercises are a big part of the aerobic segment of CrossFit, and all you really need to do most of the exercises is a sturdy plyometrics box. See if you can get one that you can adjust the height on.
5. Gymnast rings — The gymnastics exercises are primarily done by using just your bodyweight and no props, although gymnast rings can really expand the amount of movements you can do, while still using just your body weight.
They’re a bit pricey in most cases, but they’re worth it, even if just a small segment of your workout is gymnastics focused.
6. Good shoes — The intensity and quick pace of CrossFit is unforgiving, and if you don’t have a good pair of shoes to work out in, you’re going to be at somewhat of a disadvantage.
Spring for a good pair of workout shoes that fit your feet well, provide some cushion and give you that extra jump in your step. After a few weeks of CrossFit, you’ll be glad you spent the extra money to get the higher-quality kicks.
Getting the Most Out of CrossFit
This gear is simple, but it will help you get the most out of the time you spend in a CrossFit gym. Also consider the possibility of adding a multivitamin to your diet when doing CrossFit, since the program can be so physically demanding. At a minimum, it will help you to keep your energy up and be ready for the next workout.
Whether you want to take what you’ve learned to your home, or just bring your own gear for the familiarity factor, these items will all be useful and practical for the any and all CrossFit members.
Virginia Cunningham is a freelance writer and health enthusiast in Southern California. She loves being as active as she can to keep her body healthy and in shape, and enjoys trying different styles of workouts.