Functional Fitness, just like any sport, will require you to invest in some gear. Investing in these is really a must especially as you take your fitness journey a little more seriously. It’s not uncommon for a lot of new CrossFitters to start with regular athletic wear. But over time as you attend more workouts, you’ll notice that gear that’s specifically designed for functional fitness training is more appropriate.
It’s a good practice to start with what you have, and upgrade as you do more work. The last thing you want is a collection of nice gear that you rarely use. It’s also important to note that the sequence of upgrading the gear is just as important to consider. Gradual upgrades enable you to experience the benefit of the gear you purchase as you increase your strength and capacity.
First things first
Invest in a pair of CrossFit shoes. The right shoes will help with your stability and confidence with your movement.
The Nano’s are nice minimal shoes that’s light and good for running. It also has a flat bottom surface that gives stability for squats and heavy lifts.
Workout bag. This is already a given. You can use what you have on hand but if you commute, you want to invest in a gym bag one that’s big enough to carry your clothes, shoes and other gear.
The right clothes will help you move comfortably and freely. That said, you want your clothes to be comfortable, breathable, durable and give you the maximum range of motion. CrossFitters are known for their box shirts, so that’s already a given. But performance tees will ensure that even as you do the toughest WODs and lifts, those shirts won’t tear and will stay comfortable. With regards to shorts, best that you invest in those that won’t tear even as you do squat heavy. The more functional the better!
Getting more serious
Over time, you would want to transition from single unders to double unders. This is a common CrossFit movement that you need to practice. Having your own jump rope with the perfect length will help you master the skill more comfortably.
Hand Guards, Gymnastic Grips and/or Gloves
There’s a lot of argument whether one should wear or not wear gloves. But if you’ve done your best and still experiencing difficulty gripping or holding on to the bar, wear gloves and decide for yourself if it helps you with your workout. Gloves also help minimize rips and tears in your palms with pull ups.
Gymnastic Grips allow you to glide through the bar and rings to minimize the rips and tears to your hands as you kip and do muscle ups.
Lacrosse Ball and Foam Roller
These are maintenance gear that you’ll use to help you recover, as you do heavier work. Most local boxes have these also.
When Things get heavy
Wrist Wraps – Provide extra support for heavy and Olympic lifts.
Knee sleeves – These keep your knees warm and will minimize the wear and tear of intense workouts.
Lifting belt – Helps build up compressed air in the abdominal cavity that keeps your spine aligned. Only used during maximum weights.
Knee High Socks – While some would say these are mainly for fashion rather than function, these socks protect your shins from scratches and bruises.
Olympic Lifting or Oly Shoes – Gives you the maximum stability and balance during heavy lifts.
So this is the full list of the proper gear ordered in the sequence that you’ll be using. Did we miss anything? Share your thoughts in the comments below.