You can easily spot fellow CrossFitter outside the box because he/she is sporting a CrossFit shirts.You probably notice that it’s common practice for CrossFitters to collect and wear these tees and it’s not that difficult to imagine why.
Box shirts are useful and comfortable. Materials used in box shirts are carefully selected by manufacturers and box owners. They’re durable, comfortable and you’d wear them anywhere. Box shirts also help a CrossFitters promote their home box. Sometimes these shirts start conversations.
Here are three common box shirts:
- Home Box Shirt. The home box shirt is usually the first shirt that a CrossFitter gets and is usually purchased within the first week of signing up. It’s usually a minimalist shirt with the box logo and name. The home box shirt is also the most used workout shirt among the box shirts.
- The Event Shirt. CrossFitters are not just treated as family by the community. they are also treated as athletes. CrossFit boxes often hold events ranging from “just for fun” competitions to “more serious” competitions.” Coaches encourage everyone to join after attending enough WOD’s even if it’s just for fun, these events enhance an athlete’s fitness capacity and mental toughness. As a result of signing up for these events, the CrossFitter gets an event shirt. Some event shirts are box specific, some event shirts are team specific. Event shirts are often worn during difficult WOD’s to remind the athlete what he or she is capable of. Some CrossFitters refer to Event Shirts as “Competition Shirts” or “Shit just got serious shirts.”
- The Box Visit Shirt. Some CrossFitters travel on a regular basis and while away from their home box, they visit local boxes in the location that they’re staying. Some CrossFitters just enjoy moving around and exploring other affiliate boxes to add to the variety of their workout. For people who visit different boxes, it’s not uncommon to buy the local box shirt as a souvenir from the said box or as an expression of gratitude for the hospitality of the box they visited.
Different CrossFitters have different reasons why they collect box shirts.
Box Shirts gives CrossFitters a sense of home. CrossFit is more than a gym membership. It’s a strong community, much like a family. Home box shirts remind CrossFitters of experiences and people related to their home box.
Box Shirts gives CrossFitters a sense of pride. Each box shirt has a story. The first home box shirt reminds the CrossFitter how he or she started and how far they’ve come. It’s usually old and well worn. Sometimes it’s a little oversized and looking at often makes the CrossFitter smile. Box provided event shirts often acts as a reminder of struggles and victories.
Box shirts are a fun souvenir to collect. Let’s face it, box shirts are awesomely designed! Logos are often a pleasure to look at. Box names are often magic words that grant the CrossFitter with an identity that screams mental toughness and pure badassery.
Box shirts are a reminder of your good experiences. What do you remember when you look at your box shirts?