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The Best CrossFit Gear
Avid CrossFitters, strength training beginners and elite professional athletes can all improve workout performance using the 32 products from 16 different companies in the official 2014 Men's Fitness CrossFit Gear Guide. To create this mega list of WOD boosting items, we tested the products, asked the companies which products are best for improving CrossFit training, got recommendations from our trainers and editors and read product reviews from websites and magazines. Check out these 32 cutting-edge and CrossFit-community-approved products designed to prevent injuries, recover muscles from intense training and improve WOD performance so you can take your fitness to the next level.
RYU Tanto 2.0 Compression Shirt
Made from 90% recycled polyster, the Tanto 2.0 is a moisture resistant training top that feels and looks great. It’s not tight but still very lightweight, making it a unique find in the compression market. A rubber-like band wraps around the bottom of the shirt's inside, keeping the shirt in its place. This isn't a compression shirt you'll need to tuck in and adjust after every set; it's one that fits just right.
Under Armour HeatGear ArmourVent Training Shirt
Armour Vent, a new type of mesh with different sized wholes that keep you cool, combined with a loose fit, make this shirt an athlete’s top choice. Available in many stand-out colors and goes great with Under Armour Ignite Socks.
RYU Signature Sleeveless Top
Don’t let the soft touch of this fitted shirt fool you; RYU’s training gear is durable enough to combat any WOD. Stay cool and look cool in this sleeveless training shirt.
Reebok CrossFit Control Compression Short
Research suggests that wearing compression apparel reduces muscle fatigue and perceived exertion. One of Reebok’s newest compression shorts, the CrossFit Control have mesh openings to evaporate moisture, and are long enough to provide support to your entire thigh.
Reebok One Series 6″ Compression Short
A short inseam makes these compression shorts perfect for days when you go straight from work to your WOD because they’re like briefs, but a lot more comfortable and better at boosting performance.
RYU Tanto 2.0 Compression Short
The rubber-like band on the inside of RYU’s compression apparel is a subtle yet effective way of keeping their garments in place on your body. Made of 90% recycled polyster and 10% Lycra, the Tanto 2.0 shorts don’t have any mesh holes and come in an awesome light blue color.
Under Armour HeatGear ArmourVent Compression Shorts
The holes in ArmourVent gear are strategically placed to give you breathability where you need it and these high quality compression shorts are no exception. Feel the breeze with these chafe-free performance shorts.
Trigger Point Therapy the Grid Foam Roller
You can find a Grid foam roller at pretty much any Box these days, so here’s a reminder that if you don’t have one of these dense, sturdy rollers, it’s time to join the community. There’s also the Grid Mini, a 5” tall by 5.5” diameter roller that fit virtually anywhere so you can get a quick trigger point fix on the go.
Trigger Point Therapy Cold Roller
Stainless steel with polyurethane wheels, the Cold Roller combines the benefits of ice therapy and self myofascial release into one useful tool. Pop it in the freezer for a few hours then take it out and get rolling to release painful trigger points and get deep pain relief.
Behind the Bar Wrist Wraps
Designed to provide wrist support, these 34-inch long and 3-inch wide wraps can be easily loosened and tightened during your WOD to give you just the right amount of bracing when you need it. Simply wrap the fabric around your wrist and place the string underneath the fabric where it provides the most comfort and stability.
Spider Tech Kinesiology Tape
Kinesiology tape provides stabilization during workouts and reduces swelling to recover muscles post workout. Spider Tech offers 17 different pre-cut tapes for every body part in addition to standard X, Y, and I-shaped precuts. Spider Tech tape lasts up to five days since it's waterproof, flexible and durable.
Rock Tape offers mostly rolls of elastic kinesiology tape with stylish designs but also sells some pre-cuts too. “Engineered to meet the demands of CrossFit athletes,” water-resistant Rock Tape adds compression for muscle recovery or decompression for pain relief and can be worn for up to five days.
$20 for 2 in. thick roll, rocktape.com
Rogue Voodoo Floss Bands
Voodoo flossing is a high-level compression technique using a rubber band that creates blood flow and muscle activation in any specific area. Keep the band on for 1-5 minutes to lengthen the muscle and relieve pain before workouts.
From $24, roguefitness.com
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