Gear we love: 8 CrossFit must-haves
CrossFitters worldwide are looking for ways to train harder and recover faster -- and look great doing it. With the 2018 CrossFit Games running through Sunday, we took a look at the gear and gadgets CrossFitters are using to get the most out of their workouts.
Created by former NFL player Chris Gronkowski, the Ice Shaker combines a water bottle and a shaker into one sleek package. Constructed of kitchen-grade, non-odor-absorbing stainless steel with a leak-proof, BPA-free pop top, the Ice Shaker keeps liquids cold for up to 30 hours. A removable, twist-in agitator helps mix protein powders with no rattle from a shaker ball and includes a fruit infuser. Fill lines inside the bottle and a silicone lanyard makes for easy measuring and carrying.
Driven Nutrition PostWOD Powder
This post-WOD powerhouse powder delivers everything you need to recover. The ultraclean and easily absorbed whey protein helps your body build new muscle fibers, while its branched-chain amino acids support muscle function and reduce fatigue. The powder comes in chocolate, watermelon or crowd-favorite chocolate peanut butter.
Crossover Symmetry Package
This set of resistance cords was developed by former Washington State baseball player Duggan Moran as a way to improve his arm health and pitching performance. Then Moran's father, a physical therapist, found it equally helpful with shoulder patients. For CrossFitters, it's especially useful for addressing and preventing shoulder pain. The system has five programs for warming up, recovering, building speed, and improving strength and mobility, and can be attached to a door frame or squat rack.
The WHOOP band takes the guesswork out of post-workout recovery by using three physiological markers -- heart rate variability, resting heart rate and sleep -- to assess your readiness to perform. Based on your personal metrics you'll know when your body is recovered and ready for the next workout.
($30/month, 6-month minimum to begin, includes hardware and membership, whoop.com)
If you've tried to tape your hands with old-school athletic tape, you know the moment you break a sweat, it doesn't stick. Enter Goat Tape, which uses an extra-strength adhesive to stay put through the sweatiest of workouts, keeping your hands rip-free and your grip on point. Choose from a variety of colors or customize your tape with your gym logo or brand. Want to feel extra good about your purchase? Each week, through the charity Mercy Corps, the company donates a goat, whose nutritious milk can change lives for a family in need.
($40 for a six-pack, goattape.com)
Strike Movement Chill Pill Transit Sneakers
The wear-everywhere design of this unisex sneaker separates it from other training shoes, and so does its versatility. Its grippy, rope-proof outsole is made of one piece of sticky rubber with an extended, flat heel for stability while weightlifting and a wider forefoot that promotes midfoot strike and flexibility while running. A 2.5-millimeter heel drop and low stack height maintains Strike Movement's commitment to minimalist properties, and a nifty tongue pocket keeps your laces tucked away.
Doc Spartan Combat Ready Ointment
"Life is a contact sport, and war wounds are part of the game," U.S. Army veteran and Doc Spartan owner Dale King said on Season 8 of "Shark Tank," before making a deal with investor Robert Herjavec. Combat Ready Ointment, a blend of beeswax, vitamin E, sweet almond, eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree oils, soothes and helps heal scrapes, burns, rashes and more. It also works as a daily moisturizer and comes in a handy clip-on keychain container.
Compex Muscle Stimulator
Compex's electrical muscle stimulation devices deliver an electrical current at a frequency that specifically targets motor nerves, which cause muscle contractions based on the amount of resistance set on the stimulator. The process mimics what your body goes through when lifting weights and can be used as a warm-up to reduce the risk of injury, as a training supplement for muscle density, and as a recovery tool to increase blood flow.
(From $149.99, compexusa.com)