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10 Ten Gifts Santa Would Give You If You CrossFit

Do you remember when you were a little kid and Santa hooked you up with all the new gadgets? Then you became an adult and Santa stopped coming. Treat yourself to one of these Top 10 CrossFit gear. Its what Santa would want! 🙂

  1. Knee Sleeves

If I didn’t feel like I would be judged in public I’d wear my knee sleeves around town. In training, when I use them it feels like I have implanted a new pair of kneecaps. Not only do knee sleeves keep your knees warm the compression allows for the knees to track appropriately in a way you can’t do on your own.

  1. Wrist Wraps

When I first started CrossFit, I thought wrist wraps were for those with weak wrists. Ten years later, you won’t catch me training without them. The strength of our wrist will never be able to catch up with the strength of our shoulders. And no amount of wrist curls are going to help. Wrist wraps provide the support necessary to absorb heavy loads while controlling how far your wrists bend backwards. They also act as sweat guards. Most people don’t realize how much sweat drips from the arms into the palms. The wrist wraps stop that from happening.

  1. Jump Ropes

Double Unders are by far the most abused exercise in CrossFit. Bad technique is usually a byproduct of little practice and improper rope lengths. Owning your own rope ensures appropriate rope length and a personal rope you can use to practice at home with. They are also great travel companions.

  1. The Sand Bar

The more you grab onto things, the more calluses your skin develops to protect your hands from ripping. Unfortunately many let the calluses build up so much that they are forced to tear. This ingenious tool makes the process fluid and natural. Like good hygiene, it is recommended that you perform daily.

  1. Whey Protein

Not all proteins are the same. One study showed levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury in 15 commonly sold protein powders. To reduce the risk of these toxic chemicals, it would be wise to choose a powder with the least amount of preservatives. We highly recommend SFH Protein Power. It is derived from grass-fed, free-range cows, that have never been treated with antibiotics or growth hormones.

  1. Foam Roller

Foam rolling is one of those things you don’t realize you need until you do it often enough. This isn’t about stretching your muscles it’s about self-massaging them in order to make them more supple. Foam rolling at home for 5-10minutes/day has tremendous benefits.

  1. Weight Belt

There will come a time in your training where a good weight belt is necessary. The spine can only take on so much load before it can’t.  Keep in mind that a belt doesn’t substitute a weak core. A good belt does help engage the abdominals much greater at heavy loads. There’s a reason the world strongest lifters use them.

  1. Tracking App

How can you positively 100% say your getting in better shape? Sure, feeling better is a great start but that is based mainly on perception. We need something more quantitative. This is where tracking comes into play. We highly recommend that you use a premium service called Beyond The Whiteboard to track all your workouts. This app provides a databases of millions of workouts completely to help gauge your current level of fitness and how you can improve.

  1. Shoes

Some of the shoes manufactured today look more like pillows than actual tennis shoes.  In some instances, these types of shoes can cause more harm than good. The last things you want your feet doing during a heavy back squat is moving and dancing. A good CrossFit shoe has a low profile and can handle all tasks.

  1. Dumbbells

There isn’t a movement you can do with a barbell that you can’t do with a dumbbell. You can even travel with them on road trips. I’m going to tell you a big secret here, but you can’t tell anyone….I only buy them from Walmart. They cost less than .50cents/pound brand new.

Let me know what Santa gets you!

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