If you want to invest in the lifestyle, you should invest in the gear.
No. 1: Grip Athletic Jump Short
Best for: showing of your stripper bum.
These shorts provide everything you'd expect from high-tech fitness gear: wicking, lightweight material, a pocket in the back. But we like them for their snug inner layer, which ensures that whether you're doing box jumps or contorted, hip-opening stretches, you'll never expose your kettlebells to the rest of the gym.
Read more at C-2IN.
No. 2: A400 Men's Compression Tights (Long) by Skins
Best for: when you don't want to climb in an ice bath after training.
These tights are an investment, but if you've ever done rope climbs with your shins exposed, you finished the workout (and the hot shower afterward) willing to pay almost any amount of money to heal all the horrific scrapes. Comprised of 24 individual panels, these tights follow the shape of your legs and support all the major muscle groups, and the material even adapts based on the temperature. But, for the love of all that is holy, please DO NOT wear them alone. No one wants to see that.
Read more at Skins.
No. 3: CrossFit Games Activchill Tee
Best for: "looking" like a games athlete.
If you want to compete with the best, you have to look your best. Released in time for the 2017 Games, this T-shirt is what the competitors will be wearing. It's designed to be super-cool—ideal for your annual Murph in the summer heat—and the batwing pattern on the back allows for a greater range of motion, ideal to show off all those months of shoulder mobility exercises you've been doing. This will be the only shirt you want to keep on during a WOD.
Read more at Reebok.
No. 4: Bear Komplex grips by Rogue Fitness
Best for: when you are tired of wiping blood and skin off the rig, the floor an the people around you.
These grips do the seemingly impossible: provide more protection than their peers while also being lighter and more durable.
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No. 5: Solid Salve Skin Healer by WOD Welder.
Best for: common cleanliness.
Didn't shave down your callouses every night? Didn't wear your grips? Ripped your hands but still want to do five rounds of cleans, pullups, and toes-to-bars tomorrow? Heal up with Solid Salve, recommends Morgan Pitcher, a CrossFit games athlete with CrossFit Queens. Solid Salve is inexpensive, made of natural ingredients, and starts healing rips within 24 hours.
Read more at WOD Welder.
No. 6: Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey
Best for: gains. All of them.
The world’s best-selling whey protein delivers 24 grams of protein with low levels of fat and 120 calories. This superior quality powder has been instantised to mix easily using a shaker cup. There's no doubt that this is the gold standard by which all other whey proteins are measured. And it tastes damn good too!
Read more at Optimum Nutrition.
No. 7: Rogue SR-2 Speed Rope 2.0
Best for: those awesome stripes you have seen on other peoples calves, thighs, backs and arms.
The Rogue SR-2 Ballistic Speed Rope is the high-performance, adjustable jump rope of choice for athletes, trainers, and gym owners who demand the best. Made in the USA using aircraft-grade aluminum and a 3/32” red-coated speed cable, Version 2.0 of the SR-2 also introduces a high-speed, ball-bearing swivel design, allowing the rope to move seamlessly in any direction. The exterior of the tapered handles has been updated, as well, and includes a sandblast textured spindle with a fine, knurl-textured grip. Both of the 6.75” handles feature a built-in, laser-cut Rogue logo endcap in white. When it comes to quality construction, blazing speed, and a smooth spin, the SR-2 Ballistic Speed Rope knows few rivals. Get your double unders up, hit new PRs, then come back and do it again tomorrow.
Read more at Rogue Fitness.
No. 8: FitAID
Best for: recovery that actually tasted good.
LIFEAID founders Orion Melehan and Aaron Hinde first met in a Crossfit Box in Santa Cruz, California, in 2009. Melehan was a Certified Financial Planner and Hinde was a sports chiropractor who worked with many local athletes. A friendship was quickly struck, which later evolved into a business partnership. The two were convinced that conscious consumers would start to demand alternatives to high sugar, high caffeine and artificial mass market drinks. They were equally convinced that consumers were looking for more functionality than the caffeine found in energy drinks or isotonic sports drinks. After months of brainstorming and collaboration, they created their vision for LIFEAID and funded it with a mere $30,000 apiece. Melehan’s financial expertise helped craft the business plan. Hinde’s background in nutrition and chiropractic care proved essential when developing LIFEAID products as he worked with their team of a biochemist and beverage scientists. LIFEAID now makes six specially-formulated blends, plus a protein/carb food pouch Fast forward to today and the company’s products can be found in hundreds of golf courses, thousands of gyms, and nationwide in fine retailers such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, and The Vitamin Shoppe. FITAID is the official recovery drink of the 2017 CrossFit Games LIFEAID remains an independent brand run by its founders – not a subsidiary of a large beverage conglomerate. That spirit of independence is reflected in their company culture, the products they offer and the communities they serve.
Read more at FitAid.
No. 9: RP Strength Diet Templates
Best for: literally everything. And looking good naked.
When it comes to your goals and aspirations in the areas of physique alteration, sports performance, and health, it is very important to target your time and efforts doing what works, and avoid doing what doesn’t. You care too much about your appearance, health, and performance to settle for a suboptimal product. Renaissance Periodization was founded with the understanding that science is the surest path to the truth, and in this field, to results. Our approach is the rigorous application of scientific principles to nutrition and training. Everything we do is built on a foundation of peer-reviewed literature and experimentally confirmed theory.
Read more at RP Strength.
No. 10: Rehband Blue Line 7mm Knee Sleeve
Best for: people who need every bit of support they can get.
Rehband’s knee supports have become almost ubiquitous in CrossFit boxes and powerlifting gyms these days, and for good reason: The neoprene sleeves provide stretchy warmth and compression around vulnerable joints during Olympic and powerlifting workouts. Rehband makes a 5mm option for CrossFit, but we like the signature 7mm Blue Line models. Just remember to wash them. Regularly. Thank us later.
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No. 11: Nike Metcon 3
Best for: Lifting. Running. Jumping. Going. Stopping. Dancing.
The Nike Metcon 3 keeps all the critical design components of the previous Metcon series while introducing an updated drop-in midsole—for max stability + flexibility in the forefoot—along with a new range of colors. This is one of the most versatile, high-performance cross-training shoes ever developed, and it’s trusted by a wide range of athletes at the highest levels of competition. With a firm rubber heel, low-profile heel clip, and exclusive Flywire technology, Metcons are built for a lockdown fit and a dependable flat platform foundation, improving explosiveness on heavy lifts. The shoe’s molded flex grooves, light breathable construction, and embroidered TPU reinforcement also make it uniquely optimized for sprints, climbs, box jumps, distance runs, and day-to-day abuse. An abrasion-resistant film around the midfoot is critical to reducing heat and friction during a high octane training regimen, and the Metcon’s dependable traction performs on the gym floor, the track, and training grounds far off the beaten path. Nike also offers some of the sickest customs options out there.
Read more at Nike.
No. 12: Stance Socks
Best for: letting your weirdness shine.
Stance delivers everything a high performance athlete needs from the footwear within his footwear: comfort, breathability, cushioning, stability, and style. The lightweight, anatomically contoured athletic sock features top-quality, moisture wicking fibers, along with vented mesh from the top of the foot to the arch and an articulated footbed for superior airflow. Since 2009, Stance has emerged as one of the fastest growing sock manufacturers in the world, with their “Uncommon Thread” gaining favor among leading pro athletes, musicians, artists, and more. We love these socks. If you have never worn a pair then you are in for a treat. But, be warned, you will never be able to wear any other socks. They are like little hugs for your feet.
Read more at Stance Socks.
No. 13: StronLifts 5X5 App
Best for: mathematically disadvantaged lifters.
StrongLifts is the biggest resource for simple, effective strength and muscle building. No drugs, no bogus supplements, and no complicated routines. Just three exercises, three times a week, for about 45 minutes per workout. Thousands of people have already changed their bodies, and lives, with the StrongLifts 5×5 workout. Track your StrongLifts workouts with the free app. You’ll know which exercises to do, with how much weight, how long to rest between sets, and what to do when you plateau. It’s like having a personal coach in your pocket. With two million downloads and thousands of five star reviews, people agree – this app makes training so simple, once you’ve used it, you can’t lift without anymore. We love the fact that you can check your progress with a couple if nifty graphs, work it from your smart watch and you get to squat three times a week. Plus, did we mention you will be one strong mofo?
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No. 14: 5.11 TacTec™ Plate Carrier
Best for: serious credibility.
5.11 Tactical® brings you the TacTec™ Plate Carrier, which were designed to be the most lightweight and best- fitting plate carriers you can find and constructed to ensure high performance while remaining lightweight and mobile.
You cannot say you have done Murph until you have done it with a weighted vest. End of story. No excuses. And the TacTec™ Plate Carrier is the vest to do it in. It is comfortable, easy to put on and take off and it looks so freakin awesome. You can personalize it with numerous patches and training with this thing on will automatically make you go 25% harder. The main thing is the quality. Believe us, you have not seen a weighted vest like this until you have held the TacTec™ Plate Carrier in your hands and put it on. It is just that awesome.
Read more at 5.11 Tactical.