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12 Days of CrossFit: Pull up Bars

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For our final day of this special CrossFit gift guide blog series, we are looking at in home pull up bars. Pull ups are something many of us are working toward, and everyone can continuously improve on. Also, bars are great to have in house for grip work. An easy way to get in some extra work at home is to grab an in home pull up bar.

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar
This bar is great for those living in apartments or who don’t want to put holes in the wall. It uses leverage to hold against the doorway so there are no screws and no damage to door, and installs in seconds. You can also take it off the doorway to use for dips and push ups. ($30)

Big Mike’s Fitness Deluxe Doorway Bar
Simple, clean and non-intrusive, this bar is a minimalist option. It may be limiting for closing doors, but is easy to transport and doesn’t take away too much from your decorating aesthetics. ($30)

Ultimate Body Press Upper Body Workout Bar
For the more heavy duty guys and gals, this is a great option for a more permanent fixture. 38 inches wide allows for multiple grip options. 16 inch wide mounts fit on most regularly spaced studs. ($60)

Rogue Fitness Individual Pull-Up System
If you have a place where you want to do pull-ups, but don’t want to commit to anything permanent this is a great option. Utilizing the same pair of 1.5″ wide 16 foot straps that come standard on the Rogue Rings, setup and teardown takes mere seconds. The bar is hand built in the US from steel and coated using the same multi-stage process that gives the Rogue Rings their distinctive and now famous feel. ($72)

12 Days of CrossFit: Lifting Shoes

Weightlifting shoes have many benefits for our strength portions of our workouts. They help generate more force through the ground you can pull the bar higher. Also, when you are under the bar, you can drive hard out of the squat knowing your shoes are transmitting as much as possible of the force you are creating up from the floor and into moving that barbell.

Shoes are always a personal preference on fit, but the following are a good starting point.

Reebok CrossFit Lifter 2.0
The best option for a custom fit lifting shoe is hands down the Reebok Simply pop the Reebok CrossFit Lifter in a preheated oven to 200 degrees (yes, you read that right) and heat for three minutes until the U-Form tab turns red. Take the shoes out of the oven, lace up as you normally would, and wear the kicks seated for eight minutes. Even with this crazy customization, the lifting shoe weighs in at only 13.4 ounces. ($150 at Reebok)

Nike Romaleos
The Nike Romaleos is a lightweight, flexible workhorse that can withstand the unique punishment that weightlifters put on their footwear. The most revolutionary innovation in the Nike Romaleos weightlifting shoe is Nike’s exclusive “Power Bridge,” a contoured TPU heel wedge designed to support the foot and bear as much weight as a man can lift, without any compression or give. ($189 at Rogue.com)

Addidas PowerLift
The number one thing a weightlifting shoe needs is stability, so the Powerlift 2.0 is made with a wide, solid base and a high-density midsole. A light mesh upper and an instep strap over the laces give you lockdown support. ($90 at Addidas)

12 Days of CrossFit: So Fresh

Not something we probably want to talk about a lot, but lets be honest – sweaty stuff doesn’t smell good. Here are some great stocking stuffer ideas to keep us all so fresh and so clean, clean.

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CrossFITE Hands Tube
Soothes, moisturizes, and maintains your skin before and training whether it’s from power lifting, rock climbing, gymnastics, cross training, functional fitness, etc. Specifically designed to absorb quickly, soothe pain, provide maintenance, and stimulate rapid skin recovery. ($16, Skinourishment)

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The Soak
Soak MUSCLE is perfect for athletes who need a quick, natural remedy for muscle fatigue. Made with only pure and high quality ingredients, the proprietary blend of Epsom salts, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils is specifically designed for muscle recovery. Soak MUSCLE will relieve soreness, revive tired, aching muscles and rejuvenate your senses. ($25-$40, Soak Fitness)

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Stuffits
Portable odor killing for shoes, bags, helmets and gloves. Great to throw in shoes if you take them to work before or after a class. They’re designed to combat moisture and kill odor in all types of wearable gear and activewear caused by perspiration and outdoor elements. ($15-$30, Stuffits)

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No Sweat Detergent
For those big loads of sweaty clothes, enter No Sweat. Especially formulated for odor, stains and preserving fabric and fit. Plus it smells really nice. ($37, No Sweat, find local stores on the No Sweat website)

12 Days of CrossFit: So Fresh

Not something we probably want to talk about a lot, but lets be honest – sweaty stuff doesn’t smell good. Here are some great stocking stuffer ideas to keep us all so fresh and so clean, clean.

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CrossFITE Hands Tube
Soothes, moisturizes, and maintains your skin before and training whether it’s from power lifting, rock climbing, gymnastics, cross training, functional fitness, etc. Specifically designed to absorb quickly, soothe pain, provide maintenance, and stimulate rapid skin recovery. ($16, Skinourishment)

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The Soak
Soak MUSCLE is perfect for athletes who need a quick, natural remedy for muscle fatigue. Made with only pure and high quality ingredients, the proprietary blend of Epsom salts, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils is specifically designed for muscle recovery. Soak MUSCLE will relieve soreness, revive tired, aching muscles and rejuvenate your senses. ($25-$40, Soak Fitness)

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Stuffits
Portable odor killing for shoes, bags, helmets and gloves. Great to throw in shoes if you take them to work before or after a class. They’re designed to combat moisture and kill odor in all types of wearable gear and activewear caused by perspiration and outdoor elements. ($15-$30, Stuffits)

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No Sweat Detergent
For those big loads of sweaty clothes, enter No Sweat. Especially formulated for odor, stains and preserving fabric and fit. Plus it smells really nice. ($37, No Sweat, find local stores on the No Sweat website)

12 Days of CrossFit: DEM LEGS

Calling all laaaaaaadddies!

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We all know that CrossFit women have crazy strong legs. Sometimes it can be tough to find bottoms to fit all that muscle in. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites from our community.

Old Navy Active
From Nicole B: “A few of you have asked me where I get my workout leggings from… Old Navy! They make really great compression leggings, they’re really affordable, and they stay in place during a workout. Two types that are in my wardrobe now: “BLACKJACK” and “VICTORIAN BLUE
(NOTE: I don’t recommend the “CARBON” colored leggings, as they seem to use a stiffer fabric for those) ($20-$30, Old Navy)

Moving Comfort Urban Gym Tight
From Megan P: “My FAVORITE tight ever. Moving Comfort is a brand by Brooks so they really get running and cross training. The top is a thick non-muffin top liner with several pockets for stowing keys or an ID for a run. They are thick enough that I don’t feel like every curve is outlined, but breathable enough to run in muggy weather.” ($65, Moving Comfort)

Lineage
Lightweight, fashionable spandex leggings for yoga, running, and other sports. They come in super fun colors and pay particular attention to: high waists to prevent muffin tops and contoured shaping in the crotch region so no sagging or too tightness. ($53, Lineage)

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Nike Pro Shorts
From Ann-Marie D: “I like to wear these under sweatpants so I’m super warm by the time I start a workout! They have different lengths so those with thick thighs can choose between shorty shorts riding up or longer shorts staying put. I prefer in between.” ($28, Nike)

12 Days of CrossFit: Mobility Accessories

I’d happily argue that mobility is the most important element of CrossFit. No just DROM in the beginning of class, but finding your sticking points and addressing them. The very core CrossFit is about functional movement and our gyms pay particular attention to doing those movements RIGHT. Without base level of mobility you can’t go though the proper range of motion. Without the proper range of motion you can’t do the simplest of movements correctly.

The best part is mobility can be done at home with small bits of equipment (although I personally prefer the FCFCFSLU mobility classes with Leslie and Jared). Here are some great stocking stuffer ideas for the person in your life that needs a little more range of motion.

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Lacrosse Ball
Yup. The basic, key foundational tool. Get one for home and one for work! (Pick one up at the gym for $3)

Double Ball
Tape together two lacrosse balls, through them together in a sock or stocking for a less permanent solution, or get more fancy with a pre-made product. This little tool is great for rolling down the sides of the spine, releasing tension in the neck and hitting multiple spots at once. ($25-$35, Rad Roller, MobilityWOD Gemini)

Yoga Strap
Yoga straps can help you get that extra push in stretching positions. Also, they add stability and support in precarious poses. ($10-$18 Manduka, Giam, Prana and sporting good stores)

12 Days of CrossFit: Jump Ropes

To put it nicely, double unders can be hard for some of us to master. It takes timing, consistency and patience. But it also takes a good rope. Having your own rope allows customization to your height, tempo, preferred weight (an important but usually ignored aspect) and provides consistency in practice. Plus, they’re small and light, perfect for carrying with you for a quick workout at home or on the road.

If you’re just starting and aren’t sure what kind of rope you prefer, you can check out some of the cheaper options at either gym, a local sporting store or Amazon. Amazon has several adjustable options ranging from $8-$15.

Some other staff recommendations include:

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RX Jump Ropes
RX Smart Gear has been making the industry standard for CrossFit for years. Their ropes are custom sized to each individual athlete’s height and cable variation to support multiple tempos and resistance levels. You can also customize it even further with multiple colors and designs. ($43, RX Smart Gear)

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Rogue
The bohemith of CrossFit gear of course makes some solid ropes. They also have a variety of cable selection and handles, but are listed under different names so be sure to pay attention to the descriptions. These SR’s are the ones most of the staff have. ($13-$65, Rogue Fitness)


RPM Fitness
The Ferrari of jump ropes, these more advanced and expensive speed ropes are meant for what else but speed?! Also check out the crazy freestyle moves done on Instagram. ($48.95, RPM Fitness)

12 Days of Crossfit: Foam Rollers

Stumped on what gifts to get the CrossFitter in your life this holiday season? Well fret no longer, this month’s blog series will detail out some of the best gifts for your fit loved ones.
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FOAM ROLLER

Perfect for multi-tasking while watching “A Christmas Carol” for the 30th time on TV. Foam rolling is a cure-all for many different aches. It helps lengthen and loosen muscles, relieving joint pain, breaking down knots and increasing range of motion. It mimics the myofascial release treatments used by sports therapists, with no appointment necessary.

There are several types of foam rollers on the market at varying price points. REI, for example, carries a few that are different materials and sizes. One of the industry favorites is the Grid.

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The Grid is compact and is constructed with less foam than traditional foam rollers. The unique design allows for a targeted massage while also being able to withstand constant, heavy, and repeated use without breaking down. ($40, www.tptherapy.com)