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Wearable Wednesday: Society Nine

A special guest post from our very own Tina Le! s9-angelouquote CrossFit is an egalitarian sport. Men and women, from the everyday athlete to the elite, compete with equal visibility, and CrossFit’s rapid growth built a community and created a market. In other words, if you’re looking to gear up, there is so much stuff to buy, no matter your sex or gender. Generally speaking, in the world of sport and fitness merchandise, with the exception of perhaps gymnastics, figure skating, or tennis, women are comparatively more limited in their options. And this is especially the case for those of us ladies who practice the mixed martial arts. Women of FCF, imagine if you will, if lifting shoes only came in men’s sizes, and if you didn’t fit the smallest available men’s shoe size, that was still your only choice. The one thing differentiating that shoe from the men’s version is yours comes in a lovely shade of pink. And even worse, the quality of your shoe is below the men’s. How do you think your performance would fare in the gym or competitions? And even if you overcame the discomfort or awkwardness of subpar and ill-fitting gear, how fair is it to always be reminded on some small level that your presence is not entirely wanted or expected–in a sport you are deeply passionate about? This is precisely the experience of many female MMA practitioners. My sister, Lynn, and I both train in stand-up fighting styles (boxing, kickboxing), are just short of 5’0″, and have always bought 12-oz. gloves–we wrap our hands up and clench tight fists to fill up the extra space and keep our hands from sliding around. I also practice submission wrestling, and it’s a challenge to find durable performance wear (think, leggings and rash guards) that can survive regular training. The inseams of those cute yoga pants aren’t making it past a month and they weren’t cheap! s9-groupshot For every dozen options of any piece of gear or clothing for men, there are one or two choices for women, and those choices utilize hypersexualized marketing or the styles don’t suit the tastes of a diverse population of women. Due to the rapid growth of women’s MMA in the last 5 years, however, this is slowly changing (also owed in great part to CrossFit’s popularity and influence on how we perceive physically strong and muscular women, I’m sure), but being the entrepreneur she is, my sister got fed up and decided to do something about it. Enter Society Nine and gloves finally designed with the needs of female fighters in mind. Inspired by Title IX and women’s longstanding fight to be on the same athletic playing field as men, my sister created Society Nine to represent the modern female fighter and athlete who is in power in the gym and empowered in life. Society Nine’s first commercial spot! (That’s my sister’s voiceover and she also appears in the video) Her first project–to manufacture the boxing and MMA gloves–is currently a “Staff Pick” on Kickstarter! If you also box, you can pledge for a pair of gloves, but there is also an infinity scarf, jacket, and track pants, among other fly items to gain if you pledge. Teaser: these are all designs from the future sportswear line… But first things first: there is only one week left to fundraise (deadline is Wednesday, February 25, at 8:25AM PST!), so please show some love, pledge what you can, and share the Kickstarter link with the ferocious females in your life so Society Nine can reach its goal to be the brand of badasses who run the world(? Girls!). Check out the Kickstarter campaign! s9-gordonquote

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: Tripods

We all know how important good form is in all movements we do, particularly Olympic lifting. Also, they’re handy for capturing your first muscle up (right, Teddy Baz?).
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Tripods can range from $10 up to expensive. Several have varying settings so you can also use it for a camera, camcorder or smartphone. Here are some of our favorites:

Akron
Gorilla bendy legs help you get the perfect angle for filming your first muscle up, right Teddy Baz? The Mobile Grip 2 Universal Holder fits Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and iPhone 5 5S 5C. Some options fit several varieties of phone, some are brand specific so just pay attention when buying. Check out your local electronics store for options. ($20 Akron iPhone/Galaxy/Lumia at Amazon)

Insignia
A great option for camcorders and phones alike. Straight legs so there’s no bending action. Extends from 5.5 to 8 inches to suit your needs and location. ($10 at BestBuy)

JOBY Original
JOBY is one of the industry leaders, pioneering “gorilla” leg technology. Their grip tight mount is super sturdy so you don’t have to worry about your phone slipping out and cracking the screen. $50 JOBY Gorilla Grip at Apple

JOBY Micropod
Adorable and tiny, the micropod easily fits in your gym bag or sweatshirt pocket. Interchangeable mounting devices make this a great option for small cameras as well. ($20 at REI)

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: Water Bottles

Water is a key to success that often goes overlooked. Stay hydrated and happy with some of our favorites.

Mobot
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MULTITASK ALL DAY! This water bottle doubles as a foam roller. Yes, read that again. It’s a great 2 in 1 steal brought to our attention by FCF’s Jessica Strangebird. All MOBOTs are made of recycled, FDA-approved stainless steel, meaning no BPA. Because water helps make muscle tissue resilient and pliable, all the awesome benefits of foam rolling are multiplied when you’re well hydrated. ($39-$65, Mobot.com)

Liberty Bottleworks
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A local company, get something more personal from Liberty Bottleworks. They are not a bottle mill sending out millions of generic, insignificant designs. Their 72 unit minimum custom bottles are made to order and can be custom designed. Or choose from their pre-designed bottles to rep your Seattle and Seahawks love! You can also choose your cap preference depending on how you like to sip. ($20-$25, LibertyBottles.com)

Klean Kanteen
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They introduced the world’s first BPA-free metal hydration bottle in 2004. Their grassroots following exploded in 2008 when public outcry led to national bans of BPA-laden, polycarbonate containers. Today Klean Kanteen continues to lead through innovation and example, bringing new products to market that replace plastic with safe, long-life cycle alternatives. The new Reflect Kanteen® eliminates paint and plastic altogether, raising the bar once again. They also have a variety of lids for your drinking pleasure. ($18-$35, available at KleanKanteen.com, Amazon and other major retailers)

HydroFlask

These guys are newer to the market, but the HydroFlask crew wanted to use double wall vacuum technology to focus on keeping colds cold and hots hot. Made with quality materials and completely recyclable. Worth the price if you value your temperatures! ($25.99 to $54.99, HydroFlask)

Blender Bottle

 

Not necessarily just for water, these bottles can now carry, mix, and support you pre or post-workout with plenty of different beverages. You can use them at home to make pancakes or waffles!

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)