The Essentials

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There are a few pieces of equipment I think all CrossFit athletes should have, whether you’re experienced or it’s Day 1.

1. Jump Rope

Even if it’s not a double under WOD, you need your own jump rope, sized for your height and skill level. Community ropes are first come/first served and may not be the ideal rope to encourage the intensity we’re trying to achieve. Also, you need to bring your rope everyday. Double unders (& triple unders) take practice to get better. Plus, it’s a great warm up before the start of class.

Find a rope that has CrossFit in mind where speed is key. Some quality ropes include: RPM Speed Ropes, Ropes As RX, Revolution X Ropes (like the ones in the Merch Area), & Buddy Lee Jump Ropes

2. Weightlifting Belt

Weightlifting belts increase the amount of thorasic pressure in your core to help maintain midline stability as you lift. Not only does this help protect your spine, it helps you utilize the muscles you need to complete whatever lift you’re training.

Size is the most important factor when choosing a belt along with how it fastens. A belt become worthless if it can’t be tightened enough and maintain tension.

Companies that make quality belts include: Rogue, Harbinger, Schiek, & Grizzly.

3. WODBook or Journal

You’ve gotta keep track of ALL of your training. It’s hard to tell just how well you’re improving with a constantly varied program unless you can take a look back at where you’ve been.

Dedicated, commercially made WODBooks like Sports Journals WODBook (again, like the one in the Merch Area) separate and categorize your training data making it easy to navigate. However, a composition book works too.

But, if you want to step into the 21st Century, there are many, many great WOD apps like myWODWOD, WodBook, WodboxWODpal (notice a trend?), & Big Lifts that keep track of your hardwork.

Feel free to add to this list in the comments section.

TODAY: WED, SEPT 25, 2013

25 KETTLEBELL SWING BUY-IN 53#/35#

3 ROUNDS

15 RING DIPS

RUN 3 LAPS

50 AIR SQUATS

25 KETTLEBELL SWING BUY-OUT

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One Response to The Essentials

  1. Jeremy says:

    Rogue’s speed rope is really nice and easy to adjust. myWod is an awesome app. Once you have a 1RM, you can just click on it and it will show you all the weights for various percentages. You can also set it up to include CFW as a RSS feed and import the workouts directly in for tracking, so saves on typing time. It was the most intuitive app I found as of about 6 months ago. Sounds like there are a few more now.

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