For the past few years, I’ve had a goal: to go to the CrossFit Games. This dream will become a reality in one week. I know most of you are probably thinking that I made it as an individual athlete. But you may be shocked to find out that I’m not going to compete, having missed my shot at Regionals by a measly 3,900 places (better luck next year). Regardless of my lack of Games’ level strength, speed or gymnastics abilities, I will be heading to Carson, California, and the StubHub Center to work for CrossFit Media and help with the coverage for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games.
I’m excited for this opportunity and a chance to meet some of my favorite athletes, but I am also thrilled to be a part of the Fittest on Earth and see all the sights involved in this festival of fitness and fun. While all the big-name players in the world of CrossFit gear will be stationed under massive banners and tents all over Vendor Village, I have a few favorite companies I’m looking forward to checking out while I’m sunning in California for a week.
First of all, I have become a massive fan of RedLine Gear ever since I picked up a shirt and a pair of shorts in Chicago at Regionals. There are tons of apparel companies in the world of CrossFit, but for my money, these are the best shorts in the business. A big factor is the Velcro/fly system it has developed. If you are milling about at the Games this summer, stop by and check out RedLine’s booth. The people there are very friendly and helpful, and they all follow the company’s motto: “Toe the line.” My daughter has been training in its women’s gear and loves it, and I’d put my money on the fact that its CrossFit “shorty shorts” for women would rival anything that big companies sell. Aside from kick-ass shorts (see what I did there), shirts and ultra-comfy hoodies, I recently got a pair of RedLine’s knee sleeves and they are the best. The sleeves are flexible and supportive, but the company isn’t trying to kill you on the price. Swing by RedLine’s tent if you are at the Games, or check out its stuff online.
CrossFit Games athlete Mat Fraser wearing RedLine shorts.
If you need some grinder grub, look into Outlaw Protein bars for a quick snack or some clean energy to keep you going between watching the Frantasy Land team event or the individual athlete’s knock out the Triple 3. This is a smaller company based out of Texas, and it makes a great product. I think that its mix of dates, flax and pecans make for an awesome snack that is Paleo-friendly and gluten-free. If you get a chance before you head West to watch the Fittest on Earth, you should stock up on Outlaw bars so you have a good-tasting protein source to go with you on your trip. See what Outlaw has to offer and look through the ingredients and info at outlawprotein.com.
My last recommendation and another favorite would be to see the people at TriggerPoint Grid foam rollers. The Grid X roller is not for the faint of heart because this thing will really get in the muscles and do some work. I love a good deep-tissue massage, so this roller really kneaded through my lower-back issues and helped with my hips and quads. TriggerPoint offers a good selection of various massage rollers and other equipment, so if you see its booth at the Games, stop by and check out its stuff or see what it has online at tptherapy.com.
What gear or equipment are you hoping to see or try in between events at the CrossFit Games this year? Let us know in the comments on Facebook or email them to me at JTolgrinder@gmail.com and maybe I’ll pick them for a gear review later this year.
Stay on the Grind.
Jamie Toland (JTol)