My CrossFit Favorites: Products I Can’t Live Without

CrossFit has the obvious product lines associated with the sport of fitness. But it’s always nice when you stumble across something a little less mainstream that still trips your trigger. Today, I
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CrossFit Product Review

CrossFit has the obvious product lines associated with the sport of fitness. But it’s always nice when you stumble across something a little less mainstream that still trips your trigger. Today, I share my recent favorite finds.

Ed Note: The items listed here are the favorites of the writer alone. Neither she nor The Box was paid to include these products.

MPG sport apparel: http://us.webstore.mpgsport.com/default.aspx

  • My new absolute favorite apparel line is MPG. The obsession began with a random pair of funky-pattern tights I picked up at TJ Maxx. After wearing them through a rigorous workout, I discovered that their high-quality compression fabric was the most comfortable I’d ever come across. The crotch didn’t give me any troubles (because let’s be honest, ladies, not all tights are created equal in that department), the pattern didn’t show sweat, and bending over didn’t result in a see-through butt-crack sighting. So I bought four more pairs of tights, a pullover and two long-sleeved shirts, also at TJ Maxx. Despite their lululemon-like quality and amazing design, you can pick up gear for fairly reasonable prices. MPG is a must-have.

Strengthwraps: http://www.strengthwraps.com/

  • Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or pretty in pink, Strengthwraps has your back … or wrists, I guess. These wrist wraps are my go-to. Strong enough to provide a little security on anything rough on your wrists, but soft enough to allow the circulation in your hand to continue flowing. With their endless array of colors and patterns, these gems are a perfect fit for any outrageous CrossFit outfit. Wrap those wrists in Strengthwraps.

Nick’s Sticks: http://www.nicks-sticks.com/

  • I try to eat Paleo — try being the key word. Sometimes it’s hard when you’re on the go. So, over the past couple months, as a participant in the Lurong Paleo Challenge, I needed a supply of approved snacks. Nick’s Sticks are grass-fed beef and free-range turkey sticks, individually packaged for your convenience. I keep a bunch in my gym bag, my office drawer and my cupboard at home. No MSG, no antibiotics, no hormones, gluten-free and made only with fresh meats and Redmond organic salt. Plus, 5 percent of profits goes to a good cause, the Fisher House. Nick’s Sticks are a product of Wallace Farms, and as an Iowa girl, I must say that we do meat well!

RPM Jump Ropes: http://rpmfitness.com/

  • After a couple years of executing sub-par double-unders, I decided a rope upgrade was in order. My business partner led the pack when a workout opened with hundreds of my least-favorite movement, so I snuck a peek into his locker to feed my equipment envy. The handles read “RPM,” so I did a little research and discovered that if you were willing to expose yourself to some potential pain, these bad boys were fast … really fast. Professional jump-roper fast. The fine wire lacked coating of any kind, and the small metal handles made for an easy wrist whip. His secret exposed, I now dominate in the double-under domain. Reel in this rope for a game-changer.

Finding your groove in an activity this intense is key. Feeling comfortable, fueled and fabulous will help you achieve your fitness goals, so keep an open mind when new products cross your path. You never know when you might find your new favorite thing.

— Abi Reiland
Co-Owner / Trainer at CrossFit 8035