It’s that time of year. And if you’re buying for a CrossFitter, you’re lucky. Because we’re easily amused with gear, apparel and things to put them in. We love our stuff, and I’ve put together a fun shopping guide to help you select the perfect gift for your
CrossFitter friend (or yourself).
1. Rx Jump Rope Bag $5.95. A good jump rope isn’t cheap. But a jump rope bag is! This bag keeps my rope in good condition and I never had to dig through my bag to find it.
3. Meister Elastic Wrist Wraps $9.99 (with shipping). I have three pairs of these in my gym bag. I love that they come in black, blue stripe and pink. The thick elastic feels secure around my wrist, and they’re cheap. A CrossFitter can never have too many wrist wraps.
4. Earphone Case $3.99 (with shipping). Running WODs can be so boring. I keep a set of earbuds and an iPod Shuffle in this little case. I can grab it and run before 3 – 2 – 1 – Go!
5. RipFix $10.00 (plus shipping). A gym bag isn’t complete without a tin of RipFix. Rips happen and the best way to jump-start the healing is to pack it full of RipFix. This is a truly great product, plus it’s an independent business run by a CrossFitter. I also like that it’s available from Amazon, so I can just throw it in my cart and check out.
6. Tape $6.99. Another gym bag staple. Lots of pull ups? Tape your hands. Forgot your wrist wraps? Tape your wrists. Sports stores usually carry fun colors. It’s possible my tape usually matches my shoes.
7. New Wave Enviro 2.2 Liter Water Bottle $5.50. My friend Tiffany has this water bottle and it’s on my own Christmas List this year. It’s hard to find water bottles large enough to get me through an hour of CrossFit, but small enough to carry around. This 2.2 liter bottle is a perfect size (and how about that spiffy silver top?).
1. adidas Duffel Bag $45.00. My husband bought me this bag last year, and I love it. It’s compact, but it holds everything I need. I store my lifting shoes in the shoe compartment, and it has tons of various pockets inside that hold everything from an inhaler to my wedding rings. My lifting belt, towels, and everything in this list (and the list above) fit perfectly inside so I’m able to carry everything I need in one place. (This isn’t big enough for a change of clothes, so you might consider a size up if that’s something you need.)
2. JAW Pull Up Grips $29.95. I love these grips. A few other people at my box also use them. The cloth “grip” protects your hand from the bar without messing with your proprioception much. And, you can get 10% off your purchase at BoxFreak with this code: 53E3B4CEA32D2F7.
3. JournalMENU Customized Journal (starting at) $14.99. Customized gifts are special. If you know a CrossFitter who loves writing things down, this would be a perfect gift for her. So many options on design and features. Erica at JournalMENU loves her job and working with clients to produce the perfect product. For more information, you can read my review here. Save 10% off your purchase by using the code FRIENDSSAVE at checkout.
4. Apple iPod Shuffle $65.99. I keep this in my gym bag (it fits in the little case where I keep my ear phones), but I use it when I mow the lawn or if I’m in a waiting room. It’s perfect for running WODs or if for some reason the sound at your box goes out.
5. Lacrosse Ball (starting at ) $5.99. Small balls get a big reaction from CrossFitters. I have one in my gym bag, by my bed and on my desk at work.
6. Interval Training Round Timer $24.99. Perfect when you want to Tabata, EMOM or interval train and you don’t have access to the WOD clock. I like that it fits on my wrist.
2. Fit.Life Tshirt $25.00. With an ever-expanding library of articles and motivation and constantly evolving apparel line, Fit.Life has everything you need to stay motivated and focused. And it’s not just for CrossFitters!
3. Barbell VooDoo LimitLess Tank $25.00. LimitLess says it all. Barbell VooDoo is an apparel company rooted in the belief that nothing is impossible. We as humans have the inherent ability to adapt and overcome no matter what the obstacles are in our lives.
5. 2Pood Men’s v.3.0 WOD Shorts $59.99. Not only are these shorts comfortable, and lightweight, they also help a cause. When you use the code Jamie2Pood at checkout, 2Pood will donate to pediatric cancer research. Not only are you buying a gift for a CrossFitter, you are also joining the fight again childhood cancer.
1. Free+Style by Carl Paoli $44.95. Learn to maximize your sport and life performance with four basic movements. It’s on my personal Christmas List so I can
look at lots of pictures of Carl learn advanced movement skills.
2. Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan $29.95. A fun, delicious and approachable method to Paleo cooking. CrossFitter Mel’s recipes for homemade mayo and Sunshine Sauce are a staple in my refrigerator. And, if you’re following Whole30, Mel has tons of tips for you. (Check back for an interview with Mel later this month.) You can also visit Mel’s blog The Clothes Make the Girl. Already have Well Fed? Check out Mel’s follow up book Well Fed 2.
3. Becoming a Supple Leopard by Dr. Kelly Starrett $59.95. A legend in CrossFit mobility, Kelly Starrett has created “The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance.” When my non-CrossFitter husband was having back pain, I referred to this book for mobility exercises to help relieve the pain. I also brought it with me to every workout during the Open so I could mobilize the specific muscles I’d be using in the workout.
4. Olympic Weightlifting by Greg Everett $34.95. I received this book last year for Christmas, and it’s been sitting on my bedside table ever since. It’s a great reference on the Olympic Lifts when what your coach is saying doesn’t quite click. Sometimes having the lifts explained in a different way helps me understand what I’ve been doing wrong.
5. Learning to Breathe Fire by JC Herz $25.00. From before Greg Glassman’s first Fran to Reebok’s explosion into CrossFit, JC Herz takes you through the history of our sport. As a CrossFitter, you’ll feel you’re listening to the stories of good friends as you learn more about Christmas Abbott and Jason Khalipa. And if you’re not a CrossFitter, you might discover why your
obsessed CrossFitting friend can’t wait to get to the box every day.
6. Unbreakable Runner by TJ Murphy and Brian MacKenzie $18.95. I can’t wait to read this. It’s on my own Christmas List (and possibly in that Amazon box sitting on my kitchen table). A couple of months after I started CrossFit, my husband bought me TJ Murphy’s book Inside the Box. I couldn’t put it down. Now I’m looking forward to hearing how a former-runner-turned-CrossFitter unites the two sports. Also with Brian MacKenzie – the founder of CrossFit Endurance.
One of the great things about CrossFit is that it makes me feel like a kid again around Christmas. Can you believe this is only half of what I came up with for a CrossFit Gift Guide? For more ideas, check out the lists at Wine to Weightlifting.
What is on your Christmas List?