Tools of the Trade
Just like in any sport, there are tools/equipment that can assist you in improving at CrossFit. Although, there is no substitute for good form!
Below I've listed several of these tools that can help performance, recovery, and mobility.
Flat shoes: Flat shoes allow you to put your weight in your heels when you squat, lift, etc. Modern running shoes are built to absorb impact of a heel strike, so they actually hinder you when performing weightlifting, as they put you forward on your toes. Weightlifting shoes are great, but a lower-cost alternative are Converse (Chuck Taylors) or any flat shoe (like skateboarding shoes).
Compression Gear: Compression gear helps with performance by keeping muscles warm, reducing muscle movement and vibration and focusing the direction of the muscle. They also help reduce muscle soreness after activity. There are many brands of compression gear on the market, but most CrossFitters like Skins and BSc (see link at upper left side of our website). They can get a bit pricey, so remember that good nutrition also plays a big part in recovery and performance!
Tape: Tape helps reduce any wrist pain associated with lifting heavy. Especially when you first start CrossFitting, your wrists may hurt a bit from being stretched during the rack position, pressing overhead, etc. It's also good to protect rips, but proper hand care can help you avoid these. We keep a steady supply of tape at the gym for our athletes.
Chalk: At CrossFit, we sweat…profusely. Chalk helps your hands stay a little drier, which in turn helps your grip on the lifts, pull-ups, muscle-ups, etc. Just like tape, chalk is supplied at CFVB – just don't bathe in it (ahem…you know who you are).
Bands, Foam Rollers: If you are more mobile, you are stronger. Use the foam rollers available to you at the gym to roll out your back, quads and glutes. Grab a resistance band to stretch your shoulders and hips. Five minutes a day makes a world of difference.
What am I missing? What tools of the trade work for you?
Workout of the Day:
Five rounds for time of:
30 box jumps 24"
30 wall balls 20/14