CrossFit, like any sport or hobby, comes with its own culture. We have acronyms and phrases (AMRAP, C2B, SDHP, TTB, etc), and a bit of a ‘costume,’ in the form of common gear and apparel. If you are new to CrossFit, you might be looking around the gym wondering: Why does everyone seem to have 3 pairs of shoes? Why do some people wear belts when they lift? Why is that guy putting tape on his thumbs?
In this article, we are going to briefly explain some of the common gear and apparel that athletes may choose: Sleeves, belts, grips, and shoes. The intent of this resource is not to encourage you to buy a whole bunch of stuff. In fact, we want you to understand that the following items are just tools, and aren’t guaranteed to improve performance or make you fitter. You can really do CrossFit wearing anything, having gear is not a prerequisite to being fit (or fitting in!). That being said, it is good to know what’s available that may aid in your comfort or performance, so down the road if you want to invest in some of this gear you know where to start.
As always, if you have any other questions about gear and apparel, feel free to talk to a coach, or if you see another athlete at the gym use something you are curious about, you can always ask them (when they aren’t in the middle of a workout, of course).