If you are dating/married to/stalking/related to a female CrossFitter, and you're wondering what to get her for the holidays, you're in luck. Any one of the items below are guaranteed to be her favorite gifts this year. Get her ALL of them if you really want to score points...
Note: the sub-par quality of the photos you are about to see was intentional. This is not just because I am a lousy photog and took pics of used stuff with my iPhone, but rather because I wanted to assure you that each of these items is personally recommended by either myself, my coworkers, fellow CrossFitters and friends by taking most of these photos myself, or forcing my friends to do it for me. We hope that you enjoy these products as much as we do!
1. Skin prep & pain reliever $
I've tested a few of these ointments in my day but I have to say that Rock Sauce by Rock Tape is the BOMB. I rub some on (actually I usually have an attractive CrossFitter assist me) to loosen up my shoulders before any work out with pull-ups, toes-to-bar, or when I’m going overhead. Added bonus: Everyone becomes super friendly when I wear it. At first I thought it could be because I’m really, really ridiculously good looking. But then I realized it’s probably because Rock Sauce smells wintergreen mint fresh (which is the preferred smell over the early am class’ coffee breath. Sorry guys.)
2. Calf Compression sleeves $
I originally purchased McDavid Calf Compression sleeves when I had shin splints, which they toootally helped me recover from (along with my Brooks sneakers, see below.) Then I found a second use for them-- to protect my delicate shins from barbells scraping up against them (that's what you get for having good form!) I’ve heard that there’s another product especially for this issue now called Rocktape Shin Skins $$, which is probably also worth checking out if your girl is all about style.
3. Knee-High/Weightlifting Socks
These will also help protect her shins but they are much, much fancier than compression sleeves (although they don't offer quite as much protection and therefore are probably not the best choice for a novice CrossFitter) If your girl thinks she fancy, you’ll want to snag her a pair of these. Mine are Reebok, but rumor has it So Rock Socks $ also has a bunch of unique prints (if your girl's got a funky sense of style that includes phoenixes and mustache prints.)
4. Sneakers $$-$$$
Have you ever seen the inside of a CrossFitters closet? Serious CrossFitters know that the SHOES make the WOD. If you’re a ninja you might even change shoes mid-WOD (been there, done that.) That’s why we CrossFitters have more shoes than Kim Kardashian... and all of her sisters combined. Here are a few of my favorite picks and what I use them for: Brooks Ravena 4 (running, double unders, box jumps), Reebok CrossFit Lifter (picking heavy stuff up and putting it down), Inov-8 F-Lite 230 (multiple dead lifts) Reebok CrossFit Nano 3.0 (Any WOD with multiple varying movements.)
5. Wrist Wraps $-$$
She’s going to need these to protect her wrists while she’s working her snatch. Seriously… your wrists get tired after doing lots of snatches… in a row! Just any CrossFitter who’s done Randy before. I love my Rogue Wrist Wraps but I lost them. Sad face. I purchased a pair by a new brand, Red Line (pictured), this past weekend at a competition and they look pretty snazzy. Only time will tell how they hold up. (Update 7/30/14: These are LEGIT! Get some at www.red-line-gear.com) Some of my CrossFit® buddies also enjoy PR Wraps. I don't think you can go wrong with any of these brands!
6. Fuel For Fire $-$$
This stuff is LEGIT. I may be a little bit biased, but Fuel For Fire is catching Fire in the fitness world as “perfect nutrition in a pouch.” They are all-natural, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and can go with you anywhere. I always keep boxes full of Fuel For Fire stacked in my car for pre- and post-workout, or as a protein-rich snack! Ok, actually all of the above. But seriously, I'd be stoked to get FFF in my stocking instead of candy Christmas morning. Candy hurts my teeth. Plus these little guys fit snugly inside a stocking.
7. Athletic Tape $
Ever hold hands with a CrossFit® girl who doesn't maintain her calluses? It’s like canoodling with a caveman construction worker, if you’re into that sorta thing. Getcha girl some tape so she can make herself some hand protectors to keep from tearing during pull-ups and toes-to-bars. These puppies come in a rainbow of colors and prints and they are easy to find at just about any sporting goods store. I get Fitness Gear Pro Athletic Tape at good old Dick’s Sporting Goods.
8. Hand Grips $
Apparently some clever CrossFitter thought of a solution to the aforementioned hand tearing problem as well. I don’t personally own a pair of these but one of my besties (Hi Maureen!) owns Again Faster Grips. I decided to let you in on these in case you think your girl isn’t handy enough to make her own… It’s the 11th skill of CrossFit®. Google it.
9. Callus Shaver/Nail File/Pumice Stone/Ped Egg $
She’s also going to need a few of these tools to keep those callus’ in check. As if girls didn’t already have enough tools. These are so easy to find you really don’t need me to help you out with a hyperlink, you’re on your own. Gift certificates for pedicures are also much appreciated by zee ladies.
10. Climb On Skin Repair Bar $
OK, so you didn't get her the hand grips, she ran out of tape, or her hand protectors fell off after the 50th pull-up. No problemo. THIS stuff will have her hands silky smooth again in a flash. She’ll apply some Climb On before going to bed and when she wakes up BAM! She’ll feel like a new woman.
11. Head Bands/Ear Warmers/Hats $-$$
Psyche out the competition with cute accessories, that’s the only way to roll. JUNK, Lululemon and Victoria’s Secret VSXare all winners here. Not only are these headbands functional by keeping your mane in check during a WOD, but they also make you look like you know what you’re doing. You know that girl in the leopard print headband? Don’t mess with her...
12. Becoming a Supple Leopard Book by Dr. Kelly Starrett $$
Speaking of leopards... This national bestseller will “teach you how to perform basic maintenance on your bod- Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat body stiffness and achy joints, and rehabilitate injuries—all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or masseur.” Sounds like a dream come true. Author Kelly Starrett is also the founder of mobilitywod.com. Good stuff. Rawr!
13. Massage $$$
But if she doesn’t feel like doing that stuff mentioned above herself, I happen to know a few lovely women (in the Boston area) who can do it for her, for the right price of course. I’m talking about massage! Amy of Baystate Therapy Massage and Katrina of Caring Touch Massage will leave your little CrossFitter feeling like a million bucks. Note: massage gift certificates also acts as good “I’m Sorry” gifts or “Just Because” if you’re just looking to win the best boyfriend/husband/dad/I’d like to be your boyfriend but I’m not yet Award.
14. Workout Clothing & Accessories $-$$$
“If you still look cute after your workout, you didn’t train hard enough...” That’s NOT true. You CAN still look cute and WILL in pretty much anything made by Life As RX, Lululemon, Reebok or VSX. I modeled my trucker hat for you because I LOVE it. And I was too lazy to put on all the clothes so I stopped there. Do truckers really even wear trucker hats? No matter, chicks dig ‘em. Not to mention they are a great accessory for selfies.
15. Gym bag $$
Your woman is gonna need a bag to throw all her new gear in. There are a lot of good bags out there, so don't get overwhelmed. Just make sure that it's a) her favorite color. Mine's blue! (If you don't know what her fav color is then shame on you. Go with black.) and b) large enough to fit everything on this list.