The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games start tomorrow, Thursday 3rd August, and this year is set to be the biggest and most exciting year yet with a move from the Stub Hub Centre to the Alliant Energy Centre in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Eight weeks ago Regionals wrapped up and the final five men, women and teams from each region were crowned Games Athletes. I attended our local event, the Meridian Regional in Madrid, with Reebok and it was absolutely electric. I watched the Team competition for the first time and couldn’t believe I’d neglected to watch it previously, but despite the “JST… JST… JST” chants, by far the biggest crowd turned out to watch the individual women. Apparently a couple of years ago, people were actually leaving the stadium as the men took to the floor for the final heats. So why is the female race so much more exciting? And how is it that CrossFit has managed to turn the trends of spectator sport on its head?

Photo courtesy of Reebok.

Women in Sport

Look at any other sport – football, rugby, tennis, etc; the majority of excitement (and publicity) comes with the men. Perhaps the only exception is volleyball… for reasons that will remain unsaid! Generally speaking, women’s sport is barely even given the prime time slots or channels on TV. The men’s Wimbledon finals take precedence over the women’s, and journalists even fail to recognise female achievement in sports. And if you thought the gender pay gap was large in our ordinary day jobs, you just have to look at prize money for various sports to know there are bigger problems out there.

But in CrossFit, the prize money is the same, women and men compete in the same events with the same movement standards (only the weights are scaled according to the general rule of thumb that men have approximately 30% more muscle mass). In fact, the women’s competition is so much more exciting because it’s that much closer a battle. With a number of women all battling it out for the top spot, every second and every point counts.

More Than Just a Close Race

But is it just the closeness of the competition that makes the females that much more entertaining to watch? CrossFit often gets a bad rep, but one of the things that most people will agree on is that it is incredible to watch and the elite athletes are ridiculously strong, agile, fast, mobile… basically they are real-life T-800s. Seeing someone throw a weight over their head that the majority of people would struggle to even pick up off the floor, climb a rope using just their arms, run, swim, walk on their hands, push and pull extremely heavy and awkward objects – it’s fascinating. And then to see all of those things being done by a woman when women have been seen as weaker and less capable for so long? There’s something amazing in that.

Photo courtesy of Reebok.

Never Specialise

Another way that the Reebok CrossFit Games has challenged the norm is in the celebration of not specialising. You can’t win the games by having just one strong element – you need to be a jack of all trades. Looking at the previous winners, male and female, arguably the people who have won the most times have been the people you can’t pigeon-hole. The closest you see to that with your typical Olympic sports is the multi-event sports, like heptathlon, or perhaps where you get people switch sport (like Bradley Wiggins and Rebecca Romero switching from cycling to rowing and vice versa), but it’s just not on the same level as with CrossFit.

Why Watch This Year

So how is this year’s competition hotting up? Personally I think there are lots of reasons why this year’s Games are more exciting than any other, but here are my top 5 reasons to watch the Games this year:

1. First all-British team finalists. 

We have our first all-Brit team competing at the Games, Team CrossFit JST. Watching them compete at Regionals (and topping the leaderboard overall) was phenomenal and I can’t wait to see how they get on in Madison. If you want to feel like part of the team you can even buy a CrossFit JST team t-shirt from Reebok UK!

Photo courtesy of Reebok.

2. Motivation x 1000.

Being at Regionals in person and hearing the crowd made the whole experience that much more exciting – the atmosphere is incredible as everyone cheers their favourites, but the camaraderie is also clear – it motivated me so much to work on my weaknesses and progress my own training and I want to get that feeling back by tuning in to the coverage online.

Photo courtesy of Reebok.

3. Rory McKernon.

My CrossFit Media Team crush… his handsome face will be presenting pretty much the entire weekend. Need I say more?!

4. The women’s competition.

There’s going to be a battle at the top, and it’s going to get emotional. There’s a fire inside the Icelandic ladies’ bellies and they are going to fight it out like never before, but there’s an Australian on their tails, plus our favourite Brit – Sam Briggs – and it’s going to be amazing to see who comes out on top.

Photo courtesy of Reebok.

5. The exciting events.

If you haven’t seen them yet, you need to get looking – this year the events look ACE. I mean: 1RM snatch, an obstacle course, cyclocross, a muscle up and clean ladder and a strongman/handstand walk pairing? I can’t wait to see the action.

Will you be tuning in to the Reebok Crossfit Games? What (or who?!) are you looking forward to seeing?

Photo courtesy of Reebok.

Thanks to Reebok for the use of the photos (including featured image) and for the amazing trip to Madrid in June. Make sure you’re following the Reebok UK and Sport Stylist social channels to get all the behind the scenes from Lucy Denver who’s gone to watch!

At the start of the year I was invited to join a press and celebrity team at Cancer Research’s The Great Row event, where we would row a marathon on a Concept2 erg as a team of six (read more about it on Sophie and Patricia’s fabulous blogs!). After a really fun evening of slogging it out on the erg – including my last 500m being commentated by a BBC sports presenter (!) – I’d already decided that I wanted to learn to row for real. I was even looking up Learn to Row courses in between my turns on the erg… but what I didn’t realise was quite how much I’d love it, and that 6 months later I would be rowing another team marathon, only this time down the Thames with my local rowing club!

Learning to Row

I’d always assumed rowing would be quite technical, but I didn’t appreciate just how much I’d gotten away with on the erg until we got to work with the coaches at the Broxbourne Rowing Club Learn to Row course. The course was run on Saturday and Sunday mornings over 8 weeks, and as we progressed from erg, to bank tub (a frame with a seat on a slide and a rigger so you can practice moving the blade in the water), to boat the coaches worked with us to improve our positioning, core strength and timing.

The first two days were a lot to take in with tonnes of rowing terminology to learn, as well as the physical movements. But I felt relatively confident that I was picking things up. Something I didn’t appreciate until recently was just how good CrossFit has been for my ability to learn new things. The variety of movements we have to perform as part of our CrossFit arsenal requires motor skills and proprioceptive feedback that I’m sure has helped me when learning new physical activities. It wasn’t until week three that I had a real dip in confidence with an outing where almost everything went wrong… and I’m still getting those on occasion four months later.


You see, despite the “general physical preparedness” that CrossFit gives me, I’ve still found rowing to be one of the hardest technical challenges I’ve taken on. When you learn a clean and jerk, you can stick with a light weight and drill the movement over and over again and the only person that’s affected if you mess it up is you. If you miss a lift you just dump the bar, take a breather and go for the next one. If you mess up a rowing stroke, on the other hand, the whole boat can rock and slow. You can’t just stop rowing and take your time to correct what you got wrong – you have to keep in time with the athletes in front of you and correct/adjust as you go.

Learning to Race

Being the competitive person I am, when the chance came up to join a squad specifically for learning to race, I was obviously going to go for it. But going from a group of all beginners to a crew who have been rowing for an average of around two years was a bit of a leap. I am by far the newest rower in the team and I’m certain it shows. We got to work on training as an eight – doing racing starts (which our coach, Bex, loves) and joining in with “tidal flow”, which is where all the boats make their way up to one end of the river and then set off one by one at a fast pace to simulate the pressure of a regatta (and help make sure you have a clear stretch of river to speed down!). It’s really hard sometimes to try and keep your strokes as tidy as you want them to be when you’re also trying to put the power on and maintain a fast rate, but I’m hoping it will come with practice.

After about 5-6 weeks of training together as a crew (when we could all make it!) we did our first race as an eight at St Neots Regatta. We had hoped to be in a novice category, but with a change in the way British Rowing members get points for racing, the novice categories seem to be being phased out across various races. We ended up racing against the eventual winners of our category for our first race draw… and obviously lost. An unlucky draw perhaps, but still a brilliant experience. Despite beautiful weather in the morning, by the time our race came the weather had taken a turn for the worst and we were soaked through, we had trouble getting lined up with the stake boat because the wind kept drifting us away, and we lost by four lengths… but we were still probably the happiest bunch there! It just goes to show what a little bit of adrenaline does for you!

What Comes Next

Now I’ve had my first taste of racing I’m excited for what’s to come. I want to do every race I can get myself signed up for (that’s if I make the cut, of course!) and I’m determined to work on my technique and timing so I can pull my weight more in the boat and make efficient use of my strength rather than just haul-assing the oar! I’m hoping to learn to single scull, as it’s supposed to be the best way to learn how to balance and move a boat effectively. I’m also going to work on getting a sub-8 minute 2k erg, which I know is within reach (I’m currently hovering around 8:14).

As well as racing, I hope to use rowing as a way to see new places. I’ve already been on a trip with the recreational rowers, where we rowed from Wallingford to Henley – a total of 26 miles over two days. I’ll cover that trip in a separate post! Touring is great fun and I’m looking forward to seeing where else it will take me.

The How?

It’s all very well writing a wish list of things I want to achieve, but without a plan it’s just that – a wish list. To turn them into goals I’m going to achieve I need an action plan…

Firstly, I’m going to hit the erg at the gym once or twice during the week to rack up the time I spend working on my body positions. British Rowing have a great indoor rowing section on their website called “Go Row Indoor” which has training plans and technique tips as well as advice on apps to record your ergs. I also plan to use Rowing WOD to give me challenging workouts for the erg to improve my rowing fitness.

Secondly, I’m going to get myself out in a single sculling boat whenever I can and get that practice in so I can learn important skills like maneuvering, balancing and getting an efficient stroke and recovery. I just have to be prepared to get wet because the risk of capsize is relatively high… especially for beginners!

And finally, I’m going to continue to train with our lovely learn to race crew as often as I can – working on individual timing is great, but rowing is mostly a team sport and it’s important to work together to get that boat as fast as it can be. Our coach is great and really enthusiastic about the squad and our races, and we’re lucky to have loads of great volunteers who give us coaching from the bank as we train. I need to be a bit of a sponge now and try to take it all in and act on it!

Have you ever thought about learning to row? Or if you’re already a rower, what would you recommend for learning to row better?

We all know the feeling of a really hard WOD, but have you ever stopped to think about what goes through your head when you’re in the thick of it? I bet we all have pretty similar though processes when we’re working out – whether it’s about what we’re going to eat later, that thought of “is this ever going to end” and when our mind swings from elation to desperation.

These are just some of the thoughts that can come in to play once the clock has gone 3… 2… 1…GO!!

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Thoughts of a CrossFitter

Why was I planning on breaking up the reps? This feels great! Maybe I’ll go unbroken?

We’ve all been there… you had a strategy but the buzzer went and out you shot like Bolt from the blocks. Deep down you know you’re probably kidding yourself, but the adrenaline got the better of you!

When I get home tonight I’m going to eat ALL the pizza… paleo, of course.

What serious CrossFitter doesn’t think about food all the live long day? I’m always either eating food or thinking about food, and that includes while I’m working out. Just me? Oh…

OMG, surely we must be nearly done by now? *Looks at the clock, hopefully* Oh, we’re 2 minutes in…

Time seems to stop still when you’re doing a really hard workout. This is especially true of a 10-1 WOD where the round of 7 and 6 feel like utter hell. The exception to this rule is that strange vortex of time when you’re in the work period of an EMOM or the rest period of Tabata.

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Seriously, how has he done so many reps already?!

There’s always one. That person who moves on to their second round on an AMRAP while you’re still on the second of three exercises. How do they move so fast? Must be all the pre-workout.

8, 9, 10… was that 10? Shit, why can’t I count anymore?! I’ll do another rep just to make sure. And maybe one more just in case!

Yes it’s normal and yes it happens to everyone. Counting is a process saved for the oxygen-rich. But even if you’re ultra competitive, it’s always better to do one too many reps than one too few. Suck it up and get it done.

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Maybe if I pretend I need chalk I can take some rest?

You’re gasping for breath, you have that pained expression of “this really f**king hurts” on your face and suddenly you realise there’s a perfect excuse for rest sitting just a few glorious feet away from you… the chalk bucket. You saunter over, dust up, catch your breath… no-one ever runs to the chalk bucket!

This WOD is going to be the end of me. I’m going to die doing thrusters.

There’s something really unique about thrusters. They just have this ability to make you want to cry. And almost every year the bastards at CrossFit HQ decide it will be a good idea to have a couplet of thrusters and rowing or burpees. You’re certain your obituary will read “killed by thrusters”.

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Yup, I ripped my hands. Totally worth it though.

It’s always the way. Your hands will rip at the worst possible time. Like when you know you have lots of meetings the following week and will have to shake people’s hands. But in the midst of a workout, when you’re killing it to get the reps done, you just don’t care.

I can’t do any more, I really need to stop…. NO… Just. One. More. Rep.

You’ll see this in others more than yourself, but the internal debate is there for most of us. You really want to stop what you’re doing and crawl into the fetal position, but you know you just want that extra rep on the board. Somehow, you keep on going and get that final rep out. And it feels like you reached the top of Everest.IMG_0594

Does this list strike a chord with you? Do you have any other thoughts in the middle of a WOD? Comment with them below or on social media! I’d love to hear them!

No matter how hard we try and plan our strategy in a WOD, our mind can have a completely different idea once our lungs start burning and our legs go to jelly. This is intended to be a just-for-fun post, but if you want to know more about mental prep for competing in CrossFit, check out my post on how to up your game in CrossFit Competitions.

And if you liked this post, please feel free to share it or comment – it really means a lot!

I remember when I first started running, everyone said how accessible it was – all you need is a pair of trainers and some old clothes and you can run. Which is true, unless you want trainers for distance. Trainers for speed. Trainers that stop your arches collapsing. Trainers that return the energy from your footstrike. And what about if you want to do a HIIT class? Or lift some weights?

Inov8 have just brought out their latest pair of trainers, the All Train 215, which come with the claim that you can use them for pretty much anything. So can you really just have one pair of trainers for all activities? I got a pair from [Kit]Box to find out.

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inov8 All Train 215

The Technical Stuff

One of their lightest shoes yet, the inov8 All Train weighs just 215g (or a whopping 240g if you’re a UK size 8.5 like me!). The lacing pulls in a cradle around the sides of your foot, locking you in and supporting side to side movement. The sole has triangular shaped cleats to help with grip in any direction. A firmer heel and reinforced heel cup support you during lifting and squatting. And a meta-flex groove provides the flexibility for plyometric movements.

Firstly, I’ll say that Inov8 have comfort down to a T in all their shoes. Every pair of Inov8 shoes I’ve owned (including my lifters) have been incredibly comfortable and the All Trains are no different. These guys know how to do feet! Having said that, I do find them a bit of a pain to get on – you have to loosen the laces quite a bit to be able to slip your foot in the back without squashing the heel cup down. But, once they’re on they really do feel like a supportive second skin.

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In Action

I wore the All Train 215 trainers to CrossFit to test them out with a variety of movements (moderate-weight power snatches, skipping, wall balls, etc.) and also running along the river in quite muddy conditions.

Personally I wouldn’t wear these for dedicated lifting as I always prefer the extra stability of a pair of lifting shoes, but in a workout where you’re mixing lifting with other exercises they hold their own on the platform pretty well. I found I shifted forwards onto my toes quite a lot when snatching, but this might be because they’re so light. For wall balls (squatting with a medicine ball and throwing it to a target overhead) I found them really good – they helped my feet stay grounded while giving me enough freedom of movement to easily jump to throw the ball.

For running I loved them – they are super light and comfortable and felt grippy even in the mud. I wouldn’t recommend them for heavy heel-strikers as the firmer heel and minimalist feel probably wouldn’t provide enough cushioning. However, if you want to get yourself away from a heel strike then these may be a good way to help reinforce good running patterns! I’m a forefoot striker so these were perfect for my running style.

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When I’ll Wear Them

I’ll be slipping on the inov8 All Train 215 shoes whenever I’m going to a class that has a mix of cardio and strength exercises, such as Re-Shape at 1Rebel, Barry’s Bootcamp classes, F45, Grid, etc. I’ll probably still go for my dedicated CrossFit shoes for CrossFit classes – purely because they have a flatter sole that I think just has the edge for lifting – but I’ll definitely keep these as the trainers I take to work for lunchtime workouts or runch!

Does One Shoe Fit All Activities?

So, can you just have one pair of trainers? If you’re a fitness class addict or love variety in your training but don’t want dedicated pairs of trainers for each workout style, then the inov8 All Train 215 shoes are a really good choice as an all-rounder that will support a little bit of everything.

With the best bits of all trainers; the inov8 All Train 215 is a running shoe you can lift in, a lifting shoe you can dodge and weave in and an agility shoe you can hit the trails with.

Pick up a pair of the women’s in0v8 All Train 215 (the ones in this post) or the men’s variety, from [Kit]Box for £84.99 (price correct at the time of writing!).

Photos taken with my Olympus PEN E-PL7*, 17mm f1.8 lens* and 30mm f3.5 macro lens*.

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Disclaimer: I was given a pair of inov8 All Train 215 trainers for review by [Kit]Box. As always, my opinion is my own and not affected by payment, or items/services gifted to me. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page. * Affiliate link. Affiliate links do not affect the price that you pay, but any commission earned helps me to pay the costs of running this site. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page.

For most, CrossFit is a method of keeping fit. You go in to your local box, work hard, get fitter, stronger, faster. You make friends, support each other and come away feeling awesome. And that’s great. It’s enough.

But for some, CrossFit is a sport – one to compete in at a serious level. If you want to take your CrossFit training to the next level and aim to compete at Regionals, or even the Games themselves, you’ll need dedicated programming, and that can get expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of free resources out there for you to take advantage of.

In this post I’ve tracked down some of the best training programmes out there to help you improve your CrossFit performance. So, in no particular order…

The Best Free CrossFit Programmes

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CrossFit Mainsite Programming

Clearly one of the best places to get CrossFit programming is the CrossFit site itself. CrossFit.com, or “mainsite” as it’s known, has 7 years’ worth of workouts to look back on and it’s known to have given an indication in the past of what might come up in the games. For example, when heavy DT (21-15-9 of deadlifts, power cleans and push jerks) was announced during the 2015 CrossFit Games, some athletes who regularly train off mainsite were pretty smug as they had done an even heavier version of DT from there a short while before.

Check in for workouts regularly and you’ll get an idea of where CrossFit HQ is pushing boundaries to.

http://www.crossfit.com/workout/

Built by Bergeron

Built By Bergeron Comptrain

The man behind the 2016 male and female individual winners of the CrossFit Games, Ben Bergeron programmes for the best CrossFit elites around. Katrin Davidsdottir and Mat Fraser put their trust in him for the second year in a row, and look where it go them… on the top of the podium! You have to pay for Ben’s Games programme, but his Regionals and Open programmes are free for the taking on his website and social media, so jump on board for some serious expert training!

Go here for some targeted, and proven to be effective, competition training.

http://www.builtbybergeron.com/comptrain

CrossFit Invictus

CrossFit Invictus Programming

One of the top CrossFit boxes in the world, Invictus is home to many Games athletes and teams, including Lauren Fisher, Sam Dancer and Kristin Holte. They offer a daily programme with competition, performance and fitness options on their website going back further than you’d care to see. They also have an athlete programme which you can sign up for (at a cost) that enables you to choose elements you need to work on and caters for multiple sessions per day.

Invictus always have a good turnout at Regionals and the Games so they must be doing something right!

http://www.crossfitinvictus.com/wod

The Outlaw Way

The Outlaw Way Barbell Programming

Father and son weightlifting duo Jared and Dave Fleming provide a weekly barbell programme on their website, the Outlaw Way. All they ask is you add your progress in the comments so they can see what works and what doesn’t. Expect a cyclical programme (now in its 10th 15-week cycle) that addresses technique and strength with the aim of preparing you for a weightlifting competition.

If you want a weightlifting-specific programme that’s been developed with feedback from all around the world, then this is your one.

http://theoutlawway.com/category/blog/

Misfit Athletics

Misfit Athletics CrossFit Programming

Started by a group of five self-proclaimed misfits, MisFit Athletics is a free daily programme that is designed to be progressive with cycles of training, including testing weeks. Their personalities and attitudes coming across in their programming and you’ll find the blogs as entertaining as they are helpful. Oh, and the programming is pretty disgusting… think all manner of burpees, muscle ups and multiple metcons.

You have to sign up to access this one, but don’t worry – it’s still totally free!

http://misfitathletics.com/blog/

Rowing WOD

Rowing WOD CrossFit Programming

Another sign up only resource, the Rowing WOD training plan is available to you as soon as you submit your scores for 2 benchmark sessions. Cardio endurance/capacity catches out a surprising number of CrossFit athletes, so if your rowing is lacking then get yourself on the Rowing WOD programme and work on those weaknesses. Who knows, maybe you’ll be setting world records soon, like Sam Briggs!

Perfect if you need a bit of a helping hand in the cardio endurance area (let’s face it, most of us do!)

http://www.rowingwod.co/

Weightlifting 101

Weightlifting 101 CrossFit Programming

Erik Lau Kelner, weightlifting coach to Sara Sigmundsdottir, Emma Mcquaid and Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson, offers free weightlifting programming on his website, Weightlifting 101. His programmes are intended to build a solid weightlifting base, while allowing for the unpredictable nature of CrossFit. Expect a programme that allows for good weightlifting potential even after a 5k run, or for high repetitions in what he calls “CrossFit Weightlifting”.

He’s recently changed his programme from a weekly schedule to a block of training that you can schedule when you want. Access his previous programmes below, and the current block of programming is also available from the main menu.

http://www.weightlifting101.net/previous-programs/

And if you aren’t interested in competing? You can still use any of these sites for workout inspiration when you can’t make it to the box, if you want to do a home workout, or just for ideas for open gym.

Have you used any of these (or any other) free resources before? Or have any of them peaked your interest? Comment below and let me know! And if you liked this post please feel free to share it or comment/like/follow so I know to do more like this!

I can’t believe how quickly Christmas has come around… I swear I say this every year, but it really has jumped up on me this year! There may not be long to go until the big day, but there’s still time to get some online shopping in with guaranteed Christmas delivery, and if you’re struggling to think of what to get the CrossFitter in your life, this gift guide should help you!

All the items in this guide are either products I’ve tried and tested myself, or are from brands I buy from regularly, so this is a bonafide recommendation from me, an avid CrossFitter/weightlifter, to you – the giver of gifts. I’ve included some higher price items right the way down to stocking fillers so there should be something for all budgets.

Let’s get shopping…

Home CrossFit Equipment

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  1. Pull Up Mate – £108.29, including bag. A great piece of kit for home workouts and generally working on your pulling strength. I use mine for pull-up variations, ring dips (with my Reebok gymnastics rings) and even lat pull downs!
  2. Reebok Ab Mat – £24.99. Good support for your lower back during sit ups but can also double up to rest your knees on for ab roll-outs and push ups. 
  3. Incite Fitness Paralettes – £60. I got these for Christmas last year and love them for practising L sits, jump throughs, crow, handstands, etc.
  4. Reebok Gymnastics Rings – £59.99. Brilliant for working on dips and muscle up progressions. You can even invert on these with the Pull Up Mate!

Clothing and Footwear

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  1. Reebok Nano 6.0 – £89.95. Reebok’s best shoe yet – super comfortable and more supportive than previous versions. And you can never have too many Nanos. They come in some gorgeous colours too!
  2. Nike Romaleos – £180. A pricey shoe, but worth it’s weight in gold (and it’s a bloody heavy shoe!). I wouldn’t wear anything else for pure weightlifting now.
  3. Reebok Jogging Bottoms – £39.95. These are perfect for chucking on in the evenings, or on top of leggings for between workouts. Super comfortable and stylish.
  4. Skins Calf Guards – £35. Great to keep in your kit bag in case of rope climbs, these calf guards will protect your loved one’s shins from the burn of the rope as they climb and descend.
  5. Nike Metcon 2.0 – £120. Another favourite shoe of mine. These are good for the Nike lovers out there and there are so many colours to choose from! The new rose gold ones are gorgeous!

Accessories

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  1. Unbroken Designs Weightlifting Belt – £29.99. I try not to wear a lifting belt too often, but find it really helps me with my clean and jerk when the bar gets heavy. This is supportive enough without being super wide.
  2. Vropes Fire Skipping Rope and Speed Cable Pack – £40 + £18. My favourite rope so far… and I’ve tried a lot of ropes trying to find the one that will magically give me double unders! You can get the extra pack with three different weight ropes for all preferences (each longer length for you to cut to the right length) and you can get the handles personalised too!
  3. Bulldog Gear Mobility Gear – from £2.99. Perfect for home workouts, stretching and glute activation. A mix of full size and shorty bands at different weights, plus a lacrosse ball and peanut roller would make for a really good mobility kit!
  4. Reebok Kit Bag – £89.95. Big enough to store all of your kit in and a really cool, quite military style. Us CrossFitters have a lot of kit to pack away!

Holistic Accessories

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  1. Love Life Supplements Primal Power Whey Protein – £34.95. Really good quality whey protein which contains a balance of 20g protein, 10g fat and 5g carbohydrate per serving. It even contains health boosting flaxseeds, digestive enzymes and prebiotics.
  2. Liforme Yoga Mat – £100. The best yoga mat ever. Fact. Lines on the mat help with alignment in poses, the anti-slip fabric helps you stay in place no matter how sweaty your hands get, and it’s big enough for those of us who are a little taller. I got it for Christmas last year and wouldn’t use any other mat now!
  3. Yoga Gym – £12. A great book of yoga workouts from Nicola Jane Hobbs. This book isn’t just for yogis – CrossFitters will benefit hugely from the strength and mobility focused yogacises.
  4. First Aid 4 Sport CrossFit Kit – from £6. a brilliant little kit for any CrossFitter to put in their (Reebok) kit bag! The basic kits contains tape, plasters, bandages, gloves, scissors, etc. but you can also add products like a callous shaver and a block of chalk! Perfect for keeping the WOD going through every pull-up your beloved can do.
  5. Becoming a Supple Leopard – £45.99. The CrossFitter’s bible. This well-known book is packed full of mobility exercises and technique tips to help make for the smoothest movement standards known to man. Great for any mobility geek hoping to brush up on some Starrett knowledge.

Stocking Fillers

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  1. Graze Mince Pie Flapjack – £5.99 for six. Because… mince pie flapjack. Duh!
  2. MyProtein Wrist Wraps – £8.49. Like with the belt, not to be worn all the time, but when doing lots of heavy reps wrist wraps really help. These are a really affordable little present – great for Secret Santa!
  3. MissFits Protein Sachets – 12 sachets for £20. Individually portioned pea protein sachets of goodness. In four lovely flavours.
  4. WATU headband – £19.99. A headband that actually stays in place while you train. And it has aluminium spots to help cool in known hotspots! Awesome. Oh and it’s unisex.
  5. Stance Socks – from £7.99. Stance are known to be the sock of choice of CrossFitters. They’re super comfortable, colourful, and help protect your shins during rope climbs. Awesome.

I hope this CrossFit Gift Guide has helped you think of some last-minute gifts for the CrossFitter in your life. Let me know if there’s anything else you’d add!

Disclaimer: Some of these items were given to me as PR samples in the past. However, most were bought by me, or given to me as gifts from my family and I would recommend them to my friends! As always, my opinion is my own and not affected by payment, or items/services gifted to me. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page. This post contains some affiliate links. Affiliate links do not affect the price that you pay, but any commission earned helps me to pay the costs of running this site. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page.