I wanted to put together some useful information regarding clothing or apparel for crossfit workouts below is my recommendations for finding the right gear for your own training.
I’ve been doing crossfit for a number of years now and I am asked on a regular basis where I buy my workout gear, What are the best Crossfit shoes & shorts or to simply give some advice on the subject I often get asked because of one of two reasons, the first is when people ask what I do for a living when I am working out at the gym or box I then say I work for a sports clothing company and as you can imagine the questions then range from, which one? to do you get free stuff? and ultimately where do I get my own workout gear from?
The second reason why I get asked about my clothing is because I do quite frequently get given samples and concept clothing to test or in some cases as a bribe for me to either promote or stock the units, all of this is not really that important however what is important is where you can buy clothing for any type of sports not just crossfit but I will focus on crossfit as this is the subject of the site.
Following the Trends
A very big mistake people often make is trying to keep up with the latest fashion trends, fashion and sportswear in my opinion are not a good match if you see a celebrity wearing a pair of sneakers unless they are a sports star then avoid these shoes at all costs the same apply’s to pop stars and actors. These people are give and sometimes paid to wear these items and they are not designed for sports, looking good is not a priority avoiding injury is a better option and buying the correct shoes for the activity will be a better option trust me.
Check out these two in the video pushing fashion Sneakers
Buying The Latest Addition
Sportswear manufacturers are the same as every other company from electronic goods to fast food restaurants the fact of the matter is all of them are money machines and increasing customer databases to building a bigger profit margin is the priority, don’t believe me? Every year there is a new Iphone or a Galaxy, new registration cars and additional models or with the fast food chains it’s even more relentless with the menu changing every month but it is the same with sportswear brands they design and release new versions of the same gear every year take Reebok for example this year they released the Nano 4.0 crossfit shoe for men and women see here if you compare it to previous versions the difference isn’t huge but people still buy the latest because it’s new and buying into the hype is just part of the game.
My advice is to search for the older versions it’s going to be brand new and less than half the price of the new version, apply this to everything in life it will save you a stack of money.
Bad or No Research
It’s not always that important to research clothing, however if you have time it is worth some time input even if it’s just to save money. Buying shoes there are so many choices from running to weightlifting getting the correct pair that fit your perfectly is very important for running and most sports it’s vital to invest a few hours researching the options available and in some cases trying them out before you buy.
Buying shorts, there are a number of styles from MMA to cycling I try to buy shorts that can handle more than one aspect of my training but if you have the budget buy a number of pairs it prevents chafing in a number of places you don’t want to get sore!. Buying socks, I never would have thought to add this before last year but once you use the correct socks for the activity no joke you can see improved results, I did a test for a company last year a study between 60 students and the results where in no doubt, (so marketing is all hype, sometimes). Buying T Shirts, different T-shirts for different training if you can afford to do that I would suggest it however we are not all made of money so important T-shirts include hi-vis for road running especially.
Don’t Over Pay
I love working in the sportswear industry it pays very well but the reason why me and my own team make so much money is because I would say 95% of all the clothing is hugely over priced, when I have to buy any clothing I tend to buy online from sites like amazon.com and Ebay.com these sites are pretty unique for a number of reasons but mainly because it’s not just one company selling it millions of people selling all in one place or two places however you want to look at it. Online buying and selling is huge and it is a good place to find items at a reasonable price the market is competitive and that’s a good thing, you can buy from the big brands but check them out you will see there prices are a lot higher than most others online.