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TOP 5 TRAINING ACCESSORIES YOU NEED (Or really should have)
1) Weightlifting shoes
What if I told you you could instantly improve your:
Sounds pretty good right? Well with a good pair of olympic lifting shoes you can. A quality olympic lifting shoe will have a solid, elevated heel to improve lower body levers and mechanics in a way that improves the physics of the aforementioned lifts. This is ESPECIALLY true if you suffer from sub-par ankle mobility. We are not trying to mask an issue here, only work with it, and of course ankle mobility work should continue to be a priority.
Another main advantage of an olympic lifting shoe versus a traditional sneaker is the rigidity, and stability of its sole. Olympic shoes have one primary flex point at the mid-foot/toe box zone, to allow for one to extend on their toes, and thats about it. The rest of the shoe is incredibly stiff to allow one to “catch” a lift and not experience the “squish” of a traditional sneaker.
The brands/shoes we like are:
-Risto Sports Olympico (www.ristosports.com)(local, made by hand, under fair labor conditions)
-Nike Romaleo (www.roguefitness.com)
-Adidas “AdiPower” (www.roguefitness.com)
2) Wrist Wraps
My wrist hurts when I….Stop right there! if you have even slight wrist discomfort (non-injury related) when performing any wrist loaded exercise, you should have a pair! Even if you don’t have wrist pain wearing wrist wraps on things like snatches, clean and jerks, and HSPU’s is a great idea because it provides you some stability in the movement, that could otherwise cause a missed rep.
We recommend the “medium” length from www.roguefitness.com
3) Jump Rope
Having a jump rope cut to the correct height, of an appropriate thickness is of HUGE importance to the cross fitter!! It is virtually impossible to master the double under (an excellent training tool) if you do not have a correct size rope.
My personal favorite rope is the custom made “Rope as RX” from roguefitness ( I swear we don’t get paid by rogue… they just have a monopoly) which can be customized to a desired height and thickness. If you prefer the thinner “speed” ropes, which are a bit harder to learn on, but easier to perform once mastered, rogue also carries several good ones in its “SR” line.
4) Knee Sleeves
Knee sleeves keep your knees warm and compressed, helping to hasten warm up times, and prevent nagging knee discomfort. Think of them as a prolonged hug for your knees whenever you have them on. They are great for any type of squatting movement or olympic lift, or just for general use if you suffer from patella femoral pain. The brand we like best is called “rehband” and they can be purchased on:
5) High Socks
Rope Burns…Deadlift Scabs… Blood, rashes…All things we do not need to deal with, if we wear the right socks. A nice pair of high socks will prevent a lot of the common bar scrapes and bruises, as well as the rope burn. If you get the rope burn really bad consider also looking into a shin guard to prevent any semblance of skin irritation.
And there are a bunch of other custom made quirky socks that can be found at various sellers.