10 Best CrossFit Accessories Fully Tested & Reviewed
If you are an avid CrossFit enthusiast like myself then you know how important accessories can be. Here you will find the best CrossFit accessories 2018 has to offer, along with their Pros & Cons and what to look for before making your purchase.
Whether you regularly visit your local box, or plan on outfitting your own workout space at home, there is tons of accessories and workout equipment you will need. CrossFit requires a variety of equipment—for working out, recovery, and optimal performance.
If you are unsure about what equipment or accessories to invest in, then you have come to the right place. Here you will fin 10 items you may want to consider investing in if you want to continue pushing yourself during your workouts.
- King Kong gym bag
- Odor resistant
- Active Intell Kinesiology Tape
- Helps with recovery time
- ProFitness Gloves
- Adjustable wrist support
10 Best CrossFit Accessories
1. King Kong Giant Kong Large 1000D nylon gym bag
This gym bag is highly durable--in fact it utilizes military grade 1000D Nylon construction. It also features double stitched seams, so it can securely and effectively hold a lot of weight without ripping apart over time.
This is a high-cost item, and many people many not be able to justify spending so much on a gym bag when you can get one for $30 at any other store. However, if you are in a long-term relationship with CrossFit and are looking for a bag you will probably never need to replace, then this gym bag is definitely worth the investment. It has so much storage--you'll never have an excuse for forgetting your wrist wraps, lifters, or anything ever again.
This gym bag literally has a compartment for anything you can think of. It has shoe pockets for 2 separate pairs of shoes (so you can never forget your lifters or your trainers--ever!) It also has a mesh holder for a bottle--whether its water, your favorite sports drink, or your trusted shaker bottle. This bag has a total capacity of 6 gallons and its largest compartment can fit anything you can ever need--spare clothes, towels, a change of clothes, etc.
This gym bag also features enough space to fit the King meal bag as well as additional zippered pockets, so you can further organize your accessories--from wrist wraps and tape to your trusted jump rope. Lastly, it also has padded, heavy duty shoulder straps so the weight of your bag doesn't dig into your sore shoulders.
2. Active Intell's (AI) Kinesiology Tape
This athletic tape is composed of 98% cotton, and 2% elastic spandex material. It is very stretch and a favorite among CrossFit athletes everywhere. You can wear it for up to 5 days and it won't come off, even during your toughest workouts. If you have grip pain during Toes to Bar and other lifts then this tape is highly recommended for you.
This tape comes at a moderate price point--and its definitely worth the price given that it also provides pain relief.
You can use this tape anywhere, just make sure you are taping appropriately to ensure you get the maximum benefits from its use.
This athletic tape combines transdermal technology with specific active ingredients to produce a hot and cold sensation. This helps relieve pain as well as speeds up recovery.
- Improves your performance
- Speeds up your recovery time
- Provides pain relief
- Easy to use
- Will get through most (if not all) of your WOD’s and lifts
- Made in the USA
- Need to make sure you are wrapping properly
3. ProFitness Cross Training Gloves
These gloves are highly durable and are built to last. They have a silicone grip and are sweat resistant. They are made of high quality material and are machine washable as well.
These gloves are highly affordable and well worth the cost.
These gloves can be used for almost any WOD movement. From toes to bar and pull ups to Power Cleans and Squat snatches--these gloves will give you the wrist and grip support you need with no slippage or additional discomfort.
These gloves utilize flexible Neoprene which enhances your overall grip strength and allows you to have a more secure grip during heavy lifts and other exercises. They are abrasion resistant and highly breathable--which ensures they prevent callouses and blisters from forming. They also come with a 60 day money guarantee if you aren't happy with the product.
4. Bound 3-in-1 Wood Plyo Box
The box is made of plywood that’s a quarter-inch thick. Assembly is simple, and most of what you need to put it together is included. When assembled, the box pieces are intended to fit very tightly together, so everything stays in place. The wood pieces are made of construction grade materials so you can rest-assured the box is sturdy enough to last. Reviewers agree that the box is very durable.
More affordable than many other types of CrossFit equipment, this box is a great choice for the budget minded athlete. Can’t afford a squat rack, but still want to outfit your space with the tools to get stronger and fitter? This wooden box is as simple as it gets! Reviewers were surprised by the price of the box; most said it was the highest quality box available at the price point.
You can use this type of fitness equipment to do jumps and other types of plyometric exercises. For the newcomer to CrossFit, this kind of box is also equally suited to simple step-up movements. The box height can be adjusted (3 height options total), as well.
The box comes packaged with screws and glue to assemble it. Also included inside is a square-drive bit so you’ll just need a screwdriver to complete the task. The weight maximum for the box is 400lbs. The box edges are smoothed over so that users don’t hurt themselves if they happen to graze them.
- Extremely durable
- Quality construction
- Works as intended
- Poorly designed instruction manual
5. FrictionLabs Loose Gym Chalk
Durability doesn’t really apply to this type of accessory. The length of time this chalk will last depends on your particular workout routine, and the size of the bag purchased. Users also mentioned that the chalk stays longer on the hands than other types they tried, so less waste occurs.
It’s little more expensive than other chalk options, but reviewers agreed that the price was well worth it. It should also be noted that the chalk lasts longer on the hands, so technically there’s less waste involved with its usage. Reviewers also liked that the company sold a small trial size bag at an affordable price.
The chalk is available in multiple sizes to suit different types of users. Only an occasional lifter? A smaller bag might be a better choice for you. Have a texture preference for your gym chalk? No worries. FrictionLabs offers several textures of their product. The chalk is useful for all types of activities that require the user to grip something or somewhere. Whether you’re spending your time at a climbing gym or are a dedicated powerlifter, this chalk will work for you.
The great part about this chalk is that it’s non-toxic, so even little climbers can use it if they need to. The chalk doesn’t dry up the skin either, and it’s contained in special packaging that can be resealed. Not to mention the clever graphics assigned to each texture-type. It’s also made in the USA.
- Excellent quality
- Re-sealable bag
- Works as intended
- More expensive than other brands of chalk
6. TriggerPoint GRID Roller
This foam roller is highly durable--it is made with high quality and highly durable material. It will not lose its shape or given over time or after repeated usage. It also comes with a one year warranty--so if anything were to happen it would be replaced at no cost to you.
This product has a moderate price point in comparison to other foam rollers.
This foam roller has slightly less foam than some other rollers so it will definitely knead out your muscles. You can use it all over so it is definitely very versatile.
This foam roller features a multi-density exterior so you can control the levels of pressure your muscles receive. It also comes with access to online videos that instruct you how to use it.
- Compact size
- Comes with access to instructional videos
- Delivers target massage to your muscles
- Provides pain relief
- Helps your muscles recovery faster
- Many massage therapists and trainers highly recommend this roller
- Improves flexibility
- Comes with a one year warranty
- Pricier than other foam rollers out there
7. WOD Welder Hand Care
This hand care system is long lasting and will effectively take care of your aching and sore hands.
This product is moderately priced.
You can use this system as often as you'd like and reap the benefits. While it is tailored for your hands, you can also use it for your feet or any other place you develop callous or rough skin.
This kit comes with a salve, Pumice stone, and a moisturizing lotion.
- Soothes your hands
- Reduces callouses
- Good price point
- Some users don't find it as effective for their hard callouses
8. Rip Toned Lifting Straps
Made of sturdy cotton, even if they get sweaty, you can toss them in the washing machine. Durable stitching won’t come apart either. Reviewers were impressed with how durable the straps were but also appreciated the soft material they were made of.
A budget price tag makes these at least worth a try. Looking to set new PRs? It might be worth trying these to see if a better grip could help you improve. Users loved the low price they paid for the straps.
The straps are fully adjustable so they can be worn by both men and women. Afraid that they won’t work for you because you have particularly small wrists? They fit those with wrists under 7.5-inches, too! They work for all types of lifting activities.
The straps come in a wide variety of styles and come with padding to ensure you’re comfortable while lifting. The majority of reviewers found the straps extremely comfortable.
- Variety of colors available
- Works for many wrist sizes
- Virtually none
9. Empower Weighted Vest
While the vest is fairly durable overall, some reviewers had concerns about the straps holding up over time.
A little pricier than a set of weights of the same weight but it’s a unique way to add weight to exercises where you wouldn’t otherwise be thinking of carrying weight of any kind. Reviewers felt the price of the vest was reasonable.
The vest can be adjusted to fit various shapes thanks to side straps. The vest can fit those of up to 48-inches in waist circumference. Reviewers liked that it was highly adjustable.
The vest weighs 8lbs and even features reflective portions for added visibility if used at night or during the early morning hours. Padding on the vest ensures that it’s comfortable to wear, as well.
- Easy to use
- Good amount of weight
- Fits nicely
- Weight evenly distributed
- Made for a woman’s body
- Straps are a bit thin
10. Titan Fitness Poly Battle Rope
The rope is sturdy and made of a material that won’t leave debris all over your floor after use. It’s also weatherproof and features strong handles that are easy to grip. Reviewers found the rope very durable, but a few did notice the edges of the rope tended to fray over time.
More expensive than some of the other items on our list but it’s a great option for the CrossFitter who is looking to add something different to their workout routine. The majority of reviewers had no issues with the price they paid for the rope.
You can buy the rope in two lengths, either 30 or 50-feet long. It’s also available in two diameters, 1.5-inches or a thicker 2-inches. It’s super easy to use wherever you have an anchor point. Wrap it around something sturdy (a tree, for example) or hook it up to an anchor point and get started with your workout.
The rope features comfortable grip handles and comes only in black.
- Heavy duty
- Great value
- Comfortable handles
- Rope starts to fray overtime.
The different items you’ll find on this list are widely different from one another. So how did we evaluate and decide on the top picks?
Aside from picking items that would actually be useful for someone participating in CrossFit, you’ll also notice that all the items selected were highly rated by users in terms of durability. When you’re picking out a piece of fitness equipment, it’s important that it’s sturdy and won’t fall apart after a few uses. Poor quality equipment is not only a waste of money, it can be a safety hazard as well.
The goal was to include a wide variety of items with varying costs to accommodate different budgets. Not everyone can afford higher end equipment but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something out there that will meet your needs. The resistance bands, for instance, are a budget piece of equipment with a very affordable price tag. They’re a very simple fitness tool but also offer an array of workout possibilities.
Speaking of possibilities, you’ll notice that many of the items listed can be used by non-Crossfitters as well. You don’t need to call yourself a Crossfitter to be able to take advantage of the equipment listed. Resistance bands are good for all sorts of workouts, and can even be used by folks in physical therapy. Plyo boxes don’t need to be all about building explosive strength, you can use them for simpler exercises like step ups.
For this criteria, you’ll find listed anything that did not fit the above three categories.
When looking for CrossFit equipment, what else do you need to think about besides price, durability, and versatility?
The main concern besides those things mentioned is that the equipment you’re purchasing is safe to use. Durability factors into this a little bit. Poorly made items with cheap construction materials may not be safe to use. You should also consider the space where you’ll be setting up your equipment. Is there enough space to perform the intended exercise safely? Is it safe to use a specific piece of equipment without supervision?
When purchasing any type of equipment, no matter how simple it seems, make sure to read the instruction manual and read any safety guidelines outlined by the manufacturer.
Q. I’m overwhelmed. How can I build a great home gym on a budget?
Start small. You don’t need to have all the essentials at once. If you have a limited budget, invest in equipment for your favorite workouts and activities first. Really like to do sprints? A good quality treadmill might be a good first purchase. Want to focus on core work? Get yourself a yoga mat and a medicine ball.
Q. I’m thinking of turning my garage into a home gym. Is this okay?
Sure! If you’re not using that space for anything else, it’s a great place to stick all your fitness related equipment. Be careful, though. It’s not an ideal place to workout if it’s filled with chemicals. Watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning, too. If you have a big garage and still want to keep your car in there at times, brush up on some CO safety and get a detector.
Q. Do I need to clean my workout area?
Of course! Just like the rest of your home, you should make sure to clean your workout space. Wipe down equipment regularly and put away weights and other stuff to keep it out of the way. It’s really easy to forget you left your dumbbells out and trip over them on the way to the laundry room.
Q. I want to lift heavy. Can I safely train at home?
Yes, but it’s important to regularly check your equipment is safe to use and workout with a spotter. Never try to lift heavy weights alone. Accidents are all too common.
Q. How can I check my form when working out at home?
You can workout with a knowledgeable friend, but if you’re going solo, install a mirror so you can keep an eye on your form.
Q. What is the best way to protect my floors?
To prevent your wood floor from getting scuffed up, dented, and otherwise damaged, invest in floor coverings. You can purchase mats that interlock like puzzle pieces and buy as many as you need to cover a small or large area.
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