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Old 08-08-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
David Bokman
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Question regarding gear..

Hello everyone,

New to the thread and some what new to crossfit. Been training and fighting pro muay thai for over 20 years. Really loving Crossfit right now and the whole community. Anyway back to my question...being that I'm coming from my back ground I have always been very picky about using really good gear to train with. I wanted to reach out to everyone to see there thoughts on whats been good and bad in there experience....everything from sneakers, oly shoes, to straps and etc...

I thank everyone in advance.

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Old 08-08-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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Re: Question regarding gear..

I use to be strictly no gear, but I started using a few things over time and I feel it has been beneficial. I'll run through a few.

Belt: I love squatting with a belt. I save it for when I get into the heavier sets, but I find it very beneficial. I'm not as fond of it for deadlifts yet, but it has also helped my press quite a bit.

Oly shoes: bought the rogue do-wins. If you're a narrow high bar squatter I think oly shoes are a great investment. Even though it seems counter intuitive I really like deadlifting with them as well.

Knee sleeves: love em. Makes me feel much more solid on heavy squats.

Wrist wraps: useful for heavy presses.

Knee wraps. Not at all necessary, but fun if you want to try to put a bigger squat than you might normally be able to.

Five finger: complete wash. I used to be all about them, but they never helped me with anything. I justified it with " I have to train myself to get used to it," but at some point you get sick of that and just want to freaking run. Also haven't found them better than normal shoes for CF. good beach shoes I guess.

If I think of anything else I'll let you know. (WFS)
Here is a decent article that deals with this topic as well.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:34 AM   #3
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Re: Question regarding gear..

Thanks for the all the info much appreciated.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:27 AM   #4
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Re: Question regarding gear..

You got a few responses on this thread: WFS
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:28 PM   #5
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Re: Question regarding gear..

I think the most important item is a good multi-purpose shoe.

I have pair of Inov8s right now that are great for running/oly lifting/any workout.

After shoes a good jump rope you can customize.

Then 4" belt, lifting shoes, and wrist wraps.
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