Best CrossFit Clothing
How often do you think about the quality of your gym clothes? Maybe you are the kind of person who carefully searches the material breakdown and durability of your workout clothes before you make a purchase.
Personally, I used to be the kind of guy who would workout in anything- free T-shirts I got from events or promotions, everyday clothes that I did not care to wear on the regular anymore- you name it, I have trained in it.
However, as I started to take my fitness journey more seriously, I began to pay more attention to my workout gear as well- particularly during high intensity training like CrossFit.
Whether I am training in the gym or competing on the platform, I need the performance of my CrossFit clothing to match the performance of my lifts, METCON workouts, and AMRAP sessions.
That means I am looking for comfort, durability, flexible, and breathable material, and finally something that will not break the bank.
When dressing for my next CrossFit training session, I trust Rouge Apparel. Why? Well, the answer is easy: Rouge is designing my barbells, plates, airbikes, and kettlebells, so they know best when it comes to the type of clothing that will provide me with the best level of comfort and functionality while I am working out on their gym equipment.
CrossFit Clothing: Shoes
Our #1 Pick: Reebok Nano X1
When it comes to shoes, I will admit that I am picky- but with good reason.
For me, shoes can be the make or break between performing confident barbell squats or power clean and split jerks.
For that reason, I like to switch between two types of shoes depending on the movement I am training: the Reebok Nano X1s and the Reebok Lifter PR IIs.
For starters, the Reebok Nano X1s are one of the most versatile shoes that Rogue Apparel sells.
They are well known in the CrossFit community for being built to serve the wide range of exercises a CrossFit athlete performs.
You can sprint, jump, lift, and climb in these runners, while being confident that your foot is being supported and cushioned during your most rigorous training sessions.
What I like most about the Reebok Nano X1s is their new wider toe design that really allows you to grip the ground with your toes when you need stability and pivot when you are making sharp movements and need to sustain your speed and form.
These are my go-to shoes.
However, when I am performing heavier and more squat-oriented movements on the platform, like clean and jerks or hang snatches, I like to switch over to my Reebok Lifter PR IIs for the extra stability and mobility they provide me.
These shoes are specially designed with a raised heel that allows you to sit deep in your squat position when you are aiming for depth and good form.
They also provide a midfoot strap and rubber sole to lockdown the fit of the shoe and prevent unwanted shifts in your footing while you perform high intensity lifts.
CrossFit Clothing: Shorts
During high intensity training that features a lot of running, box jumps, burpees, or compound dumbbell movements, I like to wear shorts to keep my cool even when my heart rate is up.
I recently purchased the Rouge Black Ops Shorts, and these have quickly become the best pair of shorts I own for my CrossFit training.
These shorts have a four-way stretch material that moves with your body no matter what exercise you are executing.
They also have mesh venting to keep you comfortable and cool. These shorts have roomy side pockets to safely carry your gym ID, cell phone, or keys.
They also feature a back stash pocket where I like to keep my gym FOB for when I am leaving the gym to run before coming back to lift weights.
No matter your height or body type, you can find Rogue Black Ops Shorts to fit you; they conveniently come with a 6.5 inch or 8 inch inseam for men, and a 3” inseam for women.
CrossFit Clothing: Pants
During barbell movements where the bar might come in contact with my skins, thighs, or hips, I like to prevent that nasty “bar burn” by wearing pants while I am lifting on the platform.
I have found the Rogue Joggers to be a great option for when I am warming up and want to keep my muscles mobile before training, or for when I want to comfortably perform compound movements with a barbell.
These are also strong enough to keep you from getting rope burn during rope climbs!
These joggers offer a soft polyester fleece blend that is able to withstand your training or stretching sessions, whether you are sitting in a deep squat or deep lunge.
The elastic and stitching on the cuffs and waist of these Joggers are durable enough to resist getting stretched out or worn through.
I also appreciate the bottom cuffs on these Joggers because I prefer to pull them up to about mid-thigh when my workouts start warming up.
These pants offer functional back and side pockets to hold your gear, and they can have size options for both men and women.
CrossFit Clothing: Tops and Sweaters
Do you have a t-shirt that you like so much, you own it in every color?
Yeah, that's me with the Reebok Crossfit Shirt. When fitness powerhouse Reebok came out with their line of CrossFit-branded clothing, you knew it is going to be good and this shirt is never in my closet for long.
This shirt is made up of 100% polyester jersey fabric, and all I can tell you about that is that it feels great even when you are covered in sweat and struggling to hit your last rep.
It uses Reebok’s Speedwick tech to intelligently pull sweat away from your body and keep you feeling cool and energized for longer training sessions.
This shirt is lightweight, comfortable, and versatile enough to take you from the rings, to the box jump, and then to the platform with ease.
Now, between sweat sessions and training blocks, I like to keep my muscles warm and mobile by throwing a sweater on over my t-shirt. I keep my Rogue Basic Hoodie in my gym bag or car for that reason.
Now, do not be fooled by the name; this hoodie is anything but basic.
While it features your regular hoodie design (front pocket, hood, drawstrings), this sweater also has the best material blend of cotton and polyester to keep you warm while still moving comfortably with your body during Crossfit workouts or stretch sessions.
This hoodie comes in size S to 2XL to suit all people.
It also has nine different color and pattern combinations to meet the preferences of athletes with more vibrant or subtle tastes in clothing design.
If you have not yet taken the time to consider how your workout clothing is increasing or inhibiting your CrossFit training performance, today is your day to start.
For newbie CrossFit athletes, I would recommend at the very least investing in a versatile CrossFit shoe to keep your feet stable and supported while your lifts become heavier and more technical.
And no matter how long you have been training, having CrossFit clothing that is geared towards your performance is vital; we know that the last thing you want to be thinking about while grinding towards your next PR or pushing out your last set of pull ups is an itchy, bunching, or stiff material.
Allow yourself to focus wholly on your goals as an athlete by checking out what Rogue Apparel has to offer for CrossFit trainees ready to bring their sessions to the next level.