-Updated: February 9, 2018-

When it comes to CrossFit, you can get started with minimal equipment and do just fine however this doesn’t mean that you couldn’t be better equipped to handle all of CrossFit’s challenges. It is for this reason that we have compiled a list of the equipment that we feel is a good investment if you’re committing to CrossFit for the long haul.

CrossFit Shoes

Why: There’s no better CrossFit investment than a good pair of shoes. Shoes with any sort of cushion will generally hinder your performance in the gym. You’ll need a pair of shoes with a stiff, flat sole that can stand up to the abuse that they’ll be sure to face in any given workout.

We recommend: Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave ($145 CDN)
Where to buy: Reebok.ca

Budget Option: Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0 ($120 CDN on clearance)
Where to buy: SportCheck.ca

Palm Savers

Why: With all of the pulling movements that we are exposed to in a typical CrossFit workout (pull-ups, toes-to-bars, chin-ups, bar muscle-ups) your hands are sure to take a beating. A good pair of palm savers will go a long way towards keeping your hands fresh and preventing those dreaded tears.

We recommend: JerkFit WODies (~$50 CDN)
Where to buy: JerkFit.com

Budget Option: SPRI Cross Train Leather Hand Grips (~$8-$15 CDN)
Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Speed Rope

Why: You may start with skipping rope like you did back in grade school but sooner or later you’re going to need to learn how to do double unders. Investing in a quality speed rope will make this process a little easier due to the bearings in the handle that allow for an effortless spin.

We recommend: ELITE Surge Speed Rope ($35 CDN)
Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Budget Option: ProSource Speed Jump Rope ($10 CDN)
Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Workout Tracking

Why: How can you expect to make progress without knowing where you’ve been? Recording your workouts is the best way to ensure that you’re always making progress and pushing your abilities.

We recommend: SugarWOD (Free App)
Where to download: App Store (iPhone) / Google Play Store (Android)

Another Option: Sport Journal’s WODBook (~$20 CDN)
Where to buy: SportJournals.com

Weightlifting Belt

Why: For those lifts that are at the higher end of your current abilities, a weightlifting belt is extra insurance for your lower back. Maintaining stability is crucial to lifting safely and a weightlifting belt will help in this regard.

We recommend: Harbinger 4-Inch Firm Fit Nylon 3-Inch Strap Belt ($22 CDN)
Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Budget Option: N/A

Weightlifting Shoes

Why: Not all of us have great mobility or find it easy to get into a solid squat position. Weightlifting shoes are built with a 3/4″ heel that facilitates the more upright squat position that’s needed for the snatch, clean and squat variations.

We recommend: Nike Romaleos 3 ($265 CDN) OR Reebok Legacy Lifter ($200 CDN)
Where to buy: Nike.ca / Reebok.ca

Budget Option: Reebok Lifter PR ($123 CDN)
Where to buy: RogueCanada.ca

Wrist Wraps

Why: If you lack wrist flexibility, wrist wraps will give you the added support needed to perform the movements that require it while at the same time reducing discomfort.

We recommend: Rogue Wrist Wraps ($16 CDN)
Where to buy: RogueCanada.ca

Budget Option: Grip Power Pads ($13 CDN)
Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Water Bottle

Why: Hard work is going to require hydration. Don’t forget a water bottle!

We recommend: Brita Bottle with Filter ($16 CDN)
Where to buy: Amazon.ca

Budget Option: N/A


Why: Olympic weightlifting. All Olympic weightlifting movements involve the dreaded hook grip. This is where when gripping the barbell you actually grab your thumb with your forefingers. This makes for an extremely strong hold on the bar but the downside is that your thumbs will get beat up. This can be mitigated with some strategically placed tape.

We recommend: Renfrew StretchWrap Hockey Grip Tape ($6 CDN)
Where to buy: SportChek.ca, Play It Again Sports

Budget Option: N/A