I decided to share one of my latest strange obsessions with you guys… The search for the ultimate fully stocked gym bag. I dont know where this compulsion came from, but I do know that it lives deep within my loins like a golden flaming hawk. Here’s the breakdown of the top things you need for your bag, the price and brand, and the reason behind it.
The King Kong Bag: 89.95. Yes, this is slightly pricey for a gym bag. But this baby is fully loaded. It has a place for your shoes, valuables, a water bottle and pretty much everything else you could think of. A carpenter cant work without his tools, and he cant carry his tools without a bag. Truth.
AdiPower Weightlifting Shoes: 199.00. Again, this is pricey… But I am assuming everyone who reads this blog has an equal amount of richness in their bank account as they do in their increasingly informed-by-Marcus minds. Weightlifting shoes are a must for those that are serious about moving serious weight. If you’re still lifting in your Chucks, Inov-8’s or Vibrams, you’re not lifting heavy enough.
Inov-8 F-Lite 230’s: 115.00. I’ve tried both the F-Lite 195’s and the 230’s. I have to give the slight edge to the 230’s. They have a slightly wider sole, which helps me run on my mid foot a little easier. I would say for those of you that are not used to a minimalist running shoe, this would be an easier introduction than the 195.
Rogue Wrist Wraps: 15.00 for medium pair. Wrist wraps are also a must for olympic lifting, heavy benching and other wrist intensive exercises. Be smart and protect those babies; missing 3 weeks because you wanted to be cool and “edgy” by barebacking it is not the business. Besides, you can totally work your outfit around the red and black wraps.
RX Jump Rope: 34.95. Again this might seem pricey for a rope, but being able to customize the length, type of cable and handles of the rope will help your timing and ability on those pesky double unders. Plus, keeping the rope in your bag will assure that when jump roping does come up, you never have to get stuck with the rope meant for a 3 year old.
Progenex Recovery Protein: 59.95. 8 grams of carbs, 23 grams of high quality protein. It comes in a convenient pouch and not a crappy bulky container that makes you think you’re getting more than you actually are. Plus it tastes great… Sounds like a win-win.
Schiek Weightlifting Belt: 99.95. It’s competition legal, and has a lever closing system. Anyone that has hade one of those crappy velcro belts for a while will actually appreciate it.
WODBook: 14.95. The cheapest thing on this list, but also the most valuable. The ability to record your wod in such an organized format is a big deal. Not only that, it has a place for pretty much any kind of CrossFit information that you can think of.