I have this habit when I am out and about I end up looking at people’s shoes because yeah, I am looking for nanos or metcons. I love spotting them because when you see a Crossfitter it makes you feel like you are part of a secret society (that's obviously not so secret). We wear these outfits like a uniform because it represents who we are and what we are doing. It’s a type of lifestyle and we aren’t shy about it. We are incredibly proud to wear our nanos and anything to match.
The downside about our lifestyles is that it kind of burns a hole right through that wallet! We all know it is not cheap. I started trying to write a blog about “budgeting while looking badass” obviously I got nowhere with that idea because I haven't shopped secondhand for any of my gear. Granted, there are some who can budget but after being at the games this year, everyone was buying everything!
We have all these brands such as Reebok, Lululemon, Nike, LifeasRX, ROKfit, Caffeine & Kilos, KillCliff, Progenex, Savage Barbell, your own box gear and many other companies. The list could go on and on. There is literally an abundance to choose from and this doesn’t even include the gear that we need to perform a lift or pull up.
If we took a look at your average Crossfitter, men or women and what is in their gym bag, how much do you think that smelly gym bag is worth?
Probably more than we expect! Let’s take look at, "What's in your gym bag?"
(my gym bag - some items I have were left at the gym)
Yup, it all adds up but the question is...
What make us want to have them? Why do we need them?
So I decided to ask a few men and women- “As a Crossfitter, what made you buy all your gear?"
“Cause I wear it everyday like if I had to wore a business suit to the office” - Elise Hoefsmit
"I buy the gear that makes me feel the most comfortable with what I'm doing. With crosfit the best gear for me are clothes than allow me to do the olympic lifts and the gymnastics without hindering the movements. 2 bonuses is that CrossFit gear are typically dryfit so that you don't feel drenched with sweat, and they have style that sets you apart." - Gregory Figuereo
"because I find it use of functionally or i like the color ;) like all my tights" -John Cheah
"functionality, good workout stuff costs money, and it last" -Chris Maller
"Wanting to get better and look the part" - Joy Somers
It comes down to what is going to make us perform better and what is going to get us there? It's all about function and a bit fashion doesn't hurt. Everything that we use in and out of the gym acknowledges our strength and determination. So, next time you spot a pair of nanos while you are walking down the street; know that you apart of a something bigger than just workout clothes and gear.
This is a guest post from Linda Hong, CF-L1 Certified and WOD Nation Team Leader. You can always expect to hear back from Linda about any inquires on WOD Nation gear. She is usually traveling around the globe so catch her if you can! For more Linda, you can follow her on Instagram or email email@example.com