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Gear Essentials for the new Fitness Athlete

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Gear Essentials for the new Fitness Athlete from WODSuperStore.com

So you took the plunge and Joined a box.  No matter if you have sights on being the next Rich Froning or Sam Briggs or just want to become the next success weight loss story in your box, there are a few things you will need on your journey. 

From our experience, most newbies don’t buy a ton of gear up front but I think it’s important to share a few things that you could benefit as you begin your new fitness regimen.  The investment will be worth it and make the experience better than it will already be. 

Jump Rope

 First and foremost, you need a good jump rope to learn your double unders.  We all know how to jump rope but these double unders seem to be allusive to some and come quick for others.  We recommend that you start with a jump rope that is “heavier” meaning the rope is thicker and has some weight to it.  They key here is that the rope will provide some feedback so you know where it is.  It’s about timing so connecting the placement of the rope with to your brain helps the process.  There are a few that work well for learning double unders.  The Buddy Lee Rope Master and the Jump N Rope R2 Trainer are great for learning the double unders. 

Once you become proficient with them, it’s time to move to a “speed rope” that has a lighter rope with much less feedback.   These ropes often have wire ropes or coated wire ropes.   They come with a variety of handles and can really make a difference when looking to string together a big set of double unders.  We are highlighting the RPM Jump Rope and JumpNRope R1.

Post WOD supplement

For the first few weeks of your new workout, your muscles will be sore.  If you keep pushing yourself along in the sport that may never go away.  Post workout supplements a great way to combat the soreness.   You may think this is only for elite athletes but you will get tremendous benefit and feel better in your next training session.  There are a lot of different brands out there but going with the “clean” ingredient list is key to maximizing your experience.  Two great options are the Nutriforce Sports Natural Amino (comes in fruit punch and watermelon) as well as the Xendurance Extreme Endurance.  Your body will thank you.

Hand Care

One of the next areas that every Athlete endures is the wear and tear on your hands.  From lifting the barbell to hitting the pull up bar, there is always something tugging at your grip.  There are all kinds of options here and were going to talk about two of them, prevention and maintenance. 

When it comes to preventing rips on your hands, there are two products that we want to share with you.  The first are JAW Grips.  These grips are made of fabric, don’t bunch up when you’re on the bar and can be easily used lifting as well as swinging from the bar.  The second products are the Natural Grips.  These are handmade re-usable gymnastic type grips that are great for protecting the hands when you’re swinging from the bar.  They need to be attached with some tape around the wrist and without a doubt the best product for that is Goat Tape.

The next area is maintenance.  Even with the grips, you will from time to time have calluses form or small irritations develop on your hands.  There is one product that provides you everything from prevention to care.  It’s the RIPT Skin 3 Phase system.  If you just don’t want to take the time to maintain your hands, check out the CrossFIXE hands product.  Great for healing and getting your hands back on track quickly when you do have some issues.

As you become more immersed into the Sport of Fitness® you will find more and more gear that will be helpful.  We will cover more on that in future articles.  For now, good luck on your journey to better fitness!

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Gear Essentials for the new Fitness Athlete

Posted by Billy Doherty on

Gear Essentials for the new Fitness Athlete from WODSuperStore.com

So you took the plunge and Joined a box.  No matter if you have sights on being the next Rich Froning or Sam Briggs or just want to become the next success weight loss story in your box, there are a few things you will need on your journey. 

From our experience, most newbies don’t buy a ton of gear up front but I think it’s important to share a few things that you could benefit as you begin your new fitness regimen.  The investment will be worth it and make the experience better than it will already be. 

Jump Rope

 First and foremost, you need a good jump rope to learn your double unders.  We all know how to jump rope but these double unders seem to be allusive to some and come quick for others.  We recommend that you start with a jump rope that is “heavier” meaning the rope is thicker and has some weight to it.  They key here is that the rope will provide some feedback so you know where it is.  It’s about timing so connecting the placement of the rope with to your brain helps the process.  There are a few that work well for learning double unders.  The Buddy Lee Rope Master and the Jump N Rope R2 Trainer are great for learning the double unders. 

Once you become proficient with them, it’s time to move to a “speed rope” that has a lighter rope with much less feedback.   These ropes often have wire ropes or coated wire ropes.   They come with a variety of handles and can really make a difference when looking to string together a big set of double unders.  We are highlighting the RPM Jump Rope and JumpNRope R1.

Post WOD supplement

For the first few weeks of your new workout, your muscles will be sore.  If you keep pushing yourself along in the sport that may never go away.  Post workout supplements a great way to combat the soreness.   You may think this is only for elite athletes but you will get tremendous benefit and feel better in your next training session.  There are a lot of different brands out there but going with the “clean” ingredient list is key to maximizing your experience.  Two great options are the Nutriforce Sports Natural Amino (comes in fruit punch and watermelon) as well as the Xendurance Extreme Endurance.  Your body will thank you.

Hand Care

One of the next areas that every Athlete endures is the wear and tear on your hands.  From lifting the barbell to hitting the pull up bar, there is always something tugging at your grip.  There are all kinds of options here and were going to talk about two of them, prevention and maintenance. 

When it comes to preventing rips on your hands, there are two products that we want to share with you.  The first are JAW Grips.  These grips are made of fabric, don’t bunch up when you’re on the bar and can be easily used lifting as well as swinging from the bar.  The second products are the Natural Grips.  These are handmade re-usable gymnastic type grips that are great for protecting the hands when you’re swinging from the bar.  They need to be attached with some tape around the wrist and without a doubt the best product for that is Goat Tape.

The next area is maintenance.  Even with the grips, you will from time to time have calluses form or small irritations develop on your hands.  There is one product that provides you everything from prevention to care.  It’s the RIPT Skin 3 Phase system.  If you just don’t want to take the time to maintain your hands, check out the CrossFIXE hands product.  Great for healing and getting your hands back on track quickly when you do have some issues.

As you become more immersed into the Sport of Fitness® you will find more and more gear that will be helpful.  We will cover more on that in future articles.  For now, good luck on your journey to better fitness!

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Why I CHOOSE NutriForce Sports - Kyle Ruth, WOD SS Athlete

Posted by Billy Doherty on

Kyle Ruth, WOD SuperStore AthleteIn a sport like CrossFit®, we are constantly looking to take our performance, training and recovery to the next level. Most of us turn to sports supplements to help maximize our workouts. Having studied exercise physiology and applied sport science in graduate school puts me in a really unique position to not only understand how the body reacts to exercise but also how things like nutrition and supplementation can affect exercise performance. 

Whenever I am presented with a new supplement the first thing I do is research the primary ingredients. There is no way I'm going to waste my money on products that just don't work. That's why when I was given a sample of NutriForce PreWOD at the Beast of the East competition this past summer I did a double take. You see, most pre-workout products are a combination of under-dosed nitric-oxide boosters (that will never help CrossFit athletes when used pre-workout), the latest and greatest form of creatine, and some stimulants with questionable safety records. NutriForce PreWOD was the complete opposite of this: full-clinically tested servings of the tried and true performance boosters CREATINE MONOHYDRATE and BETA-ALANINE. In addition PreWOD contains functional dosages of Taurine and Tyrosine...two amino acids which have recently been shown to increase time to fatigue in athletes. 

You can understand my surprise at this, given that for the past 6-7 years I've been recommending to all of my clients and fellow athletes to steer clear of pre-workout supplements for the aforementioned reasons. After Beast of the East, I decided to research the rest of their product line...and I found that every single one of their products has the same level of thought put into their development as the NutriForce PreWOD. In the end, there are three main reasons that I choose to incorporate NutriForce products into my training regiment. 

  1. Product safety and quality control standards. 
    Many people may not know this, but CrossFit has implemented a stringent drug testing program for high-performing athletes. This means it is more important than ever for athletes to KNOW exactly what they are putting into their bodies. NutriForce as a brand is unique in that they are manufactured 100% in-house (versus contract manufactured overseas like most other supplement brands) AND more importantly, the NutriForce manufacturing facility is cGMP...the major quality control standard for the supplement industry. This means that as athletes we can be 100% confident that what's on the label is in the bottle. 
  2. Ingredient Profile 
    I've already given you an idea of the amount of background work that has gone into the design of the NutriForce PreWOD product but it doesn't stop there. They have put together a complete athlete nutrition solution called WODPak which contains everything you SHOULD be taking for optimal performance and health. This includes their unique high EPA fish-oil, essential levels of Vitamin D, a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral designed specifically for a high-performance athlete's needs, and a powerful anti-oxidant blend of berries and super-foods. Getting the essentials for peak performance and health literally couldn't be easier than opening a WODPak every day. 
  3. Convenience 
    Before finding the NutriForce products I had 10 different supplements that I had to mix up each day in order to ensure I was getting exactly what I needed. Between creatine monohydrate, beta-alanine, vitamin-D, fish-oil, protein powder, zinc, magnesium...the list goes on...I felt like I was constantly consuming some sort of capsule or powder. NutriForce has found a way to combine everything I need for peak performance into convenient, easy to take products. 

If you haven't had the opportunity to try their products, WOD SuperStore carries all of them! 

Kyle Ruth, M.S., CSCS, CFL-1, USAW
WOD SuperStore Athlete

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Why I CHOOSE NutriForce Sports - Kyle Ruth, WOD SS Athlete

Posted by Billy Doherty on

Kyle Ruth, WOD SuperStore AthleteIn a sport like CrossFit®, we are constantly looking to take our performance, training and recovery to the next level. Most of us turn to sports supplements to help maximize our workouts. Having studied exercise physiology and applied sport science in graduate school puts me in a really unique position to not only understand how the body reacts to exercise but also how things like nutrition and supplementation can affect exercise performance. 

Whenever I am presented with a new supplement the first thing I do is research the primary ingredients. There is no way I'm going to waste my money on products that just don't work. That's why when I was given a sample of NutriForce PreWOD at the Beast of the East competition this past summer I did a double take. You see, most pre-workout products are a combination of under-dosed nitric-oxide boosters (that will never help CrossFit athletes when used pre-workout), the latest and greatest form of creatine, and some stimulants with questionable safety records. NutriForce PreWOD was the complete opposite of this: full-clinically tested servings of the tried and true performance boosters CREATINE MONOHYDRATE and BETA-ALANINE. In addition PreWOD contains functional dosages of Taurine and Tyrosine...two amino acids which have recently been shown to increase time to fatigue in athletes. 

You can understand my surprise at this, given that for the past 6-7 years I've been recommending to all of my clients and fellow athletes to steer clear of pre-workout supplements for the aforementioned reasons. After Beast of the East, I decided to research the rest of their product line...and I found that every single one of their products has the same level of thought put into their development as the NutriForce PreWOD. In the end, there are three main reasons that I choose to incorporate NutriForce products into my training regiment. 

  1. Product safety and quality control standards. 
    Many people may not know this, but CrossFit has implemented a stringent drug testing program for high-performing athletes. This means it is more important than ever for athletes to KNOW exactly what they are putting into their bodies. NutriForce as a brand is unique in that they are manufactured 100% in-house (versus contract manufactured overseas like most other supplement brands) AND more importantly, the NutriForce manufacturing facility is cGMP...the major quality control standard for the supplement industry. This means that as athletes we can be 100% confident that what's on the label is in the bottle. 
  2. Ingredient Profile 
    I've already given you an idea of the amount of background work that has gone into the design of the NutriForce PreWOD product but it doesn't stop there. They have put together a complete athlete nutrition solution called WODPak which contains everything you SHOULD be taking for optimal performance and health. This includes their unique high EPA fish-oil, essential levels of Vitamin D, a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral designed specifically for a high-performance athlete's needs, and a powerful anti-oxidant blend of berries and super-foods. Getting the essentials for peak performance and health literally couldn't be easier than opening a WODPak every day. 
  3. Convenience 
    Before finding the NutriForce products I had 10 different supplements that I had to mix up each day in order to ensure I was getting exactly what I needed. Between creatine monohydrate, beta-alanine, vitamin-D, fish-oil, protein powder, zinc, magnesium...the list goes on...I felt like I was constantly consuming some sort of capsule or powder. NutriForce has found a way to combine everything I need for peak performance into convenient, easy to take products. 

If you haven't had the opportunity to try their products, WOD SuperStore carries all of them! 

Kyle Ruth, M.S., CSCS, CFL-1, USAW
WOD SuperStore Athlete

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