There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to raise your spirits and get you pumped up about CrossFit. But don’t forget it’s still a contest, and last minute nerves can have you rushing out the door and leaving important supplies behind.
On the day of a CrossFit competition, your mind should be focused on deadlifts and not the tape you forgot at home. Keep your head in the game by using this comprehensive list to pack for the big day.
While some competition runners may provide small warm-up areas to CrossFitters, it’s a huge risk not packing the supplies you need to warm-up your body properly. A simple jump rope is all you need to get your heart pumping before the competition, and a yoga mat is ideal for stretching.
- Jump rope
- Yoga mat
COOL DOWN GEAR
A CrossFit Competition may not be a regular WOD, but be careful not to stray far from your routine. Cool downs are vital for recovery, so remember to pack all the essentials you may need to stretch and knead your muscles after an intense day of CrossFit.
- Foam roller
- Lacrosse ball
- Compression gear
CLOTHING AND SHOES
Typical CrossFit competitions last all day, almost guaranteeing that you’ll be nice and sweaty half way through. Stay comfortable and dry by packing extra clothes to change into midday, and try slipping on sandals between workouts to give your toes some breathing room. Keep in mind that game day is not the day to break in a new pair of shoes. Pack comfortable pairs of Oly shoes and flat shoes to switch between heavy lifting WODs and Metcon WODs.
- Oly shoes
- Flat shoes
- Shirts (2)
- Shorts (2)
- Socks (2)
- Hooded sweatshirt – it can get cold, plus you’ll want to stay warmed up
- Head bands or bandana
- Plastic bag for wet clothes
- Post-competition street clothes – for an after party or just to slip out of those stinky clothes.
The key to succeeding at a CrossFit competition is to always be prepared. Think of all the basics you use daily and be sure you have them packed for game day. Competition runners will sometimes have gym staples lying around—such as tape or first aid kits—but there are no guarantees, always bring essential toiletries and first aid supplies with you.
- Hair ties
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body soap
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
FOOD AND WATER
Concessions are common at CrossFit competitions, but never guaranteed or healthy. Pack food and water to stay fueled up over the course of a long day. Seal various snacks into small plastic bags for convenient bites between workouts. If you’re able to pack a small cooler, whip up some chicken salad for a more substantial lunch. Water is vital, so bring a lot of it—don’t assume cold, clean water will be on hand at the competition.
- Shaker bottle
- Pre and post workout supplements
- Electrolyte replenishment: Coconut water or Gatorade
- Snacks: Fruits, trail mix, protein bars
- Plastic utensils
Staying comfortable and relaxed can go a long way on the day of a CrossFit competition. Bring your own chair to rest your weary bones between workouts, and pack a distraction or two to help ease your mind—an iPod with your favorite music or a great book.
- iPod and headphones
- Portable folding chair
- Bug spray
Originally published at http://www.wodlounge.com/what-to-pack-crossfit-competition/