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Finding the perfect gift for a CrossFitter is hard. CrossFitters are picky about their gear, their clothes, and their shoes—that’s why I’m bringing you this guide to the best gifts for CrossFitters as a CrossFit Level 1 coach and longtime CrossFit enthusiast. By the end of it, you’ll have plenty of birthday and holiday gift ideas for the functional fitness fanatic in your life.
Best Budget Gifts for CrossFitters
Simple And Functional
Rogue Fitness Blender Bottle
This quick and easy gift is a great option for any CrossFitter—we ALL need more blender bottles. Plus, this one has Rogue branding, so you’ll earn a ton of brownie points with your favorite CrossFit fanatic.
Best Value Gift
WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope
Show your CrossFit friend that you want them to nail their double-unders (and stop gabbing about them) with the WOD Nation Speed Rope, one of our top picks for CrossFit jump ropes. It’s inexpensive and comes with two cables and a carrying bag.
Something Coach Will Appreciate
Rogue Gym Towel
Every CrossFitter leaves sweat angels on the floor of the box every now and again. This Rogue Fitness sweat towel will be there for them when the WOD is done and they need to lap up their sweat.
Great for Grip
Liquid Grip Liquid Gym Chalk
Is your CrossFitter the local chalk monster? If so, gift them this liquid gym chalk, which (hopefully) will prevent a chalk cloud and subsequent mess mid-workout. One small drop keeps your hands dry and grippy for several sets of work.
Fun Gift Idea
REP Fitness Bumper Plate Coasters
This gift idea is cute and functional, and it’ll be a great conversation starter when other CrossFitters come over for a few cold ones after the partner WOD. I’m not making any promises about how non-CrossFitters will like it, though.
Rogue Fitness Knurled Bottle Opener
Is there anything better than a post-WOD beer on a hot Saturday? Didn’t think so. Impress other CrossFit fans at the biannual box WOD-n-cookout with this knurled bottle opener from Rogue Fitness.
Best Splurge Gifts for CrossFitters
Best Air Bike
Rogue Echo Bike
A CrossFitter might actually hate it if you give them a Rogue Echo Bike, which is exactly why you should do it if you have that kind of cash. They probably (almost definitely) need to work on that cardio fitness.
Best Rowing Machine
How to impress a CrossFitter 101: Know that Concept2 rowers are the standard and that fancy Peloton rower doesn’t mean jack to a CrossFit athlete. The Concept2 RowErg is the gift that keeps on giving (by improving fitness, of course).
Best Squat Rack
REP PR-4000 Squat Rack
The REP PR-4000 Squat Rack has everything a CrossFitter needs for CrossFitting: a 1,000-pound weight capacity for a monstrous back squat PR, a pull-up bar, and plenty of attachments for a dip station or other accessories.
Best Apparel Gifts for CrossFitters
Best Training Shoes
CrossFit Nano X3 Training Shoes
You really can’t go wrong with the Nanos. A classic CrossFit training shoe—and one of the very first—CrossFit Nanos have proven time and again that they are versatile, comfortable, and durable.
More Great Training Shoes
Half of CrossFitters hate NOBULL shoes and half would die for NOBULL, so maybe inquire about the brand before clicking “add to cart.” If your CrossFitter does like NOBULL, they will remember this gift for a lifetime.
Best Lifting Shoes
Nike Romaleos 4
The Nike Romaleos 4 are some of the best weightlifting shoes on the market. They feature a wide, stable heel with an aggressive heel-to-toe drop, which is ideal for reaching full squat depth and nailing the receiving position during snatches and cleans.
Best Training Socks
Lululemon Power Stride Socks
Lululemon’s Power Stride Socks are great for any movement you might encounter during a CrossFit workout, from box jumps to running to lifting. These socks fit snugly around the midfoot and feature a tab to prevent rubbing at the heel.
Best Shorts for Women
FLEO Signature Shorts True High Contour
FLEO shorts are a cult classic in the CrossFit community. The Signature Shorts True High Contour is a more modern take on the original booty short, featuring a high waistline in the same buttery smooth fabric CrossFitters have come to love.
Best Shorts for Men
Bearbottom Atlas Shorts
The Bearbottom Atlas Shorts are a favorite among GGR staff thanks to their lightweight, flexible, and athletic fit. They are available in two inseam lengths—5.5 inches or 7 inches—and feature four-way stretch, a hidden drawcord, a zippered pocket, and phone pouches.
Best Home Gym Gifts for CrossFitters
Best GHD Machine
Titan Fitness GHD
CrossFit requires a lot of power from the posterior chain for movements like deadlifts, snatches, and clean-and-jerks. If your CrossFitter is currently building out a home gym, a GHD is a great way to say, “Love you, work on your glutes.”
Best Pull-Up Bar
Rogue Fitness P-4 Pull-Up System
The Rogue Fitness P-4 Pull-Up System is the best pull-up bar for CrossFit home gyms if a rack-mounted pull-up bar is not an option. The larger dimensions of this bar leave plenty of space between the bar and the wall, so you can kip your pull-ups and toes-to-bar to your heart’s desire.
Best Plyo Box
REP Fitness Plyo Box
A plyo box is one of the least expensive home gym items for CrossFit, and it can improve performance in a big way. This 3-in-1 plyo box from REP Fitness can be used as a 24-inch, 20-inch, or 30-inch box—all the heights commonly prescribed in CrossFit WODs.
FringeSport Wonder Bar
You can’t CrossFit without a barbell. Well, you totally can, but a majority of CrossFit WODs include barbell work and you don’t want to always modify it to dumbbell work. The FringeSport Wonder Bar comes in 20-kilogram and 15-kilogram options (or, in CrossFit, dubbed the “men’s bar” and the “women’s bar”) and it’s designed to withstand heavy use.
REP Fitness KG Kettlebells
Kettlebells also commonly make an appearance in CrossFit workouts. The REP Fitness KG Kettlebells are a GGR staff favorite; they’re available in any weight you might need for the daily WOD. Plus, they’re powder-coated for grip and durability.
Best Medicine Ball
REP V2 Medicine Balls
Another must-have for a CrossFit home gym is medicine balls. Used for wall-ball shots, weighted sit-ups, carries, and more, medicine balls are a staple in functional training. We like the REP V2 Medicine Balls because they have proven durable throughout years of testing and they’re available in several weight options.
At a minimum, a male CrossFit athlete will need a pair of 50-pound dumbbells and a female CrossFit athlete will need a pair of 35-pound dumbbells for their home gym. A full set is never a bad idea, though. These Living.Fit Dumbbells check all the boxes: reasonably priced, contoured and knurled handles, rubber-coated hex heads.
Best Bumper Plates
Fringe Sport Bumper Plates
FringeSport Black Bumper Plates have a high Shore A Durometer rating, which means they have low bounce and high durability. The 10-pound plates in particular are thicker than other 10-pound bumpers, which is ideal for CrossFitters who cannot gently set down a bar with just 10s on it.
Best Weight Bench
Titan Fitness Flat Weight Bench
For the one time per year CrossFitters bench press (JK, we actually bench twice a year, give us some credit…), they’ll need a flat weight bench. We recommend the Titan Fitness Flat Weight Bench because it’s versatile, comfortable, and durable with a grippy vinyl cover on the pad.
Best Accessory Gifts for CrossFitters
Best Weight Vest
TacTec Plate Carrier
For workouts where a weighted vest is optional or encouraged, such as the famous Murph Memorial Day WOD, a TacTec Plate Carrier is a fantastic option. It features highly adjustable shoulder straps and is made out of military-grade Cordura fabric, so it’ll stand up to the test of time.
Best Barbell Collars
Rogue Fitness OSO Collars
Whether your CrossFitter works out at home or at a local box, they can benefit from their own barbell collars. Not only are collars crucial for safety—they keep the plates from flying off of the bar—but a good pair can make a big difference in your overall workout score by making it easier to change weight.
Best Gym Bag
5.11 RUSH 24 2.0 Backpack
This is an ideal gym bag for your loved one who also happens to be obsessed with CrossFit gear. The 5.11 RUSH 24 backpack can fit everything from hand grips, neoprene knee sleeves, lifter shoes, callus shavers, water bottles, and even a small foam roller. It’s perfect for organizing the gear a CrossFitter needs.
Best Weight Belt
2POOD Straight Weightlifting Belt
The 2POOD Straight Weightlifting Belt might be the most popular belt among CrossFitters of all time. It’s strong and stable enough to wear during max-rep lift attempts, yet flexible and adjustable enough to keep on during light barbell work, gymnastics, and other movements so you can complete mixed-modal WODs with ease.
Rogue JUNK Big Bang Lite Headband
No one wants their sweat to sting their eyes in the middle of a workout. JUNK headbands can help keep sweat from dripping down your face, and this one is Rogue-branded so any CrossFitter will be stoked about it.
JerkFit WODies Gymnastics Grips
Torn hands and CrossFit are synonymous, but you can help your CrossFitting friend stave off bad rips with the JerkFit WODies Gymnastics Grips. These are actually a two-in-one deal with a wrist wrap component in addition to hand protection.
Best Tech Gifts for CrossFitters
Best Fitness Tracker
Whoop Strap 4.0
For the data-obsessed CrossFitter, a Whoop Strap is the gift of a lifetime. This wearable fitness tracker records effort, recovery, sleep, stress, heart rate, and a number of other variables to help dial in training programs and nutrition strategies.
Best Massage Gun
CrossFitters aren’t exactly known for taking recovery seriously. But the Theragun Prime makes muscle recovery easy: This handheld massage gun operates at a maximum of 2,400 percussions per minute with a total of five speed settings. It reaches 16 millimeters into muscle tissue, making it much like a deep-tissue massage.
Best Gym Speaker
JBL Flip 6 Speaker
For those who work out in a home gym, a gym speaker is a must. This portable JBL speaker is powerful for its small size, and it can easily be taken from the home gym to the beach or anywhere else. It’s waterproof, too, so no worries about slinging sweat around.
Best Programming Gifts for CrossFitters
Street Parking Membership
Street Parking programming has been a longtime favorite among CrossFitters who work out at home. It offers several tracks for different goals and equipment availability, and the workouts are an hour or less, so it’s great for busy people.
NCFIT was created by Jason Khalipa, former CrossFit Games athlete. The programming features CrossFit and bodybuilding tracks, and each workout includes a warm-up, cool-down, instructional videos, and strategizing tips.
Best for Cardio
Aerobic Capacity Program by Chris Hinshaw
Chris Hinshaw is a CrossFit legend. This is the man you want to follow if you want to increase your cardiovascular fitness, and that’s something a lot of CrossFitters could use help with. A full-access membership gets you access to five Aerobic Capacity programs, private coaching videos from Hinshaw himself, more than 500 workouts, and other perks.
Best Nutrition Gifts for CrossFitters
Protein Delivery Service
ButcherBox is the best way—and maybe the only way—to get meat and poultry of local butcher quality delivered straight to your door. There are multiple plans to choose from and members can tailor their boxes to their dietary preferences.
Best Meal Delivery
Factor75 Protein Plus Meal Delivery Subscription
Does your CrossFitter spend too much time CrossFitting and not enough time cooking? Help them out with a subscription to Factor75, specifically the high-protein plan. This can help them meet nutrition targets and save time and energy while still enjoying yummy, wholesome meals.
Best Creatine Supplement
Optimum Nutrition Micronized Creatine Monohydrate
Creatine is the most-studied sports nutrition supplement in the world. It is proven to increase power, strength, and muscular endurance, and it may help with muscle recovery, too—all things that can and will benefit a CrossFit athlete. Optimum Nutrition micronized creatine is pure and inexpensive; you can’t go wrong with this.
Best Protein Powder
Transparent Labs Grass-Fed Whey Protein
A high-quality post-workout protein supplement is an important part of the daily life of a CrossFitter. Transparent Labs whey protein is third-party tested by independent labs and provides 28 grams of protein per serving. It’s also free from artificial sweeteners, flavors, and other artificial ingredients.
Best Hydration Support
LMNT Electrolyte Powder Packets
Avoiding dehydration is tough when you work out in an un-air-conditioned warehouse in the dead of summer. LMNT electrolyte powder can help. These convenient packets contain 1,000 milligrams of sodium, 200 milligrams of potassium, and 600 milligrams of magnesium for maintaining fluid balance in the body.
Best Energy Drink
Case of Cellucor C4 Energy Drink
Cellucor C4 Energy Drinks have been in CrossFit gym coolers almost as long as CrossFit itself has been around. These drinks contain caffeine, beta-alanine, and betaine, three of the best pre-workout ingredients for improved performance.
Other Gift Ideas for CrossFitters
We’ve spent years compiling guides to the best strength equipment, cardio equipment, sports nutrition supplements, workout apparel, and accessories. If none of the above gifts for CrossFitters struck a chord with you, check out our other guides to various equipment types.
Gym Equipment Gifts
- Best Home Gym Equipment for CrossFit
- Best AC for Garage Gyms
- Best Heater for Garage Gyms
- Best Air Bike
- Best Manual Treadmill
- Best Plyo Box
- Best Dumbbells
- Best CrossFit Barbells
- Best Weight Bench
- Best Kettlebells
Apparel and Shoes Gifts
- Best Workout Leggings
- Best Lululemon Shorts
- Best Weightlifting Shoes
- Best Shoes for Deadlifting
- Best Cross-Training Shoes
- Best Gym Shoes for Men
- Best Workout Shorts for Men
- Best Workout Shorts for Women
Tech Fitness Gifts
What to Look for in Gifts for CrossFitters
There are a few key categories to search in when looking for CrossFit gift ideas.
An equipment gift can be extremely helpful if the recipient is building out a home gym or occasionally works out somewhere other than their usual box. While I’m sure anyone would appreciate a Rogue Echo Bike or a REP PR-4000 squat rack, equipment gifts don’t have to be so expensive. A set of resistance bands or a medicine ball can go a long way, too.
CrossFitters need (want) more clothes, always. Sports bras, booty shorts, and tank tops are great ideas for those who identify as ladies, while t-shirts, muscle tanks, and board short-like training shorts are great for those who wear male clothing. Socks and training shoes are always a great choice, too.
Most CrossFit athletes would love a tub of protein or creatine powder as a gift. Supplements can be really helpful for improving performance and building muscle, which, of course, is a goal for the majority of CrossFitters. These are good fitness gifts in general, for CrossFit athletes but also powerlifters and Olympic weightlifting enthusiasts
CrossFit accessories include things like barbell collars, weightlifting belts, weighted vests, sunglasses, hats, headbands, lifting straps, grips, and wrist wraps. All of these items can help with performance in various ways and are some of the best crossfit gifts.
A small, fun gift like bumper plate coasters or a knurled bottle opener is sure to leave a long-lasting positive impression on a CrossFitter.
FAQs: Best Gifts for CrossFitters
To wrap up, here are some FAQs about CrossFit and related equipment and accessories.
What do I need to buy for CrossFit?
The minimum you need for a CrossFit workout is a good pair of shoes, socks, clothes to train in, and a water bottle with water. There are plenty of bodyweight workouts you can do. However, a comprehensive CrossFit setup would include gym equipment like a barbell, bumper plates, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, pull-up bar, gymnastics rings, and a GHD, along with accessories.
What do you get someone who goes to the gym?
People who work out appreciate fitness-oriented gifts. It can be something functional, like a pair of training socks, or something fun, like a set of bumper plate-themed drink coasters. Supplements and apparel are also good options.
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Are CrossFitters really the fittest?
CrossFitters are very versatile, let’s put it that way. Elite CrossFitters are definitely some of the most fit people on the planet, regardless of your definition of “fit.” But in general, a CrossFit athlete, even a very good one, won’t perform better than a specialist in that specialist’s sport. For instance, an experienced CrossFitter could perform a triathlon and finish with pretty good time—but they’re not going to beat triathletes who have spent years training for that specific event. It’s all about what “fit” means to you.
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