There are many components that go into preparing your mind and body for a CrossFit competition. Training more intentionally, dialing in your nutrition, and allowing for proper recovery are all vital pieces of the “Preparation Puzzle.” Equally important will be having the right gear and essentials with you on the day of the competition. In this blog, we’ll provide a comprehensive checklist of what to pack for a CrossFit competition to ensure you’ve got everything you need to dominate.
When it comes to CrossFit competitions, having the right gear is essential for optimal performance. Make sure to pack:
Depending on the workouts you’ll be doing, you might need CrossFit shoes, running shoes, and/or lifting shoes. CrossFit shoes are designed to handle various movements like lifting, jumping, and running shorter distances, making them great for WODs with different exercises. However, if you have a WOD that is predominately running or lifting, wearing shoes built specifically for those activities might be more appropriate. We recommend bringing whatever you typically train in, as you don’t want to be breaking in brand new shoes the day of your competition.
Pack comfortable and breathable clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Opt for moisture-wicking materials to keep you cool and dry during intense workouts. If your competition consists of multiple workouts, you might want to bring a change of clothes (or two) to help you feel fresh throughout the day.
Wrist Wraps, Knee Sleeves, Hand Grips, Athletic Tape, and/or Weightlifting Belts
These supportive accessories can provide stability and protection during heavy lifting, gymnastics, and high-impact movements. If you have questions on how and when to use specifically weightlifting belts, check out this blog!
Many competitions love to program jump roping, but typically do not provide jump ropes for athletes to use. Make sure you bring your own!
Personal Care Items
To perform at your best, you need to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Here are some personal care items to help you do so on competition day:
Pack travel-sized toiletries, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and hand sanitizer, to freshen up as needed throughout the competition. Bringing a couple small towels to wipe down during/after intense workouts might be helpful, too.
Hair Care Products
For athletes with longer hair, bring extra hair ties, headbands, scarves, and/or clips to manage your hair during your WODs.
First Aid Kit
Prepare a small first aid kit containing essentials like band-aids, adhesive tape, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications. Most event spaces will have basic first aid kits/stations if needed, but it never hurts to be extra prepared.
Foam Roller, Lacrosse Ball, and/or Massage Gun
These self-massage tools are great for releasing muscle tension and improving mobility between events.
Nutrition and Hydration
Fueling your body properly is crucial for sustained energy and peak performance. To stay well-hydrated and fed, you’ll need to bring:
Bring a durable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the competition. Choose a bottle that’s easy to refill and won’t leak if tipped over in your bag.
Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks
Pack easily digestible snacks such as energy bars, protein shakes, fruits, and veggies to fuel your workouts and aid in recovery. Foods with higher water content, like watermelon and cucumbers, are great to help with staying hydrated. If you have long breaks between WODs, pack nutrient-dense meals full of protein, veggies, and complex carbohydrates. Fattier foods will take longer to digest, so plan to eat these in smaller amounts if consuming between events.
Consider adding electrolyte tablets/powders to your packing list to replenish essential minerals lost through sweat. Read more about electrolytes in this Nutrition Tip!
Don’t forget to pack any cold items in an insulated lunchbox or cooler to keep them chilled!
Lastly, don’t forget these miscellaneous items that can make your CrossFit competition experience smoother and more enjoyable:
Print out registration information or have digital copies saved to your phone for easy access when you arrive.
You’re going to want a place to relax in between workouts. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to bring a lawn or beach chair with you.
Pop-Up Tent or Umbrella
If your competition is outdoors, or you anticipate waiting outside between events, bringing a pop-up tent or umbrella is advised. This will help protect you from the heat and sun when not actively competing.
If downtime is anticipated, bring a book, phone charger, headphones, or other forms of entertainment to help you relax and stay focused.
Gear Up and Go
Now you know what to pack for a CrossFit competition, taking into consideration gear, personal care items, nutrition needs, and other miscellaneous essentials. By following this comprehensive checklist, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle any challenge that comes your way. Remember, staying organized and having the right equipment will not only enhance your performance but also contribute to an overall positive competition experience. Good luck and give it your all! The whole community here at CrossFit LPF is rooting for you.