The higher an athlete rises in their sport, the more they benefit from the best coaches and equipment in their training. Though she could take advantage of all sorts of referrals these days and even have her own fitness brand, three-time CrossFit Games champion and “World’s Strongest Woman,” Tia-Clair Toomey says she’s still used pretty much the same type of exercise equipment she used always.
In a video recently posted on her YouTube channel, Toomey took a look at what she keeps in her gym bag at all times, including some things she would recommend to people getting into CrossFit or just starting their training journey.
In addition to some of her partner Shane Orr’s gear, including his belt and wrist wraps, Toomey’s bag contains some exercise supplies like a jump rope, resistance band, safety glasses, lifting belt, protective handles, lifting straps, tape, supplements, and a protein bar. There are also knee sleeves that she uses for protection during high or high volume squats, wrist guards to aid with a variety of CrossFit movements, and a pair of NOBULL lifters, as well as a pair of running shoes and regular training shoes.
There are also a few things Toomey uses to treat muscle tension, including a vibrating electric ball to roll out the muscles after a workout and floss tapes. “These are really great when it comes to having tight elbows,” she says. “What we do is we compress this floss tape and wrap it around the muscle or joint, whatever you want to target … compress the area you want to focus on and then move it around a little, have it on for a minute or two, then untangle it, and it flushes all that new blood flow through the muscle, through the joint, really just helping to loosen it up a little. “
Toomey also swears by a Hyperice Venom heat and vibration wrap, which she is “madly in love with,” and for massaging and relieving tension in her back, which comes in handy when she’s training that area hard, and a Hypervolt massage gun. “I’ll use this to loosen up muscles when something feels a little tight,” she says. “I use it after a workout too. It helps with muscles that have been stressed during a workout and it helps with recovery for the next day.”
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“These are things that I’ve actually used since day one. I didn’t add or take anything away from that,” she says. “You have been so helpful when it comes to my training and keeping my body healthy.”
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