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NOBULL Men's Training Shoes
$ 129 from Amazon
Lightweight, breathable and flexible. Seamless, one-piece upper, abrasion resistant.
Several years ago I was very frustrated buying all-round training shoes. They were all either very specialized or designed for 12 year olds with a bad taste. Then I discovered NOBULL, a company that makes shoes and clothes for hard-working adults.
This cross trainer does it all, from lifting to running to sliding sledges. I have three couples and wear them for everything. The NOBULL Trainer is available in a variety of colors and patterns, but I love its body. Do not worry, you can still get them in purple camo, if you like that. – Chris Shugart
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Lululemon Men's Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve Shirt
$ 68 from Amazon
Seamless construction, non-abrasive, strategic venting. The sweat-wicking fabric is 4-way stretch. Cloth inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria on the shirt.
Why pay $ 68 for a T-shirt? Because in years you will still train in it. I bought my first Metal Vent shirt 7 years ago. After wearing it a few times a week and washing it hundreds of times, it still looks the same and retains its shape. The color never seems to fade and the collar is never stretched.
Also the fit is perfect. Not too affectionate, but put your arms around so that people know for sure that you are lifting. Many colors available. – Chris Shugart
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JUNK Brands Sport Headband
16 USD from Amazon
20% discount with Amazon Coupon
Sweat-wicking, quick-drying, machine washable, one size fits all.
I did not know I needed a headband until I tried Dan John's Half-Hour Deadlift Challenge. (Pull 2 repetitions of 315 pounds every minute for half an hour.) At the 20-minute mark, my bar was wet with sweat. I tried a normal bandana, but it continued to slide. And it looked stupid.
So I took a JUNK headband on the CrossFit games and it did the trick. It fits flat, never slips, never drips and makes you look like a ninja, not a hippie. Available in dozens of styles and colors. – Chris Shugart
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Grunt Style Basic Men's T-Shirt
$ 14.95 from Amazon
100% cotton. Ultra soft and comfortable. Tagless, itchless design. Ribbed collar that does not lose its shape. Sporty fit, order a size larger if you're not sure.
I was annoyed to pay $ 50 to $ 100 for a workout shirt, so I was thrilled to find Grunt-style t-shirts. Run by veterans, the company produces a reasonably-priced, good-looking, well-fitting T-shirt that's available in a variety of colors. Best of all, their lifetime beer guarantee. You tear it up, spill beer or get "blood stains if you defend the American flag from terrorists", they replace it. – TC Luoma
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Converse All Star High Top Sneaker by Chuck Taylor
$ 50.45 from Amazon
canvas high-top sneaker. Synthetic sole. Canvas upper. Rubber toe cap.
When I put on my high-top chucks, I feel connected to all the greats of the past, but I'm not talking about lanky white basketball players from the 1950s. No, I mean the hundreds of elite lifters, some of which have set world records and are committed to the almighty Chucks. They're just great, inexpensive and retro-stylish shoes for squats and deadlifts. The thick, flat sole gives you the stability you need to push up big weights. – TC Luoma
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$ 23.03 from Amazon
50% Polyester, 47% Cotton, 3% Polyurethane
Hats are essential for the gym. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time repairing your hair before you sweat. So a good hat hides the clutter and allows you to concentrate on the work.
Why this hat? Well, I have one of those faces that does not look good in most ballcaps. But the fit of this and other prAna hats actually works well. So if you have a similarly funny face, you could give this hat a shot. – Dani Shugart
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Ladies' Olowahu flip flop by Teva
20 from Amazon
Waterproof polyester upper. Extremely durable and dries quickly after getting wet. The Mush Top sole cushions and adapts to your foot. Two safety cross straps.
Pack them in your gym bag and put them on after training if you need to run errands. These are the most comfortable and durable flip flops I have ever had. And I'm on my third pair. My first couple took over 6 years. Walk around with your dogs in it, paint your house in it and do your gardening in it. They adapt to your feet. Bonus: They're cute enough to wear casual summer dresses. – Dani Shugart
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