Nike Phenom Running Pants Review

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Weekly Theme: Winter Warmers

Running and training in the winter is tough, you are in full hibernation mode where eating, sitting, sleeping, and snuggling are all you really want to do. Plus if you don’t have the right gear to work out in to keep you warm when the mercury falls, how are you ever going to get motivated enough to actually go for that run or go to that class? These Phenom running pants from Nike are part of a solution. These stretchy running pants will keep your legs warm with a slightly thicker material, ensure you can carry everything you need with 3 zipper pockets, and make sure you can be seen during your night runs with reflective accent decals on the legs. These are must haves for the active winter warrior.

Available on Nike.com for $90

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Rhone Endurance Long Sleeve Review

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Weekly Theme: Insert

Whether you’ve specifically written it down or not, many of us make “getting healthier” a new years resolution. Whether that’s eating healthier, or working out more, forming a new you, always seems like a good goal. If a bunch of workouts are a part of this “new you” plan, grab a shirt that will keep up. This Endurance Long Sleeve workout tee from Rhone is designed to wick away moisture, keeping you dry, while helping regulate your temperature; not too cool, not too hot. This is perfect for workouts that include an indoor and outdoor segments and/or a lot of rapid movements.

Available on rhone.com for $78

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Hyperice Hypervolt Massage Gun Review

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Weekly Theme: Gifts For Guys

What do you get a guy that has all the things he needs? Something he doesn’t need, but something he wants, or doesn’t even know he wants. If an active guy is on your list this year, this could be the come-from-behind, surprise winning gift this year. This massage gun comes with a bunch of tips, and varies in speed and intensity, allowing its user it to get out those stubborn knots in their back, or shock the soreness right out of their legs. Disclaimer, if you get this for someone, you may be recruited to use it on their back, as it’s pretty much impossible to gun your own back, so be ready.

Available on jackrabbit.com for $349

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76ers Nike Practice Performance Legend Long Sleeve T-Shirt Review

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Weekly Theme: Gifts for Guys

If you have a die-hard sports fan on your list this year, or if you are a sports fan that can’t get enough of their team, this shirt is a great idea for those who aren’t looking to get something super expensive, but still want a gift that will be appreciated. Nike makes the practice T’s for a bunch of teams, we just like the Sixers, so we are linking you to the hottest Pennsylvania-based team in the NBA.

Available on Fanatics.com for $30 with code GETGIFTING

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Junk Never Surrender Headband Review

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Weekly Theme: Fall Workout Gear

If you have even mildly long hair, odds are you end up needing to wear a hat or a headband during a workout. When a barbell is involved, a brimmed hat can get in the way quite frequently, that’s why a headband is our preferred method of keeping the hair out of our eyes. Junk is the premier brand when it comes to cross-training headbands. Sweatbands are your father’s game, these are the new wave. So if you have hair you need to push back while power cleaning, snatching, or squating, a junk headband like this one is “wear it’s at.”

Available on Junkbrands.com for $16

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Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Surge Long Sleeve T Review

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Weekly Theme: Fall Workout Gear

Continuing up the body to the torso, we have this metal vent tech long sleeve from Lululemon. Lulu infused silver into the fabric, not to make it more expensive (though maybe) but to fight odor. Silver is naturally anti-bacterial, meaning this shirt won’t stink up your laundry basket like your 100% cotton shirts do post workout. This long sleeve was also designed with vents down the spine, on the sides, and around underarms meaning you keep dry while staying warmer than you would in your standard t-shirt.

Available on lululemon.com for $88

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Reebok Thermowarm Compression Tight Review

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Weekly Theme: Fall Workout Gear

When your workout program involves olympic lifting or at least a decent amount of barbell work, tights come in handy more than you’d initially realize. Protecting your shins from bar contact, and you legs as a whole from the cold during indoor-outdoor workouts, tight are a critical part of any cross-trainer’s workout wardrobe. These tights from Reebok are standard issue. They aren’t flashy, or made from space material (polyester), but they stay tight, they’re ventilated in the right spots, and they work, what else do you need?

Available on Reebok.com for $50

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Bn3th Pro 2.0 Boxer Brief Review

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Weekly Theme: Fall Workout Gear

We were sent a pair of these bad boys from BN3TH to try out and figured they would fit perfectly in our Fall workout gear theme this week. At first, we were weary of wearing 94% polyester to the gym, but ended up pleasantly surprised but the moisture wicking ability of these junk huggers. They feel super light, and the 6% of spandex allows for a lot of unrestricted movement. Their “My package” pouch gives your friend and his buddies plenty of room to hangout while supporting them from underneath, reducing downward tension without constricting your “friends.”

Available on BN3TH.com for $40

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Nike Free x Metcon Review

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Weekly Theme: Fall Workout Gear

The coming of Fall doesn’t just affect what you wear out or to work, it also affects what you wear to the gym. If you attend any type of metcon class or belong to a crossfit-style gym, you know it can get cold in the gym quick, not to mention the outdoor runs. Thats why our theme this week is Fall workout gear. It’s time to revamp the workout wear to set yourself up for success for the cooler months. We are building from the ground up this week starting with Nike’s revamp of the Metcons. They crossbred the nike free’s and the Metcons to come up with a shoe that has the soul of a cross trainer with a look you could wear out. While the Free-inspired mesh toes can get loose after heavy wear, the platform and grip pattern are perfect for those looking to lift and run in the same workout. The added lace braces give these a more interesting look than the classic metcon while also providing extra protection for rope climbs.

Available on nike.com for $120

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Rhone 7 inch Guru Yoga Shorts

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Working out outside can be a treat or a torment that burns you up or freezes you solid. In light of the high temps, we have a pair of shorts perfect for those extra hot days. These 7 inch Guru Shorts from Rhone are the epitome of workout cooling comfort. Designed with plenty of stretch for ample movability and advanced moisture-wicking materials these unlined shorts work as well on yoga mat as they do during a WOD. Consider these the shorts Lulu tried to make for guys, but fell a bit short.

Available on Rhone.com for $78

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Lululemon Pace Breaker Shorts

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Did you just realize you only really have 3 gym shorts, 2 of which are pretty beat up, and now you need to grab another pair? Same. These Pace breaker shorts have a modest 7" inseam, meaning they will likely hit above the knee, so they won't get in the way of your squats, have zipper pockets to keep you stuff in your pockets, and have plenty of stretch should you get into some deep deep lunges. Great training, and can really double as swim trunks in a pinch, since they are fast drying lycra.

Available on Lululemon.com for $68 

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Rhone Celliant Short Sleeve Work Out Tee

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If you are someone who tends to do high-impact performance work outside, like those who partake in Crossfit-style workouts, it is likely that some upcoming workouts will be moving outside with the return of tolerable - high outdoor temperatures. This is when quality workout gear is a must. A shirt like this Celliant short sleeve shirt from Rhone is perfect for running, throwing, jumping, sprinting, and lifting because it is vented, and seamless. That's right, no seams here, meaning no chaffing points, and with silver fibers integrated into the fabric to fight bacteria, it won't smell terrible if you have to run to a coffee shop or the grocery store after your outdoor workout.

Available on Rhone.com for $74 

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Nike Metcon 4s

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The Metcon 4s, named after their intended use during Metabolic Conditioning, or prolonged high-intensity workouts, are a Crossfit staple. If you go to any box or cross training gym, chances are you'll see a close to 50-50 split between the members sporting these or the Reebok Nanos. This is because they are made to do pretty much everything. They have a condensed heel to provide some impact reduction while running, while also preventing side to side shifting or tilting in the heel during weighted lifts. And while Nike has introduced a flyknit version, many have experienced sizing and performance issues making the traditional Metcons the pick that won't steer you wrong from 800m run to low bar back squat.

Available on Nike.com for $130 

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Bear Komplex Carbon Fiber Grips

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If you are going to name your company "Bear Komplex" you better be pretty tough and make workout gear that is even tougher because that workout is brutal. These grips, aren't the gymnastic grips turned cross training hand protectors, these are through and through made for weightlifting bar work. Made with carbon fiber and designed with three finger holes instead of two, these cover more of your hand and will be damn near impossible to tear. So if you are #InTheOpen and don't want to chance ripping early, and end up tearing your hands up by 18.4, snag a set of these. 

Available on bearkomplex.com for $40 

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Reebok CrossFit Open Training T-shirt

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If you are #InTheOpen then there is no better shirt for showing it off over the next, you know, 11 months than this one. The shirt is a cotton polyester blend, and has a bit of stretch like you would expect from an athletic brand betting what seems like over a 3rd of their budget on a single type of cross training. It's pretty breathable though the graphic can get in the way from the wicking we'd all like to have in the chest, but that can be overlooked as its the best way to tell everyone you are doing Crossfit, without actually telling them. So keep your voice and workout style game strong with a sick t-shirt that does all the talking for you. 

Available on Reebok.com for $32 

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Nike Training Utility Tights

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When you're in the middle of a workout for time, or long AMRAP (that is hopefully less than 20 minutes) that involves any standing olympic-style lift, grazing your shins with the bar is inevitable. And if you are super unlucky, the knurling catches on its way up to a snatch or power clean, causing some burning, bleeding and bruising, not to mention you have to disinfect the bar afterwards, and your shins. If you have been doing Crossfit, or know someone who has for a while you've almost certainly seen shins that look like they've been on a tour of duty or two. To keep this from happening, and maintain the beauties that are your shins and knees, wear a pair of training tights, like these from Nike. Not only will you instantly fit in at any box around the world, you will also protect yourself from your own in-workout rage monster pulls. We suggest wearing them with shorts, unless you are super confident, and don't mind feeling naked while working out.

Available on Nike.com for $45 

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Lululemon T.H.E 7 Inch Shorts

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While we are still recovering from 18.1 of The Open, we are looking to the remaining 4 weeks in anticipation for the workout that will destroy our legs. In the spirit of the impending quad busters, we are giving you a pair of workout shorts that show off all the work you've done over the winter. Let those quads out and free up some movement with a 7 inch inseam and 4 way stretch material built for cross training. A note on fit: lulu has decided to change their waistband to be less stretchy and a little tighter, so if you have some junk in the trunk or thunder thighs order a size up from your usual.

Available on lululemon.com for $58 

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Nike Dri-Fit Training Hoodie

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Since we are still in workout mode, lets talk about dynamics of running in the spring. What can start out as a freezing and wet warm up jog, can end in a sweaty run in sunshine with a temperature that is 12 degrees warmer. This is why having a top layer that can adjust to your current conditions is curcial. This Dri-fit hoodie from Nike has a form fitting hood that stays on while you run in the rain, or snow for that matter. It has a little-bit-more-than-quarter-zip front zipper for heat control, thump holes to keep the sleeves down, and back vents to keep you cool when the sun comes out, making it the perfect top layer for indoor/outdoor training aka rounds that start with 800m runs (woof), or a long run in unpredictable weather.

Available on Nike.com for $80 

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Reebok Crossfit Nano 8 Flexweave

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In honnor of the Crossfit Open starting, we will be giving you our top workout picks over the next 4 weeks. To kick things off, we chose a new standard in cross-training footwear: the Nano 8s. The Nano line has long been a staple of the reebok Crossfit collection, with the most popular being the Nano 2.0s. However, these new 8s have the brand new flex weave that provides a level of breathability and durability not seen in many other Crossfit shoe. So say "see ya later" to the ripped toe creases and wobbly heals, and say hello to fresh feet even after your coaches make you do "Kelly" and "Karen" within 4 days of each other.

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S'well Smoky Quartz 17oz Water Bottle

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Staying hydrated is an endless endeavor. So having a companion water bottle that will keep your water cold the whole day through is crucial. We really like these S'well bottles because of how well they insulate, but also because they offer a matte finish that has a very minimalistic aesthetic that you don't get with the traditional translucent water bottle you used in high school. We suggest going with the 17oz because it fits in most cup holders and is perfect for gauging intake, with 7 of these getting you to the recommended daily dose (3.7 liters) of agua.

Available on swell.com for $35 

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