Get ready for some awesome news! We have upgraded our original "Ask Coach Lance" series to include all of the LFT coaches insights, knowledge and advice! "Ask a Coach" is our new blog series that will allow BOOMers to direct their questions to one coach specifically or all the coaches in general. Many of you connect with each coach in a unique way. Maybe some of you operate more like Coach Lance and others vibe with Coach Johnny...whatever your flavor is, we've got your solution.
So don't be shy. It's time to Ask a Coach!
This month we have a question aimed at each of our LFT coaches. Take a nugget from each response or lock in on the one that resonates with you.
Our BOOMer question asks:
“What is your go-to workout gear? Shoes? Clothing brand? Gloves/belts/wrist/wraps etc? What helps you perform your best inside and out of the boom room?”
Great questions! Take it away coaches!
Coach Gonzo -
Many of y’all already know this, but I’m not the biggest advocate of wraps, straps, belts, etc. Why? I guess I’m more of an “old school” kinda thinker, but I believe less is more. I often see many people who go out and buy everything under the sun with the hope that their recent purchase will help increase their overall performance while they train. Sure, this might be true for some, but for most, I think it actually LIMITS us. Coming from a military background, what happens when you lose your gloves? Belt? Wrist straps? Can you still perform like a champ, or do you need your gear to handle the work? I often see too many people rely on these types of equipment to help them get better, when in actuality, it’s limiting their greatness because chances are their performance wouldn’t be the same without using the gear. Sure, wrist straps help support the wrist, but so does stretching. I can also venture to say with confidence that most don’t carry an extra pair of wrist straps in their back pocket just in case they need to lift something heavy that’ll compromise their ROM in their wrists.
My point? Get REALLY good at training with nothing. When life outside of our four walls hits you in the face, will you hit back, or will you need to call a timeout to tighten down your wrist straps first?
Use the resources that are available to you to ASSIST you in your greatness, but don’t rely on them to cover up the areas you need to work on.
Coach "Biscuit" Barry -
My go to brand is Nike. All political BS aside, Nike makes a good product! I have used them for everything from basketball to weight lifting and have never had any issues with their apparel or equipment. Yes they are on the pricey side, but I feel like you get what you pay for. Even with all this being said I do feel like soon I will branch out and try the smaller more CrossFit focused brands. Stayed tuned for how that goes!
Coach Johnny -
When it comes to workout apparel I'm pretty simple. Basically any pair of shorts that's above the knee and a stringer tank top! My favorite pair of shorts I got from a thrift store for $3, so my favorite workout outfit is one that is comfortable and easy on the wallet. When it comes to shoes, that is not an area where you should go cheap on. A good pair of shoes is essential for providing support and keeping your ankles and knees healthy in the long run. I wear Nike Metcon DSX training shoes and I LOVE them. They have great arch support, a flat, grippy rubber sole, and they are super comfortable. I use Versa Grip straps to help with my grip and I have a pair of DMoose Fitness American Flag wrist straps to help support my wrists when I am lifting heavy. Also, be sure to always carry a couple rolls of tape in your bag because you never know when blood blisters will strike!
Coach Loni -
My approach when it comes to workout gear is to be prepared with what I may need (wrist wraps, belt, gloves, tape) yet use them as sparingly as possible. I used to use knee wraps, wrist wraps and gloves every workout no matter what. As time passed and my techniques improved I started seeing the value in removing most, if not all of them. Having had knee surgery on each knee this was really liberating. I realized my body could do more than I gave it credit for. I shifted my focus more toward quality movement completely free of wraps. I noticed that my joints started to feel stronger when I didn't wrap them all the time. I still use them when I feel like I need the support or I want to go heavier than usual, but when it comes down to it I would prefer to go lighter with no wraps and solid form than to get really heavy and wrap myself up like a mummy.
No gloves for pull-ups and muscle ups unless there are a ton of reps. If you need them Bear KompleX is a great brand.
No belt for deadlifts unless you're going heavy. If you need them Dark Iron Fitness has a great belt.
No wrist wraps for cleans unless you're going heavy. If you need them my Rip Toned wraps have been good to me.
No knee sleeves unless I'm going heavy on a back or front squat. If you need them Nordic Lifting would be a great option.
If you want to spice up and intensify your workout I highly recommend a weight-vest. My favorite is 5.11 Get your plates separately at Rogue, I added 20#
Shoes that are supportive for plyometric movements as well as lifting I love my OnClouds
Shoes for heavy lifting specifically I'm all about No Bulls
As far as clothing, you do you! I love everything from No bull to cheap finds at TJMaxx. Whatever is comfortable and breathable.
If you do find you are experiencing sharp or chronic pain please make an appointment with a physical therapist asap. Take care of yourself and address any issues right away so you can continue to train long term. No one wants to be taken out by an avoidable injury.
Coach Lance -
Clothing – I’m not really brand specific here but do prefer shorts loose enough to move well in and shirts with a performance/wicking fabric. I am a fan a tights for the compression aspect and because they look fly. Largely based on price point and style I own a lot of Sleefs gear – https://sleefs.com
Shoes – I am big on low drop (meaning little to no angle from the heel of the shoe to the toe) shoes. Depending on what the workout is, and let’s be honest, my outfit I’ll select a pair accordingly. If I am going to do some heavier lifting I prefer the Metcons, more running the Nanos, and a combination of heavyish lifting/running/gymnastics NoBulls.
There you have it! Take in what all the coaches have offered and apply what you connect with to your own training. As always we are here for you to help you live your best lives! When it comes down to it, just show up and do the work and you've already won.
Until next time! See you in the Boom Room!
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