The Best Nike CrossFit Clothing to Wear for Your Next WOD
Check out the best moisture-wicking, breathable gear that can endure the toughest workouts.
CrossFit workouts blend functional strength moves with high-intensity training. With each class being different with a variety of demands — in any one class, you may sprint, lift, jump, squat or row — it’s important to wear clothes that move with you. For example, during an AMRAP (as many reps or rounds as possible) workout, you won’t want to waste time adjusting your shorts when you could squeeze in another rep.
Check out the Nike best clothing for a CrossFit workout. These picks can foster a full range of motion and wick away moisture as you work up a sweat.
1. Breathable, Quick-Drying Tank Top or T-Shirt
For those going to a CrossFit box (a CrossFit term for “gym”) for the first time, be prepared to sweat. A breathable, quick-drying shirt will help you feel cool and dry as the workout gets going. Additional features like mesh panels can also increase air flow and cool you down.
A sleeveless top tends to provide the best range of motion for upper-body moves. If you decide to wear a tank top, slim-fitting tops that hug the body are convenient, as they’ll stay in place for exercises like burpees. If you feel more comfortable in a loose-fitting top, be sure it’s not too big, as extra fabric can get in the way.
If you opt for a short-sleeve shirt, go for one made with breathable, moisture-wicking materials, like Nike Dri-FIT. Similar to a tank, look for a T-shirt with a slim yet non-restrictive fit that provides freedom in the shoulders and upper arms.
Bottoms are an important piece to get right for a CrossFit workout. For people who run warm and want their legs to breathe, shorts may be most comfortable.
For loose-fitting shorts, look for a pair made with a polyester-spandex blend that will be lightweight and stretchy. Shorts with an elastic waistband and adjustable drawcord will ensure you can personalize the fit. Some pairs also come with a built-in liner, which can help prevent chafing by reducing friction against the skin, while wicking away moisture.
If you prefer a snug fit, opt for a tight pair of shorts. Nike bike shorts and Nike Pro Dri-FIT training shorts for women are body-hugging and come in a range of lengths from a 3-inch inseam to a 7-inch inseam.
On the men’s side, try tight compression shorts underneath a loose pair of shorts, or wear a tight pair — like the Nike Pro Dri-FIT shorts — on their own, which is designed to be more than just a base layer.
3. Leggings or Tights
If the temperature drops or if you prefer more coverage, wear a pair of high-performance leggings or tights. Nike Dri-FIT leggings and tights help the body stay dry, cool and comfortable by maximizing sweat evaporation. And they can help prevent chafing, too.
When selecting a pair to wear to the box, make sure they pass the squat test: Do a deep squat or touch your toes while wearing them and check in the mirror to make sure the fabric doesn’t stretch too thin and expose your skin or underwear.
4. Moisture-Wicking Socks
Wearing a high-quality pair of socks is an important detail. In CrossFit, you’ll need more moisture-wicking capabilities than regular cotton can provide. To improve comfort, find a pair of Nike Dri-FIT training socks with extra cushion and a compression band around the arch for support.
5. High-Support Sports Bra
Intense workouts like CrossFit call for high-support sports bras for athletes of any breast size. Even people with a smaller chest can benefit from the features of a high-support bra while doing high-impact exercises.
Nike offers non-padded and encapsulation sports bras, all with elevated support. Encapsulation bras individually surround and support each breast, providing a natural shape and compression to reduce bounce. While some people appreciate the shaping that padding provides, others prefer a non-padded compression bra. Both options can offer high levels of support.
When beginning your search for a supportive sports bra, look for breathable materials and straps that are thick and durable. For maximum support, find a bra with adjustable straps to better customize the fit. Consider what closure type you prefer; Nike offers front-closure, back-closure and pullover sports bras.
Ultimately, whichever bra you choose, make sure you find the right fit. Check out Nike’s guide: How to Measure Bra Size for a Perfect Fit.
Words by: Hannah Singleton