Let’s give Crossfit socks a go in this post. Yes, there is such thing as Crossfit socks and they are functional.
So as crazy as it may appear, the socks you wear to your workout play a real role in how you perform. After all they are on your feet.
We grab our gym bag and check to see if we have what we need. Wrist wraps, shin guards, shoes, etc. Yup we have it all, but do you ever consider your socks? I know you won’t find them in your gym bag, but they are just as important as what you have in it. Socks with compression built in are going to help you out with their performance and recovery benefits.
When we say Crossfit socks, there are a few different kinds of socks that fit that category and that you can get just about anywhere you buy sport socks. The point of these socks is to enhance your performance. Simple!
There are really 2 categories of socks to look at, compression socks or socks to protect your shins. Compression helps blood flow and the sock helps you keep your skin where it belongs, on your shin. If you take a walk into a Crossfit gym you will probably see men and women alike wearing knee-high socks that are compress and protect.
What are Compression Socks
Compression socks are specially designed to apply pressure to the legs. This pressure allows blood vessels to work more effectively by helping the blood move through veins and back to the heart. This is why many people wear compression socks during long flights to improve their circulation.
Compression stockings should provide a mild amount of pressure, without feeling too tight. This allows them to promote circulation, rather than cutting off blood flow to a part of the body.
The Benefits of Crossfit Socks
- High socks keep your shins intact. Deadlifts or cleans, and other mainstay CrossFit movements involve a bar staying close to your shins. The barbell is ribbed for nobody’s pleasure; sometimes it scrapes against your shin skin. Steer clear of cuts and bruises from the bar with slightly-padded socks that run high up the leg.
- Compression assists in blood flow. CrossFit socks are made out of compression material that aids in blood flow out from your lower legs. Compression also is very effective in aiding in the recovery from muscle damage from exercising.
- Alleviates strain on your legs. Also, with compression you get more stability out of your leg muscles. They stay in place very well, trap moisture and are antimicrobial.
The right socks help you run faster and farther. Long pressure socks give sprinters and long distance runners quicker leg recuperation from races and Crossfitters shorter recuperation from long WODs. Tight knee-high socks will both “increase circulation and reduce lactic acid build up.” Regular socks may bunch up unevenly around your ankles and provide nothing but discomfort. Give Crossfit socks a try and love your legs and feet!
Different Types of Crossfit Socks
Shoe Top Socks
These are the shortest of all sports socks and are designed to hardly be seen above your sport shoes. Some of the best quality socks will provide compression for your feet, but normally not. You should look at the label to find out if they are or not.
Crew socks are the most popular among Crosfit athletes and have taken over from the knee-high that used to grace the box floor. These are the mid length socks that provide compression and only go up as high as the bottom of your calf. The snug fit prevents them from bunching up and they won’t move around in your shoes. You can find these in a wide variety of prints to fit your style. If you don’t want to wear knee-high socks, these are the next best. They look great too.
High Top Compression Crossfit Socks
I think most people by now are aware of compression socks and may even use them, but here is a little of how they help especially when talking about sports.
They improve blood flow in the legs which in turn prevents lactic acid from building up. If you wear an inappropriate sock while doing fitness or sport you may have uneven circulation in your legs which leads to muscle soreness.
As you aid blood flow in your legs, circulation also helps oxygen move through your body more efficiently. By way of helping blood flow and the transport of oxygen, your compression socks can help prevent injury.
Crosfit athletes will appreciate the way these socks support their muscles while performing the intense workouts. If you play a sport that requires a lot of arm movement as well, you might want to consider wearing both compression socks and compression sleeves.
No matter how careful you may be in the gym, it’s aloost impossible to avoid injury. compression socks can help alleviate some symptoms associated with the most common of sports injuries.
Evidence does show that compression reduces swelling so wearing compression socks will reduce swelling
For instance, evidence shows that compression socks can reduce swelling. If you have leg soreness or swelling after a workout, put on a pair of compression socks if you aren’t already wearing them.
I sometimes wear the long Crossfit compression socks during a WOD and they do make my legs feel much better. They feel more alive during the workout and when I get home after my workout, I have little to no leg soreness.
The compression socks I do wear on a regular basis are the Crew Socks. First, they are compression so help in the ways listed above, and second, they are my favorite looking with a ton different prints to choose from.
Me, I’ve been an active fittness buff for as long as I can remember and 5 years ago I put all of my efforts into the great sport of CrossFit. This sport has elevated my fitness to new levels through a lot of hard work and dedication and I want to share this with you. Fitness keeps us healthy so get out there.