At WIT we have collated the best brands to give you the one-stop shop for all your accessory needs. Ranging from weightlifting essentials to gymnastic non-negotiables, our accessory selection is here to help you grip and not rip through every rep, set and WOD.
Not sure which accessories you need? Do not fear, we are here to give you the lowdown on what each accessory does, what they are suitable for and why you need it.
ACCESSORIES 101: Metcon & Skills Edition
If you want to take your gymnastics to the next level, you want to ensure you've got the right grips for you. Used for movements on the rig including pull ups, muscle ups, toes to bar and anything where there is friction between the hands and rig, these are vital for hand protection and longevity.
TWO KEY FACTORS to consider when deciding which grips will work best for you are grip length and hole variation.
No-hole grips are great for people looking to make those quick transitions between the rig and other movements with full hand coverage.
For those who prefer a closer fit then 3-hole grips are great to reduce potential slipping and to also provide maximal coverage. These are best for people who get calluses or tears in the palm or under fingers.
Your grip length is also important to maximize performance. For no-hole grips having it come over your fingertips will provide optimal protection, for 3-hole grips you want to ensure the width of your palm is covered.
Make sure you utilize brand sizing guides to ensure the grip performs best for you.
Trying to master double-unders or crossovers? Make sure your rope isn't holding you back.
When trying to learn movements such as double-unders and crossovers you want a rope with a dual bearing system to ensure a smooth spin, plus ergonomic handles for a firm grip that will get you easy reps.
If you are new to these movements, look at getting a rope that allows interchangeable cables so you can adjust the speed and weight with thicker ropes as you progress. A heavier rope is also useful when doing crossovers.
SIZING YOUR ROPE
In terms of sizing a rope, a generic reference point is to stand on the rope with one foot and bring each handle to the respective armpit - this would be the suggested length. When practicing, If you find the rope keeps catching your toes then the rope may be too short, inversely if you find it is dragging on the floor in front when skipping then it may be too long. Practice makes perfect so always size up a bit longer than you think and perfect from there.