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Crossfit Workout Goal: Long-term Health
As explained in the guide on Crossfit shorts, Crossfit uses high-intensity, functional movements. For example, a beginner workout-of-the-day (WOD) could be squats, pull-ups, presses, and a run. A workout requires gear that allows a guy to be comfortable as he goes through his challenging workout.
You are starting a workout routine for lifetime health benefits, so workout gear should be long-lasting.
Ten Thousand Tactical Short
The Tactical Short has 80 percent Nylon and 20 percent Spandex and has a compression liner.
This short can go from gym-based workouts to running outside, swimming, or completing shopping tasks before going home.
The shorts have zippered pockets to keep your keys and other personal property secured.
The shorts have two lengths: 5 inches and 7 inches.
Ten Thousand Water Bottle
Rather than using countless plastic bottles to have water available during your workout, it is more convenient to have a reusable water bottle.
One option that would work is stainless steel that is free from bisphenol A (BPA).
Ten Thousand’s BPA-free stainless steel water bottle is 32 ounces. It has a convenient handle and a wide opening so that you can add your supplements or ice cubes easily. The water bottle has a double wall that can maintain the water temperature.
Perhaps you are a newbie Crossfit enthusiast preparing for your first WOD, or you are a skilled Crossfit athlete seeking to find the best men’s shorts that will be as tough as you perform your exercise movements. This article will explain the various types of Crossfit shorts that are on the market.
WOD or Box Shorts Are Just Gym Workout Shorts
According to the wodhopper website, a Crossfit box is a gym that affiliates with Crossfit. An affiliated gym must have Crossfit-certified trainers on site. WOD in Crossfit stands for workout of the day. As each gym is independent, the workout emphasis varies from gym to gym.
According to Invictus Fitness, Crossfit gyms typically “post one workout each day for their members and online followers to complete.” So box shorts or wod shorts are essentially gym shorts.
For a reflection of a new person starting Crossfit from mens physique, read a blog article about Tom Seed.
Crossfit Shorts that Will Work as Hard as You During Your WOD
Crossfit uses functional movements. As a result, shorts that allow you to achieve the full range of motion is the best. You have a range of shorts from which to select your favorite.
Several brands create Crossfit shorts, including Athletegy, Nike, No Bull, Reebok, Ten Thousand, and Rogue.
Five-Inch Inseam Shorts
This five-inch inseam short was designed for leg day and crossfit-style workouts.
The fabric composition of the shorts allows for freedom of movement, 88 percent polyester and 12 percent Spandex.
The brand provides the following information on its website:
- “AthDura™ our 4 way stretch fabric
- Anti Odor & Quick Dry Technology
- Woven Brief liner giving breathable support
- Concealed interior waist band drawcord
- Invisible Zipper Pocket System
- Back panel ventilation for maximum comfort”
Crossfit Board Shorts
In this blog, I wrote an article for board shorts in mens physique competitions. The board shorts there are closer to the leg. For Crossfit, the board shorts have a wider leg opening given the demands of the Crossfit WOD. For example, see the Reebok board shorts; the shorts have a wide leg opening that could suit demanding leg-focused exercise movements. Reebok’s board shorts have pockets.
The Rogue brand also has a board shorts option available. The board shorts, like the Reebok, have a pocket.
Crossfit Cordura Shorts
What is Cordura?
Cordura is a trademarked brand name for a fabric that INVICTA (a subsidiary of Koch Industries) manufactures. The synthetic fabric is available for civilian use. Cordura can withstand abrasions, is generally water repellent and flame resistant. Read more about Cordura at Sailrite’s website.
I was not able to find any shorts with Cordura. If the reader finds one, please let me know in the comments.
Crossfit Kevlar Shorts
What is Kevlar?
Kevlar is a trademarked brand name for a synthetic fabric known best for its use in bullet-resistant body armor. Kevlar’s creator is Stephanie Kwolek, and DuPont owns the trademark. Kevlar is cut and puncture resistant and flame resistant.
Why is Kevlar used in Crossfit shorts? The workouts can be demanding, but not to the extent of needing Kevlar’s strengths. I was not able to find any shorts with Kevlar. If the reader finds one, please let me know in the comments.
Crossfit Compression Shorts
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Considering the functional exercise moves in Crossfit, a compression short is available. The use of compression shorts is wide in fitness. Ten Thousand’s Tactical Short can incorporate an optional compression liner in the shorts. The Interval shorts also have pockets.
There is a compression short that is a separate item, such as the one from No Bull.
Crossfit Fight Shorts
The Rogue brand offers a fight short for MMA fights, Crossfit WODs, and gym workouts. The fight shorts have a velcro closure. The Rogue fight short has a side zipper pocket.
What to Wear under Crossfit Shorts?
Given the amount of movement with this activity, briefs, boxer briefs, or compression shorts would work well. Some shorts, like the Interval Shorts discussed above, can incorporate a compression liner under the top shell of the shorts.
The Underwear Expert did a video several years ago asking Crossfit athletes about their underwear preference.
This article has covered the shorts available to the new and experienced Crossfit athlete. The fabrics of the shorts will sustain rough treatment during challenging WODs.
Also, Crossfit shorts have a place in the athleisure category, with most of the shorts having pockets.
Any of the shorts featured are your favorite? Please let me know in the comments.
Table of Contents
- Harrogate and York
- Crossfit and Oliver James
- Podcast and First Contest
- UK Lockdown 2020
- Q and A
- Mens Physique
- Photo Shoots
Tom Seed, a business owner (Stealth Nutrition), fitness model, physique competitor, and YouTuber, lives in the United Kingdom. I found out about Tom through his YouTube workout videos with Dan Tai.
Harrogate and York, United Kingdom
Tom’s hometown is Harrogate, which is in North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. The local newspaper, Harrogate Informer, had a 2016 article about Tom when he participated in a charity boxing event to support cancer research.
Tom celebrated 3,000 YouTube subscribers by eating 3,000 calories during his time in York, UK (about 40 minutes from Harrogate). (I especially liked the part where he ordered gelato at the Roberto Authentic Italian Gelato shop.)
In 2020, many have suffered from the economic fallout from the global pandemic. Tom provided information about a Harrogate organization that assists the homeless–Harrogate Homeless Project. Tom donated food (that he bought for a 30,000 calorie challenge video) to the organization for Christmas Day meals.
In 2021, Tom and friends, Will and Max, decided to challenge themselves to reach 1,000 pull-ups in 1 hour. Tom recruited passers-by at Roundhay Park to help reach the goal.
CrossFit; Oliver James, Owner of Metcon Leeds Gym
On Instagram, Tom explained his decision to focus on performance (CrossFit) rather than appearance (mens physique).
Tom has been doing CrossFit through the 2020 Covid-related lockdowns and adjustments (discussed further in this article).
Tom and Oliver did the Joker Workout, consisting of the toe to the pullup bar movement and deadlifts. The person that did not finish first had to have a spoonful of cinnamon.
The result? Well, Oliver cannot be conquered in his own gym, lol. (Oliver, when done, did coach Tom on to finish.)
Podcast Interview and First Contest
Colin Campbell (host of CamBro Conversations, a podcast) interviewed Tom about his transition from bodybuilding to Crossfit and about the supplement industry.
Tom is the head of sales at Lifesource Supplements and owns a supplement company, Stealth Nutrition.
Tom competed in his first Crossfit contest in 2021.
UK Lockdown Late October 2020 to Early December 2020; Tom’s Dumbbell Only Workout
The year 2020 has been a challenging year. In order to prevent Covid-19 cases from overwhelming the medical system in the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, placed a four-week lock down for pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops.
After this announcement, Tom posted a YouTube video with a dumbbell-only workout that could help viewers continue their workout routine at home. The exercise demonstrator is Metcon Leeds owner Oliver James.
Tom’s birthday is 29-March (Aries).
Question and Answers E-mail Interview
I had an opportunity to ask Tom about his fitness modeling and other interests by e-mail. He provided responses which are detailed below.
How did you become interested (a) in weight training and (b) in being a fitness model?
“I started training just to get in shape and over time my physique kept progressing and after 6 years of training I decided to step on stage and compete in the UKUP competition.”
Did you participate in athletics before or while weight training for physique contests? When did you become focused on your fitness model workouts for competition?
“I used to play rugby and swim until the aged of 19. Aged 19 I stopped all sport and took up weight training until I competed aged 25.”
How have you adjusted your training and nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic?
“Yes I have had to do more ‘CrossFit’ style workouts from home to keep my cardio and weights combined. I can’t wait for the gyms to re-open!!”
What advice would you give to guys looking to become a fitness model?
“Stay consistent with your diet and training but only pursue being a fitness model if you enjoy the process of getting lean and you enjoy being in front of a camera / the spotlight.” [Author’s note: Tom was the cover model for the Best Fit Magazine in 2019.]
How have you liked working in the fitness industry and with clothing companies? Any things you would want to see improved?
“I have liked working with brands over social media but I would like to see more fitness events that bring like minded people together. There seems to be a couple of big expos per year. I would like to see brands host events on a monthly basis! I enjoy socialising (if you can’t tell).”
Any hobbies or interests outside of your own training?
In viewing Tom’s Instagram posts, a few showed Tom in cycling gear and with a bike made by Ribble Cycles, a hand-assembled bicycle maker based in the United Kingdom. (A Ribble bicycle can be customized to suit a buyer.)
Stealth Nutrition, a Lifestyle Nutrition, Workout Supplement Brand
Tom owns Stealth Nutrition, a lifestyle nutrition brand. Stealth Nutrition focuses on providing designer workout supplements–from pre-workout to nootropic brain support. Check out Stealth Nutrition’s website for further information.
Tom competed in his first Mens Physique competition in 2019. Tom discussed his contest preparation story in a YouTube video.
Tom shows a transformation video showing how he transformed his physique while going from 160 pounds to 139 pounds.
In another video, Tom shows his contest shape as well as excerpts from his mens physique contest where he won third place.
Following the mens physique contest, Tom participated in a fitness model contest and won first place.
During the COVID-19-related lock-down in 2020, Tom had a photo shoot with Photographer Alex Wightman that complied with the physical distancing needed during the period and still produced great images for Tom’s portfolio.
Tom had a photoshoot with Photographer Alex Botic. Tom mostly was in workout clothing. Tom wore jeans and jeans and a leather jacket in some of the photos. The black and yellow swim brief is from Danny Miami. The denim jeans in one of the photos are from Carpe Omnia. (I do not have the brand for the shorts.)
Peter Fletcher, Muscle Mountain Photography
Tom and Zac Aynsley
In 2018, Tom had a training session for arms with fitness influencer and mens physique competitor Zac Aynsley.
Tom with WBFF Pro Tom Coleman
Tom had the opportunity to have a training session with WBFF pro Tom Coleman.
Tom and Dan Tai
Tom collaborated with Dan Tai for a fitness model vs. CrossFit squat challenge. Tom got thirty reps on squats is a great result. (Dan, with amazing tree-trunk thighs, got 38.)
In a 2018 workout/lifestyle video log, Tom shared the activities of his day as well as a leg training session with Dan Tai.
Author’s note: This blog has more posts with fitness model Dan Tai.
As a side note, Tom and Dan hosted a fitness retreat in Ibiza, Spain, in June 2019.
Tom Models for Armani and Mens Health in Manchester
On another YouTube video, Tom provides information on how he and a friend walked on a fitness photoshoot with Armani and Mens Health UK in Manchester, UK.
Tom is getting a great started on his fitness modeling career as well as having great success in physique competitions. I appreciate his responses to my questions. I look forward to seeing more success from him in the future.