What Makes the Best Women’s CrossFit Shorts of 2020?
That’s like asking if a strapless bra is different from a sports bra. Both serve different purposes and have different levels of comfort, but the answer is YES, TOTALLY! So what’s the diff? Well, there are 3 main things that set CrossFit shorts apart from any other shorts and here they are…
First, and in my opinion most importantly, is the FIT of CrossFit shorts. During a CrossFit workout there are a lot of movements that involve squatting down, jumping up, lunging, running, and that’s not even getting into the weights and various machines. You move…like every muscle in your body…like a lot. So you need shorts that are tight enough that they won’t fall down or sag, stretchy enough that they allow good mobility and designed in a way to cover what you intend to keep covered. Crossfit shorts do just that. Be mindful of the different waistbands and where they will hit (low-rise, mid, or high-rise). And consider how long or short of an inseam you would like (how far down your thigh you’d like your shorts to hit). With the right fitting shorts, you’re not feeling unnecessary discomfort during the WOD (the burpees will still suck – the shorts can’t help that) but you won’t be worrying about a wardrobe malfunction or adjusting throughout the WOD.
If you’re new to buying fitness apparel, or clothing that doesn’t fit the basic numeric sizing, there are some terms that you might need to wise up to.
For example, the rise of the shorts is the measurement from the top of the waistband, to the seam of the crotch (I cringed as I typed that but for clarity purposes I’m gonna let it ride…unlike your shorts if you measure this next part right). Once you have that measurement you can make sure it matches up to the coverage you’d like. A higher rise will have a larger number, and smaller numbers will be a lower cut. This bring me to my next point…
You will also want to know the inseam measurement that you’d like. Inseam is how far down your leg the shorts will go. Just like the rise- the higher the number, the more fabric there is. Longer inseams are great for gals that like more leg coverage, just make sure you won’t lose any mobility. And for the shorter inseams make sure your buns aren’t coming out mid-squat. (Cuz it’s just not that kind of party)
Waistband is the last of the technical terms for our shorts shopping lingo. Waistband is self-explanatory but just some food for thought, too thin or loose of a waistband and you’re likely to be adjusting during your workout. Either from them folding over at the top or the shorts sliding down. If the waistband is too tight you’ll be just as uncomfortable and might even restrict blood flow or oxygen to muscles you need to use. So in my experience a snug-fitting wide waistband is my go-to.
Second, you are going to want to read what MATERIAL the shorts are made of. Even if a pair of shorts seems like the right fit, (and I know you got the measurements right because you read the last few paragraphs and hello, you’re a professional now), the fabric does make a big difference. The right amount of stretch in the material for those box jumps and squats, the compression factor to increase blood flow, moisture wicking abilities (because-sweat, sweat and more sweat), and of course keeping comfort in mind too. Oh and did I mention antimicrobial properties is a thing now? It is and you should definitely think that’s neat because nothing helps a girl out during and after a hard, sweaty workout like being anti-fungal and less odorous. (I know, where can we send our thank-yous?) Extra points if you check reviews to make sure the fabric you’re interested in isn’t too sheer. Not that the person behind you during deadlifts is paying attention to anything but their own weights, but if your underwear choice is on the minimal side (or non-existent) then you might want to consider this. Ok, moving right along.
Lastly, (and it should be last because the aforementioned things take priority) but here is the fun part – the STYLE. With all the prints and colors available, you can find some really great shorts that show your unique personality. And sometimes the great new CrossFit shorts you got make it a little easier to feel motivated for that WOD that’s already been announced and looks a little spicier than you’d prefer on a Tuesday. But you go girl, you got this!
So, now that you know the basic things to consider and why investing in a good pair of CrossFit shorts is a good investment, you’re ready to be your most comfortable and confident as you set new PR’s and max effort all over the place in your new CrossFit shorts!