Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 5 Awesome Holiday Gifts for CrossFit Athletes

If you’ve got a CrossFitter in your life and your have zero clue what the heck to get said CrossFitter for the holidays, look no further: Jeff Liebreich, faithful CrossFitter and owner of Fearless Athletics, told us the top five items he’d put on his wish list. So, go ahead, tap into his brain and steal some ideas to stuff your WOD-loving friend’s stocking. He won’t mind. 

1. Protein Pancake Mix by About Time, $27.99.

“My day typically begins at about 4:30 each morning, largely in part because I like to get a healthy (and huge) breakfast in to kickstart the day. Eggs, bacon, a side of fruit and a short stack of cinnamon spice protein pancakes from About Time seem to do the trick. Made with whey protein isolate and gluten-free oatmeal flour, these stevia-sweetened cakes pack a serious protein punch and curb my daily doughnut cravings. Double win.”

2. Muscle Rub by Duross & Langel, $12.

“Muscle recovery is essential for any athlete, especially the CrossFitter in your life. I‘m a big fan of homeopathic alternatives for when I’m winding down from the day. This therapeutic blend of Japanese peppermint, eucalyptus and French lavender smells amazing, and its no-mess and non-greasy formula makes it quick and easy to apply. Come the next morning, I wake up feeling like a champ and ready to conquer the next WOD.”

3. Growler of Cold Brew Coffee by Saxbys, $20 (available in-stores).

“I prefer to get my daily dose(s) of caffeine in before 9 a.m. and I turn to the high-octane cold brew from Saxbys. They steep the grounds in cool water overnight, resulting in one of the smoothest cold brews in town. This holiday season, show the barbell-wielding caffeine addicts in your life how much you appreciate them by gifting a refillable growler of this amazing cold brew.”

4. Men’s Black Mamba T by Caffeine & Kilos, $25.00

“CrossFitters LOVE to rep their home boxes and our gym is known for producing some of the hottest t-shirt designs in the city. But when I’m not donning a piece of Fearless apparel, I’m all about this black tee from Caffeine & Kilos. The cut of the tee moves with me during Olympic lifting sessions, which is super important, especially when pressing and snatching overhead. And if it’s not covered in chalk, the shirt doubles as a great way to show off my hard work when out on the town.”

5. The Shape of Hops to Come, by Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, $55 for a case at Bella Vista Distributors

“Nothing beats a massive burrito and a heady IPA at the end of a long workday, after a hard workout. Beer mavens Neshaminy Creek out of Croydon, PA are crafting a lineup of amazing brews, including the super-hoppy Shape of Hops to Come. Packed with five hops (Apollo, Simcoe, Topaz, Newport, Citra), this Imperial IPA just had its final canning of 2015, so act fast before it’s too late! These guys also take the time to give back to the local community through various charitable acts and fundraising initiatives to give you the good vibe holiday feels, all year round.”

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