Protect your shins at CrossFit

If you do CrossFit you are already aware that you need a good backpack loaded with accessories to be prepared for any situation in which you may find yourself in a wod.

One of the accessories used are shin skins, shin protection, shin guards... They are different names used depending on the brand to refer to a shin protector.

When to use shin guards

It can be really useful to protect you in different exercises:


When we keep moving the bar with so much weight in front of our shins, we can easily end up hurting ourselves. This is definitely a good time to put them on.

rescued deadlifts

Rope climbs:

There are several ways to climb the rope, but whichever way you use, if you use your feet as an aid, the rope rubs and can become a burn. Undoubtedly one of the exercises in which even those who do not like to wear any kind of protective accessory, have to end up using.

crossfit shin burn

Box jumps:

Initially, the nature of this exercise does not imply a constant rubbing of the shin. In practice, I have seen many shins with stitches from failing to jump or tripping.

shin hit box jump

Which shin guards to use?


This is the one I have been using for a long time. It is composed of neoprene on the front, which is what you are interested in protecting, and thinner, more breathable fabric on the back. This is really an advantage when it comes to putting them on and taking them off, because it makes them much more manageable than if all the material was neoprene.

RockTape Rockguards - Shinguards...
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It has an assortment of models very similar to the previous brand, and it also has shin guards. Perhaps they are more famous for the knee pads, but their calf bandage is what you are looking for. 

Rehband RX Calf Bandage 5...
  • Anatomically shaped
  • Good Compression

As in everything, you know that prevention is better than cure.

It is not necessary that before starting the wod you have put on all the accessories, and you end up looking like Robocop, but I do recommend that you take with you everything that can be useful to use when the WOD demands it.

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