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Best CrossFit Shirts for Women with TOP 15 Reviews 2022
Have you been rocking your husbands or boyfriends oversize cotton t-shirt during your workout?
If you are like most folks, when you start a fitness routine, you wear whatever workout clothes you have in the closet. As you settle into your routine, you eventually find that the big old baggy T-shirt may not be ideal CrossFit workout gear.
Maybe the pants roll down and need adjusting, or the top exposes your tummy during pull-ups.
Maybe you find yourself constantly adjusting your clothes.
If you are doing handstand pushups and finding out the hard way what happens when your shirt meets gravity, it may be time to find a good CrossFit shirt.
The Point is this:
Workout clothes need to work! That means the fit, cut and material need to be appropriate for the task
This article will cover CrossFit shirts for women, and what to look for in terms of style, fit, material and more.
We will round that out with a review of 15 of our favorite CrossFit shirts for women, to give you some CrossFit wardrobe ideas.
First Things First:
Shirts for CrossFit Should
Be long enough to cover your waistband while your arms are raised.
Not reveal anything you want covered.
Stay in place without constant adjusting.
Fit snugly so it won’t snag equipment or show your tummy during planks etc.
CrossFit Shirts for Women: What Aspects to Consider
OK, ladies, this may apply to you, so hear me out. If you have any loose skin, from having babies, losing weight, or being overweight, or you have large breasts, you may want to consider compression tanks.
You are doing a set or 20 box jumps but need to adjust your pants several times during the set because the loose skin on your belly causes them to slide.
I know this happens to me, and it is annoying.
Compression material holds the skin in place, reducing unwanted bounce, jiggle and slide.
Compression material helps tremendously with reducing jiggle and bounce.
Honestly, I LOVE cotton because it is a natural fabric, but it is HORRIBLE for CrossFit.
Because it hangs on to sweat and holds it next to your skin.
If anything is going to make you sweat buckets, it’s a WoD performed at full intensity. Cotton also tends to show the world your sweat. And that is not the look you are after, right?
Sorry gals, I need to advise against pure cotton for CrossFit.
Synthetics without a dry technology can feel HOT. As you sweat, you will feel the fabric stick to you, and since it is synthetic, it has nowhere to go.
At least cotton can soak up the sweat, not so with ordinary synthetics.
Dri-wear Dry Technologies
Dri-fit, Moisture-wicking, Cool Jade, UA Tech, hyderology, or whatever name it goes by, dry or moisture wicking technology is a must for CrossFit shirts for women.
You will sweat, so you need material that will pull moisture away from your skin and dry quickly.
Racer Back Tanks
Racer back tanks are, in my opinion, the best style for CrossFit. They keep you cool, the design from the back pulls the straps in and prevents them from slipping like they might with a bra or regular tank.
As a woman with narrow sloping shoulders (at least before starting CrossFit) I had a problem with straps falling off my shoulders.
Many women of CrossFit will tell you, racer back style is where it is at.
Regular tanks are OK too, and some women prefer them because they cover more skin than a racer backs tank usually does.
Racer backs are known for being low cut of showing a lot of back. Regular tanks can show a lot of skin, but they can also be cut modestly. Choose a style and cut you are comfortable with.
Not a huge fan of short sleeves because sleeves can pull and tug when you have your arms over your head.
Think: Rope climb, pull-up, deadlift etc. Sleeves just get in the way.
The only time I would recommend long sleeve is in cold weather, or if you want a compression shirt with full coverage.
The full coverage of a long sleeve compression shirt can help reduce arm jiggle, whereas a tank will only help in the tummy and breast areas.
They do have their place, but probably are not for most ladies everyday workout wear.
CrossFit Shirts FAQs
What are the Best CrossFit Shirt Brands?
I have a ton of favorite CrossFit apparel brands and many of them are small operations or mom and pop outfits.
Here are a few – Rogue, Hylete, IamProjectX, Under Armor, Nike, Onzie, Rokfit and Reebok.
What is the Best Material for a CrossFit Tank Top?
Tri blend – usually a blend of Polyester, cotton and rayon is quite popular.
This material is stretch and soft and can be washed a lot without wearing. Others like the feel of 100 percent cotton, and that’s cool too.
Cotton is a natural material, but it will wear with washing and show off your sweat.
What is the Best Style for a Women’s CrossFit Tank Top?
Everyone has their own preference really. A racer back style is more cooling, but does not protect your back from the bench or floor if you are doing bench presses or sit-ups.
Some like a cropped style because it lets a lot of air in and keeps you cool. Others do not like a crop style CrossFit shirt because it shows their midriff.
If you plan on doing bench work or floor work, include a CrossFit tank with good back coverage in your lineup.
The Rockfit shirt is a good example of a shirt that has good back coverage.
Is it Cool to Wear a Sports Bra as a CrossFit Top?
Depends, really. Some gyms and CrossFit Boxes have a policy that you back must be covered completely because they don’t want sweat and bare backs in contact with gym equipment like weight benches and such.
Maybe the policy is silly or bogus, but you have to respect the rules of the gym if you want to work out there.
Some people find the sports bra too revealing, but that is a matter of opinion, in my opinion.
I say do what you are comfortable with. I personally like to wear a tank over my sports bras, but I think it’s OK to wear just the sports bra alone and don’t have a problem with women doing that.
After all, you do work up quite a sweat working out and just the sports bra is a cooling option, so go for it if that’s what you like and your gym allows it.
STYLE: A comfortable and LIGHTWEIGHT muscle tank that has an elegant LONG CURVED HEM, SUPERSOFT cotton blend.
SIZE AND FIT: If you are between sizes, please choose a size up. Model is 5'9" and wearing a size small. [NOTE: The generic Amazon size chart above differs from this item.] REFER TO SIZING CHART IN IMAGES
DESIGN: Breathable front graphic.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Machine wash cold inside-out. Tumble dry low inside-out. Do not iron over print. Do not dry clean. Do not bleach.
Review: This Strong as a Mother CrossFit tank is actually made with a thin, soft, stretchy material you will love against your skin.
It also has a curved back hem to cover your back side a little better, but the arm holes are on the wide side so you may need a sports bra with this tank.
Soft comfortable material.
Curved back hem for a little extra bum coverage.
Fun Maxim “Strong as a Mother” on front.
You will need a sports bra under it because the arm holes are wide.
A super soft tank with good back-side coverage..
Women's WODies Camo Crop-Tank
Review: This crop top by Jerkfit is sure to keep you cool as you lift heavy. It sits above the navel, but is a bit longer in back, in case you are doing bench work or need to lie on the floor, you back is covered.
This provocative tank would pair great with a pair of WODies hand grips.
Midriff style cropped tank.
Good back coverage, ok for bench and floor work.
Cool Camo print.
Not many color options available.
Cool crop tank is great for the CrossFit athlete who wants to show off hard a earned six pack.
Rogue Basic Women's Tank
Review: The Rogue Basic tank is a top rated best seller for women who CrossFit – and with good reason.
This Poly/Cotton/Rayon tank has a wide cut racer back style, is long enough to offer good coverage, comes in a ton of fun colors, and it’s made from recycled and organic materials.
Eco friendly materials.
Washes well, won’t fade or peel.
Good backside coverage, plenty long.
Your new go-to favorite CrossFit tank top – you won’t be disappointed!
So, what are you waiting for? That wraps up our 15 CrossFit shirts for women, and we hope you find one that is right for you.
Let us know in the comments if we missed YOUR favorite shirt; we are always looking for the next great find.
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Busy wife and mother of four. Katie is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Garage Gym Power. What makes her credible is the fact that she made her own home gym from scratch and she is a true time-management wizard! She guards her gym time jealously, and would rather miss a PTA meeting or get takeout for dinner than miss a workout!